This Sunday, the Washington Redskins will make their (likely) final trip to Texas Stadium. The Dallas Cowboys will be entering new digs next year.
The Cowboys-Redskins rivalries are one of the best in sports and Texas Stadium has served as a prime backdrop during the rivalry.
Who could forget the Thanksgiving Day game back in 1974 when Clint Longley came in for an injured Roger Staubach and rallied the Cowboys to a 24-23 win? Longley threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to Drew Pearson with just :28 remaining.
There was the season finale in 1979 when Dallas and Washington were playing for the NFC East division crown. This time, it was Staubach leading Dallas to a wild fourth-quarter comeback and downed the Redskins, 35-34. Before that game, Cowboys defensive end Harvey Martin received a funeral wreath (which was allegedly sent by the Redskins). After the game, Martin stormed into the Redskins locker room and threw the wreath back at them.
There was also that wild game in 2005. The Redskins were completely lifeless for pretty much the entire game. Down 13-0 with four minutes left, Redskins QB Mark Brunell found Santana Moss for two long TD passes to stun the Cowboys, 14-13. What made it all the more special for Redskins fans was the fact that it was a Monday night game and that the Cowboys retired Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman and Michael Irvin at halftime of the game.
The ending of that game is shown in the video above. Texas Stadium has hosted six Redskins-Cowboys games on Monday Night Football. That was the final one.
Despite the feeling that the Cowboys have dominated Washington recently at Texas Stadium, five of the last six Cowboys wins have been by a touchdown or less. Okay, that is reaching for a silver lining. Over the years, the Cowboys have dominated in Texas Stadium, winning 26 of the 35 meetings.
As a Redskins fan, I can't say that I'm sorry to see the ol' girl go. My fandom says that place looks like a huge toilet. Texas Stadium is one of the few places where the Redskins still wear their burgundy uniforms, since the Cowboys also prefer having home whites.
Still, that place holds a lot of memories for Redskins fans. Some of them were actually good.