what this guy fails to realize is that the venue would have been a disadvantage for the pats had the colts taken care of business, which they didn't. maybe they shouldn't have flubbed the season opener.
field/court conditions are a fact of life in any sport. anyone remember the dead spots in boston garden? should we make the rockies play at sea level? put a dome on giants stadium to account for the wind?
who wants a bunch of uniform, cookie cuter stadiums? should every baseball stadium be of the same dimensions?
The point is that the front office has decisions to make. do you tailor the team to the turf, and look to annialate your home games, and win your share on the road? do you tailor your team to run and play d -- perhaps losing a couple of early season games in good weather, in order to have an advantage later (don't tell me the ny giants don't do this)
its all a part of your strategy. I think the pats really have it dead on. build with balance in mind. good personell on each side, but you don't load up either way, keep the team hard to "peg".
in my mind, football is a game that was built with the outdoors in mind -- the games that developed with football -- soccer, rugby, aussie rules football all play outside. what reason other than some abstract sense of "fair" should it be played under controlled conditions?
you realize of course, that benefits the loudest fan base, right? with the way sound echos etc? each confers its advantages, and you live with the nature of your field.
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