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nojobny
05-02-2009, 06:12 PM
Coach among injured after storm rips through Cowboys' practice field


IRVING, Texas -- Four Dallas Cowboys staff members were injured Saturday when the roof of the team's indoor practice facility collapsed.

Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said all players and coaches were accounted for, and he didn't know the extent of the injuries to the four staff members, who were hospitalized.

Rescue personnel were still going through the debris to make sure everyone was accounted for, Dalrymple said.

Irving fire-rescue officials ordered all reporters and team personnel away from the immediate area.

The roof is a large air-supported canopy with aluminum frames covering a regulation 100-yard football field.

Power was out at the Valley Ranch facility.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=09000d5d8101e526

stillers4me
05-02-2009, 06:19 PM
I hope no one was seriously injured.

I thought they sent the windbag to Buffalo.

MasterOfPuppets
05-02-2009, 06:24 PM
so T.O is practicing VooDoo now .......:scratchchin:

Kaeg
05-02-2009, 07:04 PM
That thing looked pretty light weight. I wonder how much wind and rain it's supposed to hold up to.

Psyychoward86
05-02-2009, 07:11 PM
If only T.O were there :doh:. He'd get his media attention for the rest of spring because of an apparent broken leg.

55BaileyFan
05-02-2009, 07:11 PM
so T.O is practicing VooDoo now .......:scratchchin:

Only explanation I can think of....:applaudit:

fansince'76
05-02-2009, 08:24 PM
I hope nobody was injured seriously. :hope:

St33lersguy
05-02-2009, 08:58 PM
people are in the hospitals for that

I-Want-Troy's-Hair
05-02-2009, 09:28 PM
here's a video taken from the inside. they were lucky more weren't hurt

http://www.bostonscore.tv/other-sports/cowboys-moving-and-shaking/10022767.html

Psyychoward86
05-02-2009, 09:35 PM
Oh i forgot. Jerry Jones= Epic Fail!

I say blame him, not the wind. 64mph winds and a bubble dome is just asking for it.

stillers4me
05-02-2009, 09:38 PM
That's some scary stuff watching that video. Someone could have died in that.


The Cowboys don't usually collapse until December.
:cya:

nojobny
05-02-2009, 09:43 PM
Coach among injured in Cowboys' roof collapse

By DAVID JIMENEZ and JAIME ARON – 1 hour ago

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis was among 12 people injured when winds just shy of tornado strength ripped through the roof of the team's indoor practice facility during a rookie minicamp Saturday.

The storm hit while 27 players were going through workouts. There were about 70 people in the facility, counting coaches, other team personnel and media, officials said.

Ten of the injured were taken by emergency vehicles. Two others went to hospitals on their own.

"This worked out very, very well from a medical point of view," said Dr. Paul Pepe, head of emergency medical services for Dallas County. "Right now, I think we don't have anybody who is in a life-threatening situation."

The white, tent-like building is large enough to be seen from miles away. It was built in 2003, for Bill Parcells' first season as coach.

Storms often make loud noises inside the so-called bubble, but this time overhead lights swayed violently. One of the team's video staff was the first out the door, followed by Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com. Eatman was hit by something and went down a few feet away, then heard someone screaming for help. He recognized it was Todd Archer of The Dallas Morning News.

Eatman and colleague Josh Ellis tried freeing Archer but the structure wouldn't budge. "It was like a car," Eatman said. Then safety DeAngelo Smith and linebacker Brandon Williams were able to get it up just enough for Archer to squirm out.

"All I saw was blue jerseys," said Archer, whose right elbow and legs were scraped. "I was trapped, I couldn't move. Then those guys lifted it up — not very far, but I was able to move from my side to my back. ... Once I got out of there, I looked back and the whole thing was down."

Archer said that as he fled for shelter, other players appeared to be stepping through the debris looking for others in need of help.

Eatman said one of the swaying lights wound up more than two football fields away. The giant blue star atop the building lay crumpled on the ground. The storm knocked out power at team headquarters and splintered trees across the property.

Larry Rodriguez, a local television cameraman who was in the news several years ago after he was attacked by Kenny Rogers while filming the former Texas Rangers pitcher, was treated with six stitches for a cut on a hand.
"We checked and we can't find any other damage than this particular location," said David Tull, an Irving police spokesman. "The nearby area didn't have any reports of structural damage."

Names and details of their injuries were not released due to privacy issues. DeCamillis was seen being removed on a stretcher wearing a neck brace.
"I saw it coming down and didn't have time to react," secondary coach Dave Campo said. "I hit the ground and was able to get back up."

The storm was producing winds measured at 64 mph just before it struck the Cowboys facility, said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Harris in Fort Worth. A weak tornado is in the range of 65-110 mph, according to NWS guidelines. Power was knocked out for less than an hour.

"We're lucky no one got electrocuted with all the water in the building," head coach Wade Phillips said. "A couple of players had minor injuries, but they were all right."

This was the second of three scheduled days of practices, but Sunday's session has been canceled.

stillers4me
05-02-2009, 09:45 PM
This was the second of three scheduled days of practices, but Sunday's session has been canceled.

:doh:
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MasterOfPuppets
05-02-2009, 10:41 PM
DeCamillis was seen being removed on a stretcher wearing a neck brace. can you say.....LAWSUIT .......i guess had jeruh, not givin TO an 8 million dollar gift, he could have afforded to have a real building built !!! :doh: i'd have been calling a lawyer from under the rubble.....:laughing:

rbryan
05-02-2009, 11:11 PM
I hope Jerry's OK

Does this mean the cowboys are out of the running for this years "Hard knocks" ??

nojobny
05-03-2009, 03:23 AM
I just read the coach who got injured was Dan Reeve's son-in-law.

Galax Steeler
05-03-2009, 08:08 AM
Hopefuly everyone is ok that looked like a wadded up mess.

KeiselPower99
05-03-2009, 11:21 AM
O no a tarp fell on me. Im hurt.

fansince'76
05-03-2009, 11:57 AM
O no a tarp fell on me. Im hurt.

It was a bit more than just a "tarp" that fell. :doh:

revefsreleets
05-03-2009, 12:19 PM
Karma.

KeiselPower99
05-03-2009, 01:15 PM
It was a bit more than just a "tarp" that fell. :doh:

I noticed that after I posted that. I feel like an @ss now.

nojobny
05-03-2009, 08:00 PM
Update from nfl.com

Cowboys scouting assistant paralyzed after practice facility collapse

Associated Press

IRVING, Texas -- A Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant sustained permanent paralysis from the waist down after he was injured when the team's tent-like practice structure collapsed in during a severe storm.

The team announced that Rich Behm was in stable condition at Parkland Hospital on Sunday after surgery to stabilize a fracture that severed the spinal cord.

The 33-year-old Behm was among a dozen people hurt in the accident Saturday, and was one of three Cowboys staffers who remained hospitalized.

Joe DeCamillis, the team's special teams coach, sustained a fracture of one of his cervical vertebrae without paralysis. He was in stable condition and scheduled for surgery Monday.


So sad... I'm not cowgirls fan but you never want to wish this on anyone.

stillers4me
05-03-2009, 08:06 PM
Update from nfl.com

Cowboys scouting assistant paralyzed after practice facility collapse

Associated Press

IRVING, Texas -- A Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant sustained permanent paralysis from the waist down after he was injured when the team's tent-like practice structure collapsed in during a severe storm.

The team announced that Rich Behm was in stable condition at Parkland Hospital on Sunday after surgery to stabilize a fracture that severed the spinal cord.

The 33-year-old Behm was among a dozen people hurt in the accident Saturday, and was one of three Cowboys staffers who remained hospitalized.

Joe DeCamillis, the team's special teams coach, sustained a fracture of one of his cervical vertebrae without paralysis. He was in stable condition and scheduled for surgery Monday.


So sad... I'm not cowgirls fan but you never want to wish this on anyone.


That's horrible. I wonder how many teams have this type of indoor practice facility?

Fire Haley
05-03-2009, 08:27 PM
How many of them get hit by tornado force winds?

steelwall
05-03-2009, 08:37 PM
Dam... the guy was paralized that is bad... Didn't they have a tornado warning system?...Sorry it just seems like someone dropped the ball on this BIG TIME....

KeiselPower99
05-03-2009, 09:10 PM
Yep I am looking like an ass now too I really hope everyone involved will be ok. Really sorry for the Scouting Assistant.

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
05-03-2009, 09:16 PM
I wonder how many players wearing their helmets saved them from injury???

nojobny
05-03-2009, 10:00 PM
probably a lot of them. Did you see the vid? Pretty scary.

I'm pretty sure the Jets have a bubble like this as well but like Killer said, you don't get tornado strength winds up here that often

I-Want-Troy's-Hair
05-04-2009, 01:12 AM
Dam... the guy was paralized that is bad... Didn't they have a tornado warning system?...Sorry it just seems like someone dropped the ball on this BIG TIME....

It may not have been a tornado it may have been what's called a micro burst downdraft which can sustain winds of up to 100 MPH. This type of phenomenon has taken commercial jets out of the sky.

CPanther95
05-04-2009, 08:35 AM
It was a microburst with 60-65 mph winds. Many teams use these, but they're typically deflated if there is severe weather approaching - assuming you have warning.

There's not only a metal framework, but there's scaffolding where staff can view/film practice sessions from as high as 50 or 60 feet. Picture someone dropping a length of angle iron from the roof of an 8 story building.

They're very fortunate things weren't much worse.