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Old Navy selling shirt that says Texans were 1961 AFC champions (Picture)

If you’re going to start a line of NFL-themed clothing called the NFL Team Champions Collection, it’s probably a decent idea to know who the champions were and when they won the championships. Old Navy had a decent idea with the collection, but unfortunately their historical accuracy leaves a lot to be desired.

As you can see from the photo above that The Big Lead shared with us, Old Navy has crowned the Texans the 1961 AFC champions. One problem with that is that the Texans were not a franchise in 1961. The other is that there was no such thing as the AFC in 1961.

It’s possible the shirts are referring to the Houston Oilers, who won the AFL title in 1961. The Oilers, however, are now the Tennessee Titans — not the Texans.  The mistakes were not limited to Texans shirts, as Old Navy has also called the Lions the 1957 NFC champions and the Browns the 1964 NFC champions. They also crowned the 1968 Jets and 1969 Chiefs NFL champions.

At the very least, Texans fans can take comfort in knowing it was Old Navy that screwed the facts up and not their own team. Redskins fans can’t exactly say the same.

Male Dixon Hernandez tries out with 1,000 women to become Texans cheerleader (Video)

Around 1,000 people tried out to become one of the 35 cheerleaders for the Houston Texans over the weekend, and there was something unique about one of the candidates: Dixon Hernandez tried out for the team despite being the only male in attendance.

Hernandez is a young man from Houston and he decided to give it a shot.

“I was like, ‘why not try out, and just go for it and have some fun?’ I’m here to have fun, and for the experience and, you know, just to see what it’s all about,” Hernandez said in an interview with KTRK. “Who wouldn’t want to be a Texans Cheerleader?”

Hernandez has expressed a desire to become a Texans cheerleader for the past few months, and he told the TV station he’s planning to try out again next year if he doesn’t make the squad this year.

The Texans don’t appear to have any gender-based restrictions for their cheerleader team, but male cheerleaders have been a controversial subject for years. However, if Hernandez is anything like this amazing male Chinese cheerleader, they should definitely put him on the team.

The Texans cut Eric Winston two weeks ago but still want him to buy a suite

The Houston Texans sales staff may need to update their mailing lists. Offensive lineman Eric Winston was surprisingly released by the team two and a half weeks ago, but that didn’t stop them from sending him the above letter asking him to purchase a suite for the upcoming season. Winston signed a four-year $22 million deal with the Chiefs a few days later, so he can afford all the suites that he wants. I’m just guessing his purchases will go toward Chiefs games.

Nothing signifies personal touch quite like sending a mailer to a fired employee.

Picture credit: Eric Winston
Thanks to Robert Neagli for the tip

Texans Division Champion Souvenir Cups Feature Players from Past Teams (Picture)

Considering the Texans have never been to a playoff game before, perhaps we should give them a break. Houston is heading to the 2011 playoffs as the No. 3 in the AFC. This is all new to them, so maybe they don’t know how things work on the souvenir front. One general rule of thumb is that you want to feature current players on any items that have members of the team plastered on them. As State of the Texans pointed out, Houston failed to do that with their AFC South Champion souvenir cups.

The cups feature four players who are no longer with the team: Dunta Robinson, John Busing, Amobi Okoye, and Bernard Pollard. Maybe the Texans were so shocked they made the playoffs that they were unprepared and had to take old cups and have “AFC South Champions” printed on them. We’ve seen something like this happen before after Donovan McNabb left Washington, but you would think a team would be more careful when creating playoff memorabilia. Rookies make mistakes. Let’s just hope they learn from them.

Who is the Favorite to Reach the Super Bowl from this Year’s Mediocre AFC?

This has truly been a strange year in the NFL.  Granted, every year is strange in the world of professional football.  We have teams that start out smoking hot and finish the season 6-10.  We have others that start out 1-4 and scratch and claw their way into the playoffs.  This season, however, seems to be more of a mystery than ever — particularly in the AFC.  The Packers are the clear-cut favorite to win the NFC and the Super Bowl at this point, but what about the rest?  With the AFC up for grabs, here’s a look at the teams that are in the hunt. We start with the least likely to play in Indianapolis on Feb. 5 and end with the most.

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Raiders Beat Texans With Only 10 Men on Field for Final Play

Maybe the spirit of Al Davis was truly guiding the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.

The Raiders beat the Texans in Houston 25-20 thanks to a Michael Huff interception on the final play of the game. Houston was at the five yard line and had an excellent chance to score, but Huff stepped in front of receiver Jacoby Jones to pick off Matt Schaub’s throw.

The amazing part about Oakland’s triumph is that they only had 10 men on the field for the play. Astute Raiders fan Preston Jones made the observation and notified several Raiders reporters.

Beating the Texans as a road underdog was already a major accomplishment for the 3-2 Raiders. Winning the game on the final play with only 10 men on the field is even more impressive. Maybe this was Al Davis paying his team back for their Sunday tribute.

You can see a video of the play at NFL.com

Prime Time Preview: Cowboys at Texans

This week, our LBS Week 3 Prime Time Preview takes us to Houston for a crucial match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans, as they battle for bragging rights in the Lonestar State. Last week’s Game of The Week proved to be a good one, with Randy Moss making a ridiculous catch but the Jets coming out on top, 28-14, over New England. I know, I picked the Pats to win. It’s the best game of the week for a reason people so cut me some slack.

Why Should I Watch?

For starters, the Texans are exciting to watch if you’re like the casual fan and love to see an up-and-comer.  They seem to get better and better each year and may finally make the playoffs when all is said and done in 2010.  Their offense is one of the most explosive in the NFL and Andre Johnson is one of the game’s most exciting players.  More importantly, the Cowboys should be playing with incredible urgency.  If they fall to 0-3, their chances of making the playoffs are extremely slim.  It’s a must-win for Dallas or their fans will start to crucify them, especially with this year’s Super Bowl being held at The House that Jerry Built.

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