Wrigleyville Classic, NU vs Illini @ Wrigley Field

I remember my grandfather telling me stories of watching the Bears play at Wrigley Field.  For anyone in their 40s or younger, football at Wrigley is most likely a foreign concept,  even though the Bears played there for close to 50 years…yes 50! (1921-1970). Wrigley Wiki page.  On Saturday, November 20th 2010, the Northwestern Wildcats hosted the Fighting Illini at historic Wrigley for the first time since 1923.

There are many who were probably wondering why the Bears were able to play for 50 years without having to use ONE endzone.  Back then, the field was laid out north & south.  Since those days, permanent new seating has been added on the south end near the dugouts, making it impossible to lay the field down this direction.

Even I made a big deal about the officials deciding to use one endzone, but in reality, in made no difference at all.  Late in the first quarter, everyone’s worst fears were realized when NU made an interception and ran it back for a touchdown into the “danger zone”.  See photo. Not to worry, no players were injured on the play. Overall, I had a great time watching the game and what a game it was.  Illinois beat Northwestern 48-27 with IL’s running back putting up an incredible 330 yards on the ground.

In recent weeks, Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, has been asking taxpayers to pony up $200 Million dollars to pay for renovations at Wrigley. After spending the day there, I’d say it’s definitely needed.  I’m torn on the issue however, partly because I’m a diehard Sox fan, but mostly because I support government tightening it’s belt.  Aside from those reasons however, and as much as I love my White Sox, it’s a fact that Wrigley Field is good for Chicago.  Along with Fenway Park in Boston, Wrigley is a historic landmark and a major league baseball shrine.  I’d be willing to bet many baseball fans from around the country plan vacations to Chicago during the summertime,  just to go to a Cubs game.  Pains me to say it, but I would probably support a Wrigley Field bailout.

I feel very lucky to have gone to this game, with the bailout in doubt and the one endzone fiasco, it may be a long shot for something like this to happen again.

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