Chicago’s Parks District and the Bears should be ashamed of themselves – Soldier Field’s playing surface looked like a driving range ahead of the Bears’ first preseason game today


Humans have been planting grass for hundreds of years. It started as a flex by aristocrats to rub the faces of peasants that they had so much money and land they could afford to “waste” on just grass rather than plants for food production . It was a status symbol.

Players, coaches and fans complaining about the playing surface at Soldier Field is nothing new.

Last week, Bears kicker Cairo Santos criticized his upkeep and pointed out that his durability was quite important to the notion of kicking on the field.

“Especially Week 1, our first game of the season,” Santos said, via Jason Leiser of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I’ve seen better. That’s just what we have to deal with. The less you make a problem out of it in your mind, the more it helps you get over it and get going.

The worst field conditions in the NFL are so bad that Santos said he trains in poorly maintained public parks in Florida to prepare him for what he faces at Soldier Field.

“I was going to a grass court at a high school, which was perfect,” Santos said. “It was almost like, ‘OK, I’m getting too comfortable.’ So in my neighborhood there’s a football field, and the grass is Bermuda grass. It’s really long. I was like, ‘Okay. It’s more like that.’

“The ball flies differently. It’s not great even all the time. . . . It is important to put yourself in this situation.

It’s so laughable it’s sad.

I blogged last season after Adam Schefter tore his knee slipping on Soldier Field, calling it the worst playing conditions in professional sports.

Washington fans were quick to jump on this claim and defend their shitty stadium, FedEx Field, claiming that they actually had the worst sports ground. (I guess when you’re that bad you’ll take any title). But I still maintain that Soldier is worse.

I mean we’re talking about pre-season game 1 here. The only action this turf has seen this summer has been a few friendly football matches and an Elton John concert. Still, the pitch looks like Riggs and Trent just played 36. Pathetic.

These are just a few of the luxuries you enjoy as a member of the Chicago Bears. You can play 8 games per season on turf maintained by city employees in the Chicago Parks District (true story). That’s just another reason the McCaskeys are going after this fucking dumpster fire.

I know that’s never gonna happen because football players are badass, but if I’m the Chiefs, or someone worth shitting on with the Bears, I’ll take a look to that pitch and I’m like “yeah, no thanks. We’re not playing on that. Make a real statement and have the Bears/City of Chicago clean up.

Public shaming on Twitter and on the stool does nothing.

ps- I feel boring always tying things to the Patriots, but I met Roosevelt Colvin once at a postgame party and spun shit with him about coming from Chicago to Foxboro . He said it was a culture shock that took him months to get used to. Everything from how the practices were handled (zero wasted time, he said the Patriots did more and accomplished more in a single practice than his Bears defenses could in a week). He said Tuesday’s meetings in New England looked “presidential” and everyone knew when they walked into the room, the phones were off, conversations ended and everyone was there to work. I asked how it was different from Halas Hall and he just laughed and said night and day. Just like a tot fish from head to bottom, it all starts at the top. Clown owners hire clown booths, who hire head clown trainers, etc., etc. All this city wants is a successful football team. Chicago is a Bears city. When the bears are fair decent this place comes to life and is electric. Bears fans have been through hell for decades and deserve much better.



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