By Wally Lynn for 105.3 The Fan

IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) – It was a brief delay at Meadowlands Stadium last night when the lights went out for about ten minutes in the third quarter of the Cowboys 33-20 win over the Giants.  At the time, I didn’t take it very seriously.

But everyone on the Cowboys team noticed Alan Ball, who took to midfield. “I was on the ground protecting myself from anything that might happen” said Ball. “We’re in New York and are you telling me you wouldn’t be scared?  I hit the deck.”

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Wally: And then what?

Ball: “I hit the deck, okay, I’m trying to tell you…When everything goes off you tell me you don’t think something is wrong?  That stuff is not supposed to happen.”

Stephen Bowen had the same helpless feeling.  He is from New York and he says he was worried.

“I was on the sideline and I ducked down…I was kinda scared and being from New York and lights going out like that, it kinda got me nervous so I got on a knee and said “Please don’t let anything happen.”  I was hoping it was just a malfunction which it was. ”

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And what about Martellus Bennett?  “I thought that terrorists were going to attack me because I’m wanted overseas. I didn’t know what was going on so I was pretty scared. Ball jumped on the ground…I thought it was over with. We were in New York, big venue, I mean I was scared. We saw fights after the lights came on. But the whole place went quiet.”

Wally: So what did you do?

“I just sat on the bench and said “f*^&.” [sic].  I didn’t know what to do. Tashard was walking really fast looking for a place to sit down.  Ball hit the ground because he’s from Detroit.” said Martellus Bennett

So the players can kid about it now, but it shows you how seriously these guys take this.  New York City and maybe the two highest profile teams in the league playing on a Sunday night?  Thanks goodness it was just a malfunction because players think about “it” all the time.

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Wally Lynn covers the Dallas Cowboys for 105.3 The Fan