February 3, 2008

Not your father's political spot



At 2/03/2008 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


too long for a super bowl spot... but be interesting if 1 politico takes a shot at a commerical today.
enjoy the game, go Bears... oh wait sorry...

At 2/03/2008 12:44 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Not to get to far afield, no pun intended, but I just found out something pretty amazing about the University of Phoenix Stadium where the Super Bowl is to be played.

In addition to having a completely retractible roof, the damn thing has the entire playing field, real grass mind you, on a sliding tray.

The over 2 acre field weighs nearly 19 MILLION pounds and stays outside in the sun when not in use.

It moves in and out of the stadium on 13 rail tracks on 546 steel wheels at the blazing speed of 11.5 feet per minute. It takes about an hour and 15 minutes to make the trip.

The enormous field is propelled by 1 h.p. motors mounted on 76 of the wheels. Only 76 h.p. moves the 9.5 ton field.

It contains a sophisticated irrigation system that can be programed, and the field retains an inch of water in the bottom of the tray while the field is in use to keep the grass moist.

The web site says it's the first of its kind in North America. (there's others??!)

Really amazing. Just slide an entire 94,000 sq. feet, 39 inch tall grass field inside to play football or soccer, and then slide it back outdoors into the sun to open up 160,000 sq. feet of floor space.

At 2/03/2008 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, that is pretty cool A retractable, sliding field. Where did you see that? Hey slightly OT: Do you ever watch shows like Modern Marvels on History Channel or "Dirty Jobs" on Discovery Channel?? It's cool stuff for those interested in technology.

At 2/04/2008 10:31 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Didn't mean to drag things off topic, but yeah, I tape Modern Marvels all the time. Watched Dirty Jobs several times, but don't anymore.

And I didn't hear this incredible mobile football field mentioned once during the entire Super Bowl broadcast.

By the way, I thought it was a GREAT game and I'm so glad the Giants won in the end. They out-played the Pats from start to finish.

And I thought 90% of the commercials, which I look foward to, were absolutely stupid, lame, unfunny, or simply made no sense whatsoever.

The Coke ads were good, as were one or two others. But beyond that, I kept wondering what the hell they were thinking? A guy dressed in a mouse suit bursting out of the way and beating the living crap out of some spanish guy for eating Doritos? What the hell?

Anyone else think so?


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