Excitement palpable ahead of Cowboys’ home opener

DALLAS — From the moment I boarded my flight from Atlanta to Dallas for Sunday’s Giants-Cowboys game, I knew the NFC East showdown would be more of an event — an “I was there moment.” I heard passengers say they were coming from Miami, Toledo and Detroit to see the game. There were fathers with their teenage sons, and there definitely were some fellas coming through in major frat-party mode.

I live in Atlanta, and the first question people ask is, “Do you golf?” Today in Dallas, the first question was, “Are you here for the game?” The opening of Cowboys Stadium and playing such a marquee foe like the Giants seems to be Jerry Jones’ and the NFL’s way of an economic stimulus plan for the Dallas metro area.

The scene of the day came when I was at the baggage-claim carousel at the Dallas Forth-Worth airport and a Cowboys fan was doing some good-natured woofing with some Giants fans. A middle-aged man got his luggage, opened it up, pulled out a jersey, walked over to both parties and said something I couldn’t quite hear. But then I saw everybody laughing.

The gentleman was holding a Bills No. 81 jersey with “Owens” written across the back.

— Steve Wyche

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