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Redskins: FedEx Field not getting field turf – how about better groundskeeping?

Redskins plan to improve FexEx Field playing surface by re-sodding during seasonThe Wash. Times
One of the topics brought up during the official groundbreaking of the new Richmond training camp for the Washington Redskins was the turf at FedEx Field.

“We missed an opportunity last year during a window between the seventh game and the 10th game to re-sod the field,” Allen said.

Allen indicated that FieldTurf was not an option which pleases me. I can’t stand artificial turf — grass stains, mud, etc. are part of the game. Now, the conditions in Landover were poor late last year, but they have had success keeping the field in reasonable shape late in the season before:

FedEx Field 2005
December 23, 2005 – Washington Redskins vs. New York Football Giants. Looked okay that day.

Penn State threatening in Indiana territory
November 20, 2010 – Indiana Hoosiers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions. Looked really good that day.

Maintaining reasonable turf conditions in late autumn and winter has been done before and can be done again. Allen indicated that once the schedule is out in April, they’ll plan for re-sodding so the field will be better late in the year. Glad to see that they are planning in advance. I am curious to know why they missed the opportunity last year — was that at the groundskeepers discretion or more likely, management?

On that other topic that has been getting some attention as of late:

In all seriousness, the arguments for changing the name are better than the ones for keeping it. I don’t plan on blogging about it anymore.

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Ben’s Chili Bowl to FedEx Field, already at Nationals Park. Your move, Ted Leonsis…

Word came out today that venerable Washington D.C. landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl will have stands at FedEx Field (@dcsportsbog), the Landover, Md. home of the Washington Redskins, this season. Ben’s has been selling half-smokes at Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, since it opened in 2008. That means that 2 of the 3 biggest stadia in the D.C. area will have Ben’s. The big outlier — Verizon Center, home of the Washington Capitals and Washing Wizards does not, though it is only a few stops down the Green Line from the actual Ben’s.

In my list of deliverables for Ted Leonsis, one of the things I suggested was:

4. Improved food stands in Verizon Center

The one thing that Nationals Park has over every other sports venue in D.C. is the selection of food vendors, especially ones with a local connection. Yes, Ben’s Chili Bowl needs to be in Verizon Center…

Your move, Ted.

UPDATE: More details from DC Sports Bog (The Post): Ben’s Chili Bowl coming to FedEx Field. Apparently, the Redskins reached out to Ben’s when they heard that it was expanding. Another District location and one in Northern Virginia are being developed. Interesting — does Ben’s lose cache by having standalone stores other than U Street? You know, what, I don’t think I care, because a closer proximity to Ben’s half-smokes is pretty good news. I wouldn’t mind seeing stands at RFK Stadium for DC United games too.

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My first visit to Bloomington, Indiana

Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – After many years, I finally got to see a Penn State Nittany Lions football game at another Big Ten stadium. The odd thing about visiting Indiana University though was that their Memorial Stadium looks a lot like FedEx Field where the Washington Redskins play. Not only that, but I don’t recall the Blue Line Metro going to Bloomington.

[flickr : Photos of Penn State vs. Indiana at FedEx Field /slideshow]

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Things to know about Penn State vs. Indiana at FedEx Field

Tickets are still available. If you have ever had a desire to set with me and some of my friends, you can buy tickets that other friends can’t use.

The Metro Washington Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association has a great information page Your PSU/Indiana Headquarters

Kickoff is 12:00 p.m. Saturday

FedEx Field will be selling beer inside the stadium

Parking lots open at 8 a.m.

I’m taking the Blue Line Metro to Morgan Blvd. station — less than 1 mile from FedEx Field on foot. It will be like walking from West Halls to Beaver Stadium.

The game is on Big Ten Network, check here for channel details. If your are in Vienna, Va. and watching on COX Cable, it is on channel 263 or 785 (HD).

I’m now hearing 75,000 tickets sold which means the place will be roughly 80% full, not bad.

There is not a brickwall in one of the endzones, so both teams won’t be going the same direction on offense.

This is the best thing Dan Snyder has ever done.

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Blue White Roundtable: Penn State vs. Indiana at FedEx Field

This week, I’m answering my own questions. Links to the roundtable to follow, sorry about misspelling Hoosiers folks.

The Indiana Hoosiers have lost every Big Ten game they have played this season. They have lost by 7 to Michigan, 28 to Ohio State, 30 to Illinois, 3 to Northwestern, 5 to Iowa and 63 to Wisconsin. Is there anything that scares you about them?

Other than typical fan paranoia, I am not to worried about the Hoosiers. Penn State should be able to move the ball at will. If Mike Mauti was healthy, I would not be worried at all I think. I’m really disappointed he’s out, I was really looking forward to seeing him play in person.

QB Matt McGloin is starting for the Nittany Lions again this Saturday. Is there anything he can do in the next two games to establish himself as the frontrunner for next season or will it be an open competition no matter what?

I don’t think there is any way McGloin can lock down the quarterback job in the next two games. The competition for next year needs and will be an open one. Had McGloin beaten Ohio State, I might have felt differently. Rob Bolden played well for a true freshman and has and probably higher upside. Paul Jones, the redshirt freshman, is apparently promising as well, so we may see 3 guys fighting for the job. I would not be shocked if the bowl game starter won’t be determined until two days before the game.

Penn State is generally lethargic in road games with early kickoffs. The playcalling is also not very aggressive in these situations. Will playing a mere 200 miles from home in a stadium full of Penn State fans make a difference?

It better! Penn State has not turtled-up this year as much as in previous years and in a friendly environment against an opponent like Indiana, I think they will be aggressive on offense. I think the players will naturally be more pumped up playing near D.C. than if they were in Bloomington.

Saturday’s game at FedEx Field is the first of several games along the I-95 Corridor this decade. Will you be be there? If yes, why? If not, why not?

I will be there Saturday morning, along with a bunch of friends. I was very pleasantly surprised when I learned I could take the Metro to a Penn State game. I get the feeling that the attendance won’t be as high as it should be though. I also hope to attend games in Philadelphia and the Meadowlands.

Quick hits

Was going for it on 4 and 1 at the 20 yard line the right decision against Ohio State?

No, I said they should have kicked. My dad was watching with me and said it was the right decision. We both agreed going outside with Silas Redd was a poor playcall.

How many times will Bill Lynch throw/spit out his gum?

2

Does Rob Bolden see any playing time this week?

Yes, a series in the first half, more in the second half

Does Silas Redd make the trip after his 4 a.m. “adventure” this past weekend?

Yes

Will Sean Stanley play at all again in 2010?

Yes, the Nittany Lions are too thin on the defensive line

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Verizon Center food concessions failed health inspections

I bet that Ted Leonsis did not think one of Abe Pollin‘s legacies would be 100% of the Verizon Center concession stands having health code violations in 2009, according to an ESPN Outside the Lines report. From Vendor inspection reports:

Verizon Center
Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals
Vendors with critical violations: 100%

Inspection report excerpt: Mice droppings, a critical violation in Washington, were found at at least 10 vendors.

FAIL! Leonsis has already explained what he is doing about the problem on his blog. I’ve added cleaning this up the list of deliverables.

As for the other big league in BeltwayLand, here is how they did:

Nationals Park
Washington Nationals
Vendors with critical violations: 25%

Inspection report excerpt: One location received a critical violation for not having a D.C.-certified food manager’s card.

Not exactly cringe-worthy, but still something that is completely avoidable. I think a bigger problem there is vendors skimming off profits by “making deals” with customers. Oh that and the glacial pace at which said vendors operate.

FedEx Field
Washington Redskins
Vendors with critical violations: 36%

Inspection report excerpt: An employee touched his/her face and then prepared food with his/her hands without washing or changing gloves.

No word on how RFK Stadium, home of DC United, did.

DC Sports Bog, The Post: The food at Verizon Center

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Super Bowl XLVIII to NJ! Parties to NYC

Politi: Super Bowl in N.J. can be best ever, no matter what critics sayStar-Ledger
NFL owners approve outdoor Super Bowl near New York; Could D.C. be next?The Post
I am really happy that the NFL is finally putting the Super Bowl in a place where it might get cold and could even snow — New Jersey! The parties will be in New York City. Football is an all-weather sport, its about time that the league was willing to admit it and schedule the championship accordingly. This has GONZO BOWL potential written all over it. By then 3-D TV will be more readily available, so there is another reason to hope for snow.

It would be really funny if the Giants and Jets wound up playing each other in it because most of America would have a meltdown in that happened. The is a major drawback of playing at the new Meadowlands stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. — the artificial turf field. Tear it up and plant some grass on some mud!

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder wants a D.C. (actually Landover, Md.) Super Bowl and I’m all for that too. FedEx Field even has a natural surface, so go for it Danny-boy! We know how to do big events in this town. Of course, if he gets to build a new stadium on the RFK Stadium site, we’ll that would be even better.

Of course, there are detractors like Mike Lopresti (USA Today). He hates the idea of a cold weather Super Bowl because there might not be”optimal conditions” and a warm-weather team might be disadvantaged. Tough! Any team that can’t win in snow and cold doesn’t deserve to be Super Bowl champions. The idea of a Super Bowl indoors in his home state, Indiana offends me too and that is happening for some indefensible reason. A Super Bowl by the side of the New Jersey Turnpike is much greater than one in a sterile, flyover country dome. New Jersey is even the birthplace of college football, plus baseball, Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen and me.

Of course, it will probably be 55° and sunny for Super Bowl XLVIII and take away all the fun.

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