Sunday morning, several hours before Super Bowl LVII, the United States Golf Association (USGA) took to Twitter to brag about the very special turf they had developed for the big game.
“The grass making its debut today at #SBLVII was developed by USGA-funded research, and is the same turf on which you’d play 18!” the USGA shouted.
“The turf is Tahoma 31 and it’s among the newer breeds of grass that have been developed with the funding of the United States Golf Association,” ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss wrote. “Tahoma 31 is a mix of two types of Bermuda grasses and rye grass, and it was developed at Oklahoma State University under the watchful eye of Dr. Yanqi Wu. He started the process of creating Tahoma 31 in 2006, when he crossed China Bermuda grass and African Bermuda grass. A year later, the seeds were harvested and the grass was tested and studied all over the country until 2018.
“The result was a grass that’s good enough for the Super Bowl.”
Cure the O RLY? memes.
The USGA wasn’t the only group who peacocked before Super Bowl LVII about the turf that was going to be used in the game. So did Oklahoma State University.
The Super Bowl is being played on #okstate turfgrass! 🏈
See what ESPN has to say about the special variety of turf 👇https://t.co/AP99GgHxA1
— Oklahoma State Univ. (@okstate) February 12, 2023
“Nope, that’s not heaven — it’s the Super Bowl field,” sports entrepreneur and investor Joe Pompliano also bragged in a Twitter thread espousing the greatness of the Super Bowl LVII turf.
And Golf Digest…
As you watch the Eagles play the Chiefs at State Farm Stadium, thank the USGA, which helped develop the turf being used at the big game.
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) February 12, 2023
So that’s who we have to “thank,” huh?
After the game, several Eagles and Chiefs players did anything but “thank” the USGA.
Eagles left tackle Jordan Mailata said the field was “like playing on a water park.”
Eagles defensive end Haason Reddick said “it’s the worst field I ever played on.”
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid blamed the turf for injuries to Harrison Butker and Trent McDuffie during the game.
Needless to say, the internet, which never forgets, was quick to pounce on the USGA and others’ tweets bragging about the turf before the game.
Turf designed to easily divot may not be ideal for football…🤔 https://t.co/cOQhfVOsRB
— IT Guy (@ITGuy1959) February 13, 2023
“Let’s all take a moment to consider the differences between the games of golf and football,” another fan tweeted. “I’ve personally never had to run a dig on a fairway.”
apparently one can skate on it too
— From Little Acorns (@golfgate) February 13, 2023
Even professional golfers Luke Donald and Steve Flesch got in on the fun.
“Years in the making and these guys are slipping all over on it. Maybe good for golf but terrible for football,” Flesch tweeted.
— Phil (@PMT703) February 13, 2023
“Congrats? Your grass is the slipperiest! 🏆” someone else tweeted.
why would you admit this freely
— parker, extremely v e r i f i e d (@statsowar) February 13, 2023