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Army-Navy game could leave FedEx Field in bad shape on Sunday

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On Saturday, FedExField provided the location for the annual Army-Navy game.  On Sunday, a team named for the original defenders of the homeland will play a team named for the folks from whom our forefathers wrested it.

But when the Redskins host the Patriots on Sunday, there’s a chance the grass field won’t be in ideal condition.

Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post points out that, eight days after Notre Dame and Maryland played there in November, the field was in “poor” condition when the Redskins hosted the Cowboys.

This time, the grounds crew has fewer than 24 hours.

“I’m not sure how much time there is” to get the field ready, coach Mike Shanahan said Friday.  “We’re just keeping our fingers crossed.”

Of course, the question becomes whether the Redskins are crossing their fingers for good field conditions or bad ones.  The Patriots clearly have the superior offensive team, and so a sloppy field would benefit the Redskins by equalizing the talent gap.

It could be one of the intriguing subplots for Sunday’s game, especially if any bad footing disrupts the Pats’ high-octane offense.

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27 Responses to “Army-Navy game could leave FedEx Field in bad shape on Sunday”
  1. trbowman says: Dec 10, 2011 10:46 PM

    What were they thinking playing it there while the Redskins had a home game the next day? Terrible.

  2. mostpeopledontknowwhattheyaretalkingabout says: Dec 10, 2011 10:46 PM

    I for one am scared

    I remember a guy named Welker going down cuz of bad field conditions in a game we didn’t need.

    Wasn’t there a story just like this where someone said they didn’t like the texans field prior to the game?

    Bill…we don’t need this game..the rest of the regular season is purely for show.

    Don’t let anyone get hurt.

  3. fantom21 says: Dec 10, 2011 10:46 PM

    Crossing his fingers isn’t the only thing Shannahan is doing for luck. 2012 Draft here we come!!!

  4. dcsween says: Dec 10, 2011 10:46 PM

    Notre Dame hosting Maryland was a grinding game. Notre Dame quietly had a great D (but for DL re: injury). Game was a mudder.

    Nobody ever thinks to change cleats at half time at FedEx following wet days in DMV. So very duh.

  5. shawon0meter says: Dec 10, 2011 10:55 PM

    I don’t think even a Tim Tebow fan could’ve enjoyed that game

  6. golonger says: Dec 10, 2011 11:18 PM

    LOL…who cares….Ole Danny boy made his money right….that is all that matters…..pathetic….and typical. When will this guy just go away!

  7. dalucks says: Dec 10, 2011 11:32 PM

    It is a bad idea to play any two football games within 24 hours of each other on the same field. Good luck grounds crew.

  8. dccowboy says: Dec 10, 2011 11:36 PM

    Navy 27 Army 21 — nothing else mattters

  9. cmr73 says: Dec 10, 2011 11:39 PM

    I disagree. Bad field conditions help the offense, not hurt it. Defenses have to react. The soft turf will slow reaction times. The game may not be ‘as fast’, but new England should still be able to dictate tempo and move the ball.

  10. that_e says: Dec 10, 2011 11:45 PM

    It was the ONLY FBS game played this week, too. Surely many more available fields for Army-Navy.

    And considering this is a premier/unique game, NFL scheduling should have known this game was going to be played a day before a home Redskins game.

    As a Pats fan, rather take a loss and the #2 seed than see any injuries from this.

  11. bearsrulepackdrool says: Dec 11, 2011 12:13 AM

    Won’t matter because the Patriots will leave FedEx field in bad shape on Monday.

  12. fezzalar says: Dec 11, 2011 12:29 AM

    Welker got hurt on AstroTurf. Heinz Field is normally in much worse shape; High School on Fridays, Pitt on Saturdays, Steelers on Sundays.

  13. hailskins4life says: Dec 11, 2011 12:34 AM

    While a skins fan, and I have been VERY critical of Snyder, this is not on him. This deal was put in place years ago. Why did the NFL schedule a home game for the day after? The Cowboys had a deal for the Big 12 Champ (oops)game and they were away last week. It is not that hard to schedule around 5 year old commitments.

  14. seanx40 says: Dec 11, 2011 12:46 AM

    Maybe the Redskins could forefit. Much less embarrassing that what is going to actually happen. Or they could move the game to Foxboro on Monday night.

    And we could just pretend the Rams/Seahawks game really was played. Since no one alive wants to see that crap.

  15. purpwalk says: Dec 11, 2011 1:34 AM

    army-navy game? must look like a battlefield out there

  16. discosucs2005 says: Dec 11, 2011 2:12 AM

    @cmr73

    Bad field conditions is a pretty broad term. There was a Dolphins/Steelers game a few years ago with horrible field conditions, and the final score was 3-0. I get your point, but I think there is a point where a field can be so bad that makes moving the football extremely difficult.

    Whose bright idea was this anyway? We have two teams share a stadium without any problems, but there are two games within 24 hours of each other.

  17. yevrag3535 says: Dec 11, 2011 2:40 AM

    Oh no, they nay fall down and go boom, Who cares, what if is it was bad weather, it is a non story once again !!! come on people – these guys are pulling your good if all the time,,,,,, Let theses clows be in the army or navy and see what is real..

  18. tundey says: Dec 11, 2011 4:44 AM

    I know people want to be blame this on Snyder’s money grubbing ways but I remember a time when the Pats intentionally left their field unprotected during a snowstorm just so they could slow down the Colts. If Snyder knew the field would be f’ed up and still scheduled the Army-Navy game, good for him. Like people said then about the Patriots, it’s up to the home team to decide how to treat the field (i.e. home field advantage all the way).

  19. selldannysell says: Dec 11, 2011 6:29 AM

    I had a chance to walk on the field Thursday night. It was not in the best of shape then. It was full of divots. That field is a torn ACL waiting to happen.

  20. opbilly says: Dec 11, 2011 6:45 AM

    this field and the stadium are a dump! and snyder wants to make this a tradition for army/navy to play there??? might as well, the redskins dont play much football there!!!

  21. jimmysee says: Dec 11, 2011 7:12 AM

    I thought Army-Navy was played at Franklin Field. What every happened to tradition!?

  22. nflpasux says: Dec 11, 2011 7:41 AM

    Army-Navy at Landover (which, contrary to media reports, is not in DC) has been on the books for years. The substandard grass field at the Raljon stadium has been a problem since 1997. Maryland is prone to heavy precipitation in early December .

    What were the geniuses who prepare NFL schedules thinking?

  23. dccowboy says: Dec 11, 2011 8:36 AM

    Maybe, just maybe ‘The Danny’ should stop going cheap and install a real football field. even NAvy’s outdoor stadium (which only seats 35,000 tops has a 1st class artificial turf field that doesn’t get ‘torn up’ when people play on it. The redskins need to move into the 21st Century.

  24. CKL says: Dec 11, 2011 8:43 AM

    tundey says:
    Dec 11, 2011 4:44 AM
    I know people want to be blame this on Snyder’s money grubbing ways but I remember a time when the Pats intentionally left their field unprotected during a snowstorm just so they could slow down the Colts. If Snyder knew the field would be f’ed up and still scheduled the Army-Navy game, good for him. Like people said then about the Patriots, it’s up to the home team to decide how to treat the field (i.e. home field advantage all the way).
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    Polian whined to the league about the Pats field more than once if I recall correctly. They had the tarp on it the next time & Colts still lost (04 playoffs). Pats will not whine to the NFL I am betting. They know real football is played OUTDOORS in…gasp…WEATHER. (I loathe domes.)

    They’ve never complained about Heinz that I know of and that turf has probably cost them several players through the years.

  25. tampafan24 says: Dec 11, 2011 8:49 AM

    Lets not forget the snow game that the Pats played in against the Titans a few years ago. If I remember correctly the high-octane offense put up over 50 on the board despite the conditions. Poor footing helps receivers and hurts defenders. Watch for Gronkowski and Welker to go off in this game…maybe even a nice 50+ yard Deion Branch TD mixed in.

  26. marshmont says: Dec 11, 2011 9:15 AM

    did you hear that dan snyder sold 50% of naming rights of fedex field to ups. yea, they are going to call it fedup field………………

  27. grogansheroes says: Dec 11, 2011 10:11 AM

    yevrag3535 says:
    Dec 11, 2011 2:40 AM
    Oh no, they nay fall down and go boom, Who cares, what if is it was bad weather, it is a non story once again !!! come on people – these guys are pulling your good if all the time,,,,,, Let theses clows be in the army or navy and see what is real..
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    Can someone translate this for me?

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