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Fans of the Rowdy, the Cowboys' lovably obnoxious mascot, better be in their Texas Stadium seats for pregame festivities and the third quarter Sunday. Those will be the only times Rowdy is allowed to show his big, foam head.
That darn rabble-rouser got himself on double-secret probation with the NFL. His trouble started when T.O. and Rowdy exchanged a chest bump after a touchdown in the Monday night game against the Eagles.
Some uptight NFL dudes got their britches in a bunch about prearranged celebrations involving mascots and threatened to slap the Cowboys with a five-figure fine. Jerry Jones, who had some trust issues with Rowdy during training camp, eventually decided that it'd be in the Cowboys' best interests to minimize the mascot's exposure during games.
Rowdy is banished to the locker room except for pregame and a brief third-quarter appearance to fire T-shirts into the crowd. (Pause for a moment to allow you folks to dab your eyes with a tissue.)
I know this is a massive blow to lifelong Cowboys fans, so I'll end on a positive note. Rowdy's role was first reduced for the Tampa Bay game, and the Cowboys somehow managed to beat the Bucs without his help.