Sheffield Ave is one way

I think the Big Ten had a case of Winter Classic envy when shoehorning Saturday’s Northwestern-Illinois game into Wrigley Field. Wrigley is, well, intimate. Witness the end of the end zone and what would usually be the right field wall. The quest for unique surroundings will have them playing offense in just one direction, so nobody runs into the right field wall too fast. That should be a sight.

According to a statement on yahoo, the Big Ten is working with:

The following rule changes were determined to be the best of all options and will be in effect for this game only based on the unique layout of the field.

1) All offensive plays will head toward the West end zone, including all extra points and all overtime possessions.

2) All kickoffs will be kicked toward the East end zone.

3) After every change of possession, the ball will be repositioned for the offense to head toward the West end zone.

4) As a result of a coin toss held by the conference office Friday morning, Illinois will occupy the West team bench in the first half and Northwestern will occupy the West team bench in the second half and for all overtime periods.

Only time that possession changes will be watched when scoring isn’t done. I guess. Not to be outdone, Notre Dame went big time to take on Army in Yankee Stadium.

No spacial issues there. Sightlines from the third base side might just be a little better in the Bronx


It’s not the Coach, it’s not the GM, it’s well, a little bit of everybody

Can we all just agree that Lindy is a good coach and that if given the right reign, Darcy is a good GM? C’mon, Larry, remove the handcuffs, give em a budget and let’em alone. Darcy didn’t suddenly get stupid. Left to his own devices, he’s found Doug Gilmour, J.P. Dumont, Briere and Drury and many others. If it was up to him, Drury would still be here.

My only concern about John Madden’s retiring has more to do with the future of his video game than NBC’s broadcasts, which have about six too many guys on it anyway.

The hullabaloo over the schedules being out. I don’t understand it. People are peeved about a division game being moved to Toronto. Personally I think the NFL did us a favor by moving the Jets up north, eh. I’m sure the NFL Network will find a local outlet to resale.

I think the Bills did themselves a favor in regards to Jason Peters. Other stars who actually showed up and are either doing new contracts or just completing them weren’t commanding those numbers. With his vacancy, the Bills have an issue, but not nearly the problem another hold out could have been.

That whole thing with contracts is still a wonder. Why have one if you are prone to whinning for a new one. What is up with that? What made this okay? Shouldn’t you honor the contract, then see about the next one?

Bisons are at least looking good in their new threads while they suck. Given the parent club, they might suck on SNY before too long.

The stadium count is rendering Major League Baseball into the NFL stratosphere. With the hooha about the new Yankee Stadium, I did get a chuckle out of the Yankees getting pasted by three touchdowns on national tv.

Evil, like that.