The biggest priority on my bucket list is seeing the Dallas Cowboys play in every NFL stadium. Here’s my travel guide for the 2019 Cowboys’ road games.
My bucket list goal is seeing the Dallas Cowboys play in every NFL stadium. My area of expertise may not be creating articles weekly for The Landry Hat, but I do know travel. I’m always excited knowing the away opponents in advance, but nothing creates joy or disappointment like the official NFL schedule being released.
This season, Cowboy Nation can swarm to the following cities: Washington DC, New Orleans, New Jersey (New York), Philadelphia, Detroit, New England, Philadelphia and Chicago.
The three cities with the Cowboys regular NFC East opponents: Washington DC, New Jersey and Philadelphia, never excite me. They’ll always be available every year, unless the league goes crazy and does a divisional reshuffle. Week 4 brings a trip to New Orleans where the Saints and head coach Sean Payton have an unofficial rivalry with the Cowboys. With such a short commute from Dallas, Texas, I wish this game was played the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
Go to New Orleans for the festivities and restaurants, but not the stadium. The Superdome needs to be demolished. Mercedes-Benz already has naming rights to a beautiful stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. If I were Mercedes-Benz, I’d disassociate myself from the Superdome and it might happen if the Atlanta Falcons ever win a Super Bowl. Make sure you burn your sage and surround yourself with positive energy.
Another NFL scheduling fail is the Cowboys playing in the Windy City of Chicago on a Thursday night. It’s not impossible to enjoy yourself on a Thursday night, but the joy of exploring Lake Shore Drive and partying on Lake Michigan is best done over a weekend. Not to mention enjoying the Chicago nightlife and restaurants, it takes two days to eat a small pizza from Giordano’s. Finally, with weird weather patterns and an outdoor stadium, this game should’ve been played before the end of October.
I know nothing about the city of Detroit. It’s a cold city with a dome, so I would’ve scheduled that game to be played at the end of the season in December on a Thursday. What would someone do in Detroit for an entire weekend? It takes a few minutes to tour an abandoned car factory. Maybe if they sold tickets to watch Robocop fight ED-209 then visiting Detroit would be interesting. Yes, I’d buy that for a dollar.
It’s hard to complain about seeing the Cowboys play in New England. Mid-November seems like the perfect time to unwind, relax and get a nice massage during a New England visit. Since my family and friends celebrate Thanksgiving at AT&T Stadium, maybe I’ll stuff my suitcase with clam chowder and fly directly to Dallas for the best game on the schedule.
That’s right – the Thanksgiving Day matchup. I feel a little bad that the NFL decided to make billions of humans watch the Cowboys play the Buffalo Bills on Thanksgiving night. Fans of the Bills don’t want to watch this game because it will be filled with highlights of the Cowboys defeating the Bills in Super Bowl XXVII (27) and XXVIII (28).
For extra pain and agony, the most prolific passer in Cowboys history, former quarterback Tony Romo will be in the broadcast booth. This means CBS will also get to show the time Romo threw five interceptions against the Bills in 2007 and still led the Cowboys to victory. As a result, I will probably watch this game twice – live from my seat in the stadium and again at home just to hear Romo’s commentary – as you should.
Mention the games you plan on attending in the comments. I may need to crash your tailgate! Safe travels.