Are You Starstruck? Then Act Like It!

Ever heard of the term “12th man”? It refers to the fans in a stadium and their impact during a home game by chanting, whistling or making other loud noises to distract the opposing team’s offense. The idea is to cheer while your team’s defense is on the field, inevitably confusing or making it hard for the other team’s offense to hear calls or plays.

With the same idea, fans of the home team should be silent while their offense is on the field so plays can be heard loud and clear and not to cause any false starts.

Homeofthe12thManIronically, the term was first used in Dallas by Texas A&M University in 1922. Its now commonly used in Seattle by the Seahawks who have made it very useful and truly believe it makes a positive effect on the outcome of the game. But the truth is it does work and every home team should be able to count on their fans to do their share. Thats also part of the benefit of  “home field advantage”.

You are probably wondering why I am attempting to give you a history lesson.

Frankly, we have a problem my fellow Cowboys fanatics. Some people have noticed and expressed their concern, specifically my friend and current season ticket holder Roy.

Roy’s rant comes from a true die hard fan who is concerned about the loyalty of the people who attend football games in the beautiful new stadium that we as fans should feel honored to call our team’s home.

I have been a fan for 40 years and have attended more games than I can remember. I used to be a season ticket holder back before I had kids, and now that they are finally grown and out of the house I am once again a season ticket holder.

I have a huge problem with the fans at the home games I have attended this season. It angers me that they don’t seem to understand when to make some noise, and when not to.

I yell when we are on defense, which is what you are supposed to do so the other team cannot hear their QB. I yell, “C’mon D make a play. Get the ball. Defense. Defense.” I start yelling as soon as the other team breaks the huddle and comes to the line of scrimmage. I guarantee you I am just about the only one yelling in the whole stadium. You can hear a pin drop.

Then when the Cowboys have the ball, the fans start yelling, “C’mon Romo make a play!” I am not a shy person when it comes to the Cowboys. I will stand up and look in all directions at the fans around me and say, “Hey! We got ball, be quiet so they can hear the count.”

When the defense returns, I stand up and ask if we have any Cowboy fans here. I get little response. I actually give instructions to the people in my section to make noise when the other team has the ball, and especially on third down.

The fans just don’t know how to make our new stadium loud when we are on defense. We need to drown out the other teams cadence so maybe we can be the 12th man and cause a false start or so that they don’t get off on the ball as quick as they need to.

I don’t know that my complaint will make a difference but I needed to vent.

I will continue to make noise and root for my Cowboys! Cowboys Rule!!!

– Life Long Cowboys Fan, Roy

Roy speaks nothing but the truth. Coming from this out-of-state Cowboys fan, I have heard, or should I say not heard the rumble of the crowd during the televised games. It seems so quiet in Cowboys Stadium compared to others. I realize my only source is what the television provides, but at the same time comparing the Cowboys games to say, the Packers or the Steelers… lets just say we should be a lot more excited and well, just LOUDER.


Honestly if you are one of the lucky ones who actually gets to attend games, I would think you would want to make the most of the experience. You know – wear your favorite jersey, be the 12th man, cheer for your team, watch every play, enjoy every touchdown, take pictures, etc. Don’t spend the entire game on the phone or start mocking or name calling your team when they are down.

Being America’s team, you better believe there are thousands of us die hard fans spread around throughout the nation that would give anything to be at the home games. Some people really don’t take advantage of going to Cowboys games on home turf. Don’t get me wrong I know there are many truly dedicated fans that attend the games (I know this for a FACT), and you are definitely appreciated. It just doesn’t seem that the majority of the crowd is really getting into the action. I would like to know how many of those seats are going to corporate big-wigs who toss them at clients or use them for business meetings. Jerry needs to pull their fan cards.

Hey, how about adding a “CHEER” and “HUSH” sign to the big scoreboard, kind of like studio audience’s “APPLAUSE” signs. That shouldn’t be hard, after all we can premiere movie trailers and host the first 3-D broadcast at a sporting event.

We’ve got cheerleaders, we’ve got cage dancers in the upper levels… maybe instead of just looking pretty they can instruct the fans on how to participate. Now there’s an idea…

Can you imagine how wonderful it would be if Wilford Crazy Ray Jones (may he rest in peace) were here with us today? Things would be different. Crazy Ray would put the fans in their place, and do it with a smile on his face! We need to remember the passion and dedication that Ray brought to every home game during his lifetime and make him proud.  Just ask yourself, “What Would Crazy Ray Do?”

So, the moral of the story is: Make us proud, if you have the honor of attending a Dallas Cowboys home game…

1. Wear Cowboys gear

2. Make noise for the defense

3. Be quiet for the offense

4. Respect the Star

Simple enough.

Now that we have only two more home games I expect them to be heavily impacted by the fans this time around. Now, all together in your toughest football voice scream with me,


A Stunning Sight on the Horizon…

It’s there. Everyday; watching me, saying good morning to me, mocking me with it’s enormous size and strength as if it is telling me: “I will outlive you and your grandkids!!”, and then gently saying goodnight as the sun sets to the west and the lights glow from within.

What you ask? Oh, well of course the new Cowboys stadium just off of Interstate 30 in Arlington, Texas. I pass the stadium everyday and night on my commute to and from work in Dallas. It is the most amazing thing I have seen as far as a building built by human beings. You begin to see the top of the stadium from at least 30 miles away, if not farther. It towers on the horizon. Then as you get closer, you can’t help but to stare at it (luckily the traffic on I-30 gives you plenty of time to do so safely). The view from the highway, which is not far, still does not do it justice. It is once you head south on Collins Street that you begin to realize and comprehend the size and strength. Then when you get right up next to it, you can’t help but just say “Wow!” as well as “So that’s what a billion dollars gets you these days.” Thank you Jerry Jones, this will be his lasting gift to the fans and citizens of the metroplex. It will be much more than just the home of the Cowboys; early rumors and confirmations include the NBA All-Star game, NCAA Final Fours, various major college regular season football games, the Cotton Bowl Game, major and massive conventions and concerts, the 2018 World Cup and of course, Superbowl 45 in less than 2 years.

I have watched with great delight as the stadium has grown from it’s infancy. I have also followed and listened to all of the rumors and controversy that comes along with something so grand and permanent. I am sure there were people complaining about the Romans building the coliseum back in the day, but that’s just human nature. I don’t know how you could see this building now though and not at least admit it is an upgrade to our area and city, and will help stimulate the local economy in so many ways, from jobs to taxes to surrounding development, not to mention all of the people that are probably going to be getting their tailgate supplies at that Wal-Mart right next door. Don’t go there on accident on a Sunday in the fall, you may be there a while!

I am hoping to be in the building for the first game, I know it would be a memory that I would never forget, but if not then I will be there as soon as I can and will take a moment to thank Jerry Jones, all of the construction workers and support staff and everyone else who was a part of creating, planning and building what will be the greatest stadium in the world!! 

Cowboys Fan For Life – TD

P.S. Here are a few pics of the stadium I took this evening. Enjoy.