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Signs We Are Near The End Of Civilization: Colored Turf UPDATE #2

We here at Dubsism have been on this story for a while…and it keeps getting worse.  First, there was Boise State.

Boise State started this run by achieving notoriety with its “Smurf Turf” in the 90’s. It just so happens that was done at a time when this out-of-the way school was starting to garner some notice in the college football world. Next thing you know, there’s some odd damn thing on ESPN9 called the “Humanitarian Bowl” being played on that goofy blue field.

But then the proliferation started.

Face it. College football is a big business, and one that shares much with the entertainment industry. Following this, it seems they share the sense that imitation is good business. If a show on one network starts nailing down big ratings, you know you will see knock-offs across your cable box. It also seems that Bill Chaves, the Athletic Director at Eastern Washington University, thinks colored turf is a good idea.

“There is no doubt that one of Boise State’s claims to fame has been their blue turf and like it or dislike it, it has certainly brought them a tremendous amount of notoriety,” EWU athletic director Bill Chaves said. “In a similar vein we have a tremendous opportunity at Eastern to do the same by differentiating ourselves with the red turf while providing a superior playing surface.”

In other words, that means EWU is planning to install a school-color red field in its football stadium. Until recently, Boise State was the only school to deviate from the standard green. That was until Division II New Haven went blue as well, and James Madison represented the FCS with this monstrosity.

The NCAA has no provision addressing the color of playing surfaces — at least not yet — because it hasn’t had to consider the issue outside of those relatively obscure venues. But they better start thinking about this, otherwise, we run the risk of seeing games played on that seizure-inducing orange at Tennessee.

In our first update to this story, we pointed out that colored turf can kill. But it seems that nobody in the college football world cares about the sanctity of life, because the proliferation of colored turf continues.

Add the University of Central Arkansas to the list of school who will for the sake of a bit of notoriety risk the lives of anybody who has to look at this atrocity.

Oddly enough, for the majority of you who likely never knew there was such a place as the University of Central Arkansas also didn’t likely know this school’s most famous athletic product is Scottie Pippen. Of course, he thinks this is the greatest field ever…

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6 comments on “Signs We Are Near The End Of Civilization: Colored Turf UPDATE #2

  1. Chris Humpherys
    June 2, 2011

    What’s wrong with that? I’d dyed my nether regions orange and blue for game day.

    Wait, are people reading this?


    • JW
      June 2, 2011

      A) No one is reading this and B) It’s kind of sad you think anybody cares about your little Gator carpet sample…after all, we’re talking about full-sized fields here.


  2. Chris Humpherys
    June 3, 2011

    Obviously, sir, you have never watched 70s porn.


    • JW
      June 3, 2011

      I never go into that midget thing, except when 8 of them were wrestling Andre the Giant.

      And you, sir, are no Andre the Giant.


  3. sportsattitudes
    June 3, 2011

    Color me disappointed in the fancy fields. I thought someone would have outlawed this by now. If not green grass, green turf please.


  4. The University of Central Arkansas thing is ridiculous. Such an attention whore.

    If they start showing highlights of this field just because of its color Im going to be furious



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