Saturday, April 14, 2012

Arena Football Turf Disaster

I know this isn't a sports blog, but I've just got to share this. It would be hilarious if it wasn't so dangerous for the players.

The game was played between the Harrisburg Stampede and the Virginia Badgers. In wanting to scout out a new city to put a new team, they decided to play in a ice skating arena where they've never played before.

Let's just say they should have scouted better.

The ceiling was so low kickers couldn't kick without hitting the ceiling almost every time. The ice was covered with green cloth in the end zone that slid around, exposed the ice, and caused the players to fall. The turf didn't fit the arena so large wrinkles were all over the entire field. Where the seams of the turf met the wrinkles stood up as big snares that a player's foot could easily fit into and get tripped up on. My three-year-old daughter said to me, "Daddy, why are there holes all over the field?"

I honestly can't believe they even played the game, but they did. The Stampede won with a final score of 70 points, largely because every play started at mid-field due to the kick offs hitting the ceiling.

They would have been better off playing in the parking lot.

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