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The Shreveport Steamer, who began their franchise as the Houston Texans, was a professional football team in the World Football League. The franchise began the 1974 season located in Houston, Texas as the Texans, playing their home games at the Houston Astrodome. During the end of their first season, the team relocated to Shreveport, Louisiana and were renamed the Shreveport Steamer. The team played at the 30,000-seat State Fair Stadium, now named The Independence Stadium. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... WFL logo The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. ... “Houston” redirects here. ... The Reliant Astrodome, formerly just the Astrodome, is a domed sports stadium in Houston, Texas, and is part of the Reliant Park complex. ... : Port City , River City , Rachet City : The Next Great City of the South United States Louisiana Caddo 117. ... Independence Stadium is a stadium located at the Fairgrounds in Shreveport, Louisiana. ...

The WFL Texans survived in Houston for 11 games. (In week 12, the Houston Texans were scheduled to play in Birmingham against the Americans. The 3-7-1 club, according to the Birmingham game programs, were called the "Houston Texans" as the programs were printed well in advance. One Buffalo, New York newspaper identified the Texans as just "Louisiana" while others either printed the team as Shreveport or Houston in the WFL standings.) In that game at Legion Field, the team not only lost the game, 42-14, but also lost their head coach, Jim Garrett as he was suspended and eventually fired from the league, and their quarterback, former AFL-NFL veteran Mike Taliaferro. Taliaferro (pronounced Tolliver) retired rather than move with the team to Shreveport. The city of Shreveport received the team on September 18, 1974 by inheriting the Houston Texans . Rumors had swirled several days earlier that the financially troubled Detroit Wheels might be moved to Shreveport. Instead the metropolis of 188,000 inherited the equally debt-ridden Texans. is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ...

Before planting the transplanted franchise into Shreveport ground, the league ran into a snag. L.A. Frey & Sons, a hotdog company filed a restraining order, preventing the team from leaving Houston until they played one more game at the Astrodome. The Texans and L.A. Frey & Sons had signed a promotion in which four Frey hotdog labels would get you one ticket for $1. The company worried that their reputation and sales would be ruined if the promotion wouldn't go through as scheduled. One Texans official testified in court, claiming that the Shreveport opener would attract some 30,000 fans. If the game were to be played in Houston, against Memphis who had demolished the Texans 45-0 no less, said the official, they would draw no more than 2,500 at the Astrodome. After hearing both sides, a Houston court judge granted the Texans its freedom from Houston to move to Shreveport. A large hot dog with ketchup A hot dog is classified as a type of sausage or, alternatively, a sandwich on a suitably shaped bun with the sausage and condiments on it. ...

On September 23, 1974, the old Houston Texans were rechristened the Shreveport Steamer. The franchise, according to the WFL, was operated on a "play now, pay later" basis. It showcased a number of veterans and a few rookies. Among the green and gold were ambidextrous quarterback and former University of Houston star D. C. Nobles, along with several former AFL stars: fullback Jim Nance, wide receivers Don Maynard and Rick Eber, tight end Willie Frazier, and defensive players Garland Boyette, Al Dotson, and rookie John Villapiano, brother of Oakland Raiders defender Phil Villapiano. The team was coached by Marshall Taylor, a former star player at Tennessee Tech. is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1974 (MCMLXXIV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. ... University of Houston redirects here. ... James S. Jim Nance (December 30, 1942 - June 16, 1992) was a fullback with the Boston Patriots during their days in the American Football League. ... The very first New York Titan, Don Maynard (born 1935) of Texas Western College (now University of Texas at El Paso) was an example of the lack of player-evaluation skills of NFL teams in the 1960s. ... Tennessee Technological University, popularly known as Tennessee Tech, is an accredited public university located in Cookeville, Tennessee, a small city located approximately eighty miles east of Nashville. ...

The Steamer made their debut two nights later, on September 25 in their new home against the Memphis Southmen, the new Steamer played in front of just over 22,000 fans. Although they went on to lose, 17-3, Shreveport's performance on the field improved, albeit slightly. They did upset the Birmingham Americans, who had defeated prior to their relocation, in a 31-0 thrashing at State Fair Stadium, and came back to down the Charlotte Hornets, 19-14. (The Hornets incidentally had their uniforms seized by sheriffs for an unpaid laundry bill while they were the New York Stars.) is the 268th day of the year (269th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Memphis Southmen was a franchise in the World Football League which operated in 1974 and 1975. ... The Birmingham Americans were the most successful of the World Football League franchises. ...

Losing to the Portland Storm and Birmingham in the final two weeks, the Steamer finished in Louisiana with a 4-4 record, after going a dismal 3-8-1 while known as the Houston Texans. Nonetheless, their overall record was 7-12-1. The Portland Storm were an American football team based out of Portland, Oregon, playing in the World Football League. ...

The Shreveport Steamer reappeared, as did the WFL, for the 1975 season. Right from the start both the boats and the resurrected league itself struggled. The second Chicago franchise died September 2, after five games. After going a mediocre 5-7 record with the franchise just about out of money, the Steamer and the WFL sank permanently on October 22, 1975. The second WFL ceased operations a little more than halfway through its campaign. On December 3, 1975, right near the end of the 1975 season, the Steamer held an auction of its remains. Selling enough helmets, jerseys, and other items to pay off its debts. See also: 1974 in sports, other events of 1975, 1976 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics August 12, In Gothenburg, Sweden, New Zealander, John Walker set a new world record becoming the first man to break 3:50 for the mile when he clocked 3:49. ... is the 245th day of the year (246th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 295th day of the year (296th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 337th day of the year (338th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

World Football League
Birmingham Americans (1974) | Birmingham Vulcans (1975) | Charlotte Stars (1974) | Charlotte Hornets (1974-75) | Chicago Fire (1974) | Chicago Winds (1975) | Detroit Wheels (1974) | Florida Blazers (1974) | The Hawaiians (1974-75) | Houston Texans (1974) | Jacksonville Sharks (1974) | Jacksonville Express (1975) | Memphis Southmen (1974-75) | New York Stars (1974) | Philadelphia Bell (1974-75) | Portland Storm (1974) | Portland Thunder (1975) | San Antonio Wings (1975) | Shreveport Steamer (1974-75) | Southern California Sun (1974-75)

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