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  1. Sean Pa Patriot

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    Not a fan, but the boobs from the NFL and Polian must have overuled us... Getting it before the Bears game... According to NESN...
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    I wouldn't be surprised if Kraft himself decided on this. I think this is a very good move, if they get the stuff like they have at Nebraska, there will be very little difference from playing on real grass.
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    Are you sure about this? From what little I know it's not something you can just slap down -- the whole floor of the stadium would have to be graded, prepped, etc. Sounds to me like something that'd have to be done during the offseason. I thought they were just going to put in new sod.
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    Not necessarily Sean. Our own players don't like the field, even BB didn't sound to happy about the conditions. The Kraft's are probably not happy about the appearance of the field either. We will never know, but I think this is a team decision more than a league decision. Even before we heard from Polian, our own players were complaining about the field conditions.
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    The Revolution is still playing right? If you are right, they will probably resod and then install the turf in the offseason.
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    That would be sweet---the Nebraska field is awesome. If they do this i would also like them to do it like Nebraska! (ie different shades on the field) Just my $.02 though!
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    I hope so, I'm tired of that crap they play on. Also a slow turf is less of an advantage to us now that we have good speed on offense with Maroney and, soon, Chad Jackson.
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    I'm glad, Brady tends to play much better on turf for whatever reason.
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    I'm sad. Football ought to be played on grass -- at least by my team. Still, I don't want them to play on sand and dust either ...
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    Just as long as it's not the SportGrass crap that the Baltimore Murderers use; that looks just like the old Phonyturf surface. The SportField surface in Dallas looks a little better, but not by much. The Momentum Turf in NO looks OK, though. I agree that FieldTurf looks the best on television; more importantly, does it feel the best for the players? I still don't understand why our field was always in such bad shape, even compared to other cold-weather cities' fields, e.g. Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Denver, etc.

    P.S. to Alk: have you been on the FieldTurf at Nebraska? How soft does it feel? I've been on the old PhonyTurf field at BC, and it felt like a rug - and not a very thick one - on a sidewalk.
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    I still say why cant the grounds keeper keep the field inside the stadium look as good as the practice fields (which get much more use).

    And BTW, I hope they dont go to field turf. Football was meant to be played in the mud and on the grass.
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    The practice fields don't endure soccer, events, and concerts.
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    The Patriots practice on them 4-5 times a week. And the wear in the stadium is between the hash marks, that's from football being played, not from soccer or any concerts.
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    I don't know the stadium's concert schedule, but concerts *kill* fields.

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    Who knows. I'd think that if it was something simple like the weekly football games that they'd have some other solution ready when the league demanded the playing surface be fixed. Instead they're simply replacing it with something new? Doesn't compute, for me. It's a weird one. I guess we'll have to wait for that tell-all book to come out after Bill is done here.
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    Any reason why they'd kill the middle of the field more than the outside? Everytime the events and concerts angle is brought up, people point out that it's the middle of the field that endures the most damage evidence of football damage. But the field was screwed from the beginning this season, leading me to believe that football is not the cause of the problem.
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    they used to play with no face masks/helmets, smaller pads, no forward passing, in non-domed stadiums, no free agency, different rules regarding hitting, etc etc etc. The sport has been progressing and changing for decades this is just one more change/progression.

    Doing a little research....there are 12 non grass fields and 20 grass fields in the NFL.
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    Yeah, I wish we could play on grass too. Unfortunately, they're not even playing on that now!
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    I'm not sure how the Stones concert set-up was, but as oters have said, they do KILL the grass. If it was set at midfield, much like the U2 set-up was during SB38, then, yes, it can be a result of that.

    Also, I would like to suggest that maybe the run-off from the center of the field is too good. Meaning that the area doesn't hold water well and so the grass doesn't hold the water.

    However, the Pats are going to field turf and water CAN collect on it if the drainage isn't done right. Who knows, maybe they will do a combination of FieldTurf down the center and Grass everywhere else. Anyways, having new turf will be a good thing.
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    I think, if nothing else, at least Stephen Gostkowski will be happy.
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    I'm not all that thrilled with the idea of field turf. I guess it has progressed enough that it is as good - safe as grass. but i am too much of a traditionalist. having a muddy spot or two on the field is good football.

    I think it would be better to leave the good grass on the 20 yards of each side and just put down some deep turf in the middle. You cant tell me they could get some cut with 6 inches of dirt underneath to stop slipping.


    but I guess to look on the bright side we can re-hire the snowplow machine operators for the next miami game if we are putting down field turf. :)
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    That blows. Although I don't think it's change they could make in-season with all of the prep that would need to be done.

    Heck, while they're at it why don't they make everyone play in a dome with a constant 70* ambient temp. so that everything will be equal. Home field advantage used to extend beyond crowd noise. Or maybe the field itself could be covered by a bio-dome, free from crowd-noise and the elements like the table-top games you find in bars.
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    I thought MLS teams had to play on grass?
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    im glad to hear this
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    Ditto. :(

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    I don't know why everyone is getting their panties in a twist about this. I don't think it matters that much, and the field turf is pretty similar to grass in a lot of ways. Football is not meant to be played on dirt and sand.
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    I think I read that somewhere.
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    I disagree. If you've ever been on "field turf", its quite different from grass. It has a light spring to it and it is very slippery when wet, especially new field turf.
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    Well I guess you would know better but it certainly sounds better than the loose mess of dirt they call "grass" at Gillette.

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