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Saturday, December 20, 2008
Texas Stadium by the numbers

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

My former colleague at the Dallas Morning News, David "Pinot" Moore, produced a fun breakdown of all the events that have taken place at Texas Stadium over the years. Earlier today, I bumped into former Cowboys defensive lineman John Dutton at Mustang Barbers in Dallas. He's one of an estimated 100 former players who will take part in a 50-minute postgame ceremony to close down Texas Stadium.

On Friday, Michael Irvin was flying to Orlando, Fla., to watch his former high school team in the state championship game. He was flying back Saturday afternoon to do radio for Westwood One and then participate in the postgame festivities. But let's get back to the numbers that Moore came up with:

More than 90 artists and groups performed at Texas Stadium, including U2, The Eagles, Elton John, Billy Joel and the unforgettable Petra concert of 1989. OK, I have no clue when Petra performed, but "More Power to Ya" was certainly an underrated song. Elvis was in his later years (based on what we know now) when the stadium opened in 1971, but I'm a little surprised he didn't stop by. Also surprised that Bruce Springsteen or The Rolling Stones never made an appearance. All the big names in country music except for The Possum George Jones were on the list.

Texas Stadium found religion early in its reign and hosted 10 nights of Billy Graham crusades and eight separate events for Promise Keepers. (Are the Keepers still around?)

Scenes for "Johnny B. Good," "Any Given Sunday," "Invincible" and "Friday Night Lights" were filmed at the venue. Who can forget Dennis Quaid's quick release in "Any Given Sunday." Years later, the Cowboys would cast Brad Johnson in that role. 

The Cowboys are 197-93 heading into Saturday's game. And 28 of those wins came against the St. Louis/Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals. The stadium hosted 11 divisional playoff games, five NFC Championship Games and one Pro Bowl in 1973. My favorite memories are the Baylor-SMU games of the early 1980s, but I won't bog you down with those. Let's just say that I'm the one sports writer who still appreciates the work of Andrew Mellontree.