End of era: Ode to Texas Stadium
You know you're getting old when the stadiums of your youth, the ones that hold your fondest memories, are suddenly up for demolition.
If I ever find out the time has come for UCLA's Pauley Pavilion, I'll fly 3,000 miles and have a fistfight with the wrecking ball. Same with Dodger Stadium. Don't let me find a bulldozer anywhere near 1000 Elysian Park Ave.
While I have no deep attachment to Texas Stadium, football fans of a certain age have to be a little sad to see it go. The Dallas Cowboys have just four more home games there, and then the team will move to its sparkling new digs in Arlington. The old stadium in Irving will fall.
One of my favorite stories in the book recalls the 1993 Thanksgiving Day game in the snow against the Dolphins. That's the day when the Cowboys blocked a late field goal attempt by
I can still hear the voice of one of the announcers: "Leon Lett, oh, Leon Lett!"
Engel also explains how camera crews have long hated Texas Stadium because of the shadows created by the hole in the roof. At the same, though, NFL Films happened upon one of the more memorable shots in league history -- the silhouette of
Who can forget
Six years ago, I was assigned the Redskins-Cowboys Thanksgiving Game at Texas Stadium. It was my first trip there. While I was sad to be away from my family on an important holiday, the Cowboys organization put out a nice spread with all the fixings -- turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, the works.
The game on the field wasn't bad either. The Cowboys-Redskins rivalry, one of the best in sports, was especially hot that season. That was the year that new Redskins coach
The Redskins led 14-10 at halftime and took a 20-17 lead into the fourth quarter. That's when the Cowboys responded. Dallas quarterback
The game ended when the Cowboys intercepted Washington rookie quarterback
Unless my travels take me to Dallas one more time this season, my last trip to Texas Stadium was January, when the Giants beat the Cowboys in their NFC divisional playoff.
It was an honor to spend a few more hours in a building where