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(Sportsnet)   Toronto FC slammed for raggedy Kentucky bluegrass soccer field for home opener, exacerbated by winter ice storm. "Getting a pitch ready for spring is not like popping a burrito in the microwave"   (sportsnet.ca) divider line 18
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2014-03-27 08:01:37 AM
Oh, I see what happened! Toronto, you got the wrong kind of famous grass from Kentucky. Easy mistake. Happens to all the first-timers.

Oh, and...

Heggie (pronounced Heg-ee)

...not particularly helpful.
 
2014-03-27 08:13:37 AM
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2014-03-27 08:14:47 AM
Canadian burrito?
 
2014-03-27 08:20:52 AM
Yeah, you have ice storms in Canada, so use grass seed that doesn't frost over that much. Bluegrass ain't it.
 
2014-03-27 08:36:22 AM
I thought TFC always played their first few games in SkyDome (or whatever you're calling it these days) and Montreal played their first few in Olympique (unless it snows), which seemed like a reasonable compromise.  Why did that change?
 
2014-03-27 08:54:20 AM
I love that the smiling archetypical white Canadian pictured in the article is actually a native of Barbados.
 
2014-03-27 08:58:18 AM
Dear TFC....please fix the field so Michael Bradley doesn't tear up his knee before the World Cup. Also, if someone hurts him, have an enforcer knock his ass out. Otherwise, you have a great team this year and best wishes. A better TFC is great for MLS.


/Sounders fan stuck in Philly
 
2014-03-27 09:21:33 AM

Chris Ween: Canadian burrito?


Poutine wrapped in bannock.
 
2014-03-27 09:33:44 AM
This is a hybrid. This is a cross, ah, of Bluegrass, Kentucky Bluegrass, Featherbed Bent, and Northern California Sensemillia. The amazing stuff about this is, that you can play 90 minutes on it in the afternoon, take it home and just get stoned to the bejeezus-belt that night on this stuff.
 
2014-03-27 10:49:11 AM

ADubs86: Yeah, you have ice storms in Canada, so use grass seed that doesn't frost over that much. Bluegrass ain't it.


I'm not sure any grass performs well when the weather is reliably 5-15 degrees below zero (Celsius) while you're trying to get the pitch in shape.  I've lived in the GTA since 2000 and this is easily the most miserable winter I've had here.
 
2014-03-27 11:10:18 AM
Not to be Debbie Downer but isn't this why Canada is using synthetic turf for the Women's World Cup next year?  Does Montreal or Vancouver have real or synthetic?
 
2014-03-27 12:10:11 PM
I was at the game. Field field was a little shady, but there didn't seem to be any problems during the play.

On another note, Jermain Defoe is farking awesome.
 
2014-03-27 12:55:19 PM
How could they have an issue?  I thought that a grass pitch was always better then turf.
 
2014-03-27 12:59:58 PM
I personally can't wait for the butthurt that TFC fans will have once the Argos have a game there that even slightly messes up the turf going into a soccer game.
 
2014-03-27 01:26:56 PM
Hey, let's move the MLS calendar to winter! And ban turf! And adopt promotion/relegation! And ban the salary cap!
 
2014-03-27 02:27:40 PM

Drone637: How could they have an issue?  I thought that a grass pitch was always better then turf.


It is, so long as it isn't frozen or just laid down grass, which comes apart under heavy wear.
 
2014-03-27 06:27:00 PM

homarjr: I was at the game. Field field was a little shady, but there didn't seem to be any problems during the play.

On another note, Jermain Defoe is farking awesome.


This. It was crappy in some spots (down in the corners seemed the worst for some reason), and the ball kicked up a few times, but considering how bad our winter was, the fact the turf held up fairly well is a testament to the grounds crew hard work.

Plus the Carl Spackler reference in the article is all sorts of awesome.  I want to have a pint with this guy.
 
2014-03-27 09:50:33 PM

Mercutio74: ADubs86: Yeah, you have ice storms in Canada, so use grass seed that doesn't frost over that much. Bluegrass ain't it.

I'm not sure any grass performs well when the weather is reliably 5-15 degrees below zero (Celsius) while you're trying to get the pitch in shape.  I've lived in the GTA since 2000 and this is easily the most miserable winter I've had here.


I have lived in the GTA/Golden Horseshoe since 1986 and this has been the worst winter I recall. No wonder the damned grass can't grow. On the plus side, we will have fewer vermin and invasive insects this year. On the minus side, it's still below farking freezing and will hover around/below there until Mid-April, or so they say. Enough already.
 
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