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The most well-liked playing surface in the NFC North is at Detroit's Ford Field, according to a series of voting results released Thursday by the NFL Players Association. The least favorite? Minnesota's multi-use FieldTurf.
That's the upshot from the union's annual poll of players conducted during the season. The NFLPA broke out the results into four categories: Best artificial surfaces, worst artificial surfaces, best grass fields and worst grass fields. In each case, the voting between best and worst wasn't necessarily in reverse order. I presume that discrepancy can be attributed to each stadium evoking opposing but passionate responses from different players.
(Try it sometime. Rank the NFL's starting quarterbacks from best to worst. Then -- without looking -- rank them from worst to best. I bet the lists aren't reversible.)
After agonizing for hours -- or, well, a few minutes -- I decided on the following is the easiest way to present the data:
BEST ARTIFICIAL (13 total)
WORST ARTIFICIAL (13 total)
11. Detroit (tied with Seattle)
BEST GRASS (18 total)
7. Green Bay
WORST GRASS (18 total)
5. Green Bay
A couple thoughts on these rankings: