REVEALED: NFL is ‘privately blaming the players’ choice of CLEATS’ for slippery Super Bowl LVII – after iconic ‘God of Sod’ groundskeeper, 94, was slammed by fans for poor preparation
- The NFL reportedly gave explanation for slippery conditions at Super Bowl LVII
- ‘God of Sod’ groundskeeper George Toma, 94, came under fire from fans
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The NFL is reportedly blaming incorrect footwear for the high level of slipping at Super Bowl LVII in February.
The conditions at Arizona’s State Farm Stadium were a significant issue during the Kansas City Chiefs’ 38-35 win over the Philadelphia Eagles with both teams’ players struggling to stay on their feet throughout the thrilling game.
The 94-year-old ‘God of Sod’ groundskeeper George Toma was blasted by fans for the state of the field but now the league has given an unofficial explanation, according to Pro Football Talk.
The report claims that when owners asked about the surface the NFL blamed the players’ choice of cleats in Glendale.
Some of the Eagles stars, who couldn’t get a handle on Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, actually did change their footwear during the halftime show, Fox4KC reported.
NFL is reportedly blaming incorrect footwear for the high level of slipping at Super Bowl LVII
The 94-year-old ‘God of Sod’ groundskeeper George Toma was blasted by fans for the surface
Toma, who was honored prior to the start of Super Bowl LVII with a ‘Sodfather’ top, has prepared 57 Super Bowl games throughout his legendary career.
‘I’m here to give the players the best possible condition to play on a safe playing field and then some,’ Toma said in February ahead of his final big game, via Fox News.
However, a growing number of football fans on Twitter were glad to see the back of the league’s longest-serving groundskeeper, who was there for Super Bowl I in 1967.
‘George Toma you’ve lost your touch,’ a fan wrote online.
‘The Sod Father George Toma is going out with broken ankles and lots of paint. Txts from a SB party,’ a different NFL fan shared.
‘George Toma should NOT want to be associated with this SB,’ another supporter said after the groundskeeper revealed that he personally thought that the grass at this year’s Super Bowl was the second-best grass at any Super Bowl game in NFL history.
‘#SuperBowl Looks like Georgia Toma laid a goose egg in his turf finale,’ a football fan tweeted in criticism of the 94-year-old.
NFL fans took to Twitter to slam State Farm Stadium’s field conditions and Toma as well
‘I’m just saying but flaunting that George Toma has been a groundskeeper for the Super Bowl and this is his last year being one may not be the best storyline after watching that kicker almost break his ankle,’ another person shared online.
The fan was referring to Harrison Butker’s miskick following his first field goal attempt with 2:27 to go in the first quarter. If the 27-year-old would have converted the Chiefs would have gone up 10-7.
‘They need to tell George Toma to retire!,’ an NFL fan said, slamming the turf’s condition.
‘What in the name of George Toma ”The God of Sod” is going on with this field? #theyhadonejob,’ a different football fan tweeted.
But one football fan seemed to have more compassion for one of the game’s longest servants than others.
One football fan tweeted that he hoped Super Bowl LVII game didn’t tarnish Toma’s legacy
‘George Toma is legendary with grass fields,’ he wrote. ‘This is supposed to be his last one before retirement.’
‘I hope his legacy isn’t tarnished because of this.’
Eagles’ Brandon Graham was not happy about the conditions: ‘You need that traction to be able to get off the block, and we were slipping a lot.
‘I don’t make excuses. I just know that that’s what was being talked about, us trying to get out of our own head a little bit, too.’