As someone who’s younger, the love the Oilers get around here (and in Houston more generally) is pretty confusing to me, especially relative to the hate the Texans get. It’s not like the Oilers – post AFL/NFL merger, at least – were substantially more successful. On average, they made the NFL playoffs* in fits and starts, and it seems like most of the nostalgia for them comes from two coaches (Phillips and Pardee) that totalled 9 years of tenure between them.
I mean, sure, the Texans have an awful logo, uniform, color scheme, and brand identity as a whole (especially relative to the Oilers) but surely that can’t be the only reason, right?
*I’m purposefully excluding the AFL because it’s easier to make it when you’re playing in a league of expansion teams and even on this board most aren’t going to remember those years anyway.