Guns and Hoses, Cowboys Stadium Join Forces

by Todd K | Posted on Sunday, June 24th, 2012

Image: Todd Kaufmann/Sports Page DFW




By Todd Kaufmann

Sr Columnist


On Saturday night, I walked into a place I don’t often find myself walking into with exception to a few times a year. This is one of those times that I do so for more than just a sport.

This Saturday night wasn’t about the team that calls Cowboys Stadium home. This time, it was to support the men and women who put their lives on the line every single day and do so with bravery. This night was about them getting to don football helmets, pads, and for one night, get to feel the cheers from the stands and make the hard hits they only get to see on tv.

I’m sure there’s nothing like hearing their name announced over the public address system or the adrenaline rush they get with every snap. The glory days re-lived even if for just one night.

But there was one thing I noticed. Sure there were maybe only 200 people in the stands and most of those family and friends and sure there were cheerleaders as well, most of those being the children of the players on the field.

Here’s the most disappointing thing of the night. You would think this kind of event would draw more media to it, especially for the kind of cause this night was for. Why would it not get more attention? It’s Cowboys Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. Why would this not be all over the television and radio air waves? Why would it not draw more people than just family and friends?

You don’t go to an event like this expecting to see dramatic plays or lead changes that switch the momentum from one side or the other at a drop of a hat.

Except, surprisingly, this game had all of that.

The fire department brought solid defense including scoring their first two touchdowns off an interception return and a fumble recovery in the end zone.

The police on the other hand used a long 70-yard touchdown pass for their first score and another drive that gave them a late one-point lead before the fire department put the game on ice late in the fourth quarter.

Well, at least it looked that way.

The police had the ball inside the fire five-yard line with just under a minute to play and a seven point deficit. But the fire defense showed why they had been strong all night long, holding the police offense on four straight plays including an incomplete pass on a fourth down play for a 21-14 win.

For the fire department it was their second straight win in the second year of this game. Both years have had a combined margin of victory of eight points, the fire taking the first year with an 8-7 win.

This isn’t one of the usual events that the media wants to be at but it’s a foundation that deserves a lot more attention then it gets. Maybe it’ll change or maybe it won’t.

Only time will tell.

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