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Thoughts on the Scoreboard Punting Problem

Anyone tune into ESPN today? If so, you didn't watch for long before something along these lines came up:

Anchor: "The Cowboys opened their new $1.2 billion stadium last night, and while the team made big news on the field, it was the scoreboard that made quite a story by itself when Titans punter *insert name here* hit it with one of his punts during the game. Let's go to *insert talking head name here* to get his thoughts on the scoreboard dilemma."

Talking Head: "Well, as nice as the new stadium is, you have to wonder what Jerry Jones was thinking by putting the scoreboard too low. That's going to have to be changed before the season gets underway."

*cue clip of Jones essentially saying "stuff it, it's staying the way it is. He was trying to hit it."*

This is just another item in a long line of "drama" topics that somehow always surround the team. As a Cowboys fan, I am embarrassed by the fact that Jerry not only tested with our punter to see how high the display should be, but then went against the test results and just did whatever he wanted. It should never be able to be hit, regardless of whether or not "it's being aimed at with straight up kicks." It was really disappointing and sad that on such a monumental night for the team and us fans, the main storyline is "wow, what a nice place, but what idiots made the scoreboard too low? Let's all laugh at the Cowboys' inability to operate like a legitimate franchise." And I'm not saying that to complain about media bias or anything like that; the fact of the matter is that it's a legitimate problem and it's causing deserved bad PR which should've never happened had Jerry taken the proper steps in designing the stadium intricacies. The team played great, the facility looked great, the atmosphere was fantastic, and yet all anyone can talk about is "what's the deal with the scoreboard?" It would be ok if Jerry wasn't being so stubborn about it with his "it's within league regulations so it's not budging" attitude. Just come out and say "you know what guys, we screwed up. We thought it was high enough, but it's not. We'll be sure to have it ready for the regular season opener." That would be the end of the story and life would go on. As it is, the story will endure and the organization will catch more grief until it is fixed.

All of that said, I would like to see a doinker in a regular season game before I put Jerry too far under the bus. Our punter had no problems with it, and I have more than a suspicion that the Titans punter was really trying to hit it on that kick. I don't think that he punts the ball that way in a real game and if he doesn't, we don't have this discussion at all. So in summation, the preseason doinker was a "d'oh" moment for the organization and dampened the excitement of the debut, but until a doinker happens in a real game, I won't be outraged about it.

My prediction is that if it gets hit once a game up until the U2 concert comes to town in October (when the scoreboard will be raised to accommodate their stage), Jerry will move it up. If not, he'll leave it. What do you guys think about the scoreboard dilemma and what will happen?

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