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Game day is every day

February 13, 2020By
Football in stadium (Photo: Marcus Millo/iStock / Getty Images Plus/Getty Images)

The Kansas City Chiefs won the Super Bowl last night. I’m still in disbelief. The gas station and the grocery store were both sold out of the Kansas City Star. I better submit this column soon so I can go find a copy … I have a strange relationship with the Chiefs. My dad introduced me to the NFL when... read more

Toro, NFL call on students to prep Super Bowl XLIX field

October 2, 2014By

For the 13th year, The Toro Co. and the NFL are giving college students a shot at preparing the playing field for the Super Bowl. The Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program aims to enhance the skills of emerging sports turf professionals through hands-on experience. This year, one student will be shipped to Glendale, Ariz., Jan. 24 to work alongside... read more

Fantasy football teaches 5 building blocks for business leaders

February 1, 2012By

It finally happened! It took two decades, but I eventually won the outlaws’ (inlaws’) McNamara Fantasy Football League this year! Strike that. Actually, we won it — “we” being our oldest son, Mickey (17), me (the clueless Old Man helping run the front office) and the talented team we drafted, refined and fielded on a weekly basis. A perennial bench... read more

NFL players say grass still best

February 2, 2011By

By: Ron Hall NFL players overwhelmingly prefer to play on natural grass, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) “2010 Playing Surfaces Opinion Survey” for 2010 reaffirms. This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Almost since the introduction of artificial turf, including the latest generations of turf, professional football players have preferred playing surfaces of natural grass. The players’ concern is understandable. The NFLPA says the... read more

Study says NFL athletes more likely to suffer knee and ankle injuries on FieldTurf

March 13, 2010By

NEW ORLEANS — Pro football players are more likely to suffer certain types of knee and ankle injuries on an artificial turf called FieldTurf than on natural grass, a new study contends. Researchers analyzed data from the 2002-2008 National Football League seasons and found that teams playing on FieldTurf had an 88% higher rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and a... read more

Maintenance suggestions for transition zone sports fields

May 14, 2009By

By: Bob O’Quinn Professional athletes put a lot of value in well maintained natural grass playing surfaces and on the individuals who keep those fields in good condition. According to the “2008 NFL Players Playing Surfaces Opinion Survey,” the vast majority of NFL athletes prefer natural grass fields because, as their statistics indicate, grass fields provide increased career longevity and minimize... read more