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Wearing Blue at Home

Some discouraging news this week: Despite clear evidence that the Cowboys’ normal blue jerseys bring bad luck (and you will just have to accept my conclusory statement as truth), the Cowboys are going to wear their regular blue jerseys on Thanksgiving Day. The team is doing so because the only other option would be to wear the silver helmets with the throwback uniforms from the early 1960s.

Not sure why the team could not figure out a way to use the silver helmets with the throwbacks, but that’s a different matter.

The Cowboys wore their original blue jerseys during the first four years of the franchise’s existence from 1960 to 1963. When the team changed uniforms in 1964, the Cowboys began their tradition of wearing white at home instead of blue.

The Cowboys first wore their current throwback uniforms in 2004. The Cowboys unveiled those jerseys on Thanksgiving Day against the Bears. Chicago wore orange jerseys instead of white, so the tradition of Dallas opponents wearing something other than white remained intact.

That tradition ended the following year, when Denver wore white jerseys at Texas Stadium while the Cowboys wore their blue throwbacks.

And, of course, what happened when the Cowboys wore those blue jerseys and let the Broncos wear white at Texas Stadium?

The Cowboys lost, that’s what happened! That is why, Jerry, the Cowboys do not wear blue at home!

(Just completely disregard the fact that the Cowboys have a winning record while wearing their throwback uniforms and allowing visiting teams to wear white. Work with me on this.)

(Immediate update: okay, so it’s not true that the Broncos were the first team to wear white while visiting Dallas. The Dolphins wore white when the Cowboys wore their “other” double-star “throwbacks” in 2003. But do you remember what happened in 2003? The Cowboys LOST!)

Anyway, the Cowboys will wear their normal blue uniforms at home. Trivia question: when was the last time the Cowboys wore their regular blue uniforms (not throwback uniforms) as the home team? Here’s a puzzle to help with the answer:

Yes, that was a trick question. In Super Bowl V, the NFL designated Dallas as the home team but would not let the Cowboys wear their white uniforms. That is why Dallas wore blue and Baltimore wore white. You should note immediately that the Cowboys lost Super Bowl V, and the loss is what gave rise to the blue jersey curse. (The 1980 NFC Championship Game did not help matters, either.)

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As for the last time the Cowboys wore blue in a regular season home game in Dallas/Irving/Arlington, the answer is December 8, 1963, when the Pittsburgh Steelers visited Dallas in the penultimate game of the season.

And do you know what happened? Yes, Dallas LOST. Here’s a photo:


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The Cowboys opened the regular season in 1964 by hosting the St. Louis Cardinals. It marked the first time the Cowboys wore white at home in a regular season game.

Not a great photo, but here is a shot from that game:


The game marked a new era for Dallas, as the team finally rid itself of the stars on the shoulders. The team would set new standards in the years to come, all while wearing white at home.

Just never mind that the Cowboys lost the game to the Cardinals 16-6. It was not because of the white uniforms. It was because the Cowboys opened their season on a Saturday instead of a Sunday.

C’mon, work with me on this.

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Cowboys vs. Giants: Instant Trivia

cowboys.question.markA few trivial items about the Dallas Cowboys’ 36-31 win over the New York Giants, along with tidbits about the series:

  • The Cowboys now lead the overall series 59-42-1.
  • The Giants’  four-game winning streak at Cowboys Stadium was the longest for New York at Dallas. The Giants had won three straight at Texas Stadium between 1988 and 1990.
  • This was the first time the Cowboys had ever played in a game with a final score of 36-31.
  • The game marked the seventh time in the series where the Cowboys scored 36 or more points. The most points scored by the Cowboys against the Giants was 52 in 1966.
  • The Cowboys trailed in every game in 2012. The Cowboys did not trail at all on Sunday night.
  • The Cowboys recorded 6 or more turnovers in 23 previous games.
  • The Giants have turned the ball over six or more times against the Cowboys in 4 previous games.
  • The most turnovers committed by the Giants against the Cowboys was 7 in 1961. Hall of Famer Y.A. Tittle threw four interceptions on October 15, 1961, but the Giants still won 31-10 at the Cotton Bowl.
  • Sunday night’s game marked the 7th time where the Cowboys have given up 400 or more passing yards.
  • The Giants have thrown for 400 or more yards against the Cowboys three times: twice by Eli Manning (2011 and 2013) and once by Phil Simms (1985).
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The Farewell to Texas Stadium

Although most were disappointed with the Cowboys’ loss to Baltimore, it did not ruin the postgame ceremony honoring Texas Stadium. The ceremony consisted mostly of former players, coaches, and administrators coming out onto the field one last time to run to the star at midfield.

I have not seen an official list of attendees, and I was not able to record the entire ceremony. Based solely on my recollection (and I was paying close attention, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t forget anyone), below is a list of those in attendance. If you are aware of a player I missed, please leave a comment so that I can update this list.

Ring of Honor Members in Attendance

#12 Roger Staubach, QB, 1969-1979
#20 Mel Renfro, DB, 1964-1977
#22 Emmitt Smith, RB, 1990-2002
#33 Tony Dorsett, RB, 1977-1987
#43 Cliff Harris, S, 1970-1979
#43 Don Perkins, RB, 1961-1968
#54 Chuck Howley, LB, 1961-1973
#54 Randy White, DT/LB, 1975-1988
#55 Lee Roy Jordan, LB, 1963-1976
#70 Rayfield Wright, T/TE, 1967-1979
#74 Bob Lilly, DL, 1961-1974
#88 Michael Irvin, WR, 1988-1999
Head Coach Tom Landry, 1960-1988 (represented by his son)

Players in Attendance

#4 Mike Saxon, P, 1985-1992
#20 Ron Springs, RB, 1979-1984 (represented by his spouse)
#21 Deion Sanders, CB, 1995-1999 (didn’t run out on the field, but he was working for NFL Network)
#24 Larry Brown, CB, 1991-1995, 1998
#24 Tony Dixon, S, 2001-2004
#24 Everson Walls, CB, 1981-1989
#26 Preston Pearson, RB, 1975-1980
#30 Timmy Newsome, RB, 1980-88
#32 Walt Garrison, RB, 1966-74
#32 Dennis Thurman, DB, 1978-85
#34 Cornell Green, DB, 1962-74
#35 Calvin Hill, RB, 1969-74
#35 Scott Laidlaw, RB, 1975-79
#40 Bill Bates, S, 1983-97
#41 Charlie Waters, DB, 1970-78, 1980-81
#42 Randy Hughes, S, 1975-80
#42 Charlie Williams, S, 1995-00
#44 Robert Newhouse, FB, 1972-83
#44 Robert Thomas, LB/FB, 1998-02
#50 D.D. Lewis, LB, 1968, 1970-81
#51 Dave Manders, C, 1964-66, 1968-74
#52 Dexter Coakley, LB, 1997-04
#52 Dave Edwards, LB, 1963-75
#53 Bob Breunig, LB, 1975-84
#56 Thomas Henderson, LB, 1975-79
#56 Eugene Lockhart, LB, 1984-90
#58 Dixon Edwards, LB, 1991-95
#59 Guy Brown, LB, 1981-1987
#60 Don Smerek, DL, 1981-87
#61 Nate Newton, G/T, 1986-98
#61 Blaine Nye, G, 1968-76
#62 John Fitzgerald, C, 1971-80
#63 Larry Cole, DL, 1968-80
#63 John Gesek, G, 1990-93
#64 Tom Rafferty, G/C, 1976-89
#66 Burton Lawless, G, 1975-79
#71 Mark Tuinei, OT/DL, 1983-97 (represented by spouse)
#72 Ed Jones, DE, 1974-78, 1980-89
#72 Tony Liscio, T, 1963-64, 1966-71
#73 Larry Allen, G/T, 1994-05
#73 Ralph Neely, G/T, 1965-77
#75 Tony Casillas, DT, 1994-93, 1996-97
#75 Jethro Pugh, DT, 1965-78
#76 John Niland, G, 1966-74
#77 Jim Jeffcoat, DE, 1983-94
#78 John Dutton, DL, 1979-86
#78 Leon Lett, DL, 1991-00
#80 Tony Hill, WR, 1977-86
#81 Raghib Ismail, WR, 1999-01
#84 Pettis Norman, TE, 1962-70
#84 Jay Novacek, TE, 1990-96
#86 Butch Johnson, WR, 1976-83
#87 Jay Saldi, TE, 1976-82
#88 Drew Pearson, WR, 1973-83
#89 Billy Joe DuPree, TE, 1973-83
#92 Tony Tolbert, DL, 1989-97
#94 Charles Haley, DE, 1992-96
#95 Chad Hennings, DT, 1992-00

Coaches and Administrators in Attendance

Gil Brandt
Jim Myers
Jerry Tubbs
Gene Stallings
Hubbard Alexander
Joe Avezzano

Total Number of Players, Coaches, and Administrators in Attendance

70 players (or representatives)
7 coaches (or representatives)

Our Trip

I made a short video of our trip to Texas Stadium for my son to watch. I meant to take many more pictures, but: (a) I am lousy at taking pictures; (b) my camera tends to take bad shots because it has a strange delay between hitting the button and taking the shot; and (c) I am especially lousy at trying to take pictures with the equally lousy camera.

Anyway, here’s the video:

More Videos

DallasCowboys.com has more videos about the ceremony. Here are some links:

Emmitt Smith’s Speech

Interview with Randy White

Interview with Bob Lilly

More of the Broadcast

Each Team’s First Visit to Texas Stadium

The Baltimore Ravens are the only current NFL franchise that has not played at Texas Stadium. Dallas, of course, hosts Baltimore in the final regular season game played at the Stadium on Saturday night.

In 1972, Sports Illustrated ran a feature about Texas Stadium, and the description sounded more like something related to the opening of a hotel than a stadium.

A suite more conspicuous than most has been called, among other things, the Let-‘Em-Eat-Cake Room. In order to acquire it, Frederic Wagner and J.L. Williams, like the other 157 boxholders, had to buy $50,000 worth of revenue bonds from the community of Irving—one of Dallas’ neighboring towns, which owns the Stadium with Murchison’s backing. Then they had to buy 12 season tickets at $10 apiece to fill the available spaces and agree to pay dues for 12 memberships to the Stadium Club, the only place besides the suites where the drinking of liquor, wine or beer is allowed. For this, Wagner and Williams received a bare room with a concrete floor and sheet-rock walls.

So they called in a decorator and spent close to $40,000 on a Louis XIV outfit with a vaulted ceiling, a chandelier with 1,000 prisms, velvet tufted chairs, oil paintings, a refrigerator, sink, ice-maker, freezer, telephone, television and a bar staffed by a butler in white gloves.

The decor of the other suites varies from Spartan simplicity to cubicles that are fixed up in Ranch-house Plush, Neiman-Marcus Mod, Las Vegas Traditional, Psychedelic Flash, Molded Plastic Futurama, Tahitian Fantasy, and so forth. There is a tricky step down from some bars that could turn into a flying leap into the bleachers.

The interior shots shown in the article are priceless, given that these were supposed to show how state-of-the-art the stadium was:

Since its opening, a total of 30 teams have made their first visit to Texas Stadium. Dallas has a record of 22-8 in those games. Here is a look:

Current NFC Teams

Team, Date: Result

Bears, October 24, 1976: Dallas 31, Chicago 21
Buccaneers, October 2, 1977: Dallas 23, Tampa Bay 7
Cardinals, December 18, 1971: Dallas 31, St. Louis Cardinals 12
Eagles, November 14, 1971: Dallas 20, Philadelphia 7
Falcons, December 30, 1978: Dallas 27, Atlanta 20 (NFC Playoffs)
49ers, January 2, 1972: Dallas 14, San Francisco 3 (NFC Championship Game)
Giants, December 17, 1972: N.Y. Giants 23, Dallas 3
Lions, October 30, 1972: Dallas 28, Detroit 24
Packers, October 19, 1975: Green Bay 19, Dallas 17
Panthers, December 8, 1997: Carolina 23, Dallas 13
Rams, November 25, 1971: Dallas 28, L.A. Rams 21
Redskins, December 9, 1972: Dallas 34, Washington 24
Saints, September 24, 1973: Dallas 40, New Orleans 3
Seahawks, November 27, 1980: Dallas 51, Seattle 7
Vikings, December 30, 1973: Minnesota 27, Dallas 10 (NFC Championship Game)

Current and Defunct AFC Teams

Bengals, November 4, 1973: Dallas 38, Cincinnati 10
Bills, November 15, 1976: Dallas 17, Buffalo 10
Broncos, December 18, 1977: Dallas 14, Denver 6
Browns, December 7, 1974: Dallas 41, Cleveland 17
Chargers, October 26, 1980: Dallas 42, San Diego 31
Chiefs, November 10, 1975: Kansas City 34, Dallas 31
Colts, September 26, 1976: Dallas 30, Baltimore Colts 27
Dolphins, November 22, 1973: Miami 14, Dallas 7
Jaguars, October 19, 1997: Dallas 26, Jacksonville 22
Jets, December 4, 1971: Dallas 52, N.Y. Jets 10
Oilers, November 22, 1979: Houston Oilers 30, Dallas 24
Patriots, October 24, 1971: Dallas 44, New England 21
Raiders, October 23, 1983: L.A. Raiders 40, Dallas 38
Steelers, October 8, 1972: Dallas 17, Pittsburgh 13
Texans, October 15, 2006: Dallas 34, Houston Texans 6