Tonight, somewhere in Texas, a Dallas Cowboys super-fan will return to home and mount a piece of signage above his family's fireplace. Maybe a naked section of wall space will already be waiting. "We Stop Selling Beer at The End of the 3rd QUARTER!," the black and red letters say with authority. Move over, family portrait.
Last year the Cowboys announced that they'd be auctioning off the innards of Texas Stadium, right down to the urinals and showerheads. Today the highest bidders showed up to claim their loot. Although the legendary stadium will soon fall, it will live forever in our hearts. Or, at the very least, in hundreds of our homes. Someone even shelled out $12,000 dollars for the golf cart shaped like a giant Cowboys helmet, complete with a tailgate, stick shift and turfed floorboard. Baller!
More on the scene at the stadium, plus video, after the jump. We've also got photos in a slide show here.
Us regular folks made those white plastic stars that used to hang in the stadium the most popular item. They went for around $800 dollars a piece.
I can only hope the bids were lower for the posters advertising cheese steaks, sausage wraps, Pepsi products and beer. Who wants to remember that they paid $7 dollars for a Miller Lite?
Leftover auction items will be available for purchase at the Cowboys Fan Fest, February 20-22. Word is that Emmitt Smith's locker is still up for grabs. Are we still mad about that diamonds and poo-poo thing?
There is one more piece of Texas Stadium's legacy whose future seems uncertain: the blue star that, until today, resided on the 50-yard line. This afternoon crews rolled the star into a giant turf and dirt burrito, leaving it in the middle of the field when they were done. Bruce Hardy, general manager of Texas Stadium, says it won't fit in his living room, so he's not sure where it'll end up.
"This is the greatest stadium in the world," Hardy said, seated in a golf cart mid-field and surrounded by cameras and reporters. "Every day there was a new memory."
Which is good news for the Cowboys fans who paid $300 dollars for a turnstile. They get to make new Texas Stadium memories every time they file through those metal arms and into their own garage, sports den or bedroom.
More photos in our slide show here.