Tue, 5 Feb 2013|
The Chicago Tribune Live panel breaks down what the partnership between the Cubs and Northwestern means for both sides - 2/5
Two entities are going to put games there football lacrosse soccer. Baseball softball to multi year deal five football games expect to be part of this deal what's your take on this because it's obviously an iconic stadium. We had problems when Illinois northwestern played if you don't use one end zone but if they renovate. Separate Wrigley they're going to be able bit fit they set a team that's. Football field in their comfortable. In theory it's great idea I think emerges to. Does that make sense from this course -- standpoint. I think he creates a little bit more buzzer on the north course in game that might not always have it yeah I think it's a bit of a calculated risk. Because it it is based on the assumption that the renovation is going to come off. Successfully on time and all those things. Arm and you know it brings up you know into the from the last game which was just a little bit of an embarrassment because it got caught. At the last minute they had to play one way football and that was very bizarre -- but I think again in theory. This is a very. Exciting thing for sports fans because you know any time you get a chance to to feature Wrigley Field and that not in October I guess I don't wanna play in October this is going to be November -- October could be. -- when he's going -- a decision that did you did you. -- that. And I made sure that was part of but then October was that book for baseball absolutely -- -- today I mean I think it's you broadcast on the cats -- -- -- and I think it's it makes a lot of sense and obviously makes a lot of sense because from from both sides. Wrigley Field is and as David -- iconic ballpark. They wanna use different opportunities to bring in other sports which they're gonna do in this scenario and I think from northwestern perspective it brings buzz two games. That they're playing that may not get as big -- buzz otherwise and listen I -- you have to give. Pat Fitzgerald in the football program a ton of credit what they've been able to accomplish winning the Gator Bowl was huge but. When they play that game against Illinois despite the end zone controversy of what not. That was a huge deal in Chicago people were talking about it it felt like a bowl game being there. I don't think I you know when I was in college my team so -- so I've not seen college football atmosphere like what I saw at Wrigley Field that day but they're. Played five games this part of this new deal once a year and does that take away our me you know as itself every year -- is its own feel and every season has its own sort of bugs and yeah I think that because once a year than not there'll be some novelty that wears -- also talked image I get a bowl game at some point well yeah I've that and a I don't know how you I don't know I need -- -- with the New York why they do it a Yankee days in yes I pinstripes well but it it's a bigger stadium. To I think that you get more seats. For more people in the seats there to. That's ambitious. I wouldn't say no to it I think I -- what you like about this too is that. It's creative. They brought Ball State here is the Mac champion -- at Wrigley there cannot be there I would be honest I like Hartnell got a way to know in the same -- an hour and I've been using the sort of court don't think you do with the Cubs in the Bears and I can justify it because I'm alone no question the no question that was a vendor that I'm -- Not a guy you can't say no to any thing. About a bowl game at Wrigley because the thinking outside the box and you like to see that northwestern Jim Phillips to the great job there being creative. In the cubs' third you know I think creative as well. -- of the Chicago's Big Ten team branding. That's a way to do it had to played iconic ballpark like that's.