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Wrigley Field looks like a pretty terrible place to play a football game

Nov 16, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

Preparing Wrigley

As I mentioned yesterday, they’re tearing up Wrigley Field so Illinois can play Northwestern there on Saturday.  I put this under the category of Bad Idea Jeans if for no other reason than — based on the picture in this article in the Chicago Tribune — any receivers who get a ball thrown to them deep in the end zone are taking their life in their hands. Yeah, there’s padding there, but there are bricks under it, and I can’t feature that feeling very good.

And how about that purple marquee?  If the Cubs decide to call me back for comment on that whole tax dollars thing, I’ll ask them how uglying-up the iconic sign fits with their request to restore the public institution that is Wrigley Field with public money.

  1. Jonny 5 - Nov 16, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    How dare they paint that marquee purple? That’s just taking things too far. The Cubbies at least use red in their uniforms, unless they’re switching up to purple accents??? Did someone’s daughter get involved in design here or what? It’s a historical landmark and it’s getting painted purple? Really?

    • fivetoolmike - Nov 16, 2010 at 11:51 AM

      The marquee gets re-painted every year. The Blackhawks played there and they re-did everything in Blackhawks colors. It’s not a big deal, really.

      • Jonny 5 - Nov 16, 2010 at 12:17 PM

        That makes me feel better. After I posted I figured it was temporary for the football team. Duhh.

  2. Kevin S. - Nov 16, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Dear Craig,

    Screw you.

    Sincerely, Northwestern alum.

    • Kevin S. - Nov 16, 2010 at 11:00 AM

      And for the record, this is all about expanding Northwestern athletics’ influence in the Chicago sports scene. We’ve generally had a pretty decent team the past fifteen years, but the Bears continue to sell out while they blow ass, and we can only fill our stadium when OSU, PSU or Wisconsin fans travel.

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 16, 2010 at 11:36 AM

        Maybe they should’ve gotten a team that didn’t suck quite as bad as Illinois to play, so maybe the Wrigley aspect would have pushed the game onto a higher profile viewing on ESPN or something.

      • Kevin S. - Nov 16, 2010 at 12:39 PM

        Look at their schedule this year. Iowa always travels well (so they couldn’t give up the extra seats), and Michigan State was homecoming (again, needed the capacity). Further, they couldn’t schedule this until after the World Series anyway (save your Cub futility jokes, please). There just weren’t that many options for teams to bring in.

      • Utley's Hair - Nov 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM

        A lot of planning and variables go into these schedules, so I’m sure something could’ve been tweaked to make it work. Like why did it have to be Wrigley? I understand the whole thing about the history of the Confines and everything, but how often do the Wildcats play at Soldier? Less to do there to get ready for a college football game—and you could make it Iowa, Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, etc.

        Publicity stunts like this sometimes make no sense—unless they are planned pretty damn well, which this doesn’t appear to have been planned very well. It d oesn’t look like there will be a whole lot of return on the investment.

  3. wonkypenguin - Nov 16, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Someone might try a Wrigley Leap without wanting to.

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