Twitter Mailbag: Saying goodbye to Bum


Before we get to today's Twitter mailbag, wanted to spend a moment on a man who shaped Houston's professional football history.

Bum Phillips, a man as Texas as can be, died Friday evening at the age of 90. I'd urge you to read the stories by the Houston Chronicle's John McClain and Dale Robertson, both of whom covered the Oilers and knew Phillips well.

McClain spoke with Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips about his dad.

Robertson recalls Bum's life and ends his story with a the best quotes from a coach who said what he thought. Some great stuff there. One of the best: "I joined the Marine Corps. I learned my lesson. I never joined anything again in my life. I went in as a private and, 31 months later, I came out a private. I thought they couldn’t win that war without me. Then I got in there and I thought they couldn’t win because of me. I was no hero. The guys who died fighting were the heroes. And the Marine Corps was real spit and polish. I wasn’t."

A newcomer learns quickly what a big part the Phillips name plays in the city's football history and since I've arrived, McClain and Robertson both have helped me understand that.

We move from that solemn note to this week's Twitter mailbag, where we'll chat about the Texans' fate in Kansas City. Thanks, as always, for your questions.