Sep 16, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; A 12th Man tiff is displayed prior to the first kickoff between the Seattle Seahawks and the Dallas Cowboys at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

A Call to Dedication and Sacrifice Part 2

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) catches a pass during overtime of the game against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The catch breaks the single season receptions record for a tight end in the NFL. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas fans couldn’t have been more disappointed with the fact that they had to simply win to get in.  And yes my fellow readers, I paid attention to your comments from last week.  Thank you for your participation and let’s hope that the Cowboys can win this week.  They win…they are in.  It’s that simple.  If they do win, they will possibly play the Seattle Seahawks in the first round and quite frankly, that would be a scary game to have to play.  I watched the Seahawks chop up the San Francisco 49ers and it was quite ugly.  It is especially scary because the Seahawks are averaging 43 points per game in the month of December.

I wouldn’t mind seeing the Minnesota Vikings lose to the Green Bay Packers and possibly help the Cowboys seeding.  If that happens to work, then they would play the 49ers and honestly that would be a better matchup for us.  San Fran is playing pretty good especially with their new quarterback Colin Kaepernick playing as well as he is.  It is my opinion that the 49ers are a team that the Cowboys could matchup better against and win.  I am not saying this will happen, but it would be nice to see.

As far as our Cowboys, what can you really say?  I saw the dedication and sacrifice over the weekend as there were a lot of fans attending the Cowboy/Saints game as many of my own personal friends attended.  I would have to say at least 10 people I knew were heading to the game.  So along with the 10 friends of mine and the 92, 570 it makes it the 3rd highest in attendance for a home game and makes up for the slew of Pittsburgh Steeler fans that invaded our home stadium one game prior.

As I watched the Seahawks/49ers game, I did notice that the Seahawks do have one thing going for them that the Cowboys could obtain, if they wanted to.  The Seahawks have a great home field advantage.  The fans were noisy, loud, and downright obnoxious at times to the point that Kaepernick had a heckuva time getting signals out while trying to audible.

Now I am not saying rip off the 12thMan like the Seahawks did from Texas A&M, but I am saying our fans need to get into the games and I think I know what first needs to happen.  First thing, lower the ticket prices so you can get more fans to fill up the Cowboys Stadium.  The lowest price for a single game ticket in the nosebleed section is $75 plus the price of parking at around another $75.  Get it to where the fans can afford to come and fill up the stadium to its 100,000 capacity.  The highest game attendance was over 95,000.  That isn’t good enough.  The other thing to do, adopt some strategy to get our fans more into the game, I am sorry but Rowdy isn’t the answer.  We have a comment section and I would love to see your thoughts on what could be done to help get this team into more of a home field advantage that would have teams cringing wanting to play at our house.  Right now, it is like going to the Four Seasons.  Too much luxury for the visiting teams, Jerry Jones has teams that visit loving to visit Cowboys Stadium.  Back in the day, the goal was to make it miserable.  My experiences had some of the crummiest locker rooms, and then the fans were loud and obnoxious throughout the entire game.  I was even a part of a team that had coke bottles thrown at us as we left the playing field.  We could not wait to get out of that environment and into the confines of our home crowd.

Let’s hope the Cowboys can provide us the chance to have a playoff game at home, the likely hood is very minute but one can wish.  Of course, if they don’t win on Sunday night it will be all of nothing as the season will be over.

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  • Cooter “G-Ross” McGruder

    I’ve attended four games in Cowboys stadium and with the exception of the playoff game against the Eagles (the crowd was phenomenal in that game). All other experiences were extremely disappointing and all of them being division rivalries of the Eagles and Giants (I mean, REALLY?). It’s no secret our crowd participation is lacking. I attended my first away game for the Cowboys vs the Seahawks. Their fans were simply put… amazing. I’ve never heard anything like it. It made me wonder how their 67K fans can have an impact in an open-air stadium versus over 90K fans in a dome as ours. After attending numerous college games as well I only WISH I could be put in charge of getting the crowd involved. The 25.2K fans in Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana put Dallas fans to shame. You want suggestions?… Here’s mine. 1. The BIGGEST difference between these other places and ours… those monstrous 60-yard HD televisions broadcasting the game simultaneously! The game should NOT be watched simultaneously. The focus needs to be shifted to watching the game as its happening on the field. If people want to watch the game on TV, they can got B-Dubs! Only replays should be shown! 2. Utilize the televisions for crowd control other than a giant tv that reads “MAKE SOME NOISE”. Everyone just continues sitting keeping busy drinking and stuffing their faces! I’ve seen it. The fans show up like their watching a movie stuffing themselves on drinks and popcorn. I feel like I’m the inconsiderate guy standing the entire time the defense is on the field. Use those jumbo TVs to have the fans on the sidelines and enzones stand up and yell back and forth as loud as they can at each other… one side yells “DALLAS”- the other side “COWBOYS” or “DALLAS”-”DEFENSE”. The Seahawks chant “SEAHAWKS” damn near the ENTIRE game. 3. Every time Dallas makes a first down, or creates a Turn-Over to their possession, have the announcer make and enthusiastic announcement of the play. “#9 Tony Romo with a ##-yard pass to #88 Dez Bryant for a DALLAS COWBOOOOYS…: and the crowd yells “FIRST DOWN” (or #19 Austin, #42 Witten…you get the point). Its what the University of Montana does to its visiting opponents and its effective. Bottom line… The TVs need to be uitilized for crowd control and not for watching the game as Jerry intended.

    • Jeff Magnia

      I like that….you are dead on about the tv’s in the stadium. If you are going to have a monstrous tv, use it to get the crowd going. Great points Christopher! Thanks!

      • Cooter “G-Ross” McGruder

        Its tough to see a once loud and proud crowd of Cowboys fans reduced to what it is now. The ones that can afford the experience of being close to the game going on in front of them just don’t seem to really care what home field means in respect to how disruptive to an opposing teams psyche their participation could be. It should be the sound of thunder in the ears of the visitors,.. but who am I to talk? I’m just a crazy fan I guess. Thanks for the reply to this. The comments from this post were about as loud and thunderous as the crowds are at Cowboys Stadium. Go figure.