My Photographic Farewell to Texas Stadium

Texas Stadium Finale - Fond Farewell Sign.jpgI never claimed to be a great writer. Even a worse photographer.

Nonetheless, armed with an iPhone and a life's worth of memories, I'd be honored if you'd allow me to take you on a tour of Texas Stadium's final night.

Follow me. Right this way.

Here it is. The house that Tex Schramm built and Tom Landry turned into an icon. 

Texas Stadium Finale - Sign.jpgEverybody is nostalgic. Even, um, Santa Cowboy and his elves?

Texas Stadium Finale - Santa Landry.jpgLet's go in for one last spin around the joint, shall we?

The most famous tunnel in sports.

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Check out the walls. Every Super Bowl championship logo. Inspirational, no?

VI.

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XII.

Texas Stadium Finale - Super Bowl XII.jpgXXVII.

Texas Stadium Finale - Super Bowl XXVII.jpg XXVIII.

Texas Stadium Finale - Super Bowl XXVIII.jpgXXX.

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Five "World Championships", in case you're counting.

Texas Stadium Finale - World Champions.jpgOut of the tunnel ...

Texas Stadium Finale - Tunnel Out.jpgInto arguably - Yankee Stadium? Wrigley Field? Wembley Stadium? The Parthenon? - the most famous sports theater in the world.

Texas Stadium Finale - Wide View.jpgI'll miss this view.

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And this one.

Texas Stadium Finale - End Zone Up.jpgYou-know-who's favorite peep hole.

Texas Stadium Finale - Hole in Roof.jpgLet's take a lap. Through the end zone.

Texas Stadium Finale - End Zone Helmet.jpgShoot, it's the last game, right? How about into the end zone?

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Stars on the wall.

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Stars (Deion) on the field.

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Bigger stars (Staubach) on the field. 

Texas Stadium Finale - Staubach.jpgStars (Emmitt) on the NFL Netwook stage.

Texas Stadium Finale - Emmitt NFL Network.jpg

Even some Cowboys you haven't thought about in a long while. 

Texas Stadium Finale - Pozderac.jpgIf only this bench could talk, oh the Cowboys' tales it could tell.

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Hey look, there's Jerry.

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 The Ring of Honor. Remember those three guys?

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Or him? 

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No Ring of Honor is complete without The Man in the Funny Hat.

Texas Stadium Finale - Landry ROH.jpgBoooooooo!

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The Stadium Club. Where Roman royalty sit in their pristine, protected environment and demand to be entertained by spartan gladiators.

Texas Stadium Finale - Stadium Club.jpg Gotta head up and actually do some work. Toward the tunnel.

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Butt, you know I have to check out the cheerleaders first. Yeah, it's cold. Still, thumbs down on jackets. 

Texas Stadium Finale - Cheerleaders.jpgUp the tunnel.

Texas Stadium Finale - Tunnel Up.jpgPast the Cowboys' locker room. Through that door has walked Landry. Jimmy, Staubach, Dorsett, Too Tall, Irvin, Lilly ...

Texas Stadium Finale - Cowboys' Locker Room.jpgUp to the press box ...

Texas Stadium Finale - Press Box.jpgInto my seat ...

Texas Stadium Finale - Observer Seat.jpgNational Anthem ... player intros ... balloons ... and ... action!

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Somehow, these Cowboys lost this game.

Dead Man Talking?

Texas Stadium Finale - Wade.jpg For the last, harsh time, a fallen star. 

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Ouch. Texas Stadium's tombstone.

Texas Stadium Finale - Scoreboard.jpgNext stop, Arlington. - Richie Whitt


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