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Old 12-29-2004   #1
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They are tearing up that grass big time
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Old 12-29-2004   #2
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Wow, totally forgot about that one.

Fully expect to see complaints again from opposing teams players.
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Old 12-29-2004   #3
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That field is terrible. I really hope they put in field turf next year.
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last i checked the browns have to play on the same surface
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That field is terrible. I really hope they put in field turf next year.
I hate to say it, but I think you're right. I love the idea of playing on grass, but it's just not working here. I'd hate to see the players get injured Sunday because of this stuff. I know Casserly has studied the field turf issue as far back as last year when the Saints put theirs in (about 2 weeks too late for Seth Payne).
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It's rare that I see a football game at Reliant on tv. The field looks bad in person. It looks even worse on the tube.
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I wasn't to happy with the pick ax in the ground either.
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I wasn't to happy with the pick ax in the ground either.
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Even though the field does look kinda worn, I still like the idea that they are playing on real grass, that adds a little more style to the games IMO. Even though it will never rain because of the retractable roof I like to see muddy games or when people get driven into the turf and have a chunck of grass stuck on their helmet. I like that i can tell how much pressure we've got on the QB by the grass stains on his jersey. I think real grass fields are on of the last things left from the old school smashmouth glory days of the NFL.
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That field is terrible. I really hope they put in field turf next year.

Agreed....the sooner the better!
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Dang, I never thought about the turf. After this one, there will be yet more complaints to the media about our turf.

Our facilities are way too awesome have those kind of complaints. They've got to get this taken care of next year.
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After this one, there will be yet more complaints to the media about our turf.

And the worst thing about it is that the media will be right. Reliant is a palace. It's the kind of football stadium that makes you suck in your breath the first time you walk into it. It's literally the perfect stadium to watch football in with not a single bad seat in the house. There's nothing wrong with Reliant except for the abysmal looking field.

FIELD TURF!, FIELD TURF!, FIELD TURF!, FIELD TURF! (come on, everybody join in and lets make enough noise to wake up the Texans and get this done)

Seriously, someone needs to start a letter writing campaign or something. They're so focused on trying to do this 100% right (which is a good thing in most ways) that they can't see the one idea that isn't working.
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OK i am an i d i o t..... can some one explaine the diff between Grass and "Field Turf" to me please

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i was at work and i noticed the same thing about the field... do you think they'll re surface it or just keep it all torn up?
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Field turf is fake, grass is real.

But its a life-like fake, much better than astro-turf.

The fact is, real grass does not work in Reliant Stadium.
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This link explains it

http://physics.unl.edu/outreach/fp_media/turf.html
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Yeah, sure the field looks terrible now, but remember how good it looked for the 1st preseason game ever played there against Miami. It was too cool, especially with the painted end zones. I wish they could find a way to make the natural surface work, but clearly they have to make a improvement one way or another. Especially since Reliant Stadium is in the running for the 2009 Superbowl. The field looked horrible before the game started tonight, I can only imagine what shape it is in now. The thing that I don't get is why it always seems to be wet.
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I was at that first game against Miami and the grass looked awesome. (It had that new car smell too. )

whooaaa, just so the highlights of the Houston Bowl on sports center. The grass didn't look too great. The middle was horrible and it kind of reminded me of a well used golf course with divets every where.

I also didn't like seeing the pick axe being driven into the ground.

Man, I went to a lot of games at the dome as a kid and I hated how fake every thing was. The grass, the Air Conditioning, soft seats, etc. It wasn't FOOTBALL. I really liked how now we have the open air and the real grass. I don't want to let that go unless there is no way to make grass work. Keep it real.

But I will admit I don't know much about Field Turf so maybe that is a better option.
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My vote: keep real grass. I hate artificial grass. Been there - done that.
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Bah - just hook up some humongus mirrors to the top of the stadium and direct the sun into the stadium to allow the grass to grow.


... okay, maybe not.
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I saw about a quarter of the game and the field did look chewed up.

They should ditch that bowl. The empty stadium looked far worse to me than the grass.
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