Not Much Love for Cleveland Browns Stadium Field
Barry McBride on February 8th, 2011 AT 8:41 PM
The NFLPA, hardly an unbiased point of view when it comes to teams and their owners these days, recently released their survey of players opinions (PDF) about the fields they play on. It’s not real complimentary about Cleveland Browns Stadium’s turf, although a number of other NFL venues got even less favorable mention.
Only 3.8% of players rated their home field as “excellent” – only the Raiders got poorer marks. This indicates that, while the NFL as a whole doesn’t consider CBS to be among the worst, the home team isn’t wildly excited about the playing surface.
Throughout the league, a number of grass fields were considered worse: Heinz Field, Oakland Coliseum, Soldier Field and Sun Life Stadium all got lower marks.
Players overwhelmingly, however, seem to prefer grass fields like Cleveland Browns Stadium to the “artificial infilled” playing fields. Of those, the Metrodome, Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Edward Jones Dome, and Paul Brown Stadium got the worst reviews.
The bottom line: Cleveland Brown Stadium’s field ain’t all that, but things could be far, far worse.
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These are links from the OBR Newswire for February 8th from 06:55 to 06:58:
- The Associated Press – Labor unrest overshadows NFL offseason – Whether it was as complicated as deciding how to divide $9 billion or as simple as making sure everyone with a ticket also had a seat, the NFL had trouble getting it right this Super Bowl week.
- The Associated Press – Super Bowl: NFL knew last week there could be seat problems – DALLAS — The NFL knew last week there were problems with the installation of temporary Super Bowl seating sections and hoped until hours before kickoff that they could be fixed. "At the end, we just ran out of time," NFL executive vice president Eric Grubman said Monday.
- The Associated Press – Steelers back home after rare Super Bowl defeat – Ben Roethlisberger had such a late start to his season, it's no wonder he tried to stretch it all the way to Pittsburgh's final series in February.
- The Associated Press – Jay Gruden still awaits Palmer – New Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden still hasn’t talked to Carson Palmer
- NFL FanHouse – Tickets Snafu and All, NFL Goofed on Super Bowl Week – Remember a few years back when the now infamous wardrobe malfunction took place at the Super Bowl?
- L.A. Times – Super Bowl TV ratings: Game is most-watched telecast in U.S. history – The Super Bowl between the Packers and Steelers is the most-watched telecast in U.S. history.
- Columbus Dispatch – Pink brand to lure Browns, Bengals fans – Pink, the Victoria's Secret lingerie and loungewear brand, will expand its NFL merchandise to include all 32 teams in the league, including the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.
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Browns are listed as 60-to-1 to win 2012 Super Bowl. Only Cards, Seahawks, Bills and Panthers are worse. Bengals, Broncos, Jags also 60-1.