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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: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 1:48 am
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

I had no idea that EWU a real red turf at their stadium.  YouTube has a good nine minute video of their EWU's game against Montana.  I would say it does take a bit to get adjusted to the field and to picking up the football against the red turf, but I don't see it as a disadvantage that other schools couldn't emulate. Obviously they have copied Boise St.  I think the San Diego St. coach is just a bit upset that his team has to travel up there making multiple connections to play a team that is better than his.  Boise will face the same travels in reverse, and theoretically have the same disadvantage of playing on a green field that they're not used to playing and practicing on.  To me it's fairly clear that Boise has done so well at home because of their coaching, recruiting and effort on the field, not because of the field!



Since: Apr 9, 2007
Posted on: April 20, 2011 11:02 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

My question is how do you lose track of the ball.
  1.  Ball is brown and the field is blue
  2.  When there is a pass you are looking at the sky not the field
  3.  My team is University of Washington so I am unbiased and one of my favorite games was Boise State vs. Oklahoma and like one of the other posters said they beat OKlahoma away from Boise, they beat VA. Tech away from Boise.  Boise is a very good program lately so to all the other schools making excuses just beat them if you are so good



Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:45 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

they paint the filed blue because they know they cant win otherwise all the time , so they need an unfair advantage.

Did the blue field help them when they beat the Sooners?  I think they were wearing white jerseys on a green field.

do you see any other schools painting there filed ugly colors?

Eienstein, BSU doesn't "paint the field".  And yes there are a few teams that have copied BSU, EWU comes to mind.  If you took the time to read before you spewed, your question would be answered before you asked it. 

come on now, just another reason why i hate  the tools in boise

Truth be known, why you hate Boise has nothing to do with the color of their field.  It is because they own Oklahoma!



Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:31 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Boo Hoo SDSU!  Boise just has a great team.  What about schools who have green colors, on green turf?  I personally think that turf is ugly but Eastern Washington is far worse looking. 



Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:15 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

they paint the filed blue because they know they cant win otherwise all the time , so they need an unfair advantage. do you see any other schools painting there filed ugly colors? come on now, just another reason why i hate  the tools in boise



Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 7:08 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Would it be okay if SDSU made their field 100% red?  Could UCLA make their field 100% yellow? 

Yes it would be based on the rules today.

Hell no. 

See Above.^^^^

A blue field is a bunch of BS if you ask me. 

Did they ask you?  Show me the memo where the AD at BSU said "SDlew, We are contmplating a change and want your opinion".  Didn't think so.

Get rid of it!

Since you said so, I'm sure they are tearing it up as I type.  Go away.



Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:56 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Would it be okay if SDSU made their field 100% red?  Could UCLA make their field 100% yellow?  Hell no.  A blue field is a bunch of BS if you ask me.  Get rid of it!



Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:39 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Any doubts that the SmurfTurf gave Boise a major advantage were shattered this past year, when Eastern Washington won the 1-AA ("FCS" Laughing ) championship the first year they laid out their red turf.

Less than half of EWU's games were at home, just like BSU?  EWU's last 6 games were on "green fields".  Have you ever played football?  When you are looking at the game in the stands, from an elevation or on your TV when it is being filmed from an elevation it can look like the unifoms blend.  When you are on the field you see the crowd in the background.  The turf has been blue at BSU since 1986, they have only been wearing blue tops and pants together since about 1995.  I don't think it was a designed advantage.  




Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: April 20, 2011 6:11 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Any doubts that the SmurfTurf gave Boise a major advantage were shattered this past year, when Eastern Washington won the 1-AA ("FCS" Laughing ) championship the first year they laid out their red turf.  I will say, Eastern Washington's outrageous turf makes Boise's seem awfully easy on the eyes.  And University of Central Arkansas looks to be taking it to a whole other level with their alternately-colored field.  It obviously gives the home team a major advantage.  And to those who say, "It didn't hurt Boise when they played on green turf"; look, Einstein--every player at Boise has spent countless hours playing on grass/green turf, and they all see green grass every day, so it's not going to affect them negatively.  I don't blame Boise one bit for creating a home-field advantage with their turf color; and I see more teams taking advantage of it in the future.  At least until the NCAA or the conferences put their foot down and say, "No more."



Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: April 20, 2011 5:13 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Seriously...why did they choose to do that?

Very simply, marketing and to be different.  Ask yourself, what is the name of Indianas stadium?  Or, Mississipi State, Missouri, Kansas State, or Clemson.  Ask anyone who plays on a blue turf and they have no problem telling you.  Like it or don't, God bless America, that is your choice.  You can say you don't get or understand business and marketing, but don't call it bad business.


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