NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tuesday marks the 20th anniversary of the Oilers/Titans first preseason game in the state after they relocated form Houston.
John Glennon of The Tennessean details the early days of the relocated Tennessee Oilers.
It brought back all sorts of memories for me.
I had been covering the team for over a year at that point.
The Tennessean hired me in 1996 to cover the Houston Oilers’ final season in Texas and then the legal wrangling that got them out of their lease and freed them for what would be a year commuting from Nashville to Memphis, a year at Vanderbilt Stadium and, finally, the 1999 move into what is now Nissan Stadium.
Jeff Fisher told Glennon about wet floors at his hotel room.
My favorite story about the Memphis year also relates to the team hotel.
Players hated the grimy place. They quickly decided things didn’t change much from one visit to the next, which could span a couple weeks.
Several began carving their initials into the small bars of soap in their showers.
Sure enough, when they returned for the next home game on the road and were assigned the same room, they could identify their soap as it remained in use.
This week the team unveiled a first-class refurbished headquarters and locker room.
Undoubtedly, the soap dispensers are constantly refilled.