Pundit to Priest Podcast: Former Houston Chronicle Sportswriter Reminisces About the Oilers

Rev. Ed Fowler is a guest on Episode 189 of “Good Seats Still Available”

By BEN GOSS

We’re thrilled to bring you a special weekend treat from our friends at the wildly popular “Good Seats Still Available” sports history podcast, who recently caught up with a personality who’s probably quite familiar to Oiler fans.

Rev. Ed Fowler covered sports for newspapers for almost 30 years.

Stops included the Austin American-Statesman, the Kansas City Star, the Chicago Daily News, and the Houston Chronicle.

Fowler also hosted a daily radio show in Houston for several years and appeared as a panelist on a weekly television show on KTRK.

He is the author of Loser Takes All, an insightful look at Oilers owner Bud Adams, the Oiler franchise, and the brand of football they played.

At age 47, Fowler left his sportswriting career after coming to saving faith and yielding to Christian ministry.

Rev. Ed Fowler

Since that time, he has served as an elder and Sunday school teacher, launched a ministry to ex-offenders, served on the boards of a classical Christian school and a church-based community development organization in Houston’s inner-city, and led a nursing-home ministry.

Fowler has also mentored men in Prison Fellowship’s InnerChange Freedom Initiative program, taught a journalism class for offenders in that program, and served as the prison newsletter advisor.

Today, he serves as the second vicar of All Saints Anglican Church in Tulsa where his responsibilities carried him on May 5, 2013, after serving as curate of St. Francis Anglican Church in Houston. 

“Good Seats Still Available” is a curious little podcast devoted to the exploration of what used-to-be in professional sports.

Each week, host Tim Hanlon interviews former players, owners, broadcasters, beat reporters, and famous super fans of teams and leagues that have come and gone as he attempts to unearth some of the most wild and woolly moments in (often forgotten) sports history.

Click here to listen to Episode 189: The Houston Oilers – With Fr. Ed Fowler.

Ben Goss is the founder and publisher of the Miss Ya Blue! media outlet, part of his Red Seat Strategy conglomerate, along with his Long Ball City baseball brand. The Mississippi native has been a college professor for more than 20 years and teaches in the area of sport business, something he did as a child before he knew it was an industry or field of study. Among the highlights of his life and career are publishing a baseball card newsletter in fourth grade before Beckett’s did, building an entire cardboard multipurpose domed stadium in sixth grade, perfect scores on every paper he ever wrote on the Boston Celtics in high school and college, sports editor of his middle school and high school newspapers, part-time sportswriter for his hometown newspaper, associate sports editor of his college newspaper (the only journalism minor to hold an editorial position at that time), serving as a color commentator for two college baseball teams and an arena football team, and adopting a pit bull that had been rescued from euthanization.

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