Patrick D. Starr (Owner/Editor)
Heartbroken after the Houston Oilers left Houston, his prayers were answered when the Texans were awarded to Houston. After contributing for Texans sites across the web, we decided to open the State of the Texans, a site dedicated to the REAL fans of the Houston Texans. Dedicated to bringing fresh thoughts and information on the Texans to their fan base, it is Texans 100% all day every day here on State of the Texans. Also you can find me tri-hosting with Mike Kerns and Aaron Close on Luv Ya Steel Blue, a weekly podcast during the season all about the Texans.
D. Roque (Contributor)
Houston Texans football is a part of life for me. I love football was crushed when the Oilers left and then Bob McNair rode in on his white horse and resurrected football in Houston. I have been a diehard Texans fan before they ever took a snap. I have been up and down with them and will ride with them until football no longer exists. I’m a season ticket holder which explains my commitment to them, but when I’m not at the game I’m tweeting my thoughts or debating about the Texans. Either way it’s all Texans all the time.
The Claire Bear (Contributor)
A true Houstonian and lifelong Houston football lover currently living in California, The Claire Bear fondly recalls the days of Earl Campbell crushing defenses, not so fondly the “comeback” game of the ’92 season, the devastation of losing the Oilers, the joy of gaining the Texans and the elation of the ’11 season. Claire Bear has definite opinions on football, girl stuff and most everything else. Feel free to disagree, just don’t be a jerk about it and you’ll get along wonderfully.
Northside Mike (Graphic Artist / Contributor)
Born and raised in El Paso, TX, when Mike became a permanent resident of Houston in 1992, he was excited that he finally had hometown,professional sports to root for. Granted, he really didn’t have interest in the Oilers at first because he was already a Cowboys fan by family influence. But when his allegiance for the Cowboys was fading, and his fandom for the Oilers was rising, it was already too late and the team was on its way to Tennessee. Even though Mike had the Rockets to fill the void, Houston without NFL football was not the same. So once it was announced that NFL football was coming back to Houston in the form of the Texans, Mike quickly became a fan, and has been one ever since. For the most part, you can find Mike on Twitter engaged in conversations with fellow Tweeters over the local or national teams. When not doing that, Mike is providing comic relief in the form of his favorite hobby, Photoshopping. From pop culture, to politics to sports, when it comes to his photoshops, no one is safe.
Clay Martin (Contributor)
Clay has been a dedicated Texans fan since the franchise was announced and Tony Boselli was the first overall pick in the expansion draft. The quality of his Mondays during football season have a direct correlation to the result of the Texans game the previous day. He distinctly remembers shedding tears during the lows (ex. 2-14 season, Rosencopter game) and rejoicing in the highs (ex. first win over the Cowboys and especially first playoff win against the Bengals). He is currently a business student at Texas A&M University, but sports, especially football and the Texans, are his first love.
Charles Christy (Contributor)
Charles has been a life long football fan starting with the traditional Thanksgiving Day battles between Nebraska and Oklahoma in the 70′s. Born in the Husker state, his family later moved to Texas where he instantly became an Oilers fan – just to find himself heartbroken throughout the 90′s like so many other fans. When the Oilers left Houston, Charles was left with no NFL team and stopped watching NFL football to focus solely on college football. However, with the arrival of the Texans, Charles was back in the game and became a season ticket holder for the first time in his life – only to be disappointed with year after year of dismal records. Now, Charles, like the rest of the SOTT staff, are ready for the Texans to be a consistent contender. Here to contribute his thoughts in as an objective view as possible.
Manuel Palomarez (Contributor)
Born in the heart of downtown Houston at St Joseph’s Hospital and raised just south of there, Houston Football became the biggest interest in my young life. As I grew I learned a valuable lesson, “what doesn’t kill us only makes us stronger”. From the Renfro “non-catch” in Pittsburgh in 1979, to the debacle of ’92 right on to watching the 2 Heismen drafted by Bud Adams play in a Super Bowl (in a different city), professional football in the city of Houston hasn’t always been easy to stomach. What I learned then has helped me in how I handle our beloved NFL franchise, The Houston Texans. From the time the NFL awarded our city with a team, to the unveiling of the name, logo, and plans for Reliant I have stood firm and strong believing that one day our city will be home to our own Vince Lombardi Trophy. There’s no better time in sports than on a Sunday afternoon or a Monday night right before the Texans kickoff. Watching and following the Texans has become my obsession.
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