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Old 12-30-2004   #21
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From what I understand from John McClain. The Texans players HATE the field turf and won't put it in the stadium. The Texans have the field turf in the practice bubble and the players do no like it!!
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Did you see the UTEP coach take a full swing with the axe and landed right in our endzone... wut BS
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With the tray system that we have, don't we have trays of grass that can be brought in to repair the middle of the field before Sundays game?
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Did you see the UTEP coach take a full swing with the axe and landed right in our endzone... wut BS
Oh please, like one little pick axe mark can't be covered up. And in fact you should ditch the Houston Bowl, the lack of attendance and show of support for a local bowl was pathetic.
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From what I understand from John McClain. The Texans players HATE the field turf and won't put it in the stadium. The Texans have the field turf in the practice bubble and the players do no like it!!
Really? Do you have a link to these statements? From what I've seen from players around the league, they really like field turf.
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I asked a friend of mine that works for the Texans about this at the last game, and what they're going to do is they're going to bring in another field and like keep it outside somewhere and switch them out after every game, or if theres a part thats a problem, like the H Bowl today, they'd replace the middle of the field alone
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I asked a friend of mine that works for the Texans about this at the last game, and what they're going to do is they're going to bring in another field and like keep it outside somewhere and switch them out after every game, or if theres a part thats a problem, like the H Bowl today, they'd replace the middle of the field alone
Right, they have a tray system. But the field will get torn up again on the first kickoff. For some reason that grass will not root itself in those trays.

Is there a horticultural/grass specialist on this board?
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Sound familiar?...
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"If (the field) stayed the same, it would've become a pretty big issue (with the NFLPA)," Mawae added. "The sad part about it is, the players made comments to the Meadowlands management and the response was always, 'Give it a chance.' We gave it three years. That was two years too many, in my opinion."

The old tray system, which recycled portions of the field that had become worn out, was a noble endeavor that just didn't work out..... Unfortunately, the grass either came up in clumps or was worn away into dirt "sawdust," as Edwards called it.

Edwards recalled one game game last year when Santana Moss could have scored on a punt return against the Browns but "he took a 12-foot divot" on a cut.
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The results of a survey conducted by the league among its players and released a month ago show that an average of 88.8 percent of players on each team prefer grass, compared with 3 percent who prefer an artificial surface and 8.1 percent who have no preference.
then there's Smart Grass which I think is different than Field turf though it sounds the same.

Guess we'll find out in the coming days and year... though I think I recall that the front office was pretty committed to this tray system we currently have.
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I wasn't to happy with the pick ax in the ground either
Yeah, and the UTEP fullback was eating the grass...

On 610 this morning they were saying that Charlie Casserly doesn't want to change from real grass...course I was reading the sports while listening so I didn't hear everything
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It's times like these when I wish we spent our 3rd round pick on Punter B.J. Sander (majored in landscaping)
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Yes, I am a grass expert. I recommend Columbian Gold.

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correction: B.J. Sander majored in Turf Grass Science at The Ohio State University
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I'm not a horticulturalist or grass specialist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.
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I just ran across some comments from Gary Barnett in the Chronicle about the field conditions at Reliant. This is coming from a college coach:

"It was really sloppy. I thought it was really tough footing. I was wondering if anyone was going to ask about that, but it was tough footing out there and I don't know why. Everybody slipped around..."

Reliant Stadium officals should be embarrassed.

I was watching Super Bowl highlights on ESPN earlier tonight and noticed how nice and tight the turf was that night. Of course we had the turf god in here for two weeks to get it right. I think our turf guys need a different ops plan.
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If I'm not mistaken, the turf for the SB was specifically grown for that
game per the NFL--original grass for Reliant was grown in nearby Bay City
but SB turf was trucked in from somewhere else...
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That pretty Super Bowl field at Reliant was Princess 77 grass...


http://spectre.nmsu.edu/media/news2.lasso?i=460
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I'm just (and still) wondering why they have to water the field down before the game.

Anyone know why?

That has been the crux of all the complaints by players and coaches alike. "The footing is horrible out there!" "It was wet and slippery!"

And I don't want to hear any crud about how you don't hear anyone in the Texans organization complaining about the field. We all know what would happen to them if they did.
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"The field was already partially painted green . . . ."

Is this a sick joke or what?

Maybe what needs to happen is for AJ or DD to blow out a knee on that "very very wet" grass in order to be more than just an embarrassment.
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