The Game Day part is the best part, in my opinion. Not only is this a disaster, it's a disaster that's receiving a ton of attention.
OT: Only one endzone to be used for NU/UI
in the "At what time do Kirk & Chris switch places" pool
I agree, College Gameday wouldn't have come within 100 miles of NU/UI if this game was played in Evanston. I am intrigued because this will be the first time in my life I get to see football played at one of the most historic venues in sports history. I'm not going to lie I'll be watching at 330 and the game at yankee stadium later on
With all the time NW had to plan this game, how do you mess it up?
The Illinois team is probably saying WTF?
....i didn't go to northwestern for architecture school, like i almost did.
has anyone ever taken a tape measure to dyche field, to see if it's actually 100 yards long?
"If you run past the trash can and the light pole you're out of bounds"
Milk and cookies and Nate's house at halftime. Maybe some video games is Nate's Mom isn't there.
Upcoming press release from ESPN: "College Gameday to air3 1/2 hour feature on poor planning Saturday at 3:30 ET."
There is a way to fit a full field into Wrigley. It's been done. On many occasions. Yet they decided to try to jam the field in on this orientation instead. Awesome. At least it's becoming must see TV with these bizarre decisions on layout and rules.
There is a way to fit a full field into Wrigley. It's been done. On many occasions.
No, there isn't.
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Wrigley has added seats and moved the stands in closer to the foul line since the last time they hosted a football game. So yeah, Wrigley used to be able to fit a football field, but it's obviously too small now.
You are correct.
I still think it's a cool idea to play at Wrigley field. Yes, it's lame that they have to change sides of the field with each change of possession, but whatever. It's better that than to have a player injured by RUNNING INTO A WALL. (Remember that Houston player who broke his leg on the cart positioned too close to the field? Wall > cart.) It's much, much better that they are being safe, and if I were a player I'd be perfectly fine only playing offense one way if I had a chance to play in a unique environment like Wrigley field.
And yes, for people who are asking how it will work, they are going to have teams change sides of the field for each change of possession:
All offensive plays will head toward the west end zone, including all extra points and all overtime possessions.
So wow, everyone relax and just enjoy the game for what it is - a fun game in a unique setting, where people are trying to keep the kids safe.
There is no way this can work. What do they do if a fumble or INT is going to be taken for a score?
The returner won't be going full speed or getting hit out of the back in the endzone, so there's no risk of injury there.
I never really noticed it before, but Tecmo Bowl and Ninja Gaiden clearly used the same musical composer.
'Make it,take it" will also be in full effect
from the Big Ten:
"Ok guys, we'll use the big Oak tree as that endzone and how about the storm drain for this endzone. Safety on ball!"
at least they are doing something in the interest of the players for once
honestly, did no one look at a blue print or a layout of the field until they put it in place?
i can't believe anyone approved that in the first place
Although, there might be a marketing genius behind this. How else are you going to get the the nation to watch Illinois/Northwestern. ZZzzzz. If it's on, I'm gonna tune in for a few series for the laughs.
It has been proven beyond a doubt that we are smarter than Northwestern.
flag football or 7 on 7 and get it over with.
What a joke....that, or like others have said: make the field 10-15% smaller.
Rest in peace, Harry Carey.
The game should have been Minnesota-Indiana and then they would only need zero endzones.
The only thing that would make this more of a disaster (read: even more hilarious) would be if it rained on Saturday and they had to deal with a mud pit on an uncrowned field.
I hadn't seen this one commented on, but it raises an interesting problem:
• All offensive plays will head toward the west end zone, including all extra points and all overtime possessions.
So, yeah. On a defensive touchdown, they will have to go all the way to the other end of the field just to kick the extra point.
• All kickoffs will be kicked toward the east end zone.
This is bad news. I was really looking forward to watching players fly into the padded wall, Arena Football (or American Gladiators) style.
I can't wait to watch this game and all the hilarity that is sure to ensue. Great planning.They really thought this one out for sure.
Every year I run into the same issues as the folks that set up Wrigley Field. In my backyard I'm a little short in yardage as well, so I just go straight from the 20-yard line to the 50. No big deal, and really , few people even notice because they're mesmerized by the lights. Having attended many, many games over the years, without question there are plenty of people attending the game tomorrow that wouldn't even notice if the 30 and the 40 yard lines were missing.
For the math wizards, its 1/2-scale. **Note: with 40-yards "removed" from the middle of the field, of course.
And yes, this was before the block M was painted on. My neighbors here in OH love me.
phenomenal set-up. I am seething with jealousy.
I'm now a lot more interested in watching this game than I was before. Seriously. (It would kind of suck to have tickets in the "no-offense" endzone, though.)
If I were in the east endzone, I'd be trying to trade up on my tickets.
That's pretty embarrassing.
To be honest, I thought the subject line of this post meant that in overtime ("OT"), they would use only one endzone -- that is, they wouldn't switch sides.
Just read the ESPN article though for the correct reading. This is really, really strange. But it has to be the right choice given the safety concerns. Although, I wonder how much it would have cost for the single game to change the physical infrastructure enough to give some space behind the end zone?
And, as others have pointed out, it's not like the endzone they are using is actually so safe...
I would hate to be the people who sit in the endzone that is blocked off. The action will be going away from them the whole game.
Looks safe to me.
By the way, what I really love about this game is that it has totally obscured Notre Dame's game at Yankee Stadium tomorrow. That game has been completely forgotten by most people.
I think part of that is due to the fact that Wrigley is historic and Yankee Stadium is not. The other part is that Notre Dame sucks.
The decision to play only one direction really pisses me off. I was planning to watch this game just because I thought the wall of death would add an interesting strategic element. Now it is just another boring game that I will ignore. Shame on whoever planned this and then chickened out. It's not like this wasn't understood from the beginning. The stadium did not shrink. Pussies.
Actually, the playing surface has shrunk since the last time football was played at Wrigley. The bleachers now extend forward further than they used to - which is what created the whole problem.
All I know is it's going to be really hard for the NU kids to lake the posts. Traffic on Addison is murder around game time and it's a much longer walk to the beach. Plus somebody could get hurt when they try to pass them over the bleacher wall onto Sheffield.
Its 2 completions for a 1st down, right?
Ok, with like 150 comments, I'm certainly not gonna add anything new. But I just got home from a long, long day and saw this news about using only one endzone. It got my blood boiling, so I felt the need to rant.
This fucking bullshit must stop. Playing in unique locations to make a buck, or whatever other dumbass reason they can come up with. Does anyone wanna see, say, UM/MSU at Comerica Park? FUCK NO. This UI/NU thing is just DUMB. Wrigley Field Capacity = 41160. NU Stadium = 47130. The travel distance is negligible. Why the hell did NU agree to this??? What new version of crack has come out that people smoked and came up with this dumbfuck idea??? And now..... because of pure idiocy on the part of everyone involved.... they have to CHANGE THE FUCKING RULES OF FOOTBALL in order to play the game there!!! How goddamn dumb is this????? How long, in the interest of making a fucking extra buck, will it be before they decide to have season-opening games played in.... oh, i dunno.... Dubai?? (Although, for some reason, I must say this sounds like something Notre Dame would agree to.)
This dumbassitude makes me want to tear my fingernails out one by one. AaaaaaahhhH!!!!!!
Ok, rant done. Thanks for reading.