My Visit to AT&T Stadium

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This past weekend, I spent the eve of my birthday (June 14th) visiting AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. I recommend a tour of the stadium for fans of all NFL teams, architects, and people who enjoy sports. This tour included visits to Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones’ “man-cave”, mid- and field-level suites, as well as the Dallas Cowboys’ and Cheerleaders’ Locker Rooms. At the end of the tour, I was able to walk around the field and take pictures as long as I wanted.

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Surprised to see Mo Claiborne’s locker shared with Cowboys offensive assistant Kevin Carberry. #24 can possibly be on his way out of the door soon.

I’ve attended a couple Dallas Cowboys games and NCAA March Madness events at AT&T Stadium, but I’m pretty sure the best way to see the stadium is embarking on a tour.

Check out additional pictures from the tour below:

Cowboys Cheerleaders Locker Room

Cowboys Cheerleaders Locker Room

Cowboys Locker Room

Cowboys Locker Room

Cowboys Tunnel

Cowboys Tunnel

Miller Lite Club

Miller Lite Club

Mid-level Suites

Mid-level Suites

"Jerry's Box"

“Jerry’s Box”

With Stephen Curry, Warriors on cusp of NBA title

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By Tom Withers

CLEVELAND — Wearing a leather Cavaliers cap and a steely look, LeBron James used his postgame platform to proclaim that he’s “the best player in the world.”

It’s not as if his greatness was in dispute after five dominant games of these NBA Finals. James has shown no one challenges his on-court supremacy. However, while his game and confidence soar, James knows he must do even more, if possible, to stop Cleveland’s inspiring post-season from crashing.

“I’ve got to be better,” James said.

Even that might not be enough.

Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are one win from a golden trophy.

Up 3-2 in a scintillating series loaded with subplots and strategy, the Warriors can win their first title since 1975 on Tuesday night with a win in Game 6. James didn’t blink after Game 5 when he declared he was not only the top…

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Mitchell & Ness set to release replica of the Air Jordan “Shrug jersey”

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Perhaps the most iconic player, with his most iconic moment. Most sports fans remember the shrug Michael Jordan gave after Game 1 of the 1992 NBA Finals right after Michael Jordan hit his sixth three-pointer in the first half vs the Portland trailblazers. The moment was so huge it sparked the “be like mike” Gatorade campaign.

Here is that iconic moment

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The Bandwagonner’s Guide to Choosing a NBA Finals Team

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Steph and DaughterLike many NBA fans, I’m gearing up for the Finals that start tomorrow. The finals this year are particularly interesting to me, as the Warriors are my team. Getting a significant other interested in the series isn’t easy though. Here’s your guide to picking a team to ruthlessly back should you be looking for a team to bandwagon, or for a way to get interested in the series.

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Issues in the NFL: Player Safety

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Does anybody know what constitutes as a legal hit anymore? I’m sure the NFL Front Office easily defines it. However, the referees’ interpretation during on-the-field play shows there may not be much agreement on “legal hits” among the pool of officials.

Now, the term “defenseless player” is clearly defined, yet really confusing. Plus, the rules of contact with a defenseless player (and quarterbacks) are even more confusing.

Many receivers argue in favor of taking hits above their waist (and below the neck) rather than below their waist in the efforts to decrease leg injuries. But, the NFL’s rules are tipped toward lessening concussions from above the neck hits.

In my opinion, the NFL wants to avoid being sued by current/former players who may have suffered concussions (long-term costs) by risking the players’ immediate safety through leg tackling (short-term costs).

Both sides (players and the NFL) have their valid arguments:

  • The players want to perform at high levels in the majority of their careers, due to the uncertain job security of the NFL serving as a revolving door of talent.
  • Many players facing the final years on their contract desire job and salary security, which drives them to play through various injuries.
  • On the other side of the coin, the league primarily wants to continue to make money which is totally understandable (the NFL is a business corporation).
  • Decreasing the chance of being sued by current/former players saves the NFL money in the long run.

Now, when the players are unsure of what is and isn’t legal, there could be a problem. And even when the men officiating the game are confused on what to call, there is definitely an issue.

The integrity of the game is at risk when these confusing rules come into play. Many guys have been fined over the smallest touch to a defenseless player (or quarterback). I’m not saying every quarterback is a defenseless player, but some (elite) QB’s receive this preferential treatment.
Ok, maybe it was more than an elbow swipe.

Sometimes Robert Griffin or Eli Manning would get plastered in the pocket without a flag thrown. There were other times when Tom Brady or Peyton Manning would receive an additional 15-yards for getting swiped on the elbow.

If the rules continue to be confusing and almost impossible to consistently interpret, we may see one of the most-watched sports come up short to living up to its already-established potential.

What do you think?

How can referees become better interpreters of the rules? Is the NFL front office risking safety in exchange for lawsuit avoidance? Do players actually have a voice on this issue?

The human element of officiating seems to work in baseball, but not when awarding a team an additional 15-yards for something that looked illegal.