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MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:53 am
Edited on: August 4, 2011 12:18 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When San Diego State head coach Rocky Long called the combination of Boise State's home Smurf Turf and their all-blue uniforms "unfair" this past April, we applauded his candor but also assumed he was giving voice to run-of-the-mill behind-the-scenes sour grapes. If Boise hadn't been so good, and their opponents on the blue turf hadn't lost so many times, no one would care about the color of the field or uniforms, right?

Maybe not. But as it turns out, Long is far from the only coach to believe the Broncos' home color-coordination gives them an unfair advantage. In fact, so many of the coaches in Boise's new Mountain West Conference home complained that the league prohibited the Broncos from wearing all-blue uniforms in their conference home games as a prerequisite for their entry into the league.

While the Bronco administration had little choice but to sign off on the agreement (what, they were going to stay in the WAC over their uniforms?), you couldn't have expected the MWC's plan to go over well in Boise. And it hasn't, with even usually soft-spoken head coach Chris Petersen railing against the decision at MWC Media Days Tuesday:
“I thought it was ridiculous,” Petersen said of his reaction. “… That’s our colors. That’s who we are. That’s who our fans have wanted us to be since I’ve been at Boise State. That’s what it’s been through and through.”

The MWC's explanation?

Said commissioner Craig Thompson: “What we had heard from our coaches is ‘a competitive advantage.’ It’s as simple as that.”
Again: color us skeptical the Broncos' "competitive advantage" in Boise has anywhere near as much to do with the field or the uniforms as the long travel, players like Kellen Moore, and coaches like Petersen. And we're particularly skeptical the coaches' gripes are based in legitimate competition issues -- rather than a conference-wide sort of rookie hazing -- when we read the following:
One complaint from coaches is that it’s difficult to watch video of the Broncos’ home games. Petersen said that’s true, but shouldn’t be an issue as schools switch to high definition.
It's a little more difficult to watch film of their games, so you're going to tell the Broncos what uniforms they can and can't wear at their own stadium? Really?

Really. As a neutral viewer, we shouldn't complain; the all-blue look on the blue turf does take a few series' of visual adjustment (even in HD), and monochrome uniforms in bright colors aren't exactly the height of football fashion no matter the color of the field. But quirky home-field advantages have always been a part of college football, and this one seems even more quirky and innocuous than most.

So: we anxiously await confirmation from the MWC that as part of their invitations to join, Hawaii will be playing their home games in California, Nevada will be playing theirs at sea level (and only in September and October, what with those chilly November/December temperatures in Reno), and at theirs Fresno State will force Pat Hill to coach clean-shaven.


Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:49 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Change the color of the field to turquise, add sequins between the yard markers , and put alternating pink and mother of pearl studs at the ten yard hashmarks, bring on the high def- What, are they kidding? Let them move up in competition but then start whining about their workclothes?

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:31 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Are we actually going to start taking away home field advantage?  THAT'S unfair!

Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:30 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Thank you, I'm glad someone said it. Also the Philadelphia Eagles, etc. lolLaughing

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:24 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

If anything I would think it would be a disadvantage.  Must be hell on the Boise QBs trying to find their camouflaged receivers on that turf.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 4:14 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

I honestly doubt it is a competitive advantage but the MWC got it wrong.  They should advise Boise to change the turf color.  It wouldn't fly in a BCS conference and comes off as very hack.  On top of it, and this is the case for several people I have heard discuss this, it is very difficult to watch games there.  I honestly get a headache watching them play on that awful turf.  I understand it is their "signature" but I know it hurts television viewership.  It's just another issue holding Boise back from becoming big boy football.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:45 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

There is nothing wrong with SMURPH TURPH.  It is tough to watch those games on TV though.

Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:44 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Anyone ever consider it might be a tiny advantage over the competition, but the real reason they did it was b/c it makes your eyes hurt when watching this on TV. My eyes literally watered while trying to decipher the difference between the 2 blues. Orange tops or white pants will add some options to their uni's any ways and probably get the school more money in the long run for jersey sells and more Nike endorsments. Everything is about the all mighty $, can't blame them for wanting to put their most marketable team on national TV and have people staying tuned instead of changing the channel for discomfort.

Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:42 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

And the blue turf is the reason why they win on the road, too? 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:23 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

Give me a break. Just go beat Boise and quit whining about their field.

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 3:14 pm

MWC forbids Boise from all-blue look at home

So all teams that wear green should have to change their colors because grass is green?

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