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Cowboys Stadium: A Fan’s Eye View

I have had the absolute luxury of attending four home games this year, in our inaugural season in the new, breathtaking stadium. I also attended the Big 12 Championship game between Texas and Nebraska, but that being said let me start from the beginning.

The first game I went to was Monday Night Football against the Panthers. I was so dang excited and in awe of the stadium that I am thankful I went in several hours early to take it all in.The fans were pretty lively as the minutes ticked away to the kickoff, as a matter of fact I specifically remember getting the chills when they played the intro to MNF on the big screen and when we all heard the anthem to MNF everyone was going crazy …and then we watched a half that ended with Carolina up 3-0. That does sort of take the wind out of your sails.

I sat in the upper level for this game and there were several groups trying to start chants and even the dreaded wave, and it was a decent atmosphere. There were a lot of cheers during the defensive series.

The second game I attended was a 3 o’clock kickoff vs Atlanta. I was very lucky to get free lower level tickets on the 15th row. This is where I saw a marked difference. There was little to zero passion down there. As a matter of fact, there were at least 10 empty seats on our row! The face value of these tickets were $375.00 each, so I seriously doubt that someone would pay that and just decide not to go, so they must have belonged to some gigantoid corporation.

I remember early on in that game texting my friend who was in the 200 level and telling him that there was no hype, no excitement. This was during one of our best wins of the season. Sam Hurd was dancing and waving his arms before every kickoff to get the fans into it, and this would work to an extent. I almost felt bad once, because I stood up on a 3rd down to cheer and looked around and I was the only one.

So, on that occasion it was NOT a great atmosphere. I loved the view, but not the vibe.

My third game was Thanksgiving and again, I was in the upper level. This game was sort of a tweener, sometimes really good, sometimes very quiet. Miles Austin brought the biggest cheer of the day when he was doing a little celebrating on the bench and it was shown on the big screen. He was smiling and holding his arms up and the place went nuts.

Overall, this being a holiday game and a very lackluster opponent, I was a little disappointed in the atmosphere.

Now, about last week’s game against the Chargers. I was shocked to see so many San Diego fans! This must have just not translated to the TV because this was a loud game. The fans knew how important this game was, and if not, then the loud, obnoxious Chargers fans put a little life into them. The 4th and goal debacle and lack of points took some steam of off things, but I really enjoyed Sunday’s game from an atmosphere standpoint.

I have some theories to why things seem to be the way you wrote… but first, let me just say that the most insane, intense game was without question the Big 12 Championship.

With the crowd split about 65/35, there was never a quiet moment, the marching bands in the stands filled every break with fight songs and such, and the colors were vibrant… it seems that every person in the building was wearing red or burnt orange. It was an amazing experience.

Now, my theories on why the stadium is or can be quiet.

First theory: the product on the field. Let’s be real and honest with ourselves as die-hard fans. We are disappointed right now, we have no consistency, we can’t seem to make the defensive stops we need so badly, cheering or not! The offense racks up yards but can’t put points on the board and we are very unsure about our head coach. Just because we don’t boo doesn’t mean we are not concerned.

If we as knowledgeable fans feel this way, imagine the schmucks and trophy wives that sit down along the first level, they don’t know anything but when the Cowboys score it’s good and when they don’t it’s bad. While this may be a reflection on ticket prices, I believe it’s more of a reflection on casual fans.

Secondly, the aforementioned ticket prices. When you out-price the average joe, then you lose your most passionate fans. If there is one thing I walk aways from thinking after each game, is that this is NO Texas Stadium, in both good and bad ways; I remember being at many games there and while you would freeze your you-know-what off trying to walk to a 30-year old bathroom. You had an awesome time screaming and yelling and cheering.

I recall a Sunday night game four years ago, the first home game against the Redskins and it was electric. When Romo hit Terry Glenn in the endzone for a TD, my friends and I went crazy, jumping and chest bumping and so was everyone else. You just don’t see that now at the new place. There is no community of fans, no tradition yet.

And my last theory: the big TV. It is amazing, the most awe inspiring thing you could imagine but it draws people in like a tractor beam. You just sit there and stare at it. I have weened myself off of it to an extent this year and now am able to actually watch the live game below, but look around and everyone is sitting back, eating their popcorn watching the game on TV. It almost brainwashes people into forgetting they are AT A GAME!

Who knows, maybe these could all have a little truth to them, or maybe none at all. I am with you and with Roy, and I try to do my little part. I know that winning and consistency cure all. The fans, for the most part, start off with good intentions. It’s those 7-6 games against the Redskins that seem to turn even the best intentions, into disappointing actions.

I want to give it time, let the stadium grow it’s own traditions. Let’s get some landmark victories in there and let’s let the corporate suits give their tickets away to clients for now, and as time goes by we can hope that the stadium becomes more accessible to the true fans! Go COWBOYS!

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Merry Christmas Starstruck

Hello Cowboys fans and Lonestarstruck lovers!

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish a very Merry Christmas to Kelly and her family. Kelly (Starstruck) is an amazing lady with talent like I’ve never seen. Her passion for The Dallas Cowboys shows in every thing she creates. She does so much for Cowboys fans and puts so many hours of work into this blog site and the graphics she creates. I am constantly in awe of Kelly.

We’ve been so fortunate lately to begin to really acquire some good writing on here. It’s a terrific group of people. I am so pleased for Kelly’s sake that this site is becoming so successful and attracting such awesome people. It’s Kelly’s standard of excellence that has set the bar and is bringing these great people her way.

I met Kelly on myspace just a little less than 2 years ago and I have grown to know her and love her as a very very close friend. I can’t express my affection for her in words. We have a deep love for our boys (we each have an only child) and we have a ridiculous love for The Dallas Cowboys. In having that in common, we had a foundation to build a beautiful friendship and mutual respect for each other. I feel incredibly blessed to be closing out 2007 with Kelly as a daily part of my life.

I know you all appreciate her as much as I do so if you would just shout out in the comments here and let her know, it will mean the world to her.

THANK YOU FOR ALL THAT YOU DO MY SWEET PRECIOUS FRIEND.

I can’t wait to see what you’re going to come up with next. It just keeps getting better all the time. 

GO COWBOYS! and GO LONESTARSTRUCK.COM

Man It Feels Good To Be A Cowboys Fan

Whats up StarStruckers. I want to take a few seconds and introduce myself. I’m Chuck, Die Hard Cowboys fan and the newest addition to the LoneStarStruck team.  I’m honored to be associated with all you fantastic Cowboys fans out there and I’m eagerly excited to meet each and everyone of you. I hope you guys enjoy my posts and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this outstanding season.

Can you believe this 2007 NFL Season that we’re having? I’m in total awe with each team in the league thus far. Even the poor Dolphins that hadn’t won a game yet.  There’s been so many things going on in the league this year its leading me to believe that this has been one of the greatest seasons I have seen.  All time NFL records getting broken left and right, teams changing QB’s like they change socks, fines for celebrating in the end zone after touchdowns (that has only made them better), and need I mention all the franchise records the Cowboys are shattering? Just really hate that with all the good things going on this year we have had to lose a few great players to unnecessary crimes. It puts a damper on the great things happening. But on the upside it has brought even the worst of rivals to come together. That shows enormous class!

Lets get geared up for Sunday shall we?

If going into Sunday’s game being on the verge of clinching the NFC East division title for the first time since 1998 wasn’t enough motivation for a win, Bradie James and Terence Newman have some other motivation for this win.  John Kitna ran his mouth last year after the Lions beat the Cowboys in a meaningless last game of the season. Kitna called James out saying he looked like he didn’t know where he was at during the game! My money goes toward James letting Kitna know exactly where he’s going to be at! Kitna also called out T-New saying he’s no Trufont! I also bet Kitna won’t be throwing Newman’s way!

With some help from some other teams losing Sunday we are also on the verge of obtaining a first round bye in the playoffs as well.  Can You Feel it Fans?  Cowboys are smoking hott, and they’re looking better every week!  I just can’t wait till Terry Glenn comes back! There will be no stopping us!

Man It Feels Good To Be A Cowboys Fan!!

QUICK HIT-   Tony Romo was named NFC offensive player of the Week!

The Cowboys have now claimed a weekly award five times this season, the most since 1993 (seven).  Romo has a chance to break Roger Staubach’s 36-year-old club record for highest quarterback rating in team history of 104.8 in 1971, a Super Bowl season for the Cowboys.

Other team records Romo can achieve this season include most completions in a season. With 252, Romo needs 83 in the last four games to break Danny White’s record of 334 in 1983. Romo (3,352) is also just 629 yards from breaking White’s single-season record of 3,980 passing yards, also set in 1983.

How Bout Them Cowboys!!!