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Former Oilers, Saints coach Bum Phillips dies at 90
Cbssports ^ | 10-18-13 | Josh Katzowitz

Posted on 10/18/2013 9:12:00 PM PDT by Dysart

Bum Phillips, who helped turn the Houston Oilers into a playoff team in the mid-1970s and was a beloved figure in the state of Texas, died Friday at the age of 90, according to his son.

Wrote Wade Phillips, the Texans defensive coordinator, late Friday night:

After coaching high school for many years, Phillips spent a number of seasons coaching in college, including apprenticing under Bear Bryant at Texas A&M before moving on to SMU and Oklahoma State.

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TOPICS: US: Louisiana; US: Texas; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: bum; bumphillips; houston; louisiana; neworleans; oilers; phillps; texas
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1 posted on 10/18/2013 9:12:00 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dysart

Tweeted son Wade: “Bum is gone to Heaven-loved and will be missed by all -great Dad,Coach, and Christian.”


2 posted on 10/18/2013 9:14:04 PM PDT by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: Dysart

RIP,Bum!
It was always great to watch you and your teams!


3 posted on 10/18/2013 9:14:38 PM PDT by madrastex
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To: Dysart

Aw, he was a character. Rest in peace.


4 posted on 10/18/2013 9:14:57 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement ("World Peace 1.20.09.")
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To: Dysart

They’re running the Bumerooski tonight in Heaven.


5 posted on 10/18/2013 9:15:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dysart

RIP.


6 posted on 10/18/2013 9:16:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Dysart

A True Texas Legend.


7 posted on 10/18/2013 9:19:37 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dysart

He finally kicked the door in.


8 posted on 10/18/2013 9:19:52 PM PDT by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Dysart
Job well done Coach

A Texas legend has passed.

9 posted on 10/18/2013 9:20:33 PM PDT by GregoTX (Federalist)
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To: dfwgator

The most vivid football moment I associate with Bum would be the Renfro TD catch in the AFC Championsip game. They was robbed I tell ya. Rather not post the long youtube link but just watched that play again. Tunney’s crew blew it.


10 posted on 10/18/2013 9:23:10 PM PDT by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: Dysart
RIP coach.

Hope they have his Stetson handy for him.

11 posted on 10/18/2013 9:23:12 PM PDT by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz......Nuff said.)
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To: Dysart

God rest his soul.


12 posted on 10/18/2013 9:23:57 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Dysart

Should say the not-a-TD catch that was, really.


13 posted on 10/18/2013 9:25:39 PM PDT by Dysart (Obamacare: "We are losing money on every subscriber-- but we will make it up in volume!")
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To: Dysart
houston oilers photo: Earl Campbell Earl-Campbell.gif

Those Luv ya Blue days were a long time ago...

14 posted on 10/18/2013 9:26:24 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Dysart

God rest his soul. He was someone I would have loved to meet. He seemed almost to be a parody of himself, and seemed to enjoy it.


15 posted on 10/18/2013 9:30:39 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Dysart
I was in Houston in 1978 and 1979. I was at the Astrodome on Monday night when the Oilers played the Steelers. Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell were in the broadcast booth, Earl Campbell, Bum Phillips and Terry Bradshaw were on the field. The golden age of Monday Night Football. The Oilers had already wrapped up the Wildcard but beat the Steelers in the fourth quarter. There was nothing like football in the Astrodome.
16 posted on 10/18/2013 9:30:51 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Dysart

“The Cowboys may be ‘America’s Team,’ but we’re Texas’ team.”


17 posted on 10/18/2013 9:31:26 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dysart

Bum finally goes to the Super Bowl.


18 posted on 10/18/2013 9:35:07 PM PDT by right way right (What's it gonna take? (guillotines?))
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To: Dysart

There’s no one like Bum in the NFL anymore. A legend, a true Texas character.


19 posted on 10/18/2013 9:37:33 PM PDT by Artie (We are surrounded by MORONS)
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To: Dysart

RIP

Luv ya Blue!


20 posted on 10/18/2013 9:38:22 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Artie

He was an American.


21 posted on 10/18/2013 9:40:23 PM PDT by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: Dysart

“On the first day of Christmas, Bud Adams gave to me, a Bum Phillips’ Super Bowl Team.

On the 2nd day of Christmas, Bud Adams gave to me, Snake throwing passes, on a Bum Phillips’ Super Bowl Team...”


22 posted on 10/18/2013 9:51:18 PM PDT by ziravan (Choose Sides.)
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To: Dysart
Sad news, but this was a life lived well.

There haven't been too many characters in the history of sports like this guy. A few things stand out from his career as an NFL coach:

1. The Stetson (of course).

2. The absent Stetson in the Astrodome ("My momma taught me never to wear a hat indoors").

3. Bringing an ice cream truck onto the field during sweltering hot days in training camp.

4. "Run the Bumerooski!"

5. "Every man block a man. Every good man block two!"

6. "There's two kinds of coaches: them that's fired and them that's gonna be fired."

7. "The Dallas Cowboys may be America's team, but the Houston Oilers are Texas' team."

8. Classic Earl Campbell Quote #1 (in response to a reporter's question about Campbell's difficulty completing a one-mile run during training camp): "When it's first and a mile, I won't give it to him."

9. Classic Earl Campbell Quote #2: "I don't know if he's in a class by himself, but I do know that when that class gets together it sure don't take long to call the roll."

23 posted on 10/18/2013 9:52:31 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I've never seen such a conclave of minstrels in my life.")
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To: Dysart

Ah, that’s a shame. A real character back when Texas’s other NFL coach seemingly wore the same suit, tie, hat and expression for the better part of three decades. A real pity he never got to kick that door down.


24 posted on 10/18/2013 10:03:41 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Dysart

RIP
He was one of the reasons I love Texas. Never gave up even in the 1977-9 seasons..


25 posted on 10/18/2013 10:04:11 PM PDT by montanajoe
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To: Dysart
Thank you, Bum, for some of the most fun years of our lives! Football has never been the same since the Luv Ya Blue days.

Houston Oilers #1!

P.S. to Bud Adams: Bite me!

26 posted on 10/18/2013 10:11:26 PM PDT by ru4liberty
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To: ru4liberty

You do know they stole that song from the Miami Dolphins.


27 posted on 10/18/2013 10:11:52 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Alberta's Child

I was an Oiler’s fan at the time, only because Pastorini sounded like “pastrami”, and I loved pastrami as a kid. But as a skins fan, I loved the contrast between him and the coach of the other team in Texas, whatever it was, and really appreciated Phillips’ style.


28 posted on 10/18/2013 10:13:41 PM PDT by jjsheridan5 (what would efren do?)
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To: ru4liberty
P.S. to Bud Adams: Bite me!

Well said.

29 posted on 10/18/2013 10:14:59 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

So I’ve heard, but I could never figure out why the Miami Dolphins would want to sing a song praising the Houston Oilers. :)


30 posted on 10/18/2013 10:15:44 PM PDT by ru4liberty
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To: Dysart

The hat would probably be outlawed by the NFL suits today. Tonight the hat hangs on a hook in a BBQ shack in Heaven.

RIP Bum.


31 posted on 10/18/2013 10:29:23 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Snickering Hound

That would be a 15 yard penalty and ejection today.


32 posted on 10/18/2013 10:30:39 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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Tribute to Bum Phillips
33 posted on 10/18/2013 10:45:49 PM PDT by ru4liberty
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To: Dysart

As a young kid I remember, during an Oilers game, a TV announcer saying that Bum Philips never wore a hat indoors (ie. the Astrodome) out of respect for the Almighty

I grew up in NY so wasn’t an Oilers fan, but even as young kid I found it classy, and memorable.


34 posted on 10/18/2013 10:58:36 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
A real character back when Texas’s other NFL coach seemingly wore the same suit, tie, hat and expression for the better part of three decades.

Both were great Christian men....It takes all kinds.

35 posted on 10/18/2013 11:02:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Dysart

Bum Phillips’ home was about a half a mile from where I lived when I was growing up, just across the highway from the Country Store in Dewalt, TX. So much has changed out there. Tempus fugit. Rest in peace, Mr. Phillips.


36 posted on 10/19/2013 12:07:55 AM PDT by Qilin
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To: Huskrrrr

Was x-raying pipe there at about that time. I’ll always remember Bum for the story about him teaching Earl Campbell how to read and write. A truly great sportsman.


37 posted on 10/19/2013 12:08:03 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again,")
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To: Huskrrrr
There was nothing like football in the Astrodome.

I saw Earl Campbell and the Oilers play the Rams on Sept 24, 1978. The Rams won 10-6.

38 posted on 10/19/2013 12:15:17 AM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Mike Darancette
That would be a 15 yard penalty and ejection today.

That's running Larry Csonka style. His line didn't block for him. They got out of his way. And he does have an unnecessary roughness penalty to his credit.

39 posted on 10/19/2013 12:15:18 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Dysart
Bum had some great quotes. His best was about Don Shula's coaching abilities:

"He can take his'n and beat your'n and take your'n and beat his'n."

40 posted on 10/19/2013 12:25:34 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Moonman62

That’s Earl Campbell I believe.


41 posted on 10/19/2013 12:32:11 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Mike Darancette
Yep its Earl. The scary part about him is when he entered the NFL his thighs were each 34 inches in diameter. After he got to the Oilers and went through conditioning his thighs went down to 31 inches all pure muscle.

He didn't just run over people he exploded into them and they usually crumpled to the ground.

42 posted on 10/19/2013 12:40:05 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Dysart

A little tidbit about Bum:

Phillips played football at Lamar College (now Lamar University) in Beaumont, Texas, but enlisted in the United States Marine Corps shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor. He became one of the elite Marine Raiders.


43 posted on 10/19/2013 12:45:51 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Mike Darancette

Yes it is, but it’s the same style as Csonka. Riggins would probably in that class, too.


44 posted on 10/19/2013 12:47:56 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Artie

Bum, Chuck Noll, Tom Landry....last of the great coaches.
Those were the days.


45 posted on 10/19/2013 2:46:01 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Moonman62

That’s why he’s crippled today.


46 posted on 10/19/2013 3:59:56 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Mark17

It seemed that the Rams always lost back in the 70s and early 80s. I was a fan as a kid back then.

Back then I liked pro ball but gave up in the mid 80s.

RIP Bum.


47 posted on 10/19/2013 4:22:26 AM PDT by wally_bert (There are no winners in a game of losers. I'm Tommy Joyce, welcome to the Oriental Lounge.)
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To: Dysart

Bum Phillips, Dante Pastorini, Kenny Burrough, Earl Campbell, Billy “White Shoes” Johnson ...

Those guys knew how to put on a show! Good memories.

R.I.P. Bum.


48 posted on 10/19/2013 5:23:37 AM PDT by OkiMusashi (Beware the fury of a patient man. --- John Dryden)
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To: Dysart

Thank you Coach!!!

See you soon!!!


49 posted on 10/19/2013 6:16:10 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: Dysart
I remember the 'luv you blue' period with the Oilers.

Couldn't get past those Steelers!

50 posted on 10/19/2013 7:39:41 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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