There’s been lots of talk about FedEx Field’s playing surface, with Chris Clemons’s agent blaming it for his client’s ACL injury and Pete Carroll saying “the field was horrible” and “we deserve better.”
“You’d like a perfect field, and it wasn’t a perfect field, we all know that,” Mike Shanahan told reporters on Monday. “I’ve been in San Francisco, where that field at the end of the season was always torn up. And sometimes we put sod down, and it was worse after we put the sod down, especially new sod.”
Thing is, Redskins fans have been complaining about the way FedEx Field’s grass looks for pretty much the entire 2012 campaign, not just “the end of the season.” It’s just the issue got far more attention the past two weeks, as the team played in national games and the surface seemed to deteriorate further..
Here, for example, are some comments from a message board thread about the field, in late September.
* “We’re the 3rd most expensive franchise in pro sports and our field was an embarrassment yesterday.”
* “Too bad the Skins have sand painted green, and not natural grass.”
* “The condition of the field is an utter embarrassment and in my view played a role in our loss on Sunday. We should not be slipping and sliding around a field on a clear sunny day.”
* “There is no excuse for the field to be in the condition we saw Sunday.”
* “WHY is there so much sand in the base. You can see it being kicked up as the players run and that ain’t natural.”
* “The field conditions Sunday were a disgrace.”
Again, this was September. Maybe this doesn’t affect the players at all. And maybe it looks worse than it plays. But this sure didn’t seem to be a problem that just showed up in late December.
BECAUSE YOU DON’T READ THE PAPER
Jason Reid, on the topic of the year: “Shanahan deserves a lot of credit for turning the Redskins into winners again. He was right often. Shanahan whiffed, though, on his most important decision. And now Griffin and the Redskins may have to pay a big price.”
Tracee Hamilton, on the same: “Until there is some hierarchy and cohesion in making decisions about injuries, during and between games, the Redskins may not be fine, either.”
The Caps are rushing to get ready.
The Wizards beat the Thunder, somehow.
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Randy Wittman, on being forced to use a couple of injured guys. The press room laughed. The context was clear.
“Having to talk A.J. and Trevor — with the doctor’s approval, all right, I just want to make that clear — that they could give me some minutes. They agreed to it. That showed me a lot there.”
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
In Trevor Ariza’s past 2 games, #wizards have wins over MIA & OKC. Go figure.
— Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) January 8, 2013
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
Georgetown hosts Pitt at 9 on ESPNU. There’s lots more college hoops, too. All TV/Radio listings are here.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Well done by the Express folks.
PHOTO OF THE DAY, II
Someone seemed more interested in football than basketball. The basketball game was way more interesting, though. Via @MZappa777.