Another Houston Visit By the Wings of Fate

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

The New England Patriots have defeated the Houston Texans, 34-16, eliminating another local sports team run at that elusive thing we often reference here in the Bayou City as a major national championship. In our Houston case, it is much easier to reference national championships like The World Series or the Super Bowl than it is to reach them – and actually win them. So far, the 1994-1995 two-year NBA Champion Houston Rockets are the only local club to win the big one in any of the three major sports of baseball, football, or basketball.

Maybe someday, and in the case of we fans who’ve been consciously watching – and waiting – for seventy years, amend that wishfulness to “maybe someday soon,” we will finally receive a visit from the soaring bird of winning’s beautiful winged destiny – and stop the steady flow of low level fights into Houston on all these bad end-of-season’s nights by losing’s ugly bird of fate. It’s probably perched on the head of General Sam Houston out at Hermann Park, even as these digital words hit the page.

And thanks to for providing the courtesy photo here that describes the redundancy of this downer emotional experience better than anything anyone could possibly write. Although, I have to admit, I only personally feel this bad when it’s an Astros close-call season-ending loss – or a big UH game defeat – or another coaching loss by all the Professor Harold Hill types who come in to successfully guide my Houston Cougars for a couple of years on their stepping-stone ways to more “prestigious” bigger paying territories in the jungle of college football.

Just remember, Houstonians, if you are among one of the Texan fans who are taking the team’s disappointing loss tonight pretty hard, the same old immortal truth remains: The sun will come up again tomorrow.


 Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle


4 Responses to “Another Houston Visit By the Wings of Fate”

  1. materene Says:

    Really a shame we have a great quarterback but no receivers. The playoffs weed the weak and makes no difference who they are, I was very happy to see Atlanta advance, if we can’t have Houston in the Super bowl at least let’s have a region representative. Seattle had it’s greatest hour at the super bowl and failed due to extremely poor decisions, they will never go back because it is so hard to get there. Houston only needs some needed rebuilding and maybe just maybe this season will be an eye opener for the man who maintains the purse.

  2. Tom Hunter Says:

    Bill, I assume the championship of the American Football League doesn’t meet your standard, but the Houston Oilers defeated the Los Angeles Chargers in the first AFL Championship game at Jeppesen Stadium on January 1, 1961 (a game I attended); and the next year in the second AFL Championship game, defeated the San Diego Chargers at Balboa Stadium on December 24, 1961.

    In the third AFL Championship game at Jeppesen Stadium on December 23, 1962, the Oilers lost to the Dallas Texans in the second overtime on a field goal by Tommy Brooker. It was the last game ever played by the Texans. They moved to Kansas City the next year and were renamed the Chiefs.

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      Tom, many others would make a case for the Oilers’ two AFL championships as counting – and heck, I was there at Jeppesen to see the Oilers take the first crown from the original LA Chargers and had a great time that day. I simply belonged to that part of the local celebrators who saw those wins as great to enjoy, but still minor league by comparison to the older NFL. Sort of like the Buffs in big years, the Dixie Series was not something I valued on the level of a World Series.

  3. David Munger Says:

    What is sad as , Baby Boomers, we were exposed to these “Minor League” Championships and expected them when we went Big Time. I, for one, didn’t think the Texans had a snowballs chance in Foxborough of winning last night. The Texans excell in one phase of a three phase sport. As always, wait ’til next year.

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