Could Winning Shift Houston Fans’ Allegiance Again?

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Published: July 10, 2009

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... surprise that this malady has long affected the way the city’s fans view their football teams.

The city is home to two major universities, for example, which at various points have competed for or won national titles in a number of sports—Rice and the University of Houston.

Yet even during the time period when the Cougars were winning football championships in the Southwest Conference, if you were to ask a Houstonian who his favorite college football team was, you’d be more apt to get an answer of “Texas Longhorns” or “Texas A&M Aggies.”

The same has held true with pro football for years: the city had its die-hard Oilers fans, its equally die-hard Cowboys fans, and its Yankees.

(“Yankees” are those carpetbagger fans—most of them snake-oil salesmen, no doubt—who back any team other than the current Houston or Dallas NFL franchises, with the lone exception being fans of the Tennessee Oi...

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