So you get a rich team complemented by a wealthy, egotistical owner who wants to make a statement by building a state-of-the-art facility, blowing everyone away. They spend $1.2 billion constructing the Cowboys’ new temple, charging fans upwards of $50 to park and just as much for a pie. It’s beautiful, luxurious, opulent, and whoops! we left a video board hanging so low that it gets hit by a punt in the first game at the stadium!
So A.J. Trapasso’s second claim to fame outside of running a perfect fake punt against the Bills in the Hall of Fame game, is that he hit the Cowboys monstrous video board — during the first game there — with one of his punts (video below). Trapasso and fellow Titans punter Craig Hentrich were hitting the video board with regularity during warmups. Jeff Fisher has already said the competition committee needs to address the low-hanging board. Stubborn, proud, and egotistical owner Jerry Jones doesn’t want to move it. In all fairness, he probably doesn’t want to pay the millions it will cost to move it.
But here’s my biggest issue with the video board. It’s not even that they have engineers measuring out the stadium structure down to every degree yet they couldn’t factor in for punts, but it’s that this video board was conceived and constructed in the first place. The whole point of going to a game is to actually watch the action live on the field. If you want to watch a screen, then you just stay at home or watch the game at a bar. Having a giant video screen hanging in the middle of the stadium just screams out for your attention — it’s like having a massive pop-up ad covering your computer screen; it’s impossible not to look. A $1.2 billion stadium with a giant ass, obscene, obnoxious video board in the middle of it. Might as well paint the Mona Lisa while she has a fat zit on her face.
(video of the punt below)