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Saturday, August 22, 2021

how 'bout them scoreboards
The Dallas Cowboys just spent $1.2 billion on their brand-new stadium, and somehow didn’t factor in the vertical leg-strength of the average National Football League punter. How else to explain the placement of Cowboys Stadium’s massive 2,100-inch high-definition video screen cluster so low off the ceiling that it could conceivably get in the way of gametime punts?

“It’s nothing that is going to happen every time, but it’s there and it’s got to be addressed,” [Tennessee Titans punter A.J.] Trapasso said. “I don’t know how much further up it can go, but it’s in the way.”

[Cowboys punter] Mat McBriar said that he thinks a punt with a hangtime of 4.9 seconds — good, but something that happens every NFL Sunday — could hit the Jerrytron. However, McBriar won’t be pleased if he hits the scoreboard this season, because that would mean he failed to properly place the ball.

Fat chance that ‘Pokes owner Jerry Jones can get that monstrosity raised higher in time for the regular season, even if he wanted to (his arrogance is preventing him from admitting to this boneheaded flaw). The NFL rulebook is treating this potential obstruction as do-over territory, so if it happens during a game that counts, it’ll simply require replaying that down (just like they did in the stadium’s preseason christening last night). Here’s hoping that a situation occurs where a re-punt costs Dallas a critical victory during 2009. It’ll serve them right.

Look for Jones to push the league to automatically suspend any opposing punter who has the temerity to send a pigskin into the jumbo-monitor. Not so much because it would affect the flow of the game, but because every such hit would re-highlight this massive boner…

And to reiterate: It’s simply mind-boggling that a major-pro team can sink so much into erecting a to-the-spec facility, and then cut corners on fundamentals that directly impact the featured product, i.e. football games. Of course, the host city of Arlington, Texas paid almost half the construction costs; maybe if Jones and the Cowboys had had to pay for the whole thing, they might have been a little more thorough.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/22/2009 02:22:09 PM
Category: Football, SportsBiz
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  1. The fact that anything like this can happen in 2009 is absolutely beyond me. They did every test in the world other than the “let’s simulate a punter who might want to kick the ball DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD BETWEEN THE 20’s” test. Idiots.

    Comment by Tom Biro — 08/22/2009 @ 05:31:33 PM

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