Bears slapped with ‘illegal towel’ penalty for wiping rainy field for point


Soldier Field was so sloppy with rain on Sunday that rookie gambler Trenton Gill pulled out a towel to wipe a spot on the field before a field goal attempt. But the refs weren’t happy about it.

Before halftime, while the Bears were aiming for a 47-yard field goal, the rain continued to plague the game. The entire Chicago area had to contend with rain all day Sunday, without much of a break.

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Gill may have been hoping to clean a spot before kick, but the refs cited Gill for illegally using a towel on the pitch.

Here was the call:

However, the strange punishment comes along with years of complaints about the grass at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

While the rain this weekend was unusual due to its duration and stubbornness – SB Nation noted players slipping and sliding and camera lenses were blurry all day – players have been complaining about the pitch for years.

The situation was likely a disappointment to stadium officials who thought they had a major solution to the turf problem.

Last week, Soldier Field groundskeepers were pleased to announce that they had installed a new Bermuda sod that would end all complaints.

That all went down on Sunday under an ocean of cold Chicago rain.

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