There was something surreal Friday about watching the lead story on the ESPN sports shouting shows (I'd refer to them as sports talk shows, but they're actually just SHOUTING MATCHES) from the very exact location where the lead story originates. I'm speaking of course, about the Wrigleyville Classic, "Wallgate" and the afternoon hours I spent in the waiting room of the Chicago … [Read more...] about ESPN Gameday, Media Circus has Now Left Town
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By now you've heard all about the whole end zone problem and decision to have both teams use the same end zone. The college football game being played between the Northwestern Wildcats and the Illinois Fighting Illini will now be unique, one for the history books even. … [Read more...] about Erin Andrews Talks About Wrigley Field College Football Controversy (Video)
According to ESPN Chicago, and ESPN 1000, they'll only be using one end zone tomorrow at the Wrigleyville Classic, the game between Illinois and Northwestern at Wrigley Field. This is due to space constraints and safety concerns. This in-state Big Ten rivalry game, the quirkiest game in all of college football just became quirkier, and more of a novelty. … [Read more...] about Only Using One End Zone at Wrigleyville Classic Tomorrow!
A bowl game in Chicago? Well, it certainly will be a bowl game type environment when the Northwestern Wildcats host the Illinois Fighting Illini, their bitter instate rival, in the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic at Wrigley Field. The Friendly Confines, home of Major League Baseball's Chicago Cubs, last hosted a football game on Dec. 13, 1970. Kickoff is set for 2:35 p.m. … [Read more...] about Bowl Atmosphere coming to Wrigley Field for Illinois-Northwestern
The Big Ten announced today game times for 2010 conference Homecoming games. The Fighting Illini will play at Penn State on Oct. 9 at 11 am CT, at Michigan State on Oct. 16 at 11 am CT and home on Oct. 23 against Indiana, also at 11 am CT. The Illinois Homecoming on Oct. 23 will be the 100th Homecoming celebration on the UI Campus. In addition, Illinois and Wisconsin have … [Read more...] about Illinois, Northwestern Announce Scheduling Updates
By Paul M. Banks and Paul Schmidt Obviously, there have been bigger games than this between Indiana and Illinois lately. A match-up between one probable NIT team and a no postseason team isn't exactly the biggest case on the docket today. But there have been some REALLY BIG games in the history of rivalry. And here are some fun facts about these two programs and this … [Read more...] about Illinois-Indiana: A More Prestigious Rivalry Than You Think
By Paul M. Banks So #25 Northwestern has their first ranking in 41 years, and loses to Illinois in overtime, but this is a chance for a statement game here. A win over #11 MSU and the Wildcats would likely keep their ranking. This is a game of magnitude, why isn't Erin Andrews here? … [Read more...] about Michigan St. vs Northwestern Live Blog