I know, I know, we like things big in Texas. That tired cliché is repeated ad nauseam and is almost as bad as "Houston, we have a problem." Almost. At least with the whole idea of things being big around here, there is occasionally some truth to it. This is the biggest state in the contiguous U.S. (screw you, Alaska!). We do tend to have fairly gregarious personalities. And we like big-ass scoreboards.
The Astrodome -- another example of the "big" culture of Texas -- originally had one of the snazziest scoreboards in history with its snorting bull and shooting cowboy blinking light brilliance. When it was replaced with more seats -- something we're still paying for, mind you -- it felt like a betrayal. Of course, then Bud Adams took the Oilers to Tennessee, the Astros moved downtown and the Astrodome became a tragic eyesore
Up in Dallas, Jerry Jones put in display screens so large, you can see Tony Romo fumble on them from outer space, or so we've been told. Apparently, the folks at Reliant Stadium want our NASA astronauts to look down on more pleasing sights, like a JJ Watt sack, because they are discussing installing massive hi-def scoreboards and display screens like their dumb country cousins in Big D (note the "Big" again). Of course, they won't be able to see these from space since the roof is always closed.
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No matter. The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation, the people that run Reliant Park, are discussing the move, according to a report from CBS Sports.
The estimated cost of the hi-def LED screens will be about $16 million, and would be installed where the current scoreboards are located, just in time for the 2013 NFL season and the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™.
According to additional reports, the Houston Texans are the only NFL team without a digital scoreboard.
Texans owner Bob McNair and the Houston Livestock Show and Road [sic] would reportedly pay for the new displays and then be reimbursed by Reliant.
Not sure if that means Reliant the company will reimburse them or Reliant Park a.k.a. the taxpayers. Regardless, adding larger screens will no doubt enhance the chances of Houston hosting another Super Bowl, which is the likely reason for the discussion in the first place.
Plus, when they get a shot of Arian Foster doing a namaste in the end zone yet again, fans will actually be able to see the tears of the defenders he left in his wake. It will be magical!