Fantastic or Fanatic? Football Fan Goes Cowboys Crazy at Home
Stoney Kersh is a huge Dallas Cowboys fan who says he's loved America's team since the day he was born. So intense a fan, in fact, that he "lives" with the Cowboys: Every inch of his Arlington, Texas home is covered in Cowboys memorabilia. We are talking shower curtains, sheets, Tiffany lamps and bedspreads. The walls are plastered with Cowboy photos and team composites, "Fat Heads", and thousands of items of Cowboys memorabilia from commemorative coke bottles to beer cans to -- are you ready? -- Dallas Cowboys toilet paper (which you cannot use). Stoney is a single father of two teen-aged boys, who love their dad's taste in design, but what about his girlfriend?
"She's as big a fan as I am," says Kersh.
Since his Cowboy collection no longer fits in his home -- he's been collecting since he was 11 years old -- his girlfriend, Diana, let's him stash stuff in her house one mile away. And it's a good thing because, he says, the lady friends have to appreciate his obsession, or they can hit the road. And it takes a special woman to appreciate this style of ... er... decorating.
Cowboys posters on the ceiling? Check. And here's a great alternative to conventional flooring: Kersh has carpeted his living room with turf from the Cowboy's new home, Texas Stadium. Kersh, who has worked as a Sarah Lee service tech for 17 years, noticed trimmings cut off of the brand new turf field at the stadium while installing coffeemakers.
"Leftovers from the field field they actually play on!" he says. Kersh got a 40-by-30-foot piece of free turf that became the carpeting in his living room and dining room.
Kersh's Cowboy passion doesn't stop with the home. He even buys vehicles to coordinate with Cowboys colors, like his blue Firebird, nicknamed Emmitt. Or his Cowboys-decked Jesse James Hardcore II Custom Chopper motorcycle, with custom air cleaner covers bearing Dallas Cowboys logos.
The wallpaper on his cell phone? Cowboy Joe.
"That's how I can tell if someone is a real Cowboys fan," says Kersh. "If they don't know Cowboy Joe, then I know they're not true blue."
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