The Arizona Cardinals are going to host the Dallas Cowboys in one of their 2005 preseason games.
The question is where the Cards will be doing the hosting.
The idea has been floated by a Texas businessman to have the Cardinals and Cowboys play the game in El Paso, Texas, long a stronghold for Cowboys fans.
"This is all very preliminary," Cardinals director of media relations Mark Dalton said.
El Paso businessman Larry Peterson is joining a promoter to try and make the game happen. Peterson told the El Paso Times the group hopes to make an official offer to the teams in the next few weeks. The Cardinals would have to be guaranteed a certain amount of money to commit to such a game, although El Paso officials would expect such a game at the 50,426-seat Sun Bowl to be a sellout.
The Cardinals are going into their final preseason in Sun Devil Stadium, where their night preseason home games are still played in temperatures around 100 degrees. That’s part of the reason they have a small turnout for those games — the team has distributed only 26,382 tickets on average for the four preseason home games the past two seasons.
The Cardinals are in the process of organizing their training camp and preseason plans. Among the issues to be resolved is where the team will finish training camp this year — either by extending its time in Flagstaff or possibly going over to San Diego for a few days, an idea the team first contemplated last offseason.
EXTRA POINTS: Pro Football Weekly’s all-rookie team for 2004, voted on by members of the Pro Football Writers of America and the magazine’s staff, included three Cardinals — center Alex Stepanovich, linebacker Karlos Dansby and defensive tackle Darnell Dockett.
Bertrand Berry was voted one of the all-NFC defensive end selections.