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,


Get Off the Ledge Cowboys Fans

What can we learn from a week 4 loss?

A tough loss? YES! Losing at home to a division rival? NOT GOOD!  Is this the beginning of the end for the 2008 season?  C’MON….NO!

If there were one team that any true Cowboy fan would least like to lose to it would have to be the Washington Redskins.  While falling to 3-1 and out of first place is not what many would have thought going into this weekend hope for a Super Bowl is not lost.  In fact, if you would have asked me before the season where we would have been after four games I probably would have said 3-1 and take it. 

With a home game against winless Cincinnati this week things may look different after next week.  What Sunday’s loss did to me was start to cast some doubts as far as the Cowboys ability to win at home.  As we mentioned last week Dallas is 0-5 in their last 5 December home games.  Three of the four losses last year were at home as well.  If we do not start dominating at home this may turn out to be a very difficult year.  Let’s face it: four of the best, let’s say six, teams are in the NFC East.  I feel confident that we will be able to get this game back and win a division game on the road this year.  But it does say something that I am more confident winning in New York than at home.  If we don’t get back to winning at home the road to Tampa may start and finish on the road.


From where I’m sitting:

  • Barber 8 carries, F Jones 0….we’re not going to win many games like that.  And if you didn’t think so before MB3 is the key to the offense (remember 2nd half vs Giants).  The offense will only be as good as the running game is. 
  • I have seen enough of Anthony Henry.  Not that he played that badly or did anything in particular on Sunday.  It’s time for M Jenkins or A Jones to take over at corner
  • Nitpicking here but can Andre Gurode please do a better job with the shotgun snaps..kills the timing of every shotgun play
  • Boy is Santana Moss a pain in the neck
  • 12 men on field??   After a timeout??  CMON!!!
  • I love Tony Romo.  After years of Q Carter, D Bledsoe, V Testaverde, R Leaf & D Henson it is nice to have a QB that can play.  That being said HE HAS TO STOP WITH THE TURNOVERS!  Sunday makes 7 straight games with an INT.  The 3rd qtr INT changed the entire game.  If he doesn’t start practicing ball security any playoff run will be a short one.

2-0 Not Bad Cowboys….Not Bad

Hey Guys,

Sorry for the long layoff first of all. Started a new job and been trying to finish up some more Cowboy Graphics I have been doing. I would just like to give you guys my perspective on how things have been materializing for the boys from Fredooch’s point of view for the first 2 games.

First off, The offense looks great. Romo looks like he is in mid-season form and T.O. looks like he has actually gained a step. Marion is still running hard and Felix Jones looks like the steal of the draft so far…Mendenhall who? Witten looks like he is on his way to another pro bowl and Terry Glenn has not been missed so far. As far as the defense goes, it looked great against Cleveland and seemed to disappear for 3 quarters on Monday night. Pacman still looks like he is shaking off some rust and Greg Ellis and Demarcus Ware look like beasts.

If I had to grade the Cowboys so far, I would give them a B. The Offense gets an A with the defense getting a C+. I know some of you guys will not agree with me on this one but I am just giving it from a non-bias persective. I hope the defense really steps up and has all the talent in the world to do so. I am sure they will be on par with the offense sooner or later.

Also, I will be attending the Dallas Cowboys home game on October 26 against Tampa Bay. I recently bought a $1000.00 camera just for the occassion and a 4 gigabyte memory card just for that specific event. I hope I get to meet some of you native Dallas fans there. Hit me up with an email.

On to this Sunday night against Green Bay. In all honesty guys, Green Bay does not make me nervous at the very least. Sure, they have a good young quaterback in Aaron Rodgers and some descent cornerbacks but I believe Dallas will win this one by the 3rd quarter. There is just way too much talent on offense with us and they can’t contain us for 4 quarters. Dalas wins this one 34-17. Romo should go 3 straight games with 300 yards and Witten should have another big night. Speaking of Witten, that guy is a warrior. He had a slightly seperated shoulder and was still able to take over the game in the middle of the field against the Sheagles. Witten won my total respect Monday night. Its not like he didnt have it to begin with. If the Boys can muster a W this Sunday night, I honestly believe they can go 7-0 all the way leading up to the November 2nd meeting against the Giants. The Boys play the Deadskins, Bengals, Cardinals, Rams and Bucs, in that order next. All those games are winnable. At the same time we shouldnt really get ahead of ourselves but I wouldn’t be surprised the boys are the only undefeated team come Week 8 of the NFL season.

I am still nervous about our recieving corps. I hate to think what would happen if Owens went down, Knock on wood! I still believe Jerry Jones needs to trade or acquire another veteran reciever to compliment Owens on a more broader scale than Crayton does. Hopefully will will go through the wholw season with a healthy Owens but Jerry has to have a back-up plan to prepare for the worse.


I have created about 6 new Dallas Cowboys graphics since the season started. I know some of you guys appreciate the fact that Kelly, Tiffany, I and some other Satffers here on StarStruck create graphics for all Dallas Cowboys fans everywhere and I’m sure all of us here appreciate you guys for it. It was funny, but the other day I had a business meeting at a place of business and I noticed that one of my graphics that I had created was plastered on someone’s desktop at that place of business. I was so surprised and dumbfounded by it so I will continue to create some more. Anyways, check out my myspace page at and tell me what you think. Send me a friend request as well. In any case, thats all I have for tonight guys, Talk to you all later soon. Fredooch!



The Last MNF at Texas Stadium

I want to warn you in advance that I am likely to be all over the place during this blog. I have so much to say! I missed being here with you last week! I was working like crazy to get a 4 day weekend for the holiday!!
Eagles vs Cowboys at Texas Stadium for football on a Monday night – of course!!

I may need that extra day to recover, ya know? I hope to run into some awesome fans this weekend! By the way, did you see the article about NFL Fans. They said Cowboys fans were ranked 10th. You’re kidding me, right? It’s time we get LOUD AND PROUD my friends! Together, we’ll show them what 10th looks like, okay!

Remember DEFENSE!! We are part of the DEFENSE!!

Seriously, the fans play a big roll in a home game. I mean, it’s called “Home Field Advantage” for a reason, right? That refers partly to US – THE FANS!! Break out the horns and noise makers or some of the kids annoying toys. LET’S MAKE SOME NOISE!!!!


I’m excited about our Cowboys!! They looked good, huh? I can hardly wait for Monday Night! I hope to see you there! PLUCK THE EAGLES!! You’re going, right? It’s the last Monday Night game in Texas Stadium. It’s the last first game of the season in the stadium. It’s one of the first of many lasts for all of us. We should make the most of every moment!

Last and certainly not least, a personal note:

My heart and mind is on tomorrow. As you may already know, I am an optimist. I believe there is good in anything. Sometimes it is hard to find the good and sometimes it takes years to discover the positives… I have come to the conclusion that September 11th is a day that connects each of us on a human level. I am thankful. I will truly never forget.

Much love to you all


Cowboy Fans Say Goodbye to Crazy Ray



The Cowboys will honor Crazy Ray on Saturday with a public memorial service at Texas Stadium on Saturday, March 24 at 10 a.m. Donations are being accepted for the family at

The team will also pay tribute to Crazy Ray at a 2007 home game, yet to be announced. His wife of 53 years, Mattie, will be honored on the field as everyone pays their respects to the Cowboys biggest fan. The Cowboy’s schedule is expected to be released in a few weeks.

Crazy Ray lived for the Dallas Cowboys, entertaining fans for over 4 decades. He became a well known Dallas Cowboys icon and was even enshrined into the fan’s wing of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His spirit will live on whenever the Cowboys take the field. I guess it’s true what they say, Old cowboys never die, they just ride off into the sunset.