People who've been to my office may have noticed that I drink coffee out of a twenty year old Houston Oilers mug. It has the logo on one side and a team roster on the other. When occasionally asked why, I say that it reminds me of the last time Houston had a good football team and maybe even the best team we ever had.
Despite the debacle of "The Comeback" (which I've blogged about before) ending their playoff run the season before, and "Babygate," the team
won ten in a row, finished 12-4 and, for the second year in a row
could have made it to the Super Bowl and met the Dallas Cowboys.
But they didn't.
It was a season of on and off the field distractions and disasters - some mythical (the circumstances of the tragic death of Jeff Alm), some legendary (Buddy Ryan throwing a punch at Kevin Gilbride on the sidelines during the Jets game), all unecessary - ultimately ending in an early playoff exit at the hands of the Joe Montana led Kansas City Chiefs.
NFL films has decided to document the season in film. The Houston Chronicle has an excellent write up about it here.