This will look quite odd.
Eastern Michigan to Install Gray Field Turf for Upcoming Season
is a pretty lady. Dave Brandon has some work to do.
she is. Seems awful young to be AD at a D1 school - but I'm ok with it. :)
then goes to OSU to be in their athetics dept... she is not to be trusted.
A gray field might be one of the dumbest things I've heard of in a long time.
This guys happy about it though
Reek would like it b/c Eastern's team stinks?
/I'll see myself out
So you could say her alliance is a gray area?
Did this discussion really need to open with a comment about her appearance? Seriosuly, not everything is about your penis.
Or is it?
You don't Lyke her?
No matter how respectful I tried to make my comment, I KNEW someone was gonna take it wrong. Congrats on being that guy.
Your comment was not respectful. It is not possible to objectify someone respectfully.
All I said was that she was a pretty lady. Please tell me how that wasn't respectful.
If you think she's hot you've been living in Ann Arbor way too long.
Not it's not. As you just pointed out, it was about her appearance.
Then worked for Ohio State for 15 years
-OT thread here then.
Pretty smart for EMU to hire a female AD because they can save some money by paying her 10% less than her male counterparts.
So very tired of obviously artificial turf. Hurts my eyes. (Curse you, Boise State!)
I realize it's EMU's prerogative if they want to have a "parking lot" themed football field, but aside from the issue of taste, wow--$500k seems like a big investment for a football team with ticket revenues like EMU. Perhaps the money could have been put toward a new coach . . . .
The money is coming from the games in Florida and Michigan State.
And I think they've needed to replace the field for a couple years anyway (bits of the little rubber pieces were starting to come up last season).
As for the gray, I just hope it photographs well.
...for to recover that $500K in the salaries of grounds crew folks that won't be employed to maintain the field anymore.
Do you really want Dave Brandon to dye his hair and get some bolt ons?
but so does their product on the field...might as well make the field itself look odd!
Seriously though, I don't mind teams "mixing it up" with stuff like this. If it gives them good PR - then good for them!
"Why not make it like a parking lot? We said we would play on one, that's who we are," Creighton said. "We want to reinforce that identity, and that work ethic. Lets make it like a factory like the blue collar area Ypsilanti is."
I will say this - in reference to the renovation, if you will, of a football team's image, I don't think I've ever heard the suggestion the field be turned into something resembling a parking lot. Still, it's definitely an interesting direction to go, to say the least.
I predict it turns into an actual parking lot within about a decade.
As an EMU alum I am not wild about funds going toward this, especially since our field was aready green,which is our primary color.
If it snags a few recruits away from the Chips, I guess I can deal.
As a current student I do not approve. This means more fees and a raise in tuition to support a team that doesn't produce. I could see if after the new coach starts proving he can win here, then make a change.
I'm shocked they approved this expense since installing new Field Turf will cost at least $500,000, or, put differently, at least 5x an entire season's worth of football ticket revenue for EMU. This renovation alone will put the football program in the red for 2014.
I'm sorry, but I hate the fields being red, blue, gray, etc. it is just not aesthetically pleasing to me. But, it's their money. Whatever makes people happy is fine by me.
but did anyone else see the story about Northwestern being a "peanut free zone" for its first three home games this season? To give those with peanut allergies an opportunity to watch a game...
Can they keep the old turf in storage in case the gray ends up being a disaster?
"The Factory?" a "parking lot?"
Whatever the geniuses who came up with this idea are getting paid, it's too much.
At least people will know they have a football team. Any publicity for them will help
Hey DB! Maize turf? Better yet, maize for 10 yards then blue for the next 10!
Of what? Losing seasons and places to kill dreams?
Unlike the turf at Boise and the school with the red turf, at least it doesn't make my eyes bleed.
I flew over the Eastern Wash field last week on the way into Spokane, and it was VERY visible from 10,000 ft
Like this, right?
The color gray matches Ypsi perfectly. They must have hired an expensive color consultant.
Probably talked to the makeup counter woman at Briarwood. "EMU Football, my computer color analysis clearly shows that you are a ... Nuclear Winter! Grays, asphalt black, road salt white, and rust will be most flattering for you."
It's actually the color of a shadow. As in, we're accepting that we are in the shadow of something better.
we need a fiber optic block M that glows at night. .just sayin
Anything that has people talking about their program is a good thing. Blue turf has worked wonders at Boise, and red turf led to a national championship I believe for that FCS team (can't remember if it was Eastern Kentucky or Eastern Washington, ect. ect).
I'd say what's worked wonders at Boise State is three increasingly successful coaches: Koetter, Hawkins, and Peterson. If they'd hired Charlie Weis and Tim Brewster, the blue field would be a joke.
Well, if they're going to do it right, the turf itself won't be enough—they'll have to bring in broken beer bottles, rusted auto parts, tires, used tampons and condoms, old Burger King wrappers, dog feces, cigarette butts, and bloody syringes.
don't understand Eastern Michigan
Installing a grey field is admittedly a superficial change, but it is an earnest attempt at standing out. Anything EMU can do to make a name for itself they have to try. It will be interesting to see which is why I am heading out for the Morgan State game to see it.
The Western Washington and Boise St games are on TV all the time and I have only had one sezuire while flipping channels. Gray would be an improvement though I might prefer two tone green with some 50 yard line Rat Fink pin stripes.
I'm sorry, but EMU could change its field color to purple with yellow polka dots and it still wouldn't matter. I honestly believe that school has got to be the worst FBS football coaching gig in America. There is literally nothing to sell the program on. All it's ever been known for is losing.
I get it. EMU has to do something to get people talking about their program, but the only way you can really do that is win. And all I can say to that is good luck. The man who finds a way to win at EMU might be on par with Nick Saban.
You're identify is "gray"? That doesn't say tough, it says bland.
A grey field. Makes me proud to be on faculty at EMU. I mean, what else could you do with that 500k?
If they have to redo the field anyway...it really doesn't matter cost wise if it's green or grey.
Michigan just redid it's field turf not too long ago. It doesn't last forever.
Bad decision. School color is green and the field should stay green. Build an identity by winning some games, drop to FCS if necessary. I realize that playing. Mich, MSU, PSU, etc generate a lot of money, but those games are doing nothing to excite students and one would think they demoralize the players.
Better to be a good FCS program than horrible FBS. One of my degrees is from EMU, it is just a tough challenge to get mindshare of students (let alone recruit) with AA just down the road. CMU and WMU don't have MSU a few miles away, they have more local and regional following and more student body interest because of residential student populations not to mention much better game day environments. Many EMU students commute so once they leave campus, they are gone. Given the Hurons, oops, Eagles performance, most students prefer watching or going to UM games or watching other major college games of interest.
I hope the new coach has some success, I really do, and, I for one don't think grey turf is going to help him.
Winning is imperative to create interest. MAC is fun conference. Even winning is not a guarantee of filling Rynearson though, but crowds of 15-20k would be a huge improvement.
Schools with odd colored turf look really annoying and cheesey and makes the program look like a circus. At least Boise beat almost everyone they played so they could play the novelty card.
And, where is EMU finding the money?
The problem with dropping to FCS, is that then they couldn't be in the MAC, which would be a big issue for the non-revenue sports, most of which EMU is fairly competitive at
Yes, they are competitive in other sports. Have lost some ground with baseball where they once were really good, and, it's been too long since Bball challenged for league titles, but no other sport is challenged as the football program.
If it's supposed to be like a parking lot, is there a handicapped area near the end zone that EMU gets to try to score from?
Ha I got a chuckle out of this.
Western Michigan was going to have a brown field installed before last season but the NCAA told them they were not allowed to because the color of your field can not match the color of the football or the color of your jersey. So instead they installed the brown turf in their practice facility. I am assuming boise state was grandfathered in when this rule was made. So i am assuming EMU will not where their all gray uniforms for home games.
Do what you want with the endzone.