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December 31, 2007

JerryWorld, Texans in bowls update

The Cotton Bowl will move to the under-construction, $1 billion JerryWorld/Cowboys' stadium after two more games at the Fair Park Cotton Bowl Stadium.


The usual 1,200 workers were driving trucks and climbing steel in Arlington for a Cotton Bowl tour Monday. The construction site already has been home to many Ford truck commercials and the Cowboys are bidding for everything from the Super Bowl (check), an NCAA Final Four, UIL Class 5A state football championships, feature college matchups like Arkansas vs. Texas A&M.

Cowboys officials are being politically correct by not trying to lure Texas vs. Oklahoma during the State Fair, but it won't be long before OU-Texas starts luring JerryWorld.

The new stadium will open in the summer of 2009 _ likely with some eye-opening country western acts for a festival/concert. The Cowboys will then play their 2009 season at Jerry World, which is looking for a title sponsor for about $15-20 million per year if you're interested.

Season-ticket licenses per 50-yard line seat with be $50,000 each. There will be some licenses for about $10,000 too. Tickets will cost from $150-$400 each.

But as Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said about the 50-yard line prices: "Those are our beach front property."

Texas Stadium, current home of the Cowboys since 1971, still is in official limbo. But look for there to be a big implosion party sometime in 2009 or 2010 and the property being zoned for some kind of commercial use.

Bowl update
Former Arlington Grace Prep runner Justin Forsett, playing his final collegiate game only about half-hour from his home with about 300 family and friends watching, ran for 140 yards and two TDs on 23 carries to lead Cal over Air Force, 42-36, at the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth.

His 1-yard score with 1:33 left in the third quarter gave the Bears their first lead and put them ahead for good at 28-27. He added a 21-yard TD on Cal's next drive.

The Next Marion
How high is Arkansas offensive coordinator David Lee on Hogs' running back Darren McFadden.
"He's Marion Barber with more speed," said Lee, who was a Cowboys assistant in Barber's first two years in Dallas. "Darren is the punisher on tackles, not the defense."

Granger suspended for Fiesta
Oklahoma starting defensive tackle DeMarcus Granger of Kimball will miss the Fiesta Bowl after being sent home from Arizona following an arrest for shoplifting.

Granger, 21, was arrested Saturday in Tempe after he tried to steal a jacket from the Burlington Coat Factory inside Arizona Mills Mall, Tempe police reported.

"Mr. Granger removed an anti-theft device from a jacket and then concealed the jacket in a bag. He exited the store walking past the cash registers without paying for the jacket," Mike Horn, a spokesman for the Tempe Police Department, said in a statement.

Granger admitted committing the offense and was booked into the Tempe City Jail on one count of shoplifting, Horn said. He later bonded out of jail.

OSU's Bryant 2 TD catches
Oklahoma State got two TD catches from Lufkin freshman Dez Bryant in a 49-33 win over Indiana in the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Az.



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