Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:08 pm

Texas A&M is moving on from the Big 12

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Officially Texas A&M won't be a member of the SEC until July 1st. It appears the Aggies don't want to wait that long, however, especially now that the Big 12 buyouts have been agreed to. For evidence of this you need not look past the Twitter account of Texas A&M's equipment staff, who tweeted out this photo on Wednesday morning.

Not pictured are Texas A&M fans throwing out their cases of Shiner Bock in exchange for jars of moonshine, but change, unlike the effect of moonshine on the brain, is gradual. Give them time.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 11:10 am
Edited on: November 16, 2010 11:11 am

We have answers about Wrigley Field

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I posted that photo yesterday with some doubts in my head about its authenticity.  I had plenty of questions about whether or not those uprights were actually attached to the brick wall, and about how the ivy could look so green in mid-November and have Allstate logos so nicely placed on it.

Well, thanks to the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein, I now have the answers.   Turns out everything in that photo is real, except for the ivy itself.  You see, the uprights are attached to the brick wall, but that green ivy isn't actually ivy.  It's padding to look like ivy.

Why do they need the padding on the wall?  Well, look at this photo from Greenstein and do the math.

That's a tight fit.  Now, while it's nice, and the smart thing to do to put up the padding, I don't see how much it's going to help.  Go running into that end zone at full speed and see if the padding absorbs the blow of running head on into a brick wall.

Posted on: November 15, 2010 1:27 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 1:34 pm

Goalposts grow from ivy

Posted by Tom Fornelli

That's a rather odd photo of one of the end zones at Wrigley Field for this weekend's game between Northwestern and Illinois.  It seems that the football field is a tight fit in the old baseball stadium, and there wasn't enough room for the goalposts, so they had to be attached to the brick wall.  Though, to be honest, I'm not entirely convinced that this photo is real.  There's a few reasons for this.

First of all, I don't know how the ivy on the walls at Wrigley is still green this late into November.  I live in Chicago, and if that ivy is still actually green, it's just about the only plant in this city that is.  It usually starts dying in September, just like the team who usually calls Wrigley home.

There's also this Wrigley Field seating chart of the field from Lake the Posts that shows there should be more room behind the end zone than there currently is.

Though it's possible that the seating chart could be wrong.  After all, this other photo from Lake the Posts that shows the field from atop the right field bleachers does indicate that there isn't much room between the back of the end zone and the brick walls surrounding the field.

All I know is that if that photo is real, and there really is only that much space between the field and the wall, I wouldn't go running into the end zone all that hard on Saturday.  I mean, I can run through a brick wall, sure, but that doesn't mean it doesn't hurt.

Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:34 am

Photos: Take me out to the (college foot)ballgame

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

This being Veteran's Day, it's worth noting that one of the highlights of this year's service academy football schedules is the Nov. 20 meeting between Army and Notre Dame in New York, the first-ever college football game at the new Yankee Stadium. With the game now just nine days away, it was time this week to give the stadium its gridiron makeover, and we'd say the new look looks mighty fine on it :

For video of the process that produced the above, click here . As fascinating as the venue promises to be, however, it won't even be the only traditional baseball stadium hosting college football that day. Also playing that day are Northwestern and Illinois , and they'll be meeting at Wirgley Field. How does Wrigley look like with its football lines in place? Like so :

Neither game promises to match up ranked teams or have much bearing on any conference or BCS races. But with settings this unique, we'll be tuning in all the same.
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