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Wrigley Field looks like a pretty terrible place to play a football game

Preparing Wrigley

Painters Bill Barnoski and Mike Kwiatkowski with the National Decorating Co. paint the historic Wrigley Field marquee from red to Northwestern University purple Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 in Chicago. Northwestern will host Illinois for a Big Ten Conference game Sat. Nov. 20. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


As I mentioned yesterday, they’re tearing up Wrigley Field so Illinois can play Northwestern there on Saturday. I put this under the category of Bad Idea Jeans if for no other reason than -- based on the picture in this article in the Chicago Tribune -- any receivers who get a ball thrown to them deep in the end zone are taking their life in their hands. Yeah, there’s padding there, but there are bricks under it, and I can’t feature that feeling very good.

And how about that purple marquee? If the Cubs decide to call me back for comment on that whole tax dollars thing, I’ll ask them how uglying-up the iconic sign fits with their request to restore the public institution that is Wrigley Field with public money.