Boise State Banned from Wearing All Blue Uniforms on Blue Turf
Everyone knows there are teams in the college football world that take issue with the color of Boise State’s field turf. To many, it is seen as a competitive advantage. Some coaches have made an attempt to have the blue turf removed from Bronco Stadium while others have painted their own practice field blue in preparation for a game at Boise State. A hat manufacturing company, Zephyr, even decided to create a ridiculous hat that references the blue turf.
According to ESPN’s College Football Nation Blog via Deadspin, the Mountain West has decided to take some form of action. The turf can stay, but the all-blue uniforms must go during home games. Apparently it is believed that the uniforms make the Broncos invisible and give them an unfair advantage. They certainly can give viewers a headache.
“I thought it was ridiculous,” head coach Chris Petersen said. “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.”
Ridiculous it may be, but I can’t say I’m unhappy about it. The blue turf is tough enough to look at as is let alone throwing royal blue uniforms into the mix. As Deadspin’ Emma Charmichael pointed out, an argument could be made that the concept is the same as a team in all-green uniforms playing on a green surface. That’s a fair point, but I suppose you can say this is the price the Broncos will have to pay for joining the Mountain West.