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SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Posted on: April 20, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Say this for first-year San Diego State head coach Rocky Long: he's not a man to hide what he's really think.

Just ask BYU. Or as of yeterday, his Aztecs' new conference rivals at Boise State, since Long made it beyond clear he doesn't think much of the Broncos' famous Smurf Turf:

"I think they ought to get rid of that blue turf. I think it's unfair," said Long, the former New Mexico coach ...  

When asked to expand, Long said, "it takes the visiting team a quarter or two to get used to that different field."  

Long said players "track the ball differently" on the blue turf, particularly since Boise State traditionally wears all-blue uniforms on the blue turf.

Long isn't the first coach to grumble about the Boise field's effect, though he might be the first to do so so publicly. We encourage him to continue, since the Aztecs' home game against the Broncos already shapes up to be one of the best in the 2011 Mountain West and should only get spicier from here. (Boise's Chris Petersen unfortunately wasn't willing to play along, politely saying his players don't notice any effects from the blue field "because we see it every day.") 

But is there any truth to Long's claims? The Broncos did go 40-0 at home in their 10 years in the WAC and are (as the Idaho Statesman points out) an incredible 69-2 on the blue turf since 2000. 

But the simpler explanation for BSU's success, of course -- and it's one we wish Petersen had made in retort -- is that the Broncos have been really, really good, and traveling all the way to Boise to play those good teams is very, very hard. Maybe Long is right that the combination of the field and the Broncos' blue uniforms is unsettling enough that it doesn't make for an entirely even playing field (and to be fair to Long, he does have personal experience with the Smurf Turf, having taken the Lobos to Boise in 1999), but whatever advantage Boise gets isn't nearly so big as the advantage of simply having the better team.

In short: with all due respect to Mr. Long -- and to the thousands of retinas scarred annually by the blue turf in high definition -- Boise shouldn't feel obligated to tear up the turf anytime soon.

Comments

Since: Oct 17, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:42 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

  Let them keep the blue field. And they can even wear their blue unis with it. But i think they should at least have to wear neon colored helments. Not for the team they have to play against, but for those watching the game. I tried watching a game once and found it difficult alot of times to see the players. Because of the color of the field is not much of a difference from their unis the contrast is to close to sepperate the two. Think about those people who might be color blind. All it would be is shadows with shadows. They might see a floating number or something. Maybe for the players they should come out with a neon ball. Then they cant complain about not seeing it.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:34 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

This clown never has anything intelligent to say.  Whenever you see someone use the word "OWN", either they are retarted or they are 12.

BSU needs to dump the ugly field.



Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:00 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Earth to Boise:
It' UGLY!
Really UGLY.
It's the rap music of football fields.

God bless America, you are entitled to your opinion.  I think I'll go listen to my Eminem CD.



Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 12:54 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Earth to Boise:
It' UGLY!
Really UGLY.
It's the rap music of football fields.



Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 12:46 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

TRUE!  Make Boise wear WHITE / GREEN or any other color of uniforms and I say the "home" records drops.  You can play on the Smurf Field just do not look like one.


The picture you see on the CBS Home Page with the orange pants and shirts was their game against Fresno State last year.  The same Fresno State team that ended the season ranked #44 and beat Illinois (that Illinois team that gave Ohio State all they could handle).  Wearing orange BSU won that game 51-0!  They held Fresno State to a total of 124 yds. for that game.  Think about that!  When was the last time you saw a team held to under 150 total yds. in a game?


I know when, when BSU beat San Jose State 48-0 and held them to a total of 80 yds. for the entire game.  Yeah, the same SJSU team that put up over 300 yds. against Wisconsin and lost 27-14. 







Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 12:27 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

TRUE!  Make Boise wear WHITE / GREEN or any other color of uniforms and I say the "home" records drops.  You can play on the Smurf Field just do not look like one.



Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 12:08 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

BSU has a pretty impressive home record, no doubt.  But with bowl games they play over half their games on the road.  I think you'll find their record on the road over the last 10 years is over .800 too.  Green field, blue field or yellow field, they win because they are a solid program.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:46 am
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

I 100% agree with Long!!! Blue uniforms against a blue field is a HUGE advantage for Boise!!! i find it hard to track the ball on tv and I'm not running 100mph with the other team trying to take my head off!!! the blue field MUST go and if Boise is really that much better than teams that visit there then they should beat them just as easily on a green field!!!



Since: Jan 9, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:37 am
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Unfair or not, the blue field is just plain butt ugly and I refuse to watch any games there.



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2011 11:30 am
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

I think BSU's blue field was a brilliant gimmick to bring attention to a new Div I school that needed publicity and buzz.  They needed a way to differentiate and attract attention to their program.  They've accomplished all that and more with their performance on the field over the last decade.  Because they're a real football school now, it's time to retire the gimmicky blue turf.  It has served its purpose, and in my professional P.R. opinion, the blue field is now a liability.  It lends to the argument people from BCS conferences make that BSU is a gimmicky, flash-in-the-pan football school when in fact, they're not.
Ditch the blue.  Go green and graduate to the big-boy club.


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