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Boise State? No blue for you!

Smurf Turf

Uniforms, that is.  At home.

Especially since Boise State has become a player on the national scene, some individuals have privately and publicly complained about Boise State’s blue turf and the unfair advantage it gave the Broncos.

“I think they ought to get rid of that blue turf. I think it’s unfair,” first-year San Diego State head coach Rocky Long whined in April. “[I]t takes the visiting team a quarter or two to get used to that different field.”

While the blue turf is not going away at any point in the near future — and even as I continue to believe the football program has progressed well beyond the turf gimmick — the matching uniforms will be.  Well, at least for conference play.

According to the Idaho Statesman, one of the stipulations for the Broncos admission into the Mountain West Conference this year is that they will not be permitted to wear the blue jerseys at home for MWC games.  Commissioner Craig Thompson hinted Tuesday that some current members of his conference wanted to make ditching the smurf turf a condition of BSU’s inclusion, but ultimately the membership settled on the jersey issue as they — the coaches — deemed it “a competitive advantage”.

While the higher-ups signed off on that part of the deal, don’t count the Broncos’ head coach as a fan of the ban.

It’s a tragedy of college football,” Chris Petersen said according to the Idaho Statesman‘s Brian Murphy. “I thought it was ridiculous. … That’s our colors. That’s who we are. That’s who our fans have wanted us to be since I’ve been at Boise State. That’s what it’s been through and through.”

Since installing the blue turf in 1986, the Broncos are 69-2 at home, including 32 straight home wins and an unblemished 40-0 mark in their old conference, the WAC.  It’s only natural, then, that the current membership would look to rid the new guys of the perceived advantage before admitting them.

Doesn’t change the fact, however, that that’s some penny-ante, petty bullspit right there.

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57 Responses to “Boise State? No blue for you!”
  1. burntorangehorn says: Jul 27, 2011 11:38 AM

    I think the blue turf is great. At some point something like that goes from being a gimmick to a trademark tradition, and I believe the blue field has reached that point. Keep the turf.

    As for the uniforms, I think it’s fair to require them to wear a different color, but still don’t think it’s sensible. Think the MWC will make Colorado State have to wear something other than green for home games?

  2. fcmlefty1 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:45 AM

    Between the white jerseys and the orange jerseys, they’ll be just fine for uniform choices. The white jersey on blue pants look is the best one of the bunch anyways in my opinion. And they can still wear the blue jerseys for the non-conf games. Pretty much a non issue for this fan.

  3. t16rich says: Jul 27, 2011 11:47 AM

    I love the blue turf!!! Has anyone seen the Eastern Washington field!!?? That might be excessive for color but the blood red is sweet. Michael Roos Field it’s called. Named after the Titans lineman, cause he paid for the turf.

  4. weswelkerspornstash says: Jul 27, 2011 11:54 AM

    Football fields are green……

  5. dkhhuey says: Jul 27, 2011 11:58 AM

    The smurf turf is bush league and if they really want to be viewed as a serious football program, they need to dump it.

  6. bender4700 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:06 PM

    The NCAA should mandate only green turf. It’s a complete joke that Boise wants to be taken serious but can’t line up with the rest of the world.

    Blue jerseys on blue turf is a competitive advantage, glad the MWC took at least 1 step to eliminate the sideshow that is Boise state.

    Can’t wait for Boise to start to struggle against good competition.

    They ruined all positive pr by acting like little jerks and karma got em.

  7. dbeehner says: Jul 27, 2011 12:24 PM

    If the Donkeys can wear blue while playing on the smurf turf, former in-state rival Idaho Vandals should be able to change their turf to black with gold strips.

  8. intergalacticbronco says: Jul 27, 2011 12:40 PM

    dbeehner says:
    Jul 27, 2011 12:24 PM
    If the Donkeys can wear blue while playing on the smurf turf, former in-state rival Idaho Vandals should be able to change their turf to black with gold strips.

    Idaho has a football team? I didn’t realize that.

  9. sguy2130 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:41 PM

    I turn off most Boise State games because the turf is painful to look at. Good team and exciting to watch, but for me only road games….

  10. hatrhurter says: Jul 27, 2011 1:01 PM

    john taylor must be a boise fan to think this is “bullspit”. you wanna claim national championship contender then stop trying to use cheap tricks to have an advantage. don’t want to change your jerseys? then change the field.

  11. crambow says: Jul 27, 2011 1:22 PM

    Haters are gonna hater and the scheduler is gonna schedule more weaksauce.

    Keep spectrumology and witch hunts out of this.

  12. latrobe21 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:25 PM

    I’ve said for years that BSU players “get lost” on the field when it’s blue uniforms against the blue turf. Heck, it’s hard to watch them on tv. All you see is a helmet moving.

  13. 78lion says: Jul 27, 2011 1:28 PM

    Boise, you want to be a member of the big boy club, you have to act the part.

  14. et40 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:53 PM

    Do green teams like Oregon, Baylor, & Colorado St (MWC) have an advantage on green turf?

    Do teams like LSU who wear white in the blazing hot sun have an advantage?

    Do teams gain an advantage goalline situations if the endzone is painted the same color as their uniforms?

    Boise’s real advantage is who they played at home. They are better than the opponent & that’s why they win.

  15. psousa1 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:54 PM

    Boise will not struggle. These guys aren’t ‘The little engine that could’. These guys get top recruits that cannot get into big schools. They’ll play with anyone.

  16. pricecube says: Jul 27, 2011 2:05 PM


    Oregon, Baylor and Colorado State’s uniforms do not exactly match the color of the field. Boise State’s does.. and this is intentional. If this is not meant to be camouflage then why does Boise ALWAYS insist on wearing their virtually all blue uniforms at home? Why is Chris Peterson reluctant to wear a uniform that doesn’t match? It is ridiculous and so are you for trying to compare apples and oranges. LSU wearing white in the blazing sun? That isn’t even the same thing and you are delusional if you think it is.

  17. halo81 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:07 PM

    Tell you what Chris, when you actually start playing real teams, you get the right to cry.

    Beating Colorado School of Mines 9 times a year isn’t worth my time.

    PS – Your field is ugly and hurts my eyes.

  18. florida727 says: Jul 27, 2011 2:33 PM

    Does the idiot trying to compare LSU “wearing white in the blazing sun” to Boise’s situation realize that LSU plays all but one of their home games… AT NIGHT?

    (Kind of makes you look pretty stupid right about now, doesn’t it “et40”? Google is a wonderful thing.)

  19. boisestatewhodat says: Jul 27, 2011 2:33 PM

    halo81…you forgot to apply your gynolotrimin today.

  20. Spencer says: Jul 27, 2011 3:02 PM

    Not a Boise fan at all, but this is petty as hell.

  21. intergalacticbronco says: Jul 27, 2011 3:04 PM

    florida727 says:

    Jul 27, 2011 2:33 PM
    Does the idiot trying to compare LSU “wearing white in the blazing sun” to Boise’s situation realize that LSU plays all but one of their home games… AT NIGHT?

    I think he was just trying to make a point about the ‘selective’ unfair advantages critics of the blue turf typically dispense.

    Because if you do consider yourself an objective individual then you must realize that teams like Hawaii play green on green, which is no different. Penn State plays white on white for away games and sometimes it snows during away games; should this be targeted too? What about Wyoming forcing San Diego State to play at 7000 feet? Or schools with much larger stadiums and 100k+ fans playing home games against small school teams? Are you going to ban that?

    It’s like Big Ten fans claiming the main reason that SEC schools keep pounding them in bowl games is because the big bowl games are played down South where the SEC universities are located and, therefore, have cultural and weather-related advantages. Are you going to ban bowl games now?

    Every team has to ‘adjust’ in some way or another during a road game due to hostile atmospheres, climates, conditions, stadiums, etc. It’s what makes competition so great…it’s uneven.

    Boise’s real advantage: they’re a pretty good team. And Rocky Long is a Nancy for trying to pin its success elsewhere.

  22. et40 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:30 PM

    My sincerest apologies; I did not realize LSU only plays at night. I will Google more frequently and thoroughly. How retarded could I have been to let LSU’s game times slip through like that. But other teams do wear white, grey, or gold at home during the day to avoid the heat.

    Thought Boise’s home dominance had more to do with their talent level relative to their schedule. After all don’t 1 & 2 loss SEC teams go to the BCS title game because of who they play not because of the parity in uniforms?

    Who has Boise beaten at home? Mostly La Tech, Idaho, San Jose St, New Mexico St, Utah St, Hawai’i, Fresno St, Nevada. And they should have.

  23. emc25 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:48 PM

    Those (teams, etc.) that are complaining about the blue turf should focus on what it would take to beat Boise State rather than the color of the field.

  24. murraychadwick says: Jul 27, 2011 3:55 PM

    I’m not a big fan of Boise State or the Blue Turf, however I couldn’t agree less with this rule. It makes absolutely zero sense considering other teams play on green fields and have green uniforms. I can see the problem for other teams adjusting to the turf, but the rule doesn’t address the turf, it address’s the uniforms which has nothing to do with the turf.

  25. boisestatewhodat says: Jul 27, 2011 4:01 PM

    Boise State is as good as any team in the nation…they get solid recruits and develop talent better than most. As I’ve said before to the SEC homers; LSU, Bama, Florida, Arkansas and okay (secgreatness), maybe even UGA are the only teams in the SEC that give the conference its powerhouse reputation. Although I do agree that it is the most talented conference in NCAA play, I believe Boise State to be superior to Vanderbilt, Kansas, Ole Miss, Miss State, Tennessee and the like. BSU could play the SEC schedule and go 8-4 in their first year…not a doubt in my mind. 10 years ago…no way but the Broncos have come a long way and risen from the ‘little guy’ status quicker than I’ve ever seen. Keep acting like their cupcakes and keep eating crow!

  26. dkhhuey says: Jul 27, 2011 4:57 PM

    @boise – whether your team is as good as any of the big powerhouse schools is up for debate – but until you drop the bush league blue smurf turf, you’ll always be looked down on as a gimmick team that plays a weak schedule. It may be a great tradition in Boise and with all of its fans/alumni, but outside of those groups – its pretty much proves out the gimmick team theory.

  27. boisestatewhodat says: Jul 27, 2011 5:05 PM

    dkhhuey…thats about as petty of a comment I’ve ever seen posted here. Don’t really care if they’re looked ‘down upon as a gimmick team’…as long as they keep winning (and they do post the highest winning percentage of any team in the NCAA over the past 11 seasons) not many other fans care either. Most unsubstantial comment ever posted…

  28. jupe says: Jul 27, 2011 5:13 PM

    next is the striped field — an idea even more hideous than EWU & Boise St field colors:

  29. pricecube says: Jul 27, 2011 5:23 PM

    Wow. The striped field is awful.

  30. dkhhuey says: Jul 27, 2011 5:45 PM

    @boise – doesn’t surprise me that you feel it was petty. I’m not here to argue about winning percentage because its been beaten to death and since there is only two sides of that argument – there is no need to rehash it here. All I am saying is outside of Idaho and their fan base, the vast majority of the rest of the college football world looks at that field as a joke and it is very relevant to the discussion because BSU is always moaning about how they aren’t respected and the smurf turf isn’t helping out that cause.

  31. spook208 says: Jul 27, 2011 6:45 PM

    Half you people writing on here have more than likely never even played a down of football but think your right anyway. The blue turf is our tradition and it’s as simple as that. Taking away the blue turf or blue uni’s is ludicris. It’s not the jerseys that beat teams it’s the men that wear them. We go on the road and beat teams also but all those teams wear their team color at home right? Tradition is just that even if it’s not liked by anyone else and if you don’t think so then stop calling yourself a college football fan cause that’s what makes the sport so much fun to watch. If your asking where I came from it’s the midwest so don’t think my opinion is biased because I live in Boise. I chose to become a Bronco fan before I moved out here 16 years ago not after we made it. From a proud graduate of Boise State and an ex K-State fan, stop talking about something you have no idea about.

  32. pricecube says: Jul 27, 2011 9:02 PM

    Oh and JT… you want to talk penny ante and petty? How about rescheduling the TCU game?

  33. John Taylor says: Jul 27, 2011 9:20 PM

    @pricecube: how ’bout classless and bush league?

  34. mdnittlion says: Jul 27, 2011 9:35 PM

    Does it really matter there are guys on that team that have no idea what it’s like to not win 11 or more games every season. I think that really say’s something about the program, especially considering Boise is like one of the most non-frills cities in America. I mean they do for football what UCONN did for girls Basketball, there are nothing pretty in the surrounding area, but if you go there you will win all the time. No one else in football can say that.

  35. pricecube says: Jul 27, 2011 10:03 PM


    “No one else in football can say that.”

    Our kids who are seniors this year don’t know anything worse than an 11 win season.


    2010 13-0
    2009 12-1
    2008 11-2

  36. cosanostra71 says: Jul 27, 2011 10:09 PM

    who cares about the color of the field? There are tons of competitive advantages at various stadiums around the country- I’d have to say that Wyoming playing at a mile and a half above sea level is far more of an advantage than a blue field. Just go out there and play your hardest and you’ll win.

  37. mdnittlion says: Jul 27, 2011 10:38 PM

    @ pricecube

    And your right TCU does have the same record.

    Dude you totally missed the point, the DFW area is a cool place to hangout I visit there at least twice a year. It’s not hard to understand why kids would want to go there. Boise on the other hand is the compete opposite so ya it’s more of an accomplishment, cause it’s in no mans land.

  38. shotgunchipmunk says: Jul 28, 2011 2:35 AM

    Personally. I love the blue turf, it’s one of those unique traditions that makes college football great. Maybe the blue uniforms give a bit of an advantage, but that’s life; deal with it. If you’re concerned about losing defenders in pass coverage, run the ball more. I don’t think you’ll see Air Force complaining about it.

    Also, my understanding was that they can still wear blue jerseys, just not the all-blue combo.

  39. jamesevans29407 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:04 AM

    Your blue turf and your insistence on how awesome it is will continue to keep your team from being taken seriously. Its bush league, plain and simple. Grass is green. If that’s your “tradition”, you need to get a life.

    Your team is pretty good, I’ll give them that. But until you all act like big boys and play football on green grass, you’ll be left out. You’re like petulant punk children crying, “But we WANT blue grass!” Nobody cares what you want.

    So keep your ugly blue field. Fine by me. Just don’t expect a seat at the table. That’s fine by me, too.

  40. spook208 says: Jul 28, 2011 1:36 PM

    I’m so tired of this played out talk of bush league. That blue turfs been around since probly before your mom even thought about having you. By commenting on this you already proved it’s not bush league or you never would have herd about it. Once again I’ll just say don’t talk about something you have no idea about. Have you even come and checked out the blue? Probly not and that’s why you think you should be able to have an opinion. Talking heads will talk but traditions last a lot longer than you or I will be around.

  41. dkhhuey says: Jul 28, 2011 3:44 PM

    @spook – your logic is quite astounding – low blows in boxing have been around for an eternity and regardless of how long we talk about it – they’re still bush league. Your turf is hideous and it is bush league and as long as you’re good with it -that’s all that matters. And no, I do not have to travel to Idaho to experience the blue – I can see how bush league it is from where I am standing.

  42. spook208 says: Jul 28, 2011 5:21 PM

    All I’m saying is that is our field so get over it. Not everyone has to be the same and if they were you more than likely wouldn’t be watching it anyway. How did this subject get changed to boxing anyway. Was a boxer myself at 1 point but not talking about it here. It’s the team on the field and coaches on the sideline that wins those games not the color of the turf. Sounds to me like all those people that call our fans whiners really just need to look in the mirror and stop being hypocrites. The blue field was put in to represent the blue collar community that Boise is and that’s why it means so much to the people around here. Almost all of our big wins have came away from the blue anyway and we’ll still win a lot of games with our other jersey combos. So have fun telling yourself that our turf is horrible because there’s many, many people that think otherwise.

  43. dkhhuey says: Jul 28, 2011 10:16 PM

    I brought up boxing analogy because of your flawed logic in this comment:

    “By commenting on this you already proved it’s not bush league…”

    The field is blue because your school got it off the clearance rack at Buddy’s Carpet Barn.

    Again, I could care less about BSU but what I get tired of is their fan base consistently and constantly whining about how they don’t get any respect. There are two ways out of that… step up and play a tougher schedule and get rid of the smurf turf!!!

  44. oldbronco says: Jul 28, 2011 10:43 PM

    If the Blue uni’s give the Broncos such an advantage then maybe someone can explain how the Broncos beat (Any where, any time)Fresno State 51-0 last season in Boise wearing all Orange uni’s ?

  45. whynotusecommonsense says: Jul 28, 2011 11:30 PM

    Does anybody realize that Boise State agreed to those terms to enter the Mountain West? Classic case of the AD doing something without consulting the coach. Bottom line is they agreed to the stipulation and now they have to live with it.

  46. spook208 says: Jul 29, 2011 3:12 AM

    Whiners huh? Didn’t know that backing your favorite team was whining. Oh well, guess you’ll just have to keep being irritated because Bronco nation isn’t going to stop talking about our team ever and that you can count on.

  47. waynefontes says: Jul 29, 2011 10:04 AM

    “….. because Bronco nation isn’t going to stop talking about our team ever and that you can count on.”

    That’s not hard to believe.
    “Have you even come and checked out the blue? Probly not and that’s why you think you should be able to have an opinion.”

    Seriously? You have to travel to somewhere to be able to have an opinion on it?

    You should really think before you type.

    Your turf is bush league, just like your schedule.

    At least one of those will somewhat improve fairly soon.

  48. secgreatness says: Jul 29, 2011 11:41 AM

    I could care less about a field’s color. My argument about Boise has always been their Schedule and the level of competition they CONSISTENTLY PLAY. Yes you have beaten VT, and Oregon, TCU, and OU but have lost to TCU, Washington, East Carolina, and Nevada. So for Every OU win you throw at me, I’ll retaliate with a Nevada loss. For every TCU victory your throw out there, I’ll respond with a TCU loss as well. For every Oregon team you beat there’s an East Carolina or Washington you lost to.

    So Bush League because of field color? I don’t care,

    Bush League because of competition? Yes!! very much so.

    If Boise Played a SEC, BIG-10, BIG-12, PAC-10 Schedule, they would never break the top 15 matter of fact I would be shocked if they went above 8-5. Why? Because you’re not playing teams once a year, you’re actually playing 6-7 different SEC teams, PAC-12 teams, Big-10/12 teams ALL IN THE SAME YEAR WEEK-TO-WEEK. Boise has never done that, more than likely never will. But until they do I and many others will always feel this way.

    Boise doesn’t deserve all this hype, however it’s not their fault they are getting it. So ride it while it’s hot.

  49. dkhhuey says: Jul 29, 2011 1:44 PM

    @sec – spot on mate!!!

  50. edgy and imtalking are one in the same says: Jul 29, 2011 2:46 PM

    wow secgreatness, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but you are 100% correct in all posts lol

  51. corvusrex96 says: Jul 30, 2011 9:14 AM

    I like how they claim Boise’s schedule is weak yet the SAME BCS schools won’t play them home and home.

    It must go like this …..
    PAC-12 /SEC/Big 12 coach to a recruit

    “Don’t go to Boise b/c they don’t play anybody”

    Same PAC-12 /SEC/Big 12 coach to his AD

    ” Don’t every put Boise on our schedule “

  52. boisestatewhodat says: Jul 31, 2011 9:01 AM

    BOO!! Like a blue big foot!!

  53. hijackthemic says: Jul 31, 2011 5:20 PM

    Well if even JOHN TAYLOR thinks they should move beyond the gimmick, then you know it’s played out. I mean the great John Taylor, he wrote this f****** article, can you believe how lucky you are just read his words? I mean I’m talking THE John Taylor here!

  54. Deb says: Aug 2, 2011 11:33 PM

    Can’t believe I missed this article, but at least I arrived in time to tell hijackthemic that if you don’t want to read the great John Taylor, find another Web site. You sound like a moron.

    And grownup football teams play on grownup green fields. If Boise State wants to be taken seriously, the team needs to stop acting like a Pop Warner squad.

  55. cbhawk89 says: Aug 5, 2011 1:22 PM

    This whole argument is ridiculous. Has anyone considered that the people least likely to be affected by the turf/uniform color would be the players themselves? They are standing m/l perpendicular to the playing surface, so there would be a backdrop of some other color as the look at their blue clad opponents. For a player to “lose” another player on the field because of field/turf colors is a ridiculous assertion.

  56. cbhawk89 says: Aug 5, 2011 1:39 PM

    Here is a simulation that demonstrates my point:

  57. broncobrick says: Aug 23, 2011 1:23 PM

    Wow, Amazing that if you can’t dicount the team. You have to go after something. Blue turf. That your problem. If your looking at the turf when your playing football. That might be the reason why your scard to play the Broncos. This is a Hell of a football program. They beat people on there own turf. No matter what the color. What part of. Play anyone any where and you don’t have to return the favor. Do you not get. Time for you to change your turf.

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