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Atlanta Dan
12-11-2010, 09:46 AM
This does not sound promising

rain will start Sunday morning and transform into snow as temperatures hover in the mid-30s. Accumulation Sunday afternoon should be around an inch.

Winds will pick up Sunday afternoon, gusting to around 20 mph

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10345/1110132-100.stm

My understanding is a new field was put down 2 weeks ago after the annual completion of destroying what was left of the previous field by playing 4 high school games in one day. Hard to believe the new turf will be stable and tomorrow's game presumably will be played in slippery muck. Last time rotten weather visited during the first game after a new field was put down was the 2007 Monday night muckfest with the Dolphins

Of course this would not be an issue if the Steelers went to artificial turf - 4 high school games were played on the Ravens field last weekend after which Steelers-Ravens was played the next night.on a field that allowed the game to be played at a level that maximized the speed and talents of the players

But providing for the best possible playing conditions is not sufficiently old school for the Rooneys.:banging:

pete74
12-11-2010, 10:19 AM
I can't stand our field. I can see if we were in Arizona or southern california but to have grass in Pittsburgh is unreal. It's constantly a mess and really changes the kind of football we and other teams play.

Atlanta Dan
12-11-2010, 10:28 AM
I can't stand our field. I can see if we were in Arizona or southern california but to have grass in Pittsburgh is unreal. It's constantly a mess and really changes the kind of football we and other teams play.

I suppose it helps our plodding o-line against speed rushers coming off the edge at #7, but IMO it is an overall detriment with the speed we have on defense and at WR - Polamalu probably doesn't get to Flacco before Flacco had time to react if last Sunday's game was played at Heinz Cow Pasture

Injuries can happen on any surface but it also is a safety hazard (e.g. - Roethlisberger reinjured his foot in the New England game because he stepped on a bad spot in the turf and Harrison came out of the Oakland game after he got sand in his eyes from where there was no turf left between the hashmarks)

The league made New England replace its grass field - surprised the Rooneys have not been forced to make the switch

BengalDestroyer
12-11-2010, 11:02 AM
Screw turf. Are you kidding me? Football is an outdoor sport, so don't bring indoor stuff (like fake grass) outside. Weather and field conditions are all a part of the battle of a good football game. If you perform well on a bad field....play basketball!

The Pitt Panthers need their own stadium...

tony hipchest
12-11-2010, 11:04 AM
Bruce Arians creed-

if its snowin, ben is throwin.

if its windy, we're benching mendy.

mesaSteeler
12-11-2010, 11:10 AM
Bruce Arians creed-

if its snowin, ben is throwin.

if its windy, we're benching mendy.

:rofl::rofl::rofl: :applaudit::applaudit::applaudit:

(Note that does not mean I approve of the Airhead Arians the passing Nazi.It means I approve of the post. - mesa)

lionslicer
12-11-2010, 01:07 PM
I remember a lot of very messy games that the steelers won in hienz field... People think that the conditions put the steelers at a disadvantage... really? It puts both teams a disadvantage but it puts the visiting team at a bigger one because they aren't used to it. Though their practices this late in the year are in a building on turf, any players who strive to be great will go out of their way to practice on badly taken care of grass...

SH-Rock
12-11-2010, 01:09 PM
Well we have the better running game so that'd be a huge advantage for us.

steelerchad
12-11-2010, 02:32 PM
Bruce Arians creed-

if its snowin, ben is throwin.

if its windy, we're benching mendy.

That sounds about right. I'm guessing 75-25 pass-run for the Steelers tomorrow. The whipping winds should make for a lot of deep passing by Ben. Arians used this philosophy flawlessly in the Cleveland game last year. Got us 6 points against a team we should have been able to run all over.

I'm nervous a similar fate awaits us tomorrow if B.A. has his way. I've never liked bad weather games since we had the bus. I always feel like bad weather evens the game up and impairs the more talented team.

Atlanta Dan
12-11-2010, 03:18 PM
I remember a lot of very messy games that the steelers won in hienz field... People think that the conditions put the steelers at a disadvantage... really? It puts both teams a disadvantage but it puts the visiting team at a bigger one because they aren't used to it. Though their practices this late in the year are in a building on turf, any players who strive to be great will go out of their way to practice on badly taken care of grass...

In an interesting interview (excerpt below) Carson Palmer appears to agree with you

Itís a very difficult place to play. Itís one of the few places that tries to make the playing surface difficult.

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/bengals/2010/12/08/wednesday-with-carson-2/

Of course Palmer & the Bengals are 3-2 at Heinz since 2005, so it must not be that much of an advantage against crap teams:noidea:

I prefer to see the game played under the best conditions possible - snow, rain, heat, and cold are part of the game when it is played outdoors, but having inferior field conditions after you know based on 10 years of experience teh current field is trash should not be excused

Whodis
12-11-2010, 04:38 PM
I love our field.

lionslicer
12-11-2010, 09:48 PM
In an interesting interview (excerpt below) Carson Palmer appears to agree with you

Itís a very difficult place to play. Itís one of the few places that tries to make the playing surface difficult.

http://cincinnati.com/blogs/bengals/2010/12/08/wednesday-with-carson-2/

Of course Palmer & the Bengals are 3-2 at Heinz since 2005, so it must not be that much of an advantage against crap teams:noidea:

I prefer to see the game played under the best conditions possible - snow, rain, heat, and cold are part of the game when it is played outdoors, but having inferior field conditions after you know based on 10 years of experience teh current field is trash should not be excused

I really don't know whether the wins came in bad weather, but I do know all 3 wins were gainst a 2005 steeler team without Ben and the year Bengals won the division, a 2009 Steeler team on the verge of a collapse and a 2006 terrible steeler team. The losses came in november and december games, but I couldn't say what the weather was in those games, could have been 60 degrees and sunny.

Atlanta Dan
12-12-2010, 11:43 AM
I really don't know whether the wins came in bad weather, but I do know all 3 wins were gainst a 2005 steeler team without Ben and the year Bengals won the division, a 2009 Steeler team on the verge of a collapse and a 2006 terrible steeler team. The losses came in november and december games, but I couldn't say what the weather was in those games, could have been 60 degrees and sunny.

Ben played in the 38-31 2005 loss - 29-41 for 386 yards - 3 TDs/3 INTs

The "terrible" 2006 team was 1-1 and defending SB champs at the time of that loss

The 2009 team "on the verge of collapse" had just won 5 straight

My point is that I do not see the rotten field as any great home field advantage, just an impediment to seeing players max out their abilities