Love it or hate it, you have an opinion on Boise State's Blue "Smurf" Turf.
The novelty factor when BSU first went to Division I was neat. Now after years of watching it on TV, we are left to wonder if there is really a point to it other than ruining our vision!
Sure, it got the program attention—any press is good press, right? The program has sustained success for most of this decade, so has the novelty worn off? Is it time for BSU to move to the normal green field?
At least one school thought it was a good idea: Eastern Washington University has adopted a red field for the 2010 season.
What if this colored turf idea invaded the entire Pacific Northwest? Our eyes would never adjust!
Here is a look at the four Northwest Pac-10 schools, and an idea of what it could look like if they were to adopt colored turf. Excuse the amateur at best Photoshop skills!
(No, I don't think this would be a good idea at all!)
If it was a logical move for anyone on this list, it would have to be Eastern Washington.
That doesn't make it any less ugly, but the program could use some attention other than being Paul Wulff's last stop prior to Washington State. (Everyone knows that, right?)
For a small school in the middle of nowhere, it is worth a try. At least we aren't subjected to their games on TV like Boise.
If Eastern Washington would be borderline to adapt the colored turf, Washington State should know better.
Sure, the appeal might be strong. This is the same fanbase that has carried their flag to game day for how many years now? I'm sure they are on their way to Pullman ANY day now.
It was tempting to go with crimson and go for a "red out," but I decided Washington State deserved better than to look like they are copying Eastern.
Not that the gray field looks any better than crimson does.
Oregon State has gone about building their program the right way. Quietly the Beavers have been a top Pac-10 football program for a large part of the decade. The stadium expansion went well, and the future looks bright.
So there would be absolutely no reason to adopt colored turf.
The school colors of orange and black already make Reser look like it's Halloween, and orange turf would just make it much, much worse. The orange would rival Boise State's blue for hideousness, however.
Considering the number of different helmets, jerseys, and pants that Oregon uses, it would not be surprising to see colored turf in Autzen. Luckily for the fans, Oregon's field is already their primary school color—green.
Still, when thinking of this, nightmares of a yellow field danced through my head. It was all too much. Can you imagine Roboduck dancing on yellow turf?
I will not be responsible for people having nightmares, so Oregon gets a gray field. Heck, it is on half of their jersey combos anyway; it is close enough to a school color.
Washington is in desperate need of improvements to Husky Stadium. Coloring the turf, however, is not one of them.
Considering the amount of flak Washington fans already get for the school having "feminine colors" (they are ROYAL!), can you image the grief over an PURPLE field?
That might seem bad already, but imagine if this was employed when the Huskies wore purple helmets. The purple smurfs playing on a purple field—the horror!
The sad part is considering the hires and decisions made by Washington's athletic department, this is the most likely team in the Pac-10 to adapt colored turf.
We had an athletic director who wanted to be like Kansas. Finding out this one wants to be Boise State would not be a surprise at all.