Jerry Jones picks a loser, Giants spoil Cowboys Stadium debut
Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones said he hand-picked the Giants to be the first team to christen his new $1.2 billion dollar stadium. Ummm … that might have been a mistake. The opening night of “Jerry World” was spoiled in grand fashion last night by the New York Football Giants, who defeated the Cowboys 33-31 on a last-second FG by Lawrence Tynes.
It was a back-and-forth contest, in which Dallas QB Tony Romo was intercepted 3 times, and New York won the turnover battle 4-0. But the Giants stalled inside the red zone repeatedly, settling for FGs instead of TDs and making the score much closer than it could have been. But in the end, Romo was completely out-played by Eli Manning, who found his WRs in Mario Manningham (10 catches, 150 yds, 1 TD) and Steve Smith (10 catches 134 yds, 1 TD), and calmly led the Giants on a last-minute drive to win the game.
And while everyone has been talking about the Jumbotron (which was a non-factor last night), perhaps the more intriguing in-game entertainment option provided at Cowboys Stadium is the presence of cage dancers at one end of the stadium. Apparently the dancers are positioned right above the standing-room-only “Party Plazas”, to give those tickets more of a strip club feel to them. So that’s classy.
Unfortunately for Jerrah, fancy stadiums and exotic dancers don’t win football games, and their golden boy QB failed miserably once again when put to the test in a big game.
In other news, Justin Tuck is scheduled to get an MRI today to check out his injured shoulder, but says that he’s “fine”, and will play next week. The All-Pro DT was hurt when Flozell Adams blatantly stuck out his foot and tripped Tuck, after being beaten at the line of scrimmage.
“I think it was bush league,” Tuck said. “He did it a few times in that game. Unfortunately he didn’t get called the other times.”
Asked if he wanted to see Adams punished, Tuck said, “I would’ve liked to have the rest of the game to punish him for that, but it didn’t happen.”
Tuck said Adams is known around the league for that “bush league” maneuver. “He’s athletic so he can make it look like an accident. But when it happens to you over and over again … “
The cheap shots by the Cowboys OL were not lost on RB Brandon Jacobs, who got into a shoving match with Marc Colombo after the game.
A particularly poignant moment came in the 1st quarter after rookie FA Bruce Johnson picked off an errant Romo pass and took it to the house. NBC cameras cut to a shot of Jerry Jones reaction … here it is:
Looks like Jerry picked a loser.