- Hardcover: 181 pages
- Publisher: Longstreet Pr; 1St Edition edition (October 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1563524325
- ISBN-13: 978-1563524325
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,468,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Loser Takes All: Bud Adams, Bad Football, & Big Business Hardcover – October, 1997
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He is the author of Loser Takes All, a look at the machinations by which owner Bud Adams reincarnated the Houston Oilers as the Tennessee Titans for fun and profit. Fowler also hosted a daily sports talk show on Houston radio stations in the 1990s.
An avowed agnostic, he "suffered" a head-on collision with the Holy Spirit on Christmas Day 1994, just after his 47th birthday. Since that day, Fowler has worked in overseas missions and as a volunteer mentor and teacher with Prison Fellowship. After studying biblical languages at Dallas Theological Seminary he graduated from Cranmer Theological House with a master of divinity degree. He was ordained a deacon and then a presbyter and currently serves as vicar of All Saints Anglican Church in Durango, Colorado. He also teaches a weekly Bible study and mentors inmates in the La Plata County Jail.
"Immanuel! Thy Kingdom Has Come" is a collection of sermons grounded in the gospels that the eternal realm of our Lord Jesus is with us today in a way many Christians do not recognize. Fowler draws on his experiences in sports journalism - including an explosive encounter with a Hall of Fame defensive lineman - as well as in overseas missions and prison ministry.
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I had an opportunity to see the Oilers, in their second-to-last year in Houston, in a pre-season game against Dallas played in San Antonio in 1995. Two things stick out in my mind from the experience: 1) The constant scoreboard advertisements proclaiming "Oilers Regular Season Game Tickets - Great Seats Still Available!",(this just a week before the start of the regular season) 2) the incredibly low number of Oilers fans there, even though San Antonio is the same distance from Dallas or Houston. All of this made me think, where does Houston get off lobbying for a new or a relocated franchise after turning their backs on the Oilers the way they did? Fowler's book answered the question, and many others.
Fowler asserts that, within years of Bud Adams' founding of the team, as well as partially founding the American Football League, Adams was already threatening to move his franchise, and his dictatorial regime would only get worse as the years went on. Fowler also asserts that, had Adams minded his own business and stayed out of football operations, the Oilers might well have made it to a Super Bowl in the '70's, and maybe even brought home a Lombardi trophy.
And although Adams and his team seem happier now in Nashville, with a new name and logo to boot, Fowler tells that moving the team there was not without its own controversy.
Fowler also explains, in plain English, the politics and math of building a new stadium. (Being that my favorite team is the New England Patriots, this section was of special interest to me.Read more ›