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The Cubs aren’t happy with the Big Ten’s decision to use one end zone in Wrigley

Nov 19, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

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Everyone I know who read the report about the Big Ten ruling that only one end zone will be used for tomorrow’s Illinois-Northwestern game in Wrigley Field had a chuckle about it.  The Cubs, however, are not laughing.  They issued a statement today that is about as close to “screw all y’all, OK?” as you’ll ever see in corporate communications:

“The Chicago Cubs are surprised by the Big Ten’s last-minute statement regarding changes for tomorrow’s Northwestern-Illinois football game at Wrigley Field. Let there be no doubt: the safety of the student-athletes has been – and remains – the number one priority since the concept of this game was first discussed more than a year ago, and all parties have gone to complete lengths to ensure student-athlete safety for this contest.

“The essential item in our negotiations to host the football game at Wrigley Field was obtaining approval of both universities and the Big Ten for the field dimensions as related to player safety issues. The field dimension layout was delivered to the Big Ten approximately eight months ago and was approved by the conference. Last month, the field was built exactly to the dimensions previously approved by the Big Ten. Last week, a Big Ten official performed an on-site visit at Wrigley Field, participated in a field walk-thru and raised no issue with the field dimensions, painted lines and boundaries previously approved by the Big Ten.

“This game would not have been scheduled if it did not pass the strict and meticulous standards of everyone involved, a process that began more than a year ago. All are in agreement Wrigley Field is a safe venue to host a football game. Other baseball parks, including tomorrow night’s game in Yankee Stadium, feature similar football field-to-venue grid dimensions and rule changes are not considered for football games played in other baseball parks.

“We have reached out to the Big Ten to further discuss the playing field. While we are surprised by this morning’s last-minute statement, all agree that tomorrow will be an historic event and a wonderful experience for the fans, the schools and the student-athletes.”

I love that last part.  It’s basically: “you liars are all worse than the black plague, but yes, I’m sure tomorrow will be all historic and peachy.”

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Nov 19, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    F*ck you! F*ck you! F*ck you! You’re cool. F*ck you. I’m out.

  2. Utley's Hair - Nov 19, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    Nothing a cool $200-300 million from taxpayers can’t fix, right?

  3. Adam - Nov 19, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    How in the hell do you play a football game with one end zone?

  4. kmgannon - Nov 19, 2010 at 11:21 PM

    This reminds me of ‘losers walk’ when we played football in the vacant lot next door years ago. you score, the other team has to walk to the other end for the kickoff.

    It was charming in the vacant lot; a nationally-televised college game, not so much.

    • frug - Nov 19, 2010 at 11:37 PM

      Car…. GAME ON!

  5. ocgunslinger - Nov 20, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    This ought to be a game to not watch unless one wants to observe first hand the consequences of stupidity.

    • Old Gator - Nov 20, 2010 at 12:03 PM

      A lot like the last election, no?

  6. macjacmccoy - Nov 20, 2010 at 4:05 PM

    what happens if the defense gets and interception do they have to run all the way to the 1 yard line and then turn around and run to the other endzone to score a td? Or do they stop everyone mid play tell them to hurry up and switch sides of the field get back to the same exact spot they were and start the play again mid way through? Its asinine I dont get it.

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