Why are the Cowboys leaving the roof open?

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

A lot of us expected owner Jerry Jones to close the roof at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday night in order to create more crowd noise, but he has elected to keep it open. I think one of the main reasons is that Jones wants the blimp to be able to provide shots for NBC looking down through the roof. Jones has an enormous blue star positioned on top of his scoreboard.

And for those of you who've been asking, Jones has confirmed that the Cowboys' star will be painted at midfield in time for kickoff. It was not in place for the preseason game against the Titans. We had a chance to visit with the great Al Michaels on ESPN 103.3 FM on Friday and he said the NBC cameras would be taking a little different approach on punts. Michaels said that cameras would follow the ball the entire time it's in the air in case it hits the scoreboard. On most broadcasts, you see the punter kick the ball and then the cameras pan downfield to focus on the return.

Michaels also talked about the time that Tony Romo opened up to him and John Madden about being dumped by his girlfriend in the fall of 2006. Pretty good stuff. Here's the audio of our interview with Michaels.