At least Zook’s team won’t literally run into a brick wall.

If today were April 1st, I’d assume this to be a joke, but since it’s mid-November, I’ll take it at face value.

Earlier this week we posted a couple of photos that showed how snug a fit the football field inside Wrigley Field for this week’s game between Northwestern and Illinois was.  I had mentioned that there was no amount of padding that could be placed on the brick walls in the east end zone that would save a player should he run full-speed into them.

Seems that both schools have figured this out as well.  Now, it’s too late to move the game back to Northwestern’s campus, so they’ve decided on the next best thing.

Only one end zone will be used during the game on Saturday.

Can’t wait to see who loses his/her job over this.



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24 responses to “At least Zook’s team won’t literally run into a brick wall.

  1. Kevin

    wait… wait… what?

    what about ints? what about punt returns? they gonna flip it on 4th downs? what about a fake?


  2. Go Dawgs!

    Slow. Clap.


  3. Bulldog Joe

    Somewhere, Dick Butkus and Mick Ditka are laughing their asses off.


  4. heyberto

    At first, I thought I no longer want to watch this game.. but I didn’t think it through and Kevin’s post now has my DVR set to record this game.


  5. East Cobb Devildawg

    I can’t believe they didn’t shoot for soldier field. I mean, it’s not like it’s used for football…..


  6. MT

    The big problem is them deciding to go away from the Bears’ layout when they played in Wrigley.

    The Saturday game goes from home to right field, while the original Bears layout went from home to left. Looking at the old picture in the Wikipedia page, there was enough room in both endzones in the old layout to not cause a real problem (and Wrigley is 2 feet deeper in left field)


    • Bulldog Joe

      Saw a game there as a kid.

      The endzones were only eight yards deep, a corner was cut out of the endzone on the first base line, there was no padding on the brick wall in the left field endzone , and the goal posts were on the goal line.

      Back when men were men.


      • Russ

        I read somewhere else that the Cubs extended the outfield stands (decreasing the field) in left since the Bears played there. That’s what is causing the current problem.

        And I agree….I wasn’t watching before, but I am now. I assume we’ll get Pam Ward in all her glory.


        • Will (the other one)

          Which is why I am thankful I can watch with the mute button on.


        • Bulldog Joe


          In the 1960s, the Cubs had only a catwalk connecting the bleachers to the grandstand.

          The door in the photo linked below opened directly onto the sidewalk on Waveland Avenue.


  7. The Original Cynical in Athens

    I was kind of excited about watching field goals being kicked out of the stadium, and the possibility that a drunk fan could pull a Jeffrey Maier and block a potential game winning field goal.

    Oh well, guess my excitement will have to wait for the glorious geniuses to plan a football Beanpot at Fenway. Would be a riot to see the goal posts hung up on the Monster.


  8. Bulldog Joe

    How interesting would it be if they applied some half court basketball rules?

    Requiring each team to take it out past the fifty on each change of possession would make for some interesting reverses when a player brakes into the secondary.

    ..or how ’bout a little “Make it, Take it?”.


  9. Brad

    Losers Walk!

    I wonder if they will have the option to throw or kick for the kickoff?


  10. dboy

    That Blows for fans that have tix on that side of the field.


    • Silver Creek Doug

      I’m smelling a class action lawsuit here.

      If I had east end zone tickets for this game, I’d be throwing a shit fit the like of which haven’t been seen in years. I’ve spent how much money for a unique experience and now nothing will happen in my end of the field ON PURPOSE? I understand that it may be a dead game on my end due to happenstance, but not on purpose. And, since this is now public knowledge, I can’t dump my tickets for anything close to what I paid.

      Jim Delaney needs to be fired. Now.


      • Dog in Fla

        Delany would say that this shows how the Big 10 schools are so much smarter than the SEC schools because the Big 10 knows how to divide. Plus he didn’t want to have to put up with the world of sh!t that Notre Dame is in for letting someone associated with college football die needlessly rather than for a worthwhile cause.


  11. AmpedDawg

    Personally, I love it. It’s cooky, odd, and strange. Isn’t that what Big Ten football is all about?


  12. BMan

    Right on, AmpedDawg. They should hold the Big Ten championship game there when they begin having one., as long as it’s cold and they’re out in the elements. Delaney has reminded us all that the Big Ten is all about that. So what if the fans on the wrong side of the fifty don’t get to see as much of the game. The Big Ten…masters of dumbassery.


  13. Dog in Fla

    Wrigley will almost be like a half a bowl game for Ron