Playboy Playmate of the Month – Avis Kimble
Box Office – The Longest Day (John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery)
trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KdNUlLzTvA
Billboard #1 – Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt Kickers
UK #1 – Telstar – The Tornadoes

Dallas’ 2nd win exposes gulf between rivals

Dallas completed the double over their Texan and Championship rivals at the Cotton Bowl today with a comfortable 31-13 victory. Houston struggled to keep the rampant Texans offense in check throughout the game although their own offense did have its share of the spoils in the first half. After Dallas raced to a 14-3 lead, George Blanda responded to keep the Oilers in contention first with a 1 yard sneak and then with a successful long range 42 yard field goal.

The second half proved to be the Oilers undoing as their offense began to struggle which placed added pressure on their defense. Inevitably the crack occurred when Abner Haynes scored a 25 yard breakaway rushing td, his 2nd in successive weeks verses Houston. The 31 points racked up by Dallas equals the most ever the usually stingy Oilers defense have allowed, although this margin of victory only came down to the dying seconds of the game when Blanda’s hopeful hail mary pass was picked by Bobby Hunt and returned for a td to cap off the Texans day.

Houston have a chance to put these 2 defeats behind them quickly and lick their wounds when they travel to the hapless and winless Raiders next week. Al Jamison also returns to the roster from injury further strengthening the squad.

04 Nov 1962 – At Cotton Bowl, Dallas, TX.
Att. 43526 – Weather – Fair
q1q2q3q4Score
Houston Oilers3100013
Dallas Texans01410731
Real Life Houston 14 Dallas 6

q1 06:35 – Hou – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 21 kick

q2 14:55 – Dal – Curtis McClinton RB2 – 5 run (Jack Spikes kick)

q2 07:05 – Dal – Curtis McClinton RB2 – 12 run (Jack Spikes kick)

q2 01:50 – Hou – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 1 sneak (George Blanda kick)

q2 00:05 – Hou – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 42 kick

q3 05:15 – Dal – Tommy Brooker PK/WR4 – 36 kick

q3 04:05 – Dal – Abner Haynes RB1 – 25 run (Jack Spikes kick)

q4 00:40 – Dal – Bobby Hunt LSB – 34 interception (Jack Spikes kick)

Hennigan’s season’s best 152 yds today were not enough to prevent defeat

Player
PASSING
Att.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA4/PK382123155.3%02051.54
numbers in bold indicate personal best
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Hennigan WR11315211.7570
Bob McLeod TE244010.0120
Bill Groman WR3(2)11414.0140
Billy Cannon HB211414.0140
Charley Frazier WR4(3)11010.0100
Charley Tolar FB1111.010
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Dave Smith FB3(2)77410.6220
Charley Tolar FB117422.5110
George Blanda QBA4/PK 2126.0111
Billy Cannon HB2310.320
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Eastern DivisionWLT
HOUSTON OILERS620
BOSTON PATRIOTS431
NEW YORK TITANS450
BUFFALO BILLS351
Western DivisionWLT
DALLAS TEXANS710
DENVER BRONCOS630
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS360
x-OAKLAND RAIDERS080
x = eliminated from Championship final contention

Box Office – The Longest Day (John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Robert Mitchum, Sean Connery)
trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KdNUlLzTvA
Billboard #1 – Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt Kickers
UK #1 – Telstar – The Tornadoes

Dallas Texans end Oilers streak

Houston’s unbeaten streak came to an abrupt end at the hands of their Texan rivals Dallas. The difference between the two sides was not great but Dallas made the spectacular plays that stuck while Houston’s invariably didn’t come off. Dallas opened the scoring with a 40 yard Len Dawson rocket to special teamer Tommy Brooker. Chances up to that point were few and far between as the defenses held firm. Houston responded in q2 with a Blanda FG. This season his kicking has not been up to his own high standards making this kick all the more important. The third quarter began with fireworks as Dawson threw an early interception, then under a minute later Blanda followed suit, his pass picked off by Bobby Ply on the Texans 6 yard line and returned all the way for a 94 yard TD. A period of nip and tuck followed with both QB’s guilty of more interceptions (3 each were eventually thrown in this match) but it was the Texans who took advantage adding to their score and giving them a 21-3 lead going into q4. Houston only managed to narrow the gap at the 2 minute warning stage when Groman caught his first pass of the game. Charley Tolar ran in a successful Two Point Try bringing the Oilers to within 10 points of Dallas. Still two scores behind, Houston had little option but to try an onside kick which was successfully read by Dallas who further rubbed salt in the wounds when Abner Haynes broke free for a 26 yard rushing td in the dying seconds of play.

The fixture scheduling has thrown up a swift rematch when both sides meet again at the Cotton Bowl next week. Houston, still without Willard Dewveall and Don Floyd will also be minus the services of Tackle Al Jamison while Dallas will also be without their own key Tackle, Jim Tyrer.

28 Oct 1962 – At Jeppesen Stadium, Houston TX.
Att. 37845 – Weather – Fair
q1q2q3q4Score
Dallas Texans7014728
Houston Oilers030811
Real Life Dallas 31 Houston 7

q1 02:10 – Dal – Tommy Brooker WR4/PK – 40 pass (Tommy Brooker kick)

q2 04:40 – Hou – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 32 kick

q3 13:10 – Dal – Bobby Ply DB – 94 interception (Tommy Brooker kick)

q3 02:50 – Dal – Jack Spikes RB3/PK – 2 run (Tommy Brooker kick)

q4 01:50 – Hou – Bill Groman WR3(2) – 5 pass (Charley Tolar 2 pt try)

q4 00:50 – Dal – Abner Haynes RB1 – 26 run (Jack Spikes kick)

Blanda is forced to throw quickly to Tolar

Player
PASSING
Att.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA4/PK412220653.7%13045.38
numbers in bold indicate personal best
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Bob McLeod TE277811.1370
Charley Hennigan WR157014.0370
Charley Tolar FB14184.570
Dave Smith FB33134.360
Billy Cannon HB211111.0110
Charley Frazier WR411111.0110
Bill Groman WR3(2)155.051
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Tolar FB122642.9150
Dave Smith FB3(2) 2147.080
Billy Cannon HB24112.8100
George Blanda QBA4/PK320.750
numbers in bold indicate personal best
Halfback Abner Haynes of the Dallas Texans runs upfield against the Houston Oilers to seal the win

Eastern DivisionWLT
HOUSTON OILERS610
BOSTON PATRIOTS430
NEW YORK TITANS350
BUFFALO BILLS350
Western DivisionWLT
DALLAS TEXANS610
DENVER BRONCOS530
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS350
OAKLAND RAIDERS070

Box Office – The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom)
trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiASEIz3qrg
Billboard #1 – Monster Mash – Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt Kickers
UK #1 – Telstar – The Tornadoes

Oilers on course after win 6 of 6

A table top clash at Bears Stadium had all the ingredients of a potential classic yet somehow this game never really sparked into life. Denver got off to a perfect start playing with some extravagance to score in q1 before Houston roared back to level the scores. In the second quarter, the Oilers defense shackled the Broncos forcing multiple punts while at the other end, Houston’s running game was finding gaps to make solid gains. It was only when an errant throw from Frank Tripucka was picked off by corner Mark Johnston for a pick six TD that Houston had daylight over their opponents. The second half was an anti-climax as both QB’s threw interceptions in difficult conditions. As the game wore on, the Oilers, with one eye fixed firmly on their next game began to bench a few starters. Even so, two defensive starters (Don Floyd DE, Mike Dukes LB) required treatment during the match and will miss next weeks game at the very least.

Houston entertain Dallas next in the first of a double header. Both sides have championship aspirations which should make for a better spectacle than this match.

21 Oct 1962 – At Bears Stadium, Denver CO.
Att. 34264 – Weather – rain & wind
q1q2q3q4Score
Houston Oilers7143024
Denver Broncos733013
Real Life Houston 10 Denver 20

q1 06:15 – Den – Lionel Taylor SE4 – 17 pass (Jim Fraser kick)

q1 00:05 – Hou – Bob McLeod TE2 – 12 pass (George Blanda kick)

q2 14:20 – Hou – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 1 sneak (George Blanda kick)

q2 13:10 – Hou – Mark Johnston RCB – 31 interception (George Blanda kick)

q2 06:30 – Den – Gene Mingo RB3/PK – 49 kick

q3 13:05 – Hou – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 28 kick

q3 01:40 – Den – Gene Mingo RB3/PK – 19 kick

Gene Mingo finds it tough going as he tries to move the ball out of the Bronco’s red zone

Player
PASSING
Att.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA4/PK371715146.0%14026.80
numbers in bold indicate personal best
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Hennigan WR1 8779.6300
Bob McLeod TE2 44110.3171
Charley Frazier WR42189.090
Bill Groman WR3(2)166.060
Dave Smith FB3155.050
Billy Cannon HB2144.040
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Tolar FB1261124.3120
Billy Cannon HB216815.1140
Dave Smith FB36345.7140
George Blanda QBA4/PK111.011
numbers in bold indicate personal best
Coming through, Billy Cannon (#20) uses Hogan Wharton (#63) as a springboard to launch over the Broncos defense and secure a first down.

Eastern DivisionWLT
HOUSTON OILERS600
BOSTON PATRIOTS330
NEW YORK TITANS250
BUFFALO BILLS250
Western DivisionWLT
DALLAS TEXANS510
DENVER BRONCOS520
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS340
OAKLAND RAIDERS060

Box Office – The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom)
trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiASEIz3qrg
Billboard #1 – Sherry – The Four Seasons
UK #1 – Telstar – The Tornadoes

Titans caught out by Banfield

Tony Banfield’s 3 interceptions in the first quarter were the highlight of a dominant Houston display as the Oilers brushed aside a shell shocked New York with consummate ease. Titan’s QB Johnny Green may have thought Banfield had a magnetic football device in his gloves as 3 of his first 4 passes were picked off by the lurking corner back, the second resulting in a pick six TD for Banfield. Green threw a total of 5 interceptions in the game as the Oilers defense went to work on the hapless QB. When Charley Tolar ran in the 4th TD of the quarter to give Houston a 28-0 the game was effectively over. Houston coach Pop Ivy was afforded the luxury of benching a few starters from the 2nd quarter which may have saved the Titans blushes from a potential record breaking drubbing as the Oilers lost some continuity amongst their inexperienced backups. George Blanda had a career high 45 attempts with the shackles off and even threw 3 interceptions with little detrimental effect as the lead was never put under any serious pressure.

This was Houston’s fifth straight win, putting them squarely in charge of the Eastern Division with a 3 win cushion over their nearest rivals. They next play the Western Division leaders Denver, who alongside Houston and Dallas are the class acts of the first half of the season.

14 Oct 1962 – At Jeppesen Stadium, Houston TX.
Att. 28,910 – Weather – Fair
q1q2q3q4Score
New York Titans03306
Houston Oilers2830738
Real Life New York 17 Houston 56

q1 14:00 – Hou – Bob McLeod TE2 – 12 pass (George Blanda kick)

q1 13:50 – Hou – Tony Banfield LCB – 30 interception (George Blanda kick)

q1 13:20 – Hou – Billy Cannon HB2 – 2 run (George Blanda kick)

q1 05:20 – Hou – Charley Tolar FB1 – 3 run (George Blanda kick)

q2 08:15 – Hou – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 27 kick

q2 02:50 – New – Bill Shockley PK – 33 kick

q3 11:55 – New – Bill Shockley PK – 40 kick

q4 01:00 – Hou – Bob McLeod TE2 – 7 pass (George Blanda kick)

Career high 3 interceptions for Banfield today

Player
PASSING
Att.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA4/PK452319051.1%23049.31
numbers in bold indicate personal best
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Bob McLeod TE210808.0182
Billy Cannon HB26528.7130
Charley Hennigan WR13268.7130
Bill Groman WR3(2)22512.5190
Charley Tolar FB1273.550
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Tolar FB125994.0121
Dave Smith FB35346.8150
Billy Cannon HB29182.061
George Blanda QBA4/PK2126.060
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Eastern DivisionWLT
HOUSTON OILERS500
BOSTON PATRIOTS230
NEW YORK TITANS240
BUFFALO BILLS150
Western DivisionWLT
DENVER BRONCOS510
DALLAS TEXANS410
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS330
OAKLAND RAIDERS050

Playboy Playmate of the Month – Laura Young
Box Office – The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom)
trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiASEIz3qrg
Billboard #1 – Sherry – The Four Seasons
UK #1 – She’s Not You – Elvis Presley

Defense’s dominate

Two scores in the first quarter were all that either team could muster in a tense affair at a wet Jeppesen Stadium on Sunday. Houston got off to a perfect start with a 36 yard Bobby Jancik kick off return followed by a 32 yard Groman reception on the first play of the drive. 2 plays later Billy Cannon was in the end zone after he broke through a dazed and confused Bills D line to score from 18 yards out. Buffalo managed to respond when Cookie Gilchrist found the end zone after impressive running from Wray Carlton. The extra point was missed which in the end proved the undoing of the Bills. The remainder of the match was scoreless as neither side could find a way through. Houston had by far more possession and opportunities but again the kicking of Blanda let them down and despite passing for nearly 300 yards and a career high 25 pass completion rate, he came up short when it mattered. Bill Groman’s first outing as a starter this season was one to remember as he recorded over 100 receiving yards on his return to frontline duty

 Houston play New York at home next week.

07 Oct 1962 – At Jeppesen Stadium, Houston TX.
Att. 34,255 – Weather – Rain
q1q2q3q4Score
Buffalo Bills60006
Houston Oilers70007
Real Life Buffalo 14 Houston 17

q1 13:40 – Hou – Billy Cannon HB2 – 18 run (George Blanda kick)

q1 06:10 – Buf – Cookie Gilchrist FB1/PK – 4 run (kick missed)

Cannon breaks free to score

Player
PASSING
Att.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA4/PK412529161.0%02062.14
numbers in bold indicate personal best
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Bill Groman WR3(2) 812315.4320
Bob McLeod TE278011.4180
Charley Hennigan WR16549.0150
Billy Cannon HB212323.0230
Charley Frazier WR4188.080
Charley Tolar FB1231.520
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Tolar FB1261234.7120
Billy Cannon HB212443.7181
Dave Smith FB36264.3100
George Blanda QBA4/PK100.000
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Eastern DivisionWLT
HOUSTON OILERS400
BOSTON PATRIOTS220
NEW YORK TITANS230
BUFFALO BILLS050
Western DivisionWLT
DENVER BRONCOS410
DALLAS TEXANS310
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS320
OAKLAND RAIDERS040

Box Office – The Music Man (Robert Preston, Shirley Jones)
trailer- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e74V0nEEOIY
Billboard #1 – Sherry – The Four Seasons
UK #1 – She’s Not You – Elvis Presley

Oilers come through third straight stern test

Houston were forced to come from behind twice in order to break the hoodoo San Diego have had over them since 1960. Despite being unbeaten in the first two games, Houston have struggled against San Diego in previous encounters and even though the Chargers ’62 team has not yet impressed, Houston needed to be on their best to win a competitive encounter. AFL champions San Diego were clearly in no mood to make it easy for Houston and came out of the blocks with all guns firing. 2 TD’s either side of q1 gave them a 13 point lead before Houston sparked into life. Blanda elected to use the diminutive 5’6″ Charley Tolar as his main rushing weapon while passing to any option when the opportunity arose.

With the score 14-13 in Houston’s favour at half time, the tide appeared to have turned and when Blanda scored from a sneak to extend the Oilers lead, they looked well in control. It took San Diego just 3 minutes to respond when Keith Lincoln burst through the Oilers defense to score a 33 yard rushing TD. San Diego then pulled ahead 23-21 half way into the final quarter from a 40 yard George Blair FG. At times like these the team needs a calm head at the helm and so it was that Blanda put in a masterful display keeping his opponents on the back foot as he drove towards the Chargers end zone setting up Tolar’s 2nd TD of the game. When Oilers captain Ed Husmann marshalled his troops to hold the Chargers on their next drive, it allowed Blanda to put the game almost out of reach with a 24 yard FG. Even then San Diego refused to lie down coming back strongly before a Don Floyd sack finally put the game out of reach. The result was a personal triumph for George Blanda who posted his best career completion percentage in this game.

23 Sep 1962 – At Balboa Stadium, San Diego CA.
Att. 33,673 – Weather – Fair
q1q2q3q4Score
Houston Oilers01471031
San Diego Chargers767323
Real Life Houston 42 San Diego 17

q1 08:30 – SD – Don Norton SE1 – 10 pass (George Blair kick)

q2 13:10 – SD – Don Norton SE1 – 16 pass (kick missed)

q2 09:10 – HO – Charley Tolar FB1 – 7 run (George Blanda kick)

q2 01:20 – HO – Dave Smith FB3 – 2 run (George Blanda kick)

q3 07:40 – HO – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 1 sneak (George Blanda12 kick

q3 04:00 – SD – Keith Lincoln HB2 – 33 run (George Blair kick)

q4 07:30 – SD – George Blair PK/DB – 40 kick

q4 02:50 – HO – Charley Tolar FB1 – 7 run (George Blanda kick)

q4 01:05 – HO – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 24 kick

Don Floyd registered the crucial sack to end the game
Fred Glick homes in

Player
PASSING
Att.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA4/PK322122465.5%01172.92
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Hennigan WR134615.3160
Bill Groman WR3(2) 5459.0190
Willard Dewveall WR2 23216.0200
Charley Tolar FB113232.0320
Bob McLeod TE233010.0170
Billy Cannon HB24256.390
Charley Frazier WR4199.090
Dave Smith FB3252.550
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Tolar FB1291384.8162
Dave Smith FB35397.8151
Billy Cannon HB27263.790
George Blanda QBA4/PK111.011
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Eastern DivisionWLT
HOUSTON OILERS300
NEW YORK TITANS 210
BOSTON PATRIOTS120
BUFFALO BILLS030
Western DivisionWLT
DALLAS TEXANS200
DENVER BRONCOS210
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS120
OAKLAND RAIDERS020

Box Office – The Music Man (Robert Preston, Shirley Jones)
trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e74V0nEEOIY
Billboard #1 – Sherry – The Four Seasons
UK #1 – She’s Not You – Elvis Presley

2-2 Head to Head W/L record before game

Dominant defense dash Patriots hopes

For the second game running Houston’s defense were the difference in a game where the score line did not reflect the reality of the Oilers dominant display. Patriots QB Babe Parilli was picked three times in the game, twice by Jim Norton and once by Mark Johnston as the Oilers defense hit their stride. The highlight of a polished performance was holding the Patriots on 4th and 3 in their own red zone and it only took a redirected pass to finally get the Patriots over the line when the game was almost out of reach. Offensively, Blanda had another good passing game with what felt like a telepathic connection with flanker Charley Hennigan racking up 144 yards for his 11 receptions. The only negative part of Houston’s game was their failure to fully take advantage of the offensive opportunities presented to them whether Blanda’s careless field goal attempts or converting big 3rd downs when in opposition territory. Nevertheless, Pop Ivy will be satisfied to see his team top of the pile this early on.

The Oilers remain on the road next week for a visit to San Diego’s Balboa stadium.

Sunday, 16 Sep 1962 – At Harvard Stadium, Cambridge MA.
Att. 35,503 – Weather – Fair
q1q2q3q4Score
Houston Oilers3310016
Boston Patriots030710
Real Life Houston 21 Boston 34

q1 03:00 – HO – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 30 kick

q2 14:45 – BP – Gino Cappelletti WR2/PK – 34 kick

q2 01:45 – HO – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 46 kick

q3 08:20 – HO – Charley Hennigan WR1 – 5 pass (George Blanda kick)

q3 04:15 – HO – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 14 kick

q4 01:20 – BP – Jim Crawford HB2 – 34 pass (Gino Cappelletti kick)

Jim Norton – 2 interceptions in this game

Player
PASSING
Att.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA4/PK281719860.7%11179.17
Jacky Lee QBB41000.0%00039.58
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Hennigan WR11114413.1511
Willard Dewveall WR211717.0170
Charley Frazier WR4 188.080
Dave Smith FB3 188.080
Billy Cannon HB2188.080
Bob McLeod TE2177.070
Bill Groman WR3166.060
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Tolar FB126662.5110
Billy Cannon HB210474.7340
Dave Smith FB35102.040
George Blanda QBA4/PK331.020
Jacky Lee QBB41-3-3.0-30
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Eastern DivisionWLT
HOUSTON OILERS200
NEW YORK TITANS110
BUFFALO BILLS020
BOSTON PATRIOTS020
Western DivisionWLT
DENVER BRONCOS200
DALLAS TEXANS100
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS110
OAKLAND RAIDERS010


Playboy Playmate of the Month – Mickey Winters
Box Office – The Music Man (Robert Preston, Shirley Jones)
trailer – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e74V0nEEOIY
Billboard #1 – Sheila – Tommy Roe
UK #1 – I remember You – Frank Ifield

Houston forced to work hard for opening season win

New Houston head coach, Pop Ivy got his team off to a perfect winning start at a wet and wild War Memorial Stadium in upstate New York. His side had to work hard for every inch of ground gained and even harder defensively in order to contain a determined Bills side hoping to end their sojourn as also-rans. Houston were impressive from the beginning, forcing a turnover and then moving the ball into field goal range on all of their q1 drives. George Blanda though struggling with the conditions failed to take the advantage missing both kicks. Thankfully his throwing arm was far more deadly and after a Tolar rushing td, Blanda found Willard Dewveall for a pinpoint 24 yard pass for Dewveall’s first AFL career td. In the second half, Houston’s offense went to sleep allowing Buffalo to fight their way back into the game by piling on relentless pressure. With Houston leading 14-10 in q4, Buffalo fumbled but the Oilers RB pairing of Tolar and Smith (after an injury to Cannon) could not find their way through, leaving it to Blanda on his sixth attempt to finally score a field goal from 12 yds out and give the Oilers a 7 point lead. Despite Buffalo coming back strongly, the clock was against them and Houston hung on for the win.

 Houston remain on the road, making the relatively short trip into Massachusetts next week when they take on Boston.

09 Sep 1962 – At War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo NY.
Att. 31,236 – Weather – Rain/Wind
q1q2q3q4Score
Houston Oilers0140317
Buffalo Bills003710
Real Life Houston 28 Buffalo 23

q2 13:40 – HO – Charley Tolar FB1 – 11 run (George Blanda kick)

q2 00:05 – HO – Willard Dewveall WR2 – 24 pass (George Blanda kick)

q3 06:25 – BB – Cookie Gilchrist FB1/PK – 34 kick

q4 12:35 – BB – Wayne Crow RB2/P – 4 run (Mack Yoho kick)

q4 02:30 – HO – George Blanda QBA4/PK – 12 kick

Tolar – scorer of Houston’s first points this season

Player
PASSING
Att.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA4/PK291517751.7%10082.11
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Hennigan WR1810613.3200
Willard Dewveall WR2 33712.3241
Charley Frazier WR411111.0110
Charley Tolar FB111111.0110
Bob McLeod TE2177.070
Dave Smith FB3(2)155.050
numbers in bold indicate personal best, italic = debutant

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Tolar FB125983.9151
Dave Smith FB3(2)11605.5200
Billy Cannon HB25214.2130
George Blanda QBA4/PK3-4-1.300
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Eastern DivisionWLT
NEW YORK TITANS100
HOUSTON OILERS100
BUFFALO BILLS010
BOSTON PATRIOTS010
Western DivisionWLT
DALLAS TEXANS100
DENVER BRONCOS100
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS010
OAKLAND RAIDERS010

The headline news undoubtedly is the departure of head coach Wally Lemm. Brought in to replace Lou Rymkus part way through last season, Lemm took the team to its first AFL Championship appearance last year. His tactical knowledge and success did not go unnoticed and perhaps it is no surprise that he was tempted away to the big money of the NFL and one of the oldest teams in the league, the St Louis Cardinals. Coming the other way is Cardinals coach and ex-player Frank “Pop” Ivy. Another significant change is that the Active Player limit is to be reduced from 35 to 33 players on match day.

“Oiler Twin” Joan (or is it Jane?) Ryba adds a touch of glamour to pre season training

In other AFL news, Buffalo and Denver have dispensed with their plain helmet designs and adopted logos akin to some of the other AFL teams. Denver have taken the more radical approach while Oakland have also made a minor cosmetic change to their helmet colour scheme.

Here is the full list of Houston playing personnel changes

The following players have left the club:

Offense starters:

Nil

Offense Squad:

Byron Beams OT – retired

Buzz Guy OG – retired

Claude King HB4 – Boston AFL

John White RE3 – Oakland AFL

Leo Reed OT – retired

Defense starters:

Dalva Allen LDE – Oakland AFL

Orville Trask LDT – Oakland AFL

Dennit Morris MLB – retired

Defense Squad:

Willis Perkins DE – free agent

George Shirkey DT – Oakland AFL

Dick Frey DE – retired

Ron Botchan LB – retired

Jack Laraway LB – retired

Gene Jones LB – retired

Hugh Pitts LB – retired

John Guzik LB – retired

Julian Spence DB – retired

Charlie Milstead DB/P – retired

Chuck Kendall DB – retired

Gary Wisener DB – retired

The following new signings/aquisitions have been made:

Offense:

John Frongillo OC/G – rookie

Tom Goode OC – rookie

Walt Suggs OT/C – rookie

Bucky Wegener OG – rookie

Charley Frazier WR4 – rookie

Defense:

Gary Cutsinger LDE – rookie

Ed Culpepper LDT – Minnesota NFL

Bill Herchman DT – Dallas NFL

Ron McDole DE/T – St Louis NFL

Bill Miller DT – rookie

Dan Lanphear DE – free agent

Gene Babb MLB – Dallas NFL

Larry Onesti LB – rookie

Bob Suci DB – rookie

Bobby Jancik DB – rookie


Box Office – West Side Story (Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, George Chakiris)
Billboard #1 – The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens
UK #1 – Tower of Strength – Frankie Vaughn
Sport Personality of the Year – Stirling Moss – Formula 1
International Sport Personality – Valeriy Brumel USSR – Athletics, High Jump

Cannon’s 225 yd haul not enough to stop Chargers

Billy Cannon’s combined rushing and receiving haul of 225yds in the AFL Championship was still not enough to earn the Oilers a victory at Balboa Stadium. Fans of both sides hoping for some festive cheer with a high scoring game may have been disappointed with the fare on offer as both teams defenses put in strong performances managing to stifle their opponents drives when it mattered, a classic case of “bend not break“. Oilers half-back Billy Cannon and Chargers RB’s Bo Roberson and Paul Lowe were busiest trying to find a weakness in their opponents line. Although racking up impressive personal yardage tallies, more often than not the drives ended shy of scoring opportunity through a turnover or inability to make the requisite 10 yards on crucial 3rd downs. The Chargers in the end won by making the most of the slim pickings on offer while the Oilers were more wasteful. Blanda’s 3 missed field goals added to the pressure as the game went on and a San Diego hold on 4th down proved decisive in the 4th quarter. At the final whistle, the Chargers probably just deserved the victory.

Houston will still reflect on what has been an excellent season and despite falling short at the last hurdle, the players can hold their heads high when they return to Texas. The future bodes well for the team and fans should to look forward to 1962 with confidence.

24 Dec 1961 – At Balboa Stadium, San Diego.
Att. 34,000 – Weather – Fair
q1q2q3q4Score
Houston Oilers07007
San Diego Chargers737017
Real Life Houston 10 San Diego 3

q1 12:10 – SD – Bo Roberson HB2 – 4 run (George Blair kick)

q2 13:45 – HO – Charley Tolar FB1 – 8 run (George Blanda kick)

q2 00:45 – SD – George Blair PK/DB – 43 kick

q3 08:20 – SD – Paul Lowe HB0 – 1 run (George Blair kick)

Above – Billy Cannon Houston’s record breaking Half-Back
Below – Action from the game at Balboa Stadium

Player PASSINGAtt.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA5/PK342020258.8%02051.40
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Hennigan FL058016.0260
Billy Cannon HB08789.8190
Charley Tolar FB13217.0120
Bob McLeod RE3(2)2126.060
Willard Dewveall RE4(3)2115.560
numbers in bold indicate personal best

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Billy Cannon HB0311474.7140
Charley Tolar FB13103.381
Claude King HB4122.020
George Blanda QBA5/PK3-1-0.320
numbers in bold indicate personal best

HOUSTON OILERS 1961 SEASON SUMMARY

DateTeam TeamScoreAtt.
09-Sep-61Oaklandat HoustonWon 55-716,231
24-Sep-61Houston at San DiegoLost 9-1732,455
04-Oct-61Houstonat DallasWon 38-1728,000
08-Oct-61Buffaloat HoustonWon 20-025,037
13-Oct-61Houstonat BostonWon 34-2717,330
22-Oct-61 Dallasat HoustonWon 34-2726,546
29-Oct-61Houstonat BuffaloWon 17-1631,358
05-Nov-61Houston at DenverWon 24-2016,767
12-Nov-61Bostonat HoustonLost 7-2037,845
19-Nov-61New Yorkat HoustonWon 17-1037,845
26-Nov-61Denverat HoustonWon 61-737,845
03-Dec-61San Diegoat HoustonWon 23-2037,845
10-Dec-61Houstonat New YorkWon 21-1416,559
17-Dec-61Houstonat OaklandWon 34-148,437

W 12 L 2 PCT .857 PF 394 PA 216 (+178) Attendance home 218,994 Average 31,285

Player PASSINGAtt.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA5/K404197249448.8%2133351.73
Jacky Lee QBB5151010966.7%12070.56
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Bill Groman LE25689115.96111
Charley Hennigan FL06173712.1245
John White RE32533313.3211
Billy Cannon HB02323510.2181
Willard Dewveall SE4(3)1517211.5200
Claude King HB4610417.3210
Charley Tolar FB111534.8132
Bob McLeod RE3(2)7507.1162
Dave Smith FB33289.3120
Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Billy Cannon HB031016625.46113
Charley Tolar FB11777584.3163
Dave Smith FB3612664.4144
Claude King HB4231155.0142
George Blanda QBA5/K12211.860
Ken Hall HB4/P451.340

SCORINGTDTD RTD PTD RtPATFG2PTSAFTP
George Blanda QBA5/K0000292400101
Billy Cannon HB0141310000084
Bill Groman LE2110110000066
Charley Hennigan FL05050000030
Charley Tolar FB15320000030
Dave Smith FB14400000024
Charlie Milstead DB-PK00001700017
Jim Norton DB-P2002000012
Claude King HB42200000012
Bob McLeod RE3(2)2020000012
John White RE3101000006


Box Office – King of Kings (Jeffery Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Robert Ryan)
Billboard #1 – Please Mr Postman – The Marvelettes
UK #1 – Tower of Strength – Frankie Vaughn

Groman to miss final

Despite Oilers coach Wally Lemm benching a number of starters in order to protect them from injury in this last regular game of the season, his worst fears were realised when Bill Groman required assistance to leave the field after being on the receiving end of a big hit. News from the treatment room confirmed that he would be doubtful for the final although a cameo appearance if the situation proves dire enough has not been ruled out.

The game itself was entertaining despite the fact that there was little to play for. Oakland stayed with Houston in the early stages but from the moment when Cannon registered the first of his two td’s, they began to wilt. With the score 20-7 to Houston at half time, Lemm benched more starters which inevitably led to a more disjointed performance as the game wore on.

All told the season has been an unqualified success, particularly with performances improving markedly from the 2nd half of the season. The Oilers fully deserve their place in the final next week against the other stand out team in the AFL, the San Diego Chargers.

17 Dec 1961 – At Candlestick Park San Francisco
Att.8,437 – Weather – Fair
q1q2q3q4Score
Houston Oilers3177734
Oakland Raiders700714
Real Life Houston 47 New York 16

q1 08:20 – Hou – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 40 kick

q1 01:15 – Oak – Wayne Crow HB1 – 3 run (George Fleminginj kick)

q2 12:25 – Hou – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 19 kick

q2 07:15 – Hou – Billy Cannon HB0 – 4 run (Charlie Milstead kick)

q2 00:30 – Hou – Billy Cannon HB0 – 5 pass (Charlie Milstead kick)

q3 10:00 – Hou – Charley Hennigan FL0 – 7 pass (Charlie Milstead kick)

q4 14:00 – Oak – Terry Burch WR3/P – 5 pass (George Fleming kick)

q4 10:00 – Hou – Charley Tolar FB1 – 3 pass (Charlie Milstead kick)

Touchdown!

Player PASSINGAtt.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA5/PK211315661.90%310104.37
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Bill Groman LE223618.0310
Charley Hennigan FL023115.5241
Willard Dewveall SE4(3)22613.0150
Claude King HB412121.0210
Bob McLeod RE3(2)2157.5120
Dave Smith FB311212.0120
Billy Cannon HB02126.071
Charley Tolar FB1133.031

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Billy Cannon HB0151087.2141
Charley Tolar FB117925.4100
Dave Smith FB34266.580
Claude King HB42115.590

Eastern DivisionWLT
HOUSTON OILERS1220
x – BOSTON PATRIOTS 1040
x – NEW YORK TITANS770
x- BUFFALO BILLS590
x = eliminated from Championship final contention
Western DivisionWLT
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS1220
x- DALLAS TEXANS590
x- DENVER BRONCOS 3110
x- OAKLAND RAIDERS 2120
x = eliminated from Championship game contention


Box Office – King of Kings (Jeffery Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Robert Ryan)
Billboard #1 – Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean
UK #1 – Tower of Strength – Frankie Vaughn

Houston back-ups answer the call & deliver routine victory

Armed with the knowledge that a single victory would be all that was needed to secure a championship final berth, Oilers head coach Wally Lemm was clearly looking to the long game today when he decided to bench a number of key starters to keep them free from injury risk. All the players chosen to fill the boots of these starters answered the call in handing Houston an solid victory over the Titans who had nothing but pride to play for.

The Titans D line was put under extreme pressure from the off, where Charley Tolar took on the mantle as the first choice RB with a series of bludgeoning inside runs. Although the passing game was not as effective, Houston’s first two scores came from passes to McLeod and Groman. Tolar added to his td haul in the third and by doing so set his own personal record of 26 attempts in a game. The Oilers defense handled New York without breaking sweat until the 4th quarter when the Titans finally rallied. Despite a single score separating the two teams, Houston always looked in control and they can now enjoy their final regular season game with no pressure, safe in the knowledge that they will be contesting the final against the Chargers in a fortnights time.

10 Dec 1961 – At The Polo Grounds, New York City.
Att.16,559 – Weather – Fair
q1q2q3q4Score
Houston Oilers0147021
New York Titans0001414
Real Life Houston 48 New York 21

q2 03:30 – Hou – Bob McLeod RE3 – 1 pass (George Blanda kick)

q2 00:10 – Hou – Bill Groman LE2 – 1 pass (George Blanda kick)

q3 03:55 – Hou – Charley Tolar FB1 – 7 run (George Blanda kick)

q4 13:10 – New – Bill Brooks FB4 – 3 run (Dick Guesmaninj kick)

q4 04:50 – New – Bill Mathis FB0 – 8 run (Dick Guesmaninj kick)

Titans cheerleader still finds something to smile about

Player PASSINGAtt.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.SckRating
George Blanda QBA5/PK241213450.0%22060.07
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Bill Groman LE245213.0241
Billy Cannon HB02189.0140
Willard Dewveall SE4(3)11717.0170
Charley Hennigan FL02178.590
Bob McLeod RE32178.5161
Charley Tolar FB111313.0130

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Tolar FB1261335.1121
Billy Cannon HB013675.2140
Dave Smith FB38627.8140
Claude King HB44338.3140

Eastern ConferenceWLT
HOUSTON OILERS1120
x – BOSTON PATRIOTS 940
x – NEW YORK TITANS760
x- BUFFALO BILLS590
x = eliminated from Championship final contention
Western ConferenceWLT
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS1210
x- DALLAS TEXANS490
x- DENVER BRONCOS 3110
x- OAKLAND RAIDERS 2110
x = eliminated from Championship game contention



Playboy Playmate of the Month – Lynn Karrol
Box Office – The Comancheros (John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Lee Marvin)
Billboard #1 – Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean
UK #1 – (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame / Little Sister – Elvis Presley

Houston halt Chargers

What a difference a week makes. Houston entertained the undefeated AFC West champions in what will most likely be a dress rehearsal for the AFL Championship later this month. The Oilers unsurprisingly found it tough going against San Diego and were forced to rely on the kicking of George Blanda early on to keep them in contention with the passing game effectively snuffed out. When Blanda threw a pick 6 in the 2nd quarter, the game was in danger of running away from Houston and a lesser team may have buckled especially when Billy Cannon finally found a way through for a 61 yard gain only for Blanda to throw a third intercepted pass immediately after.

None too polite” words were said in the dressing room at half time and when the second half commenced the Oilers defense set about their opponents with extra zeal. One lapse though was all it took for Bo Roberson to score his second td of the game when he broke clear for a 40 yard dash to the Oilers end zone. With the score now 6-20 in favour of the visitors Blanda finally managed to galvanise his offense for a response and the first td against the Chargers this season. The game turned when Paul Lowe spilled the ball on the Chargers next possession. Houston’s offense didn’t need to be asked twice and followed up with their 2nd td in under a minute. Despite losing club captain Orville Trask to a season ending injury, the defense was now managing to blunt San Diego’s attacks and forced a quick possession change. Blanda then registered his third FG of the game to give Houston a narrow lead. With the ball on the other foot, San Diego were now having to make riskier plays and when they failed to convert a critical 4th down, Houston gratefully ran out the clock for a first ever win against the Chargers.

Despite a strong team performance, overall special mention has to be made of Billy Cannon, once more at the forefront of Houston’s attacks who today beat Dave Smith’s 1960 single rushing record by 2 yds with his 187 yard haul as well as recording the best total rushing yards in a season with 2 games to spare.

Houston are being kept honest by the Patriots who won again but if they can beat the Titans next week they will all but seal the Eastern Conference and thereby set up another mouth watering fixture against the Chargers in the final.

03 Dec 1961 – At Jeppesen Stadium, Houston.
Att.37,845 – Weather – Fair
q1q2q3q4Score
San Diego Chargers776020
Houston Oilers3314323
real life San Diego 13, Houston 33

   

q1 09:10 – SD – Bo Roberson HB2- 2 run (George Blair kick)

q1 04:25 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 30 kick

q2 08:05 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 11 kick

q2 05:05 – SD – Bob Zeman LSB – 28 interception (George Blair kick)

q3 12:40 – SD – Bo Roberson HB2 – 40 run (kick missed)

q3 07:10 – HO – Billy Cannon HB0 – 3 run (Charlie Milstead kick)

q3 06:40 – HO – Charlie Tolar FB1 – 2 pass (Charlie Milstead kick)

q4 09:55 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 33 kick

Blanda forced to take evasive action

Player PASSINGAtt.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.Sck
George Blanda QBA5/PK301214240.0%130
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Hennigan FL044611.5190
Bill Groman LE012424.0240
Claude King HB412121.0210
Willard Dewveall SE4(3)12020.0200
Billy Cannon FL011616.0160
Charley Tolar FB14153.851

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Billy Cannon HB0301876.2611
Dave Smith FB3 294.550
Charley Tolar FB1482.0120
Claude King HB4155.050

Eastern ConferenceWLT
HOUSTON OILERS1020
BOSTON PATRIOTS840
x – NEW YORK TITANS750
x – BUFFALO BILLS580
x = Eliminated from Championship contention

Western ConferenceWLT
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS1110
x- DALLAS TEXANS390
x- DENVER BRONCOS3100
x- OAKLAND RAIDERS2100
x = Eliminated from Championship contention


Box Office – King of Kings (Jeffery Hunter, Siobhan McKenna, Robert Ryan)
Billboard #1 – Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean
UK #1 – (Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame / Little Sister – Elvis Presley

Houston buckeroo Broncos

Records continued to tumble as Houston racked up a record score against a sorry Denver side at Jeppesen stadium on Sunday. Denver were missing Lionel Taylor and Fred Bukaty for this fixture and it showed as they never managed to come to terms with a Houston team keen to silence critics of recent performances. Denver’s only score came after a trick play fake punt when George Herring’s pass found Gene Prebola for a 30 yard gain to set up a td shortly after. That was the high water mark for Denver who were unable to record many first downs let alone get into Oiler territory. For Houston, the running game felt as if it were a training exercise with both Cannon and Tolar racking up their personal highest yardage tallies for rushing in a single match. George Blanda had an unspectacular day passing but his kicking was sublime and with the 49 yard FG at the end of the game, he registered the most points (19) scored by a player in a Houston shirt in a single game.

All eyes now turn to next weeks fixture, seen by many as a dress rehearsal for the end of season Championship decider. The Oilers will be without End John White and Safety Freddy Glick who were both injured during the course of the last game.

26 Nov 1961 – At Jeppesen Stadium, Houston.
Att.37,845 – Weather – Fair
q1q2q3q4Score
Denver Broncos70007
Houston Oilers1021171361
real life Denver 14, Houston 45

   

q1 11:35 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 52 kick

q1 04:25 – DB – Jack Hill WR4(3)/PK – 5 pass (Gene Mingo kick)

q1 00:15 – HO – Billy Cannon HB0 – 2 run (George Blanda kick)

q2 12:00 – HO – Dave Smith FB3 – 11 run (George Blanda kick)

q2 08:00 – HO – Charley Hennigan FL0 – 9 pass (George Blanda kick)

q2 02:20 – HO – Charley Tolar FB1 – 2 run (George Blanda kick)

q3 14:10 – HO – Jim Norton DSB/P – 29 interception (George Blanda kick)

q3 07:10 – HO – Dave Smith FB3 – 4 run (George Blanda kick)

q3 03:05 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 35 kick

q4 12:50 – HO – Bob McLeod RE3 – 3 pass (George Blanda kick)

q4 02:35 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 26 kick

q4 00:05 – HO – George Blanda QBA5/PK – 49 kick

Houston’s defense closes in

Record Breaking RB

Player PASSINGAtt.Comp.Yds.Pct.TDInt.Sck
George Blanda QBA5/PK351817551.4%230
Player
RECEIVING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Charley Hennigan FL077210.3201
Bill Groman LE023316.5190
Billy Cannon FL033010.0170
Claude King HB422613.0180
Charley Tolar FB12115.570
Bob McLeod RE32105.071

Player
RUSHING
No.YdsAveLgTD
Billy Cannon HB0271626.0161
Charley Tolar FB1251415.6161
Dave Smith FB36386.3112
Claude King HB43103.360

Eastern ConferenceWLT
HOUSTON OILERS920
BOSTON PATRIOTS740
NEW YORK TITANS650
x – BUFFALO BILLS480
x = Eliminated from Championship contention

Western ConferenceWLT
SAN DIEGO CHARGERS1100
x- DALLAS TEXANS380
x- DENVER BRONCOS390
x- OAKLAND RAIDERS290
x = Eliminated from Championship contention