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Ray Guy would have worn out his leg at Cowboys Stadium

There’s an alien spacecraft hovering over the field at the new Cowboys Stadium, and it’s cloaking device consists of two old-time drive-in movie screens.

And, already, a punted football has shtoinked off it.

During Friday night’s preseason opener at the billion-dollar venue, Titans punter A.J. Trapasso hit the structure, which is perched only 90 feet about the playing surface.

The official rule for handling such a development?  A do-over.

Former Raiders punter Ray Guy likely would have been doing it over and over again all night.  In 1976, Guy hit the video screen at the Superdome during the Pro Bowl, which was positioned much higher than 90 feet over the field.

“To this day, that’s the thing I get asked about most,” Guy told the Oakland Tribune in 2007.  “More than the Super Bowls, more than the
Pro Bowls, more than anything I did in football.  People want to talk
about the time I hit the scoreboard at the Superdome.”

We’ve got a feeling that Trapasso won’t be interrogated quite so often about the time he hit the mothership at Cowboys Stadium.

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56 Responses to “Ray Guy would have worn out his leg at Cowboys Stadium”
  1. Raider Pride says: Aug 21, 2009 11:02 PM

    Put Guy In The Fricken Hall Of Fame Already!

  2. EskinSux says: Aug 21, 2009 11:13 PM

    ……No wonder so many construction workers died or were injured building this tomb…….Was Jerry the enginner like the tent that blew over?

  3. litemater says: Aug 21, 2009 11:15 PM

    Ditto on the HOF for Guy!

  4. Flipper says: Aug 21, 2009 11:16 PM

    Who builds a BILLION dollar stadium and doesn’t think of something as simple as this?

  5. INVAIDUH says: Aug 21, 2009 11:17 PM

    HOF

  6. mborz says: Aug 21, 2009 11:18 PM

    Ray Guy rules.

  7. hay1111 says: Aug 21, 2009 11:19 PM

    This is officially the best thing to look forward to every Cowboys game.

  8. RexRyan'sStressedLapband says: Aug 21, 2009 11:20 PM

    How long before they make Jerruh either raise that thing, or get rid of it altogether? Seems to me that 90 feet is going to get that thing smacked any number of times throughout the season. It’s a nice stadium, but someone fcked that up royally!
    Hey Dallas fans – your team’s owner can contract people to build a practice facility, and obviously can’t get common sense involved when designing how high above a field his compensation for a dysfunctional penis scoreboard should sit.

  9. VoxVeritas says: Aug 21, 2009 11:21 PM

    I think they might have to lift that thing about another 15-20 feet. The bottom is 90 feet above the playing field, the screen is 72 feet tall, the arches are like 292 feet above the field so they have like 130 feet of clearance. I think Fisher may have told Trapasso to try to hit it, though. They were trying to before the game started and did hit it a couple of times.

  10. sask99 says: Aug 21, 2009 11:25 PM

    if I was fisher I would have paid my punter $1000 every time he hit that retarded thing… 20 times in a row would have embarrassed the Cowboys and the NFL real bad

  11. misterj says: Aug 21, 2009 11:25 PM

    Ray Guy owns, and I hate all fat journalists who talk about how he and Steve Tasker don’t belong in the hall of fame because they aren’t every-down players.

  12. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 21, 2009 11:28 PM

    90 feet? WTF were they thinking. That does not sound high at all considering punters are capable of hitting it 70 yards (210 feet) in the air horizontally down the field. This could be a real problem.

  13. Apetits says: Aug 21, 2009 11:31 PM

    Guess $1.15 billion doesn’t buy brains…

  14. Raiders757 says: Aug 21, 2009 11:31 PM

    This kind of gives Dallas a home field advantage. punters have to kick the ball at a lower trajectory, which can lead to shorter, or blocked punts. Sadly for Dallas, the same can be said for them. That 60 yard big screen sure is nice!

  15. Silver&Black666 says: Aug 21, 2009 11:43 PM

    Al Davis is Satan and Tom cable is a thug. The Raiders suck so bad they are the worst organization ever and dysfunctional but I will use one of them for my less than charming little fluff piece.

  16. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 12:44 AM

    “90 feet? WTF were they thinking. That does not sound high at all considering punters are capable of hitting it 70 yards (210 feet) in the air horizontally down the field.”
    So I’m thinking that physics is not your field of expertise. The average NFL punt hang time is 4.6 seconds. Using the formula y= (0.5)(32.2 ft/s sq)(time squared), a punt with 4.6 seconds of hangtime will reach a height of 85.2 feet regardless of how it’s kicked. Initial angle and velocity determine distance but not height. How do I know this? Because the Cowboys did their homework. If you try to hit the screens, you probably will. If you punt for field position and your name is not Ray Guy, you probably won’t. Regardless, they should raise it since you scrubs are so worried that your teams are going to be doing a lot of punting in Cowboys Stadium. It’s hanging on cables, it’s not like it’s permanently fixed at that height. Raising it by 30 feet would probably change the viewing angle by two degrees, probably less.

  17. SixBurghDude says: Aug 22, 2009 12:46 AM

    Always amazes me how the majority of the wealthiest & most successful individuals have basically ZERO

  18. SixBurghDude says: Aug 22, 2009 12:55 AM

    Always amazes me how the majority of the wealthiest & most successful individuals have basically ZERO common sense, arrogant tool was so busy nearly dislocating his shoulder patting himself on the back, that he overlooked a detail so obvious that he comes off as a buffoon. Even so, speaking as a professional in the same field, the Architects/Engineers are obviously at fault here & are no doubt a bit embarrassed as of tonight.

  19. jtk1519 says: Aug 22, 2009 1:11 AM

    I guess they didn’t say anything during the FOX broadcast, but it was made perfectly clear before and after the game on local radio that the video screen is not at the height it will normally be at for games. It was lowered for the Paul McCartney concert Monday night and will remain at it’s lower position the U2 concert. It’s supposedly very expensive to raise and lower the board and U2 is paying a lot of money to raise it extra high to fit their giant stage in there. After that, it will be set at it’s regular football height which is some 25 feet higher than it was tonight, per Brad Sham during the radio broadcast.

  20. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 1:11 AM

    Jones is on the radio saying that the 90 foot clearance was the league’s specification. Supposedly they’ll raise it after the U2 concert in October.

  21. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 1:27 AM

    “In 1976, Guy hit the video screen at the Superdome during the Pro Bowl, which was positioned much higher than 90 feet over the field.”
    Actually I believe the Superdome screen was right at 90 feet as well, and they raised it afterward.
    Yep.
    http://www.nytimes.com/1981/01/22/sports/guy-s-punts-a-big-weapon.html
    “The television screens hang over the floor of the Louisiana Superdome for the benefit of the customers who have a better view of the roof than the field. The screens dangled 90 feet above the floor yesterday. The plan is to have them 200 feet above the field Sunday.”

  22. windex666 says: Aug 22, 2009 1:41 AM

    Stupid….But that is one hell of a stadium otherwise. And before I forget, the Raiders are garbage. There is only one legitimate NFL team in the Bay.

  23. dwatkins says: Aug 22, 2009 1:54 AM

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Guy
    Ray Guy was selected to seven AFC Pro Bowl teams, and in 1994, he was named the punter on the National Football League’s 75th Anniversary Team. He was also an outstanding placekicker at Southern Mississippi, once kicking a then-record 61-yard field goal in a snowstorm during a game in Utah. After his senior season at Southern Miss, Guy was named Most Valuable Player of the annual College All-Star game, in which an all-star team of college seniors played the current Super Bowl champion. And in addition to his kicking prowess, Guy was also a starting safety in college. During his senior season, he intercepted a USM record eight passes, and was named an All-American defensive back. Guy also played quarterback in his early years and was officially the Oakland Raiders’ last-string emergency quarterback, ironically replacing kicker-quarterback George Blanda in this position. During the time that Blanda was still with the Raiders, early in Guy’s career, Guy would occasionally do kickoffs for the Raiders because the aging Blanda no longer had great range. He was known for punts with a high hang time; he once punted the ball with so much hangtime that the opponents pulled the ball and had it tested for helium. The hangtime statistic was also instituted in the NFL during his time, probably because of him

  24. bofarr says: Aug 22, 2009 2:17 AM

    I’m putting the over/under on punts hitting Jerry Jones penis extension, I mean scoreboard, 20 times this season.

  25. CooperManning says: Aug 22, 2009 2:41 AM

    They’re going to raise thing. It’s already in the works. Jerry Jones might be the worst GM the NFL has seen in the last 20 years, but he built one hell of a stadium. And let me tell you, that screen is worth all the “do-overs” in the world. Let me put it this way, after seeing the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders up there, I felt guilty that I didn’t at least buy them dinner first.
    And by the way, to guy who brought up the practice facility. You know who’s idea it was to throw that thing up? None other than the sacred cow of East Coast football fans/media, Bill Parcells.

  26. Philtration says: Aug 22, 2009 3:07 AM

    Y’all best not be a hittin the big tay vay or Jerry gone git you!
    Yep… everything is bigger in Texas… except their brains.

  27. lithiumfx26 says: Aug 22, 2009 3:19 AM

    Hit the LED Panel, then the guys up in the Big Screen room can actually have something to do.

  28. Jackal138 says: Aug 22, 2009 6:38 AM

    Hahaha! What an awesome feat of modern engineering.
    Making a stadium with a screen that blocks punts shows a lack of foresight, but what can we expect from the team that portrayed themselves as preseason SuperBowl champs only to choke the whole season away?
    Flashy at first glance, crappy in the long run — ladies and gentlemen, America’s Team!

  29. ar1888 says: Aug 22, 2009 6:50 AM

    Everytime a opposing team hits this thing it sould be a automatic first down for them. Come on NFL a freaking “do over”? This just helps out the Cowboys. NFL needs to step up to the bully that is Jerry Jones and make him play their rules, not his.

  30. OakPete says: Aug 22, 2009 7:05 AM

    Best Punter Ever!
    The NFL needs to modify it’s Hall of Fame procedures, and allow one special teams player to be inducted every four years. As it stands now, there are too many running backs, quarterbacks, receivers and defensive standouts to accomodate special teamers. But special teams is a big part of the game and it’s a travesty that punters aren’t acknowledged. There needs to be a standard represented in the Hall of Fame, to which others could be judged by. Go back to the Colts/Chargers playoff game from last year and tell me punting isn’t important. I think every punter in the NFL should go on strike until a punter is enshrined. Then will see how important punters are.

  31. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Aug 22, 2009 7:22 AM

    # Raider Pride says: August 21, 2009 11:02 PM
    Put Guy In The Fricken Hall Of Fame Already!
    ======================================
    Here, here!

  32. Hong Kong Phooey says: Aug 22, 2009 7:32 AM

    If my offense just went 3 & out a few times and my defense was tired, I’d tell my punter to hit that thing 10 times in a row to buy some time.
    Be interesting to see how many big punt returns the cowboys give up this year because their pnter is under orders from Jones to not hit the scoreboard. Low punts = big returns.

  33. killachap says: Aug 22, 2009 7:37 AM

    Did anyone actually see how amazing it looks though? I would agree that it should be raised but it is without a doubt genius. They have moer seats because they arent using up area behind an endzone as well. Matt McBriar, the Cowboys punter, has the strongest leg in the league and he didn’t hit it on his punt. They were obviously trying to hit because they were getting ass raped.
    And to the idiot that said people died building this, please cite some specific sources for this claim.

  34. DanSnyderSux says: Aug 22, 2009 7:41 AM

    I think Dr. Freud would have some interesting comments about Jerrah’s need to make everything bigger. Oh, and Ray Guy belongs in the Hall of Fame!

  35. TylerDurden says: Aug 22, 2009 7:48 AM

    HOF

  36. HarrisonHits says: Aug 22, 2009 7:58 AM

    This will happen at least once a game until they raise the stupid thing. The screens on the end are retarded partially blocking lines of sight to the huge one from many angles. Yes the help the people right a the end of the stadium but the whole way the screens are structured is not very smart.

  37. tv says: Aug 22, 2009 8:32 AM

    After Guy hit the Superdome screens, they were raised much higher. That never happened again, nor did anyone come close to hitting them.
    I wonder if Jones will have to do the same – or even if he can given the configuration of the screens and the stadium roof.
    It will be interesting to see what the NFL does if punters keep hitting it.

  38. Living_Legend says: Aug 22, 2009 8:33 AM

    There will never be a punter as good a Guy, A-Holes put him in the HOF.

  39. zachintosh66 says: Aug 22, 2009 8:35 AM

    60yd big screen will be nice come Dec when we see Romo fold again.

  40. rawisdan says: Aug 22, 2009 8:36 AM

    I wonder how hard it would be to raise the screen? That thing is massive from looking at it on TV.

  41. Smush Rodrigez says: Aug 22, 2009 9:31 AM

    OK, so the thing can be raised great. And it is expensive to do. BUT, how could you not have it raised for the first game there? First impressions….
    I will say that the screen os pretty awesome though.

  42. as big as a hat says: Aug 22, 2009 9:39 AM

    King Peter said he went out of his way to watch every punt Guy ever kicked and decided he was all flash, no substance. We can blame that fat tub of shit for Guy’s snub.

  43. Branephood says: Aug 22, 2009 10:44 AM

    What kind of moron keeps ragging on the Cowboys and Jones about the screen when it’s been stated over and over again it was lowered for a reason, and that it’s going up higher during the regular season. Some of you dumbasses need to get a life.

  44. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 10:52 AM

    “If my offense just went 3 & out a few times and my defense was tired, I’d tell my punter to hit that thing 10 times in a row to buy some time.”
    Great idea. I’ve got no problem with you making your punt coverage team sprint down the field 10 times in a row.

  45. VoxVeritas says: Aug 22, 2009 10:53 AM

    “This will happen at least once a game until they raise the stupid thing. The screens on the end are retarded partially blocking lines of sight to the huge one from many angles.”
    So what you’re saying is that you can’t see the big video board because a smaller yet still huge video board is in the way?

  46. JSpicoli says: Aug 22, 2009 11:16 AM

    Guy belongs in the HOF. So does Stabler. Stabler = biggest oversight for any team/proof of bias/BS

  47. MYN says: Aug 22, 2009 11:36 AM

    I say free Taco Bell for everyone at the stadium every time that thing gets nailed.

  48. SixBurghDude says: Aug 22, 2009 11:45 AM

    Anyone suggesting that Tasker is a HOFer is a complete idiot…dude wasn’t good enough to start or even get on the field for that matter, at his regular position…and for anyone stating that his regular position was special team ace, sorry 10-15 play a game players should not be considered, hence the snub of kickers/punters as well.

  49. wrongway says: Aug 22, 2009 12:16 PM

    Veritas, So I’m thinking that physics is not your field of expertise either. “Initial angle and velocity determine distance but not height???” Use some common sense – in easy to understand terms, if you hit a ball at a 1 degree angle at 1 mph it won’t go very high, will it? The fact is, initial angle and velocity are both necessary factors in determing height. The optimal angle for peak height is actually 45 degrees. The formula to determine height needs to contain the vertical velocity component of V sin(theta). Better stick to your day job.

  50. Monty says: Aug 22, 2009 2:41 PM

    “The average NFL punt hang time is 4.6 seconds. Using the formula y= (0.5)(32.2 ft/s sq)(time squared), a punt with 4.6 seconds of hangtime will reach a height of 85.2 feet regardless of how it’s kicked. ”
    So if we use your numbers, you’re saying that the *average* punt is less than five feet away from hitting the scoreboard. And since about half of all punts are going to be higher than that…

  51. ACDC84 says: Aug 22, 2009 3:16 PM

    “Trapasso and veteran Titans punter Craig Hentrich both hit the screen during pregame warmups, but Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says there are no plans to raise to the massive screens any higher.”

  52. Jackal138 says: Aug 22, 2009 4:30 PM

    Don’t try to explain physics to Vox.
    He’s still trying to wrap his brain around “I smell like feta cheese because I forget to sponge in between my sweaty fat rolls” — luckily his mom is right upstairs to remind him to do so, once a week, like clockwork.

  53. AutumnWind999 says: Aug 22, 2009 8:44 PM

    VoxVeritas says:
    August 22, 2009 12:44 AM
    “90 feet? WTF were they thinking. That does not sound high at all considering punters are capable of hitting it 70 yards (210 feet) in the air horizontally down the field.”
    So I’m thinking that physics is not your field of expertise. The average NFL punt hang time is 4.6 seconds. Using the formula y= (0.5)(32.2 ft/s sq)(time squared), a punt with 4.6 seconds of hangtime will reach a height of 85.2 feet regardless of how it’s kicked. Initial angle and velocity determine distance but not height. How do I know this? Because the Cowboys did their homework. If you try to hit the screens, you probably will. If you punt for field position and your name is not Ray Guy, you probably won’t. Regardless, they should raise it since you scrubs are so worried that your teams are going to be doing a lot of punting in Cowboys Stadium. It’s hanging on cables, it’s not like it’s permanently fixed at that height. Raising it by 30 feet would probably change the viewing angle by two degrees, probably less.
    ———————
    Thanks genius. Of course, if anyone hits a slightly above average punt (just 4.8 feet above average) your calculation shows that the Cowboys did indeed screw this one up. Then again, we know this because it has already happened in the FIRST game ever played in the stadium. Not to mention the Titans punters were repeatedly hitting punts off the scoreboard in pre-game warmups.
    At least you got a chance to flex your high school physics muscles on a pft message board. That should get you laid for sure.

  54. as big as a hat says: Aug 22, 2009 11:21 PM

    SixBurghDude only had to post his second comment once. That is a marked improvement. For awhile I thought he was so proud of his moniker that he kept hitting Submit just to see it, then came back to finish his “thought” so that he could enjoy seeing his name in lights once again. Two for the price of one. Take your nap now, loser.
    Comment submission error.

  55. SixBurghDude says: Aug 23, 2009 2:54 AM

    @ ass big as a hat-
    I’m awake now, sport & your mama’s back for more…tell that bitch to chill! say chill bitch!!!

  56. RSKindred says: Aug 28, 2009 2:11 PM

    Ha, love it.
    Ray Guy and Kenny Stabler in the HOF! DO IT!
    Did Peter King really say Ray Guy was all flash and no substance? Did he decide to elaborate on what he was basing this opinion?

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