Below is a letter to Bronco Nation. I've been thinking about the Blue Turf for a while and exactly what my problem truly is with that visually upsetting and abysmal turf.Dear Boise St.,
You have a solid program in Bronco Nation. Great athletes, an exciting football coach, and you are building a history of a very competitive team. In essence, you do not need the blue turf any longer. Can you imagine the following?
What if the Longhorns played on a Burnt Orange field?
What if Missouri played on a yellow or black field?
What if the Buckeyes played on a gray and crimson field?
How about a white field for Penn State?
Why not an orange field for Syracuse?
Also, consider the following: football traditionally is played on grass. Now man, in order to maximize profits, creates synthetic turf, which has morphed into field turf. We dye and paint the turf to highlight the school colors. But, Boise St. along with Eastern Washington with their atrocity of a red field, has decided to go “gimmicky.” There is no other way to spin it…it is a gimmick and I firmly believe that Boise St. has moved far beyond needing this.
If you are a golfer, you will relate to the following analogy. I hate it when I go to a nice course and as I am readying to enjoy a full day of golf, I am required to warm up and hit off of…………….synthetic mats. It is not that I cannot hit the ball off of the mats, but that they do not produce the same effect with divots and most importantly, my mind is not accustomed to hitting off of turf. Athletes are creatures of habit. The blue field jacks with one’s senses. I am no college athlete, but I am a professional football viewer. Thus, I will watch your program on the road when you are playing a quality opponent. But, I cannot endure 3 hours of blue turf on TV. Perhaps it is a bit different in person…but I for one, am thankful that when I travel to Austin, TX to watch the Horns, the field is green, not Burnt Orange.