Ed Bouchette's Daily Question
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Question: I watched the Dolphins-Steelers game on TV and I noticed how often the Steelers slipped on the Heinz Field grass. Tyrone Carter falling as Wes Welker makes cuts and goes by them. Ricardo Colclough slipping on punt/kick returns. Willie Parker slipping as he runs outside and attempts to cut it upfield. And those were just a few of the more obvious examples.
Though it may be my imagination, it seemed to impact the Steelers players more than the Dolphins players. I haven't noticed that lack of footing in other games around the NFL. Is that a result of something unique to the turf at Heinz Field? Has anyone else ever noticed or mentioned it? Or, am I simply blowing subtle things out of proportion?
Ted Slack, Charlotte, NC
BOUCHETTE: Someone else did notice it. His name is Bill Cowher. The coach acknowledged today the same thing you did, that too many of his players slipped and he did not remember the Dolphins having such problems. Cowher said he talked to his team about it this week. It likely has something to do with the shoes they wore. They have several choices of length of spikes they wear. Many prefer the shorter spikes because they believe it makes them quicker. But if those spikes don't give you enough traction, the only thing they'll make you quicker doing is slipping and falling.
I am sick of that turf at Heinz Field, when the hell are they ever going to improve that darn thing? It looks beat up all the time. This is a real problem. Why hasn't the Rooneys been able to get a good lawn specialist in there to fix this darn nagging problem?