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Dale Hansen on the Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview)

WFAA’s Dale Hansen joined the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday to discuss his comments on Greg Hardy. Here are some highlights from the interview. Continue reading →

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NFL LOST LEGEND: Sportscaster Pat Summerall (1930-2013)

Pat Summerall died Tuesday. He was 82.

That’s how Summerall, almost a decade ago, said he would craft the first sentences of his obituary — short and to the point.

The legendary sports broadcaster died in his hospital room at Zale Lipshy University Hospital, where he was recovering from surgery for a broken hip, a family friend said.

CBS sports commentator Pat Summerall at his Dallas home on Jan. 20, 1994.

Summerall’s comment about his obituary was made at his Southlake home after a 2004 liver transplant that saved his life. He was serious.

Typical … succinct … vintage Summerall.

His minimalist staccato style coupled with a deep, authoritative voice was his trademark as the pre-eminent NFL voice for a generation of television viewers.

Sportscaster Pat Summerall and his wife, Cheri Summerall, take a walk in their backyard at home in Southlake on April 21, 2002

Summerall worked 16 Super Bowls in a network career that began at CBS in 1962 and ended at Fox in 2002.

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STOP THE MADNESS: Not another Sunday night game! Cowboys-Saints could be flexed by NFL

The NFL is thinking about flexing the Dallas Cowboys INTO another Sunday Night Football game.

The Cowboys currently have one more NBC Sunday night game on the schedule,, Dec. 2 when the Philadelphia Eagles visit. That would be their fourth prime time game this season. The NFL allows six.

The fifth could come Sunday Dec. 23 when the New Orleans Saints come to Cowboys Stadium. Currently penciled in for NBC that night is the disappointing San Diego Chargers at the horrible New York Jets. The NFL and NBC would like to get out of that mess.

I know the Cowboys and Saints are both 4-5 but they have upsides. The Cowboys have a four winnable games coming and the Saints have Drew Brees who can carry a team. Not saying it’s a lock but it’s a definite maybe.

FICKLE FANS: Dallas Cowboys 16-10 win over Tampa Bay one of worst-rated games in recent memory

Traffic builds on Collins Street as fans head to Cowboys Stadium - The Boys Are Back blog

Cowboys-Buccaneers earned a 28.5 rating in Dallas-Fort Worth, making it the lowest rated, non-Christmas-day regular-season Sunday afternoon game of the last two seasons. The 28.5 on KDFW (Channel 4) translates into 737,580 homes.

The game peaked at a 33.2 (859,216 homes) from 3 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

The Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders entertain fans outside Cowboys Stadium - The Boys Are Back blog

For what it’s worth,  the Rangers-Mariners began at 3:10 p.m. with a rating for that first quarter hour of 0.4  (11,400 homes). The Rangers audience built from there and finished with a 4.5 average (116,460 homes).

Dallas Cowboys fans cheer - The Boys Are Back blog

EDITORS RANT: Someday, Dallas area fans may discover the “12th Man” concept. Traditionally, the crowds at Dallas Cowboy games are among the quietest in the league. Pathetic. The Dallas Cowboys are taken for granted, in many cases. NFL fans in other major markets would LOVE to have the ‘boys in their backyard! I’d like to see people filling the seats that are willing to actually stand up and raise their voices! It’s not a ‘who’s who’ or a corporate board room … it’s a GAME! 

Texas has always prided itself as being the ‘biggest and the best”. You have the biggest and best stadium in the country! You have a franchise respected around the world. Why don’t we hear some Texas-sized loud mouthed hell raising? This should be the loudest stadium in the country. Wake up. Who knows, you might even get seen on the big screen!

Other teams view Cowboys Stadium as THEIR home turf! Doesn’t that bother you?

Fans head to Cowboys Stadium - The Boys Are Back blog

JERRY JONES: Steve Sabol inspired Cowboys Stadium’s big screen

Jerry Jones, shown large on the video board, delivers his preseason message to those in attendance at the 2011 Dallas Cowboys Luncheon at Cowboys Stadium - The Boys Are Back blog

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones the death this week of NFL Films boss Steve Sabol from brain cancer at age 69:

“He was one the greatest storytellers of our time – not just in sports but in any part of the American society. I have often said that they only throw ticker tape parades for war heroes, astronauts and people that win games or championships – sports figures – because they are larger than life. Someone has to take these accomplishments, these people and make them larger than life. Someone had to take a moment and turn it into a [legendary moment] and that is what Steve Sabol did for the NFL better then everyone …

Steve Sabol - NFL FILMS - 1942 2012 - The Boys Are Back blog

“On a personal basis, he inspired me to put the biggest digital board right down the middle of the field because we wanted to, in a way, share the theater of stage with our fans. We wanted [fans] to come inside the huddle, instead of a face that is a foot high, we can put it right in the middle of the field as it is going on and put it 70 feet high. That style was Steve’s style and influence. He will be missed but he will always be remembered because of his great contributions to what we do every day and that is show the great nuances of our game.”

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