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SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Posted on: April 20, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Say this for first-year San Diego State head coach Rocky Long: he's not a man to hide what he's really think.

Just ask BYU. Or as of yeterday, his Aztecs' new conference rivals at Boise State, since Long made it beyond clear he doesn't think much of the Broncos' famous Smurf Turf:

"I think they ought to get rid of that blue turf. I think it's unfair," said Long, the former New Mexico coach ...  

When asked to expand, Long said, "it takes the visiting team a quarter or two to get used to that different field."  

Long said players "track the ball differently" on the blue turf, particularly since Boise State traditionally wears all-blue uniforms on the blue turf.

Long isn't the first coach to grumble about the Boise field's effect, though he might be the first to do so so publicly. We encourage him to continue, since the Aztecs' home game against the Broncos already shapes up to be one of the best in the 2011 Mountain West and should only get spicier from here. (Boise's Chris Petersen unfortunately wasn't willing to play along, politely saying his players don't notice any effects from the blue field "because we see it every day.") 

But is there any truth to Long's claims? The Broncos did go 40-0 at home in their 10 years in the WAC and are (as the Idaho Statesman points out) an incredible 69-2 on the blue turf since 2000. 

But the simpler explanation for BSU's success, of course -- and it's one we wish Petersen had made in retort -- is that the Broncos have been really, really good, and traveling all the way to Boise to play those good teams is very, very hard. Maybe Long is right that the combination of the field and the Broncos' blue uniforms is unsettling enough that it doesn't make for an entirely even playing field (and to be fair to Long, he does have personal experience with the Smurf Turf, having taken the Lobos to Boise in 1999), but whatever advantage Boise gets isn't nearly so big as the advantage of simply having the better team.

In short: with all due respect to Mr. Long -- and to the thousands of retinas scarred annually by the blue turf in high definition -- Boise shouldn't feel obligated to tear up the turf anytime soon.

Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 23, 2011 8:28 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Alabama is afraid?  Absofrigginlutely!  Mohammed Ali, always refused to get in the ring with me.  I can only conclude that he was too scared!
Maybe Alabama isn't, but Nebraska is definitely afraid. They put together a package that no school would accept, just to get out of playing Boise.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2011 11:49 am
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Boise State isn't that great. The Broncos play on par with teams like ECU and Houston and are slightly better than Tulsa. Pretty good, but shouldn't get anywhere near a national championship game. I'm still reserved on that blue field advantage thing, but its sure one awful thing to watch on tv. Thats another thing. I hate watching WAC football games because their video equipment is cheap and the angles suck. It like watching a football game from the 1970s.



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2011 10:08 am
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

At least I have a team I defend and spend 80%+ of my time on this site talking about my team.  You might consider declaring a team, speaking positively for that team and not 98% of your time moaning about the injustice BSU brings to the NCAA.  Never have I claimed they are the best team in the nation.  However, average athletic budget of the six teams you just mentioned is around $100 million.  I would hope they would have an edge and be considered better than BSU and their $25.8 million budget.  Are those teams 4 times better?

I don't know if they're 4 times better, but they are better. Look, if you want to live to see your favorite team even play in a national championship, get a new favorite team. 




Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 7:50 am
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

You completely lose any validity to your argument as soon as you follow up Alabama is afraid with the real fact of Boise can't pay them what they make from playing other games. Boise wants $1 milliion dollars plus to play at other campuses. Boise is a good team, no doubt, but they need to grow like all the other big schools have done over time. Reinvest into their team to make them a national power, and they will not have any problem getting real teams to visit.




Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2011 12:25 am
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Sorry to report to you Boise naysayers:  It is not the blue turf that causes trouble.  It is the SUPERIOR execution by the Boise players and coaches.  I should know as a frustrated Fresno State fan.  Most teams that go to Boise fail to account for the depth perception problems of the color scheme and the blue uniforms.  Fresno State has won bowl games in Boise.  So you can throw the "blue" stuff out the window.  Let Alabama go to Boise!  Alabama won't do it.  Alabama is afraid of the challenge and more afraid there will not be a big money payout for traveling to Boise.  Yeah, I understand the SEC mentality, but until the SEC goes to Boise, Chris Petersen and the Broncos don't have to do a thing as far as I'm concerned.  Most of the country just doesn't understand how good the Broncos really are.  Trust that.  I've had to watch it for years.


Alabama is afraid?  Absofrigginlutely!  Mohammed Ali, always refused to get in the ring with me.  I can only conclude that he was too scared!



Since: Aug 19, 2009
Posted on: April 21, 2011 10:45 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

Sorry to report to you Boise naysayers:  It is not the blue turf that causes trouble.  It is the SUPERIOR execution by the Boise players and coaches.  I should know as a frustrated Fresno State fan.  Most teams that go to Boise fail to account for the depth perception problems of the color scheme and the blue uniforms.  Fresno State has won bowl games in Boise.  So you can throw the "blue" stuff out the window.  Let Alabama go to Boise!  Alabama won't do it.  Alabama is afraid of the challenge and more afraid there will not be a big money payout for traveling to Boise.  Yeah, I understand the SEC mentality, but until the SEC goes to Boise, Chris Petersen and the Broncos don't have to do a thing as far as I'm concerned.  Most of the country just doesn't understand how good the Broncos really are.  Trust that.  I've had to watch it for years.



Since: Apr 21, 2011
Posted on: April 21, 2011 10:31 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

BSU has totally owned teams on their turf with orange uniforms on.  Sure it might be harder.  Get your own turf and see if it makes a difference, or if BSU is just so awesome, that they win regardlessCool Things like this are said all of the time to good teams because of the too good to be true factor.  
WRONG! BSU is just too good to need blue.  GO broncos!!!!



Since: Oct 13, 2008
Posted on: April 21, 2011 9:52 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

I respect Boise and what they've done, but I SO wish Alabama would go up there and put an end to that home win streak! :)





Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:48 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

this guy should quit runnin his mouth and act like a man. he has more important things to worry about than the playing field. there's nothing wrong with the smurf turf. he's just using it as a cover up so he doesn't come out and say he's afraid of playing Boise State. he probably didn't have a problem with it before boise joined his confrence.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: April 21, 2011 7:08 pm
 

SDSU's Long calls Boise blue turf 'unfair'

BoiseMike, you really need to get a job and a life.


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