Patriot Report is finally dusting off the holiday hangover and ready to get our heads out of the dirt.
Nick Cafardo continues his weird obsession with the field conditions at Gillette. Cafardo's inane musings began this summer when he continued his personal agenda against Coach Belichick by carrying water for deposed groundskeeper Dennis Brolin. Brolin whom Cafardo refers to as the "Michael Vick" of Groundskeepers, reported that Brolin(aka Vick) quit over a dispute with Belichick over how much fertilizer to use in the Red Zone. Below is a chat transcript of Cafardo from Boston.com last fall.
Question: Was Dennis Brolin immediately hired by another franchise to be in charge of their field? Is he currently working for another organization? The field has looked fine to me all season. Your comment about him being the "Michael Vick of groundskeepers" appears to be a major cheap shot at Belichick...I give you credit for always saying Belichick is a very good coach but this groundskeeper stuff makes me think you must find something to criticize him about? Your thoughts.
Cafardo: Dennis had enough of being told how to treat the field, and so he decided to start his own field construction business. Dennis would be hired in a heartbeat by a number of professional sports teams if he wanted to get back into that...One of the problems with Gillette is that there are too many events. The Revolution play there as well and the field looks chewed up. Last week it looked awful and even the players commented how bad it looked and felt. And the "groundskeeper stuff" you referred to is called reporting. Brolin informed me over the summer he was quitting because he had had enough. I'm not in this business to sweep those unpleasant stories under the rug. That's a legitimate news story.
Makes me think Cafardo might be on the Woodward and Bernstein path with this hard hitting "legitimate news story".
This week Cafardo goes back to his water bucket to write:
The playing surface at Gillette Stadium is a state-of-the-art mess. It's chewed up right down the middle, precisely the way the Patriots prefer it...With the next game at Gillette not until at least Jan. 10, there is plenty of time to do repairs, especially if the league orders new sod so the field will look presentable on TV. But the Patriots probably would just as soon do a little cosmetic landscaping and take their chances.
The Patriots are 8-0 on the their home field, and from the outset it hasn't been in great shape. Early in the season, concerts and professional soccer caused some problems. Now the snow and rain have made it a mess.
"Well whatever it is, it is," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick. "My job is to coach the team and get the team prepared to play and that is really where my focus is. Doing the fields isn't my strength. I think we all know at this point in the season in New England there is going to be a lot less growing than there is at other points in the year, and the field has had a lot of wear and tear. It is what it is."
Asked whether he could turn to owner Robert Kraft and ask why the field hasn't been re-sodded, Belichick answered, "That is not really what it is about. It is our home field. We are comfortable playing on it. The fans have been great. The atmosphere in our games has been good. Whatever we play on, we will show up and play on it. That is our attitude. I don't spend a lot of time worrying about it."
You would think Cafardo's highly placed sources in the Groundskeeping community would let him know that it's far more dangerous to attempt to resod the Gillette field than to do nothing. In the Northeast winters, the sod will end up being torn up in big clumps because the grass is dormant. You don't need to be the "Michael Vick" of Groundskeepers to know that. Hell, anyone can get this information at turface.com