Even in Pittsburgh, playoffs are mind-over-sloppy-turf-matter games

A level playing field is the goal in the playoffs, of course. But a playing surface that isn't affected by rain and snow and mud takes some of the fun of football away, writes John Helyar.

Originally Published: January 3, 2008
By John Helyar | ESPN.com

The Jacksonville Jaguars' Fred Taylor thinks the turf at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field is "terrible" and "ridiculous" and "a lawsuit pending."

The Pittsburgh Steelers' president, Art Rooney II, thinks that's just swell. The more the Jags stew about the field on which they'll meet the Steelers in Saturday night's AFC wild-card playoff game, the more home-field advantage Rooney's team enjoys.

"If people come in thinking these aren't ideal conditions and that's always in the ...

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