Monday, September 10, 2012
In Texas, They're Already Talking Houston, Dallas Superbowl
A one-state, all-pride Superbowl doesn't come around often.
It's happened twice before, in 1995, when the Steve Young, Jerry Rice San Francisco 49ers clobbered the San Diego Chargers, 49-26, and in 1991, when a failed field goal try to end the game gave the New York Giants the edge over the Buffalo Bills, 20-19.
Six states can stake a claim to the possibility of a one-state, all-pride Superbowl. There's Pennsylvania, New York, California, Florida, Missouri and Texas.
Ohio is the only state with multiple teams in the NFL, Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns, that play in the same conference and have no chance for a one-state, all-pride Superbowl.
There are 9 combinations that can make it work: Buffalo Bills versus Giants, New York Jets versus Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers versus Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs versus St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins versus Buccaneers, Chargers versus 49ers, Oakland Raiders versus 49ers and Dallas Cowboys versus Houston Texans.
For the fans of the Texas teams, the most unforgettable Super Bowl would be for the pride of Texas. Football is big everywhere, but in Texas, football is king. From high school, through college, to the pros, books and movies are made on the football culture of Texas.
This year's Super Bowl is in the New Orleans Superdome, which is a hop, skip and jump from Dallas and Houston, so, it could make the game that much of a bigger deal. Tickets would be practically impossible to come by.
The Houston Oilers had some good teams in their day and got close to the Super Bowl in the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons. They ended their season both years losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship game. If the Oilers had won the 1978-79 championship game, they could have played the Cowboys, who ended up losing to the Steelers in Super Bowl XIII, 35-31.
Houston lost their franchise years ago and didn't do much for several seasons in their newest incarnation as the Texans. Dallas has been the jock itch of the League for more than a few seasons. They have teased their fans and then disappointed them each time during the Romo era. But, at least the Romo era has given fans something to cheer about because the period after the Triplets (Aikman, Smith, Irvin) until Romo was a complete disaster season after season.
With two potentially potent pro Texas teams, the chatter will be hot like the bar-b-ques. There's a long season to go and many things will have to happen for an all-Texas Superbowl, but in Texas after only two encouraging games, it's already on the minds of fans.