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FedExField Goes HD, Part 5: Cooley Sells The Lite Brite, Talks About The Offense

Posted by Matt Terl on April 8, 2010 – 1:37 pm

When I visited FedExField to see the first stage of scoreboard demolition, the old JumboTron was in pieces on pallets in the concourse. After I wrote about it, there was some question about what would be done with the pieces, and now we know:

They’ll be given to fans who make a five dollar donation at the Draft Day Party, and Chris Cooley addressed the media at Redskins Park today to explain how the whole process works.

“They’re tearing down the scoreboard,” Cooley said, holding up a piece of the JumboTron. “They come in these tiny cells that, I guess, look like Lite Brite pieces. A bunch of ’em make up a module; then they all make up the entire scoreboard. So we ripped it down, and instead of just throwing it away, of course we want to make money.” He paused. “No, I’m just kidding — it all goes to charity. Everything’s for charity. We’re selling ’em for five bucks apiece at Draft Day. It’s first come, first serve; it’s ‘the original FedExField Scoreboard’. Get ’em for five bucks, charity, cool stuff.”

What he means by “it’s ‘the original FedExField Scoreboard'” is that each piece is affixed with a sticker authenticating it as just that. (Pictured below.)

“The new scoreboard’s gonna be cool,” Cooley continued, “but when Jerry Jones built that great big scoreboard … I mean, we HAD to have a big one. So it’s gonna be 30 by 100 feet. It’s gonna be great. This old scoreboard was, like, 25 by 30, so it towers over what we used to have. It makes us more impressive than ever.”

Cooley majored in Art in college, is an avid potter, and is a generally creative guy. So you just know he’s not going to just toss the Lite Brite piece onto a shelf. He’s got plans for that ex-scoreboard.

“When I get home,” he explained, “I’m gonna build this little wooden trophy case and frame it in nicely, and then it’s gonna go over my mantle in my living room. I want it to be more of a formal piece, so I’m thinking about walnut or Brazilian cherry, but definitely [with] a plaque, and maybe Dan [Snyder] will autograph it for me. It’ll really complete the room. That’s what I’m hoping for my Lite Brite.”

Eventually, of course, people changed the subject to non-JumboTron matters, to Cooley’s (feigned) disappointment “Seriously?” he asked. “I thought we were talking about the scoreboard.”

And then he described, as so many others have this year, just how excited he is about the new offense. For example: Read more »

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FedExField Goes HD, Part 3: The JumboTron In Pieces

Posted by Matt Terl on March 26, 2010 – 11:17 am

I had such hopes that the removed JumboTron would be sitting out in the concourse at FedExField, maybe hooked up to a cable box so I could sample The Price Is Right at thirty feet tall. I was right that it was sitting in the concourse, but it was in no shape to display any programming.

That’s the JumboTron.

I knew it wasn’t some sort of enormous cathode ray tube with a gigantic piece of glass in front of it, but I didn’t realize that it broke down into six hundred-ish pieces, each roughly the size of a shoebox. There are 24 of the things on each pallet, and there were 24 complete palette-loads in the concourse. Read more »

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