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Old 03-19-2007, 10:03 AM   #1
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Default Crazy Ray Dies

Even though I hate the Cowboys, I was kinda bummed at this news. I always found this guy's antics pretty comical.

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Cowboys super fan 'Crazy Ray' dead at 76

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DALLAS (March 17, 2007) -- Wilford "Crazy Ray" Jones, the boisterous Dallas Cowboys fan who energized crowds for decades with his cowboy getup and sideline cheerleading, died. He was 76.

Jones died at his home, said Tracy Moberly, a friend of the family. Diabetes and cardiovascular disease were listed as the causes of death, according to the Dallas County medical examiner's office.

Known as the Cowboys' unofficial mascot, Jones entertained fans with sideline antics and magic tricks while wearing his signature chaps, six-shooter and blue vest.

Though he was not paid by the Cowboys, he was given a special parking space at Texas Stadium and granted all-access at home games.

"He touched thousands of lives and generations of football fans," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on the team's Web site. "He will remain an important part of this team's heritage and family for as long as fans go to Cowboys games and feel his spirit."

Crazy Ray Jones, who had a leg amputated in 1997, had battled ailing health in recent years, including five heart bypasses and a stroke. Friends had set up a Web site -- www.savecrazyray.com -- seeking donations to help the family pay for medical and utility bills.
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Old 03-19-2007, 11:24 AM   #2
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not a good day for self appointed mascott fans. anyone think that viking dude in minnesota will try crossing any streets today?

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DAVIE, Fla. (March 18, 2007) -- Denny Sym, aka "Dolfan Denny," who cheered on the Miami Dolphins for 34 years as a one-man sideline show, has died. He was 72.

Sym died March 16, his wife Ingrid said. He had been battling kidney disease and cancer for several years.

Sym led Miami crowds in cheers and chants in his glittering orange and aqua hat since the Dolphins' first game in 1966, starting in the stands.

In 1976, then team owner Joe Robbie asked Denny to move down to the field as the team's official motivator, paying him $50 a game.

Sym was the second well-known fan to die recently. Wilford "Crazy Ray" Jones, the boisterous Dallas Cowboys fan who energized crowds for decades with his cowboy getup and sideline cheerleading, died March 17. He was 76.

Sym retired in 2000, saying his age and constant heckling by belligerent fans helped him decide to leave.

"He never lost his love for football," Ingrid Sym said.


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My sympathy

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