<< an erudite and moving sermon on the Evils of Astroturf which should
nominate him for Canonization as a Saint in the Church of his choice>>
<< well, maybe not, but I agree with him ;-) >>
> Football was meant to be played on grass. Many
> owners don't like grass because it costs more to keep
> up--but as one owner said (sorry, can't remembr which
> one), the money that is spent on maintaining the
> grass is saved and then some by having his players
> free from turf-caused injuries (which don't receive
> enough attention).
Amen, Brother -- and while we're at it, let's not forget the
shortening of players' careers because of long-term joint injury from
playing on 'turf. Astroturf is, essentially, asphalt with some green
plastic sticking out of it. It doesn't "give" like grass and dirt does
when a player runs or makes sharp turns or digs in against another
lineman. This lack of give transmits the shock of impact into the
players' joints, and the accumulated wear and injury can shorten a
career by up to 4 years (I forget where I originally heard this
figure, but I think it was a recent issue of _Inside Sports_).
I know the story: "But grass won't grow under a dome." Well... then
rip the domes off! What are we, moles? Some of my fondest childhood
memories are freezing to death with my Dad in the mezzanine of Shea
Stadium back when the Jets played there (if you've never been there,
Shea Stadium is *windy* in December).
Grass and dirt. There was something primal and satisfying about a
mud-spattered uniform and helmets with clumps of sod sticking out of
them. Rip up Astroturf, not players. Thanks for reading my rant, I
feel better now.
Frank Raymond Michaels