A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 13, 2006
“Texas Stadium has a hole in the roof so God can watch his favorite team” (D. D. Lewis)

Texas Stadium has a famous hole in the roof. Dallas Cowboys linebacker D. D. Lewis joked in 1982 that it was because God wants to watch his favorite team.
Wikipedia: Texas Stadium
Texas Stadium is the home field of the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys. It is located at Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas and opened on October 24, 1971 at a cost of $35 million. The stadium seats 65,675.
Built to replace the aging Cotton Bowl, the stadium was to have originally been a domed stadium, but the stadium could not support the weight of the entire roof, and public funding ran out before the roof support structure could be modified. This resulted in most of the stands being enclosed but not the playing field itself. This unusual arrangement - more commonly seen in European soccer stadiums - prompted Cowboys linebacker D.D. Lewis to make his now-famous quip that the “hole” in the stadium’s roof was there “so that God can watch His team.”
Wikipedia: D. D. Lewis (Dallas Cowboys)
Dwight Douglas “D. D.” Lewis (born October 16, 1945 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys. He played college football at Mississippi State University and was drafted in the sixth round of the 1968 NFL Draft. Lewis was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001.
In 1982, Lewis famously reasoned that “Texas Stadium has a hole in its roof so God can watch his favorite team play.”
8 January 1982, New York (NY) Times, pg. A15:
It fits Lewis’s character. He is a former Mississippi State all-American, and he had an impish sense of humor. Last weekend, on national television, he explained the Cowboys’ yearly success by saying, with a straight face, “Texas Stadium has a hole in the roof so God can watch his favorite team.”
(Dallas Cowboys weakside linebacker D. D. Lewis—ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • Sunday, August 13, 2006 • Permalink

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