Victorians conflicted about idea of third Texas NFL team
Aug. 5, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
Updated Aug. 5, 2014 at 11:36 p.m.
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NFL fans in Victoria and the Crossroads had mixed reactions to the possibility of the Oakland Raiders relocating to San Antonio and joining the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans as Texas' professional football teams.
News reports surfaced last week that Raiders owner Mark Davis met with San Antonio city officials.
But Davis declined to disclose details of the meeting or if he has any interest in moving the franchise to the city.
People from this area had different opinions about the recent reports. Some of them embraced the possibility, and some turned down the idea.
"I think it's going to be real exciting for San Antonio," Leonard McAngus, Victoria West's five-year head football coach, said. He said he was born and raised a Dallas Cowboy fan.
"It would be a real positive thing," he added. "It's good for our state. I think our state can handle three professional football teams."
Another Cowboy fan, Dustin Meaux, the first-year head football coach for St. Joseph, shares McAngus' sentiments.
"San Antonio is a great sports city," said Meaux, 29, of Victoria. "The population is into football. I think they'll be accepting for sure. They'll have a great fan base. I think San Antonio has what they need to be successful."
Some doubt the move will happen, and for them, San Antonio already has plenty of silver and black, which are the colors of both the five-time and 2014 NBA champion San Antonio Spurs - who also use white - and the Raiders.
"There's not enough silver and black to go around," said Mike Malik, 24, of Yoakum, who follows fantasy football. "It would be cool, but I just don't see it happening."
"San Antonio is Spurs nation," said Alicia Romano, 33, of Victoria, a Cowboys fan. "There's only room for one silver and black."
The move could potentially create a new fan base in San Antonio, but Texas NFL fans are devoted to their teams, according to Romano.
"Texans fans are too loyal," added Romano, "and Cowboys fans are too loyal. They can't handle it."
Preston Jameson, meanwhile, is all for the move.
"Texas is big enough for three basketball teams," said Jameson, 22, of Victoria. The Spurs, the Dallas Mavericks and the Houston Rockets are Texas' three NBA teams. "And it's big enough for three football teams."
Currently, there are three states with three NFL professional teams.
California has the San Francisco 49ers, the San Diego Chargers and the Raiders.
Florida's teams include the Miami Dolphins, the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In New York, there are the New York Giants and the New York Jets - both play in New Jersey - and the Buffalo Bills.
If the Raiders move to San Antonio, Texas would have three teams: the Cowboys, the Texans and the San Antonio Raiders, if the owners stick with that name.
Then, California would join Ohio (Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns), Missouri (St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs) and Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles) as states with two football teams.
The Baltimore Ravens are based in Maryland. The Washington Redskins are based in Washington, D.C., which is a federal district, not a state. The New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers, of course, represent more than one state.
The Advocate's readers on social media also had mixed feelings.
On Facebook, here's what they had to say:
"That's all Texas needs is three losing teams," said Travis Quinney.
Douglas Jensen said he's "all for it."
"Won't ever happen. Raiders just trying to get leverage for new stadium. Besides, better move for them would be L.A. - a lot more money and people," said Derrick Thurmond.
Joel Reyna said, "It's a joke."
"It's a decoy just to get Oakland officials nervous enough to build a new stadium," according to Gabriel Lee Pruett.
Shawn Alexander said "it would be good for the city."
The Raiders played in Oakland from 1960 to 1981 and moved to Los Angeles in 1982 before Al Davis moved them back to Oakland in 1995. They won the Super Bowl in 1976, 1980 and 1983.
They play in the West division of the American Football Conference (AFC).
The Raiders are in the final season of their lease in Oakland. If the team decides to move to San Antonio, it would require approval from 24 of the league's 32 owners.
Reports said the Alamodome, the former home of the Spurs, would serve as a temporary home for the Raiders until a new stadium is built.
Jameson said the move all depends on how well the Raiders, who went 4-12 a year ago, fare this season.
"I would love to see them come," he said, "but it depends on Oakland. If they have a great year this year, then they just might keep the Raiders."