It probably isn’t breaking news that FedEx Field was in rough shape for much of the 2012 season. But while plenty of fans, media members and Seahawks players complained about Washington’s home playing surface, I don’t remember hearing from other players around the league.
That changed recently, when Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker was asked at a Baltimore Sports Legend Museum event to name the NFL’s worst stadium to kick in.
“Last year was certainly D.C.,” Tucker responded, via Russell Street Report. “It was brutal. They really didn’t do a good job of taking care of their field for us.”
Of course, as ESPN 980’s Chris Russell reported weeks ago, the team is attempting to address that issue.
“On June 5th, the Redskins per team officials, will lay down a brand new complete surface that they are currently raising on the eastern shore of Maryland,” Russell wrote, after describing other changes to the field and drainage systems. “The Redskins are even using a different type of sod going from the old ‘Tif Sport’ to a new sod they called ‘Latitude 36’ which has been tested on the east coast under similar weather conditions.”
A recently posted image and Vine show FedEx Field during that installation.
THE NATS AND THE RADIO RATINGS NEEDLE
You might have missed Adam Kilgore’s A1 story on Saturday about the Nats’ thus-far disappointing season. Near the bottom of the story, 106.7 The Fan’s Danny Rouhier talked pretty frankly about the challenges of talking baseball in this town.
Danny Rouhier, who co-hosts a morning sports talk show on 106.7 The Fan, the team’s official broadcast partner, said a year ago fans clogged phone lines to discuss Harper’s ascendance, Strasburg’s innings limit and the Nationals’ first playoff race. On opening day this year, the show had “locked and loaded [phone] lines.” As the Nationals’ losses piled up, “we’ve just sort of had to push it to the back burner,” Rouhier said. Caller volume slows when the Nationals arise as a topic, he said, and ratings shrink. “We’ve had to move away from the amount of Nats conversation we’d like to have,” Rouhier said. “One of my missions is to make D.C. baseball popular. Without the team living up to their end of the bargain, it’s tougher and tougher to do that.”
And thus, for all of us, it’s more and more about RGIII’s knee.
RGIII AT ROCKVILLE AUDI
In other news, ROBERT GRIFFIN III DID SOME KIND OF EVENT AT ROCKVILLE AUDI OVER THE WEEKEND. OMG OMG OMG. His knee also attended.
ANOTHER HIGH SCHOOL DROPS ‘REDSKINS’
The Canisteo-Greenwood school district, in Central New York near the Pennsylvania border, will become the second New York high school this year to drop its ‘Redskins’ nickname.
Students and other boosters met at the high school Thursday with interim Superintendent Charles H. Clemens and High School Principal Michael Wright to discuss optional mascots.
The district will not “keep the Redskins name” or symbol, Clemens said. The superintendent added he has “had conversations about the issue with board of education members, and they are in agreement with the change.”
FOUR NEW DC BRAU BEERS
You’ve heard about DC Brau’s collaboration with D.C. United called The Tradition, a less intensely hoppy drink than many of the brewery’s other offerings. My colleague Fritz Hahn wrote about another new beer, Sailing the Seas of Lees, “a farmhouse saison aged in barrels from Linden Vineyards in Linden, Va.” that uses the yeast from the bottom of Sauvignon Blanc barrels. A future collaboration will have the brewery’s Penn Quarter Porter aged in claret barrels.
And on Saturday, DC Brau will enter a Kolsch in Gordon Biersch’s Navy Yard Kolsch Cup competition, which will also feature brews from Devil’s Backbone, Blue Mountain, Brewer’s Art and many other local breweries.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
UVA’s rain suspended Super Regional game against Mississippi State will resume at 4 on either ESPNU or ESPN2. All TV and radio listings are here.