- 09/29/2010, 01:54PM ET
Exit 51 said 09/29, 01:54 PM
At first, I admit. I thought the idea of Boise with a blue field was new and refreshing. Apparently, Boise requested the blue field to gain nationwide notoriety. Did it suceed? maybe so. Unfortunally, I have never focused on Boises field until it became ever so apparent to me during the Boise State vs. Oregon State game. I couldnt see a thing!
Maybe you can have better luck than I did.
Now, It appears that changing the color of the field is a slow but growing trend among small universities starving for attention. Eastern Washington is another trending field with a RED field. Folks, this is redonkulous. Call me a bit of a conservative but, whats so wrong with the orginal design for a field? Why must the universitys punish the spectators by the eye straining cluster of confusion and mayhem. I for one, certainly do not agree with smurf turfs or anything eles for that matter. Lets keep the fields green.
Sabih said 09/29, 02:18 PM
I like Boise's Bluegrass, my only problem last week was that the uniforms were blue as well.
There is nothing wrong with the original design but colored grass bring attention to the game. They put the blue turf in 86 to gain notoriety. Its all about providing a unique experience for the fans.
Other franchises do it as well by having some sort of novelty that other teams do not have:
There are the classic ones such as Wrigley Field Ivy and Fenway Park's Green Monster.
There are the newer ones like Jerry Jones gigantic stadium and screen, McCovey Cove at the SF Giants ballpark and the Brewers and the sausage race.
All of them are unique and meant to enhance the experience for fans in attendance.
I do not expect this trend to transfer to pro football but there are a lot of teams out there starving for attention,
Exit 51 said 09/29, 03:00 PM
So your in agreement with me that the game was hard to follow? Right? This is my point, It was hard to follow. It may be a trend, It may not be a trend. This is besides the point. Though, I do firmly believe smaller universities use this ploy to gain national attention. Im not faulting them on it.
I am not arguing the actually football team itself. Just the field.
So lets argue the choice of the field turf to gain popularity.
Does any team in the SEC have a colored turf? - no
The teams of the SEC gain respect and noterity through tradition and championships. They dont need a colored turf to gain popularity. 75+ years of playing will give that to a team. Kill the field and just play some football. A colored turf is not needed. The Broncos are doing fine enough. Mission accomplished. Straining spectators eyes and causing mass consfusion? Mission Accomplished.
Bear with me now. For one second, Can you Imagine if the Yankees or the Red Sox installed a smurf turf. Would the fans accept it? what could you really say? hmm.. what could the teams reasoning be? to gain popularity? I think not. they dont need it. Boston? NY? Winning teams. Boise? Winning team.
Sabih said 09/29, 05:23 PM
Can you Imagine if the Yankees or the Red Sox installed a smurf turf.
First of all, Fenway Park has the Green Monster and Pesky's Pole and the manual scorecard.
The Yankees and Sox do not need to draw attention. They play in huge markets. Look at the population
Population of NYC metropolitan area 19 million
Population of BOS metropolitan area 4.5 million
Population of state of Idaho 1.54 million
Yankees and Red Sox are power houses, Boise is not. The Yanks and Sox also are in pro sports where there is a less flexibility but teams still try all sorts of gimmicks. The Astros have Tal's hill in CF with the flagpole.
"They dont need a colored turf to gain popularity. 75+ years of playing will give that to a team."
Every major program has something unique about them.
Bands, celebrations. uniforms and stadiums all make each team unique in its way. People dont care because they are not as bold as painting your field blue.
Exit 51 said 09/30, 01:04 PM
So, it appears that you are basically agreeing with me. The fact is, the gimmick is over. If others can see boise state fine on tv then, thats great. I for one, cannot. I refuse to watch it.
bottom line is, its confusing.
Though I am not a Boise fan, you remark is untrue regarding the powerhouse comment. The awesome record is great. but, I dont have to throw out facts and stats for you to believe me.
Sabih said 09/30, 02:41 PM
"The fact is, the gimmick is over."
Gimmicks are short term. The Blue field has existed for nearly 25 years. It is part of the team history. Should Boise modify there uniform so they stand out more, yes. Wear there white unis @ home.
Here is the thing, when you are flipping through the dozens of college football games on during the weekend you know instantly its a Boise State game by the blue grass. It draws you in.
I was not confused watching the game. Look at the picture you put up, it is horrible quality yet you can still instantly make out the QB and other Boise St players.
"Though I am not a Boise fan"
There is the problem right there. I am assuming your are a Gator fan by your avatar, another large program with fans who feel Boise is overrated because they play a weaker schedule.
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