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Failure To Plan = Planning To Fail

Football. You're doing it wrong. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Football. You're doing it wrong. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Yes, this isn't a Vikings-related posting, but the level of fail here puts even anything that the Vikings have done this year. . .on OR off the field. . .to shame.

This weekend, the Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini will play their Big Ten Conference football game at Wrigley Field in Chicago.  You know. . .the baseball stadium? Sounds like a neat little idea, right?

Well, apparently somebody didn't think this all the way through. Seriously, the level of fail involved here is mind-boggling. How much fail? This much fail.

Only one end zone will be used for offense Saturday at Wrigley Field for the Illinois-Northwestern game because of safety concerns, the Big Ten announced Friday.

The east end zone is just feet away from the right-field wall, and although there is padding, there still were concerns that players could be injured there.


When a team is on offense Saturday, it will be positioned to head to the west end zone.

Seriously. We're not making this up. After every change of possession, the teams will switch sides of the field so that the offenses are going the same way every time. All you suckers that bought tickets to sit in the east end zone? Yeah. . .sorry about that.

This makes me happy that a) the Gophers are off the weekend, and b) the Big Ten Network exists. . .I want to see this crime against football for myself. I look forward to hearing what our Northwestern blog (Sippin' On Purple) and our Illinois blog (Hail to the Orange) have to say about this.

But yeah, I thought this was an interesting story. . .was going to FanShot it, but then I started typing more than I thought I would. So, here you go.

Back with more Vikings-related stuff here in a bit.