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Cowboys Extra Points: Everything’s Bigger in Texas

extrapts2The new home of the Dallas Cowboys will be featured on the Science Channel on Monday at 9:00 p.m. central time. For an hour the program “Build It Bigger” will explore the biggest stadium ever built in the United States.

While discussing the trade talks and rumors of Anquan Boldin former Giants defensive star Michael Strahan made a sly remark:

“Playing in Arizona’s not so bad. He could be with T.O. in Buffalo. It’s colder up there.”

The Star-Telegram brought up a great point in a recent article. The Cowboys need a punt returner. We have our kickoff return man in Felix Jones, but Patrick Crayton, who has been filling the position, really needs to be replaced on Special Teams.

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Cowboys Tough Start to Season, Early Analysis

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The NFL schedule has been released and it makes for some good day dreaming and predictions for all……I had to join in the fun and share with all of you all.

In my early opinion, it is a tough schedule. There are 3 occasions where we have back-to-back road games, we have an early bye week, and travel to New York in December, that ugly stadium is never a good place to be at any time of the year, but especially in the dead of winter.

I also noticed that we play two teams that I think are going to make a step up this year in Seattle and Kansas City. I will hold out on my overall season prediction, because it can be so subjective and things can change so rapidly in the NFL,  but here is my take on the first “quarter” of the season:

WEEK 1 – @ Tampa Bay - The Boys start the season on the road for the second straight year. This should be like last year’s opener, a convincing win. The Buccaneers are in rebuilding mode, Dallas should be ready to get things started on the right foot. A slow start with a big second half should end in a 31-13 victory. RECORD: 1-0 (0-0)

WEEK 2 – vs NY Giants - The NFL did us no favors with the G-Men opening up the new stadium in Arlington. A tough matchup every time, the Giants will be fired up to ruin our party on national TV.  In a playoff atmosphere, The Boys will be hoping to show an improved run defense and it will be imperative in this game. This is truly a toss-up, but you have to believe we will pull off a thrilling win in the opening game in our new house, 27-24. RECORD: 2-0 (1-0)

WEEK 3 – vs Carolina – A tough follow-up to the emotional home opener, on Monday Night Football to boot. The Panthers will be attacking the Boys new-look secondary with Delhomme and Steve Smith, and it could make for a long night. Romo shines on the big stage but it won’t be enough as the Cowboys take their first loss of the season, and in the new house, and over-reaction ensues as it becomes official that we won’t go undefeated due to a 31-27 loss. RECORD: 2-1 (1-0)

WEEK 4 – @ Denver - We travel to the Mile High city fresh off the first defeat and face a Broncos team minus their pro-bowl QB and long time head coach, I anticipate they will be starting to find their footing by week 4 and it makes for a tough game, on the road. We look sluggish in the first hald but then turn loose the rushing attack to grind out a nail biting victory and the Cowboys nation rejoices in a 3-1 start thanks to a 17-10 win. RECORD: 3-1 (1-0)

WEEK 5 – @ Kansas City………………….

I am just very glad to see the dates and times that we will all be gathered around our TV’s or local sports bars or maybe even the beautiful new stadium for the lucky few, all living and dying with every play. All I know is that it is 148 days until we take the field in Tampa Bay for Game 1. It will be another great season of Cowboys Football and make sure you check in here at Lonestarstruck.com for all the best information and hottest graphics all season long!!

Cowboys Fan for Life – TD

Cowboys Extra Points: Somewhere They Want You

Restricted free agent Miles Austin is set to visit the New York Jets on Friday. A source for the Cowboys claims the team won’t let Austin get away. “That’s not happening. We are going to do something.”

Austin’s take on the situation:

“I’m not even familiar with the process. I’m just taking it for what it is and trying to be as professional as I can.”

“This is where I started. There’s a connection to Dallas obviously. You also want to be somewhere they want you, and I think [the Cowboys] do.”

Get ready for a rockin’ show Cowboys fans! U2 is set to play at the Cowboys new stadium on October 12th. Tickets go on sale April 20th.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Buffalo Bills RB Marshawn Lynch was suspended for three games for violating the NFL conduct policy. Lynch was arrested in February and changed with a misdemeanor gun charge.

Forbes Magazine has released a list of best- and worst-drafting teams in the NFL. The New England Patriots were named worst on the list while the Houston Texans were ranked the best. The Cowboys were neither in the top 5 or the bottom 5.

Everything Is Always Bigger In Texas

459-cowboys_scoreboard3_biz_04-05-2009_Tarrant_DNSI701_standalone_prod_affiliate_58.jpegWe’ve all heard that saying before, haven’t we?

Well it looks like Jerry Jones is going to put some bite into that old saying according to this story in the Star-Telegram this morning.

When fans walk into the new Dallas Cowboys stadium for the first time, one word will pop into their mind when they see the world’s largest center-hung scoreboard: Massive.

Stretching roughly from 20-yard line to 20-yard line and suspended 90 feet above the field, the Mitsubishi Diamond Vision scoreboards — one facing each sideline — are inescapable.

“It cost $40 million to build Texas Stadium,” the Cowboys’ 42-year-old former home in Irving, said Stephen Jones, Dallas Cowboys executive vice president.

At the new Arlington stadium, “the scoreboards alone cost more than $40 million,” Jones told an audience at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Business Week dinner last month.

Can you imagine what it’s going to be like when you set foot in that new stadium for the first time? This place is shaping up to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World, possibly knocking out the The Great Pyramid of Gaza or maybe the Colossus of Rhodes.

 You can se the sheer magnitude of the scoreboard in the above pictue as it completely overwhelms everything else in its path.

This place has got me so excited… It’s truly going to be quite a sight to behold.