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CashmoneyDrew
05-02-2009, 04:50 PM
Just saw it on CNN. Looked pretty scary. People and players were in it when it happened. I'm going to look for links and more info.

Don Vito
05-02-2009, 04:51 PM
Yeah 4 people were hurt, they didn't say who.

Paul
05-02-2009, 04:51 PM
http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2009/5/2/862850/dmn-blog-cowboys-indoor-facility

Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was taken from Cowboys headquarters on a stretcher with a neck brace.

The afternoon practice ended in horrifying fashion when the Cowboys' indoor facility collapsed.

While a violent thunderstorm pounded rain down on the roof, the lights started shaking back and forth. Then chaos broke out, as the facility collapsed and players, coaches, reporters and team personnel scrambled for safety.

Several people were trapped under the wreckage. Police and emergency personnel have arrived on the scene.

More to come.

UPDATE: According to a Cowboys spokesman, at least four members of the team's support staff are being taken to the hospital. All players and coaches are believed to be safe. Rescue personnel is still searching through the debris.

CashmoneyDrew
05-02-2009, 04:52 PM
Here's an SI link: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/football/nfl/05/02/cowboys.bubble.ap/index.html

CashmoneyDrew
05-02-2009, 04:52 PM
They're showing the video on CNN right now.

Brent
05-02-2009, 04:55 PM
My mom called me and told me that she saw it fall (yes, my parents live that close to it).

WMD
05-02-2009, 05:00 PM
Glad to see everyone is okay..

tjsunstein
05-02-2009, 05:01 PM
http://www.wfaa.com/sharedcontent/dws/img/wfaa/2009-05/0502_collapselarge450x253.jpg

LonghornsLegend
05-02-2009, 05:02 PM
There were helicopters circling the area with ambulances and the whole nine, when you watch some of the videos it's pretty scary...I stayed right down the street from the facility for a few years, never thought this was a possibility.


The storm came through pretty hard today through the entire Metroplex...Thank God there were no serious injuries.

tjsunstein
05-02-2009, 05:05 PM
Jerry Jones is at the Kentucky Derby...

bantx
05-02-2009, 05:12 PM
Yeah its been coming down hard here earlier, tornado sirens going off too. Now its coming down even harder now. Glad to see a lot of people got out safe.

SeanTaylorRIP
05-02-2009, 05:19 PM
Jerry Jones is at the Kentucky Derby...

Yeah I was a little disturbed at how light hearted he seemed in the interview even trying to crack smiles with Jim Grey when obviously this was a pretty serious situation.

LonghornsLegend
05-02-2009, 05:27 PM
Yeah I was a little disturbed at how light hearted he seemed in the interview even trying to crack smiles with Jim Grey when obviously this was a pretty serious situation.

Everyone was trying to be that way, Todd Archer and Dave Campo just had interviews and were the same way, I think everyone was just happy the situation wasn't as bad as it was.

Brent
05-02-2009, 05:29 PM
How ****** did that thing have to be built to come down like that.

Prowler
05-02-2009, 05:55 PM
those were some strong winds and that thing looked like a giant carport. come on jerry, i expect the next one to be hurricane proof with 20 personal masseuses and a full symphony orchestra.

CJSchneider
05-02-2009, 06:42 PM
How ****** did that thing have to be built to come down like that.

pretty ****** I guess.

Menardo75
05-02-2009, 07:19 PM
Wow I can't even believe that can anyone find the video?

BloodBrother
05-02-2009, 07:28 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QB4ye1nqgFc

That thing came down so easily

They probably ran out of money building their 100,000+ seat Taj Mahstadium.

The Unseen
05-02-2009, 07:37 PM
Joe DeCamillis got hurt? Dang, I feel sorry for him.

tjsunstein
05-02-2009, 07:49 PM
Good thing no one was hurt. Really unfortunate. I think Jerry was happy because everyone was safe and out with minor injuries if at all preventing some more major media criticism.

Brent
05-02-2009, 09:10 PM
They probably ran out of money building their 100,000+ seat Taj Mahstadium.
The practice facility has been around for a while.

TitanHope
05-02-2009, 09:14 PM
#66 of the Cowboys doesn't let go of a pole in the CNN video...

Strongside
05-02-2009, 09:42 PM
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis broke his back, and 11 other people were injured when winds just shy of tornado strength ripped through the roof of the team's indoor practice facility during a rookie minicamp Saturday.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d8101e526&template=without-video&confirm=true

Looks like it's worse than we thought

themaninblack
05-02-2009, 10:51 PM
thats pretty crazy and its amazing more ppl weren't injured. sad to see though.

PACKmanN
05-02-2009, 11:01 PM
Just like their season...too early to start making jokes?

Matthew Jones
05-02-2009, 11:12 PM
Wow, that sounds awful. Very sad whenever someone is seriously injured.

nrk
05-02-2009, 11:55 PM
I admit I laughed a little when I read the topic, but that sucks to see people injured. I didn't think it would be that serious. I wish them a speedy recovery.

Brent
05-03-2009, 12:09 AM
Just like their season...too early to start making jokes?
There is no such thing as "too early"

holt_bruce81
05-03-2009, 06:45 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to Rich Behm and his family. Terrible news.

tjsunstein
05-04-2009, 03:29 AM
IRVING, Texas -- A Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant was permanently paralyzed from the waist down after his spine was severed during the collapse of the team's tent-like practice structure in a severe storm.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4132947

The assistant was the one mentioned by holt_bruce. He's 33 years old. Must be difficult. Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

FlyingElvis
05-04-2009, 09:18 AM
Scary. I saw the video yesterday on NFLN. They reported 3 or 4 serious injuries but I only heard this a.m. how serious they are. I hope for the best recovery possible for the staffers that were injured.

Prowler
05-04-2009, 10:23 AM
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090504/ap_on_sp_fo_ne/fbn_cowboys_canopy_collapse

Behm, DeCamillis and Gaither were standing on the field when the $4 million structure gave way, sending debris such as the framework and lights crashing to the ground.

The no-frills building was pretty much a 100-yard football field with a few more yards of clearance all the way around. The roof was 80 feet high, the equivalent of an eight-story building.

Calls to Summit Structures LLC, one of the companies involved in building the $4 million facility, were not returned to The Associated Press on Sunday.

A Pennsylvania court ruled in December 2006 that Summit was negligent in the design and construction of a membrane-covered building that collapsed in 2003 after a major snowstorm in Philadelphia. The building was constructed for the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.

he paid $4 million for that?

Don Vito
05-04-2009, 11:12 AM
Absolutely terrible news, I wasn't aware that there were any serious injuries.

Brent
05-04-2009, 11:16 AM
he paid $4 million for that?
If I remember correctly, he wanted a portable structure in case they decided to move the team headquarters near the new stadium.

killxswitch
05-04-2009, 01:45 PM
This is why you don't play football in a tent during a big storm.

Hopefully the Cowboys will pay for the best rehabilitation money can buy for that scouting assistant and he will walk again one day.

Prowler
05-04-2009, 01:46 PM
is it like a technodrome? looks like it should be about half a million.

MetSox17
05-04-2009, 10:32 PM
This is why you don't play football in a tent during a big storm.

Hopefully the Cowboys will pay for the best rehabilitation money can buy for that scouting assistant and he will walk again one day.

I am positive that no one will pay a cent out of their pocket for any medical fees that came from this. Horrible horrible news that someone was paralyzed.

FlyingElvis
05-05-2009, 08:51 AM
I am positive that no one will pay a cent out of their pocket for any medical fees that came from this. Horrible horrible news that someone was paralyzed.

I agree. Regardless of anyone's opinion on Jerry Jones, there's no doubt he will take care of his people.

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There was a cell phone pic of the rare weather event that happened and is suspected to have caused this collapse. It's insane. It looks like a reverse tornado.

Microburst. I had never heard of it before. I can't find the cell phone pic that was aired on NFL Live last night, so maybe the episode is on ESPN.com.

killxswitch
05-05-2009, 11:28 AM
This isn't the one that presumably destroyed the practice field, but here's a picture of a microburst.

http://www.chemistryland.com/CHM107/AirWeBreathe/microburstReal.jpg

Brothgar
05-05-2009, 11:58 AM
Well I think it is plainly obvious that the government is behind this. Lets see how they cover it up this time.

Prowler
05-05-2009, 02:02 PM
they were stopping the swine/H1N1 flu from getting to america's team

princefielder28
05-05-2009, 02:46 PM
I pray that everyone recovers to a comfortable lifestyle.

I know the unusual weather associated with this is, well, unusual, but it needs be a lesson for teams to go with structure over style. I've been to Dallas before and was privledged to be at Valley Ranch and in The Bubble. Outside of The Bubble looking unique and being a part of the Dallas practice facility, it's no different than any other teams indoor facility. Teams need to make sure that they go with structures that have pretty much no chance to collapse. The Don Hutson Center isn't the prettiest thing but it serves its purpose and that's all that is important.

HawkeyeFan
05-05-2009, 04:09 PM
This isn't the one that presumably destroyed the practice field, but here's a picture of a microburst.

http://www.chemistryland.com/CHM107/AirWeBreathe/microburstReal.jpg
Wow, how often do things like that happen?