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Loser Takes All: Bud Adams, Bad Football, & Big Business Hardcover – October 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Longstreet Pr; 1St Edition edition (October 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1563524325
  • ISBN-13: 978-1563524325
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.9 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: #1,356,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once a nationally recognized sports columnist, he is now an ordained minister, serving All Saints Anglican Church in Durango, CO. For most of three decades, Ed Fowler wrote sports for the Austin American-Statesman, Kansas City Star, Chicago Daily News and Houston Chronicle, commenting on the exploits of elite athletes from the World Series and Super Bowl to the Olympics, Wimbledon and the British Open.

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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 28, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Being a fan of pro football in general, I was quite interested in Fowler's book the first time I saw it at a bookstore.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gator1 on January 22, 2011
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Man, I miss this team! It was a curse to be an Oiler fan and, let's be honest here, every Oiler fan knows it! This is a thoroughly entertaining read that brings up the wide range of emotions of being a team fan. Makes you want to hang Bud Adams in effigy all over again!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1997
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Houston Chronicle columnist Fowler, who covered the Oilers for 17 seasons, has written a forthright account of a pro football team whose ineptitude is a matter of public record. He charges the team and its management with "turmoil, intrigue, backstabbing, and buffoonery." Owner Bud Adams began his business career with a grubstake from his father, head of Phillips 66 petroleum, and later was a founder of the American Football League, of which his Oilers were the champs in 1960 and 1961. The AFL and the NFL played their first merged season in 1970, and for 27 years the Houston team has never played in a Super Bowl despite having one of the strongest rosters. But front-office interference, inferior coaching and Adam's penny-pinching spelled trouble, charges Fowler, which came to a head when the owner demanded a new stadium as the price for staying put. Failing to get it and "snarling like a baboon," he moved the team to Nashville, where it is playing its initial season this fall. This is not the account of a franchise warts and all, but of one that is all warts, at least according to Fowler.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DP on April 6, 2007
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The Oilers lost the largest comeback in NFL history, tied for the best record in the league, traded the greatest player in franchise history for a fourth round draft pick, and left the city all in the course of three years. If you lived in Houston and were younger than 20, as I was, Luv Ya Blue was a myth and the Run-N-Shoot Oilers were as good as it got. To see that much genuine disappointment (expectations minus results) in your sports team, when you're too young to love, risk or sacrifice much else, is the closest you can get to personal loss and suffering. The very best mayor and one of the greatest oilmen in the Energy Capital of the World had a clash of egos, cost the county $300 million in tax dollars, 35 years of tradition, five silent autumns in the BIGGEST FOOTBALL CITY ON THE PLANET, gave the Rockets and the Astros the leverage they needed to blackmail sports fans for $400 million more and convinced me, at an early age, of the fraudulence, wastefulness and stupidity of sports fandom. Please read this book for the entire, sickening history of a FAILED franchise in spite of every social, economic and competitive advantage imaginable.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TEXAS FOOTBALL FAN on October 28, 2012
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IF YOU LIVE IN TEXAS AND WANT TO READ A GREAT(WELL WRITTEN)BOOK ABOUT THE RICH BEING HEARTLESS...... THIS IS THE BOOK. SPEAKING AS A LONG TIME HOUSTON FOOTBALL FAN(WOMAN) STARTING WATCHING IN THE EARLY 70'S AND WENT YEARS NOT WATCHING NO FOOTBALL WHEN BUD ADAMS TOOK AWAY MY HOUSTON OILERS.. TO LIVING THROUGH THE DAVID CARR YEARS WITH THE TEXANS AND NOW BACK TO ENJOYING EVERY MINUTE OF THE FOOTBALL SEASON..... I LOVED MY OILERS, NEVER TALK ABOUT THEM WHEN THEY LOST, DROVE OUT TO THE AIRPORT TO WELCOME THEM BACK FROM AWAY GAME'S TOOK THE OILER'S NEWSPAPER. SEEN SEVERAL GAMES(CHEAP SEATS) IN THE ASTRODOME, YES I WAS CHRUSH WHEN OLD KENNY DID WHAT HE DID, BUT HOUSTON VOTED TO BUILD A NEW HOME. SO HERE'S TO YOU BUD.... TEXAS IS THE FOOTBALL STATE, AND 2,4,6,8 WHO'S THE BEST FROM THE LONE STAR STATE............... THE HOUSTON TEXANS........... COWBOYS SUCK AND THE TITANS SUCK HARDER.. I AM BUYING 10 MORE BOOKS FOR HARD CORE HOUSTON FOOTBALL FANS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS...... AWESOME READ AND WILL KEEP IN MY OILER COLLECTION(I HAVE A SIGNED FOOTBALL FROM 1992) :) :) :) :) :)
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