I have a hard time believing that the person who ultimately made the decision to hang that goalpost from the brick right field wall at Wrigley Field…leaving virtually ZERO room past the end line…has ever even seen an American football contest. Seriously. Who would do that?
Why did they move the traditional gridiron placement in the first place? For 48 years (1922-1970) the Chicago Bears played home games at Wrigley Field with the sideline running parallel to the Cubs dugout/3rd base line and the end zone in left field (shown below)…leaving at least some extra room beyond the end line. What genius came up with the new configuration?
Oh, and I just LOVE the fake ivy picture/sponsored signage behind the end zone, but not on the rest of the outfield wall. Klassy!
I’m waiting for a billboard to pop up outside the ballpark with the menacing face of Tribune owner Sam Zell and the now all-too familiar phrase: “Miss me yet?”
11/19/10 UPDATE – The above end zone configuration has now been considered so dangerous, the entire game will be played towards the opposite (West) end zone of the above pic. That is SHAMEFUL, in my opinion. How can you legitimately ask 2 Big Ten teams, in a relatively meaningful game, to play to only one end zone? Is somebody gonna be ‘all-time QB’, too? Why couldn’t the Cubs have run the gridiron straight out to center the way the Yankees are for ND/Army? Notice too how the Cubs have been defending the goal post placement all week after my pic appeared last Saturday? (If you follow me on Twitter, you know how I scored the pic) The whole thing smacks of inexperience and haughty ineptitude. And NOW, Tommy Ricketts wants and extra $200M of taxpayer dough to make Wrigley Field a 365 day-a-year venue? For what? Just to sell the legendary ballpark off piece-by-piece to more giant, multi-national conglomerates? Cubs management is so alarmingly stupid I can only imagine how unsavory types are salivating at the prospect of carving up that cash cow.
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