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In a shocking development, Dallas unprepared for ice


With cold weather in the forecast for Sunday’s win-and-in game at Washington, you’d think the Cowboys might want to prepare outdoors.

But after being caught off guard by a snow and ice storm, the Cowboys were forced to prepare inside Cowboys Stadium, according to Todd Archer of

“It’s just not functional,” coach Jason Garrett said of their Valley Ranch practice facility. “It’s a sheet of ice.”

The Cowboys have historically struggled in cold weather, with a 4-11 record the last 20 years when the temperature at kickoff was 40 degrees or colder. The last such win was in Washington in 2009.

“We’re excited about the opportunity to go play the Redskins,” Garrett said. “The players hear me say this a lot: Regardless where you play or who you’re playing against, you have to be your best. We’ll try to do that. We’ll try to do our best in our preparation.

“We’re going to practice in our stadium today and hopefully be able to practice on our field tomorrow.”

Garrett said their preference would have been to work outdoors, but they didn’t have the necessary equipment to clear the fields after the surprise cold snap.

Gee, where have we heard that before?

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30 Responses to “In a shocking development, Dallas unprepared for ice”
  1. edhochuli says: Dec 26, 2012 12:38 PM

    Unprepared for something that happens once every 750 days or so? Yeah, what a shocker…

  2. veryindifferent says: Dec 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    So you’re advocating the Cowboys, the cities of Dallas, Arlington, Ft Worth, etc wasting money on things they will need once every 5 years? Not sure this is newsworthy unless you just hate Dallas.

  3. mazblast says: Dec 26, 2012 12:51 PM

    With all his money, and his team shoehorned into a division with New York, Philly, and Washington, Jerry couldn’t anticipate ever having to play in conditions involving cold and possibly frozen water?

    From experience, I can tell you that this is typical for the South. “We don’t get this often, so we’ll pretend it don’t never happen”.

  4. 2ruefan says: Dec 26, 2012 12:55 PM

    I think the “shock” is that a team that would spend multiple millions on a stadium and practice facility can’t read a weather report and prepare so that you don’t make your practice facility useless.

    IMHO, that is a bit surprising at least…

  5. salmen76 says: Dec 26, 2012 12:56 PM

    After that fiasco during the Super Bowl a couple years ago you’d think ole Jerry Jones would have invested in some ice removal/prevention equipment and a new indoor/outdoor practice facility. But NO! Jerry is too busy just ‘talking’ about winning a Super Bowl. Which is why i hope Jerry Jones owns and manages the cowboys forever. Because as long as he does they will NEVER win anything. Jimmy Johnson won two of those SBs and Switzer won one on Jimmy Johnson’s laurels. If the Cowboys were a good team they would have blown the Saints right off their field Sunday! The Saints have a losing record, no coach, and the worst defense in the entire NFL and had nothing left to play for except pride and still beat the Cowboys right in their own backyard! Ha Ha. Too funny. Geaux Saints!

  6. hpeters77 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:00 PM

    I was taught if you fail to plan, you plan to fail

  7. gtodriver says: Dec 26, 2012 1:02 PM


    The SB fiasco was less than two years ago, so not sure where you’re coming up with 5 years.

    The cities of Dallas, Arlington and Ft Worth may not consider being able to deal with snow and ice important but it would be a very small expense for Jerry Jones to be able to clear a football practice field.

    And it’s well known that Jerry likes to spend money on his team.

  8. punkyqb says: Dec 26, 2012 1:12 PM

    Probably unprepared to win!!!

  9. greentailshiner says: Dec 26, 2012 1:12 PM

    This is the most useless story ever.

  10. fcrraptor720 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:16 PM

    Sounds to me there already prepared to watch the playoffs from the couch

  11. upperdecker19 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:21 PM

    Are they releasing any addition tickets for temporary seating to this game as well?

  12. repojam says: Dec 26, 2012 1:22 PM

    Nice reporting here. Can we follow this up with how the two organizations in New York prepared poorly for Hurricane Sandy?

  13. vikings2102 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:23 PM

    Hey Cowboys, it’s called the Weather Channel (or your local news teams weather), watch it once in a while!!

  14. bordner says: Dec 26, 2012 1:27 PM

    So depending on who you listen to, Dallas either gets ice once every 750 days or once every 5 years (1,760 days). Either way, it’s a possibility. Would it kill them to at least have a contigency plan in case it happens? How is having a plan wasting money?

  15. oldladykillaz says: Dec 26, 2012 1:33 PM

    its amazing how many people hate on the greatest team of all time. romo is amazing, he will come out and beat the skins and RG3. this whole team has been playing great. ive wanted dez cut wk 1, thought he was another T.O. but he has stepped up and so has the defense. they will play a great game and march into the playoffs and finally shut all the haters up.

  16. jimnaizeeum says: Dec 26, 2012 1:49 PM

    Not having equipment on hand to enable the team to practice, or play, in snow is a severe oversight.
    I’d guess Jerry spends more on restaurants every year than some snow removal equipment would cost.

  17. mrba4775 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:51 PM

    Don’t worry the Cowboys will be prepared. Romo is having the best december in his career. Romo will outplay RG3, simply because Romo has been now has the Cowboys in position to winning the NFC East. I don’t think RG3 will be 100% from the last time on Thanksgiving Day. Romo, Bryant, Austin, Witten & Murrary will each score a td, which means that the cowboys defense an pull back their ears on RG3. I predict Cowboys 31 Deadskins 10. GO Cowboys Super Bowl Bound Baby!!! Tony Romo will show the national audience on Sunday Nite, that he is truly an elite quarterback instead of the perception of choking in Big Games.

  18. leadlap says: Dec 26, 2012 1:55 PM

    Why is this news? Teams move their practices inside all the time.

  19. tibbs7 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:57 PM

    I learned how to drive on the roads of the Indiana Dunes where lake effect snow was heavy. Lots of hills and curves. The ice storms in Dallas are different. There is no traction or stopping on this surface. I know all you guys in the northeast think you can navigate this but so did the people in the ditch. Snow is not the same as sheets of ice.

  20. ieatchickens says: Dec 26, 2012 2:07 PM

    I don’t think Gantt was referring to the city of Dallas but the Cowboy organization. Put down the egg nog people.

    I think the idea is the Cowboys could have placed a tarp over the grass. You know, how every other football and baseball teams does.

    It’s not rocket science people.

  21. kdentify says: Dec 26, 2012 2:08 PM

    I live east of Dallas, and we’ve known about this storm for a few days, and it’s expected to be here through the weekend. I don’t really understand not having the equipment (or plans to obtain use of the equipment) to address this because towns and cities in the area have the equipment to handle it.

  22. sikologik says: Dec 26, 2012 2:11 PM

    tibbs7 says:
    Dec 26, 2012 1:57 PM

    what are you talking about, buddy? we’re having an ice store right now in phila. ice storms, freezing rain, etc. are all regular occurrences in the northeast; I grew up in upstate NY, I know them all too well.

  23. jpb12 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:16 PM

    You can bet that id Belichick was H/C in Dallas he’d have made them practice outdoors.

    They’ll be playing in bad weather in DC this weekend. THis was a huge opportunity missed…

  24. xplicitpits says: Dec 26, 2012 2:42 PM

    There always unprepared! Does this surprise anyone? Does a certain SuperBowl lawsuit ring a bell?

  25. amaf21 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:52 PM

    Ship of fools…

  26. dequan81 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:58 PM

    Is there an article upcoming about the Redskins also moving practice? I mean DC gets this weather more often than Dallas… So?…

  27. cperiodj says: Dec 26, 2012 4:04 PM

    Jpb12 statement is really on point. You are going to playing outside in dc. Oh well…hail to the redskins.

  28. ppc50 says: Dec 26, 2012 4:42 PM

    “They’ll be playing in bad weather in DC this weekend. THis was a huge opportunity missed…”

    The forecast for Sunday in D.C is mostly sunny – 39 high/28 low with some gusts – hardly a storm.

  29. daysend564 says: Dec 26, 2012 4:51 PM

    We get it, you hate the Cowboys. It’s never been difficult to see.

  30. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 26, 2012 8:04 PM

    Is that the same practice facility that fell and injured players and coaches during a storm? Might be a good idea to stay out of there during an ice storm.

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