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Big Ten to begin talks with Pinstripe Bowl

Jim Delany AP

Yesterday, when it became clear on-campus sites were off the table for playoff discussions, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said he favored bowl games as playoff hosts because of their location and generally more favorable weather.

“Let’s say it is five degrees. Is that right for the game?” Smith said. “We’re not pros… A fast surface, good weather is important.”

It’s so important, in fact, that Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany announced the conference will begin discussions with the Pinstripe Bowl, which is played in New York City. Outside. In December.

New York City is the financial sports capital of the world,” Delany told Wednesday. “It’s a global city like Chicago. We’ll have conversations with them.”

The idea itself isn’t bad. The Big Ten, naturally, wants a presence in New York and there are solid alumni bases located in the city. And, hey, fans that wanted an outdoor Big Ten championship will get the next best thing — assuming a deal goes through, of course.

It’s just the contradicting logic that makes the ideas laughable.

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16 Responses to “Big Ten to begin talks with Pinstripe Bowl”
  1. seanmmartin says: May 16, 2012 7:30 PM


  2. dietrich43 says: May 16, 2012 7:35 PM

    This would be great for the Big Ten.

  3. bertenheim says: May 16, 2012 7:47 PM

    The Bronx in December . . . why?

  4. beedubyatoo says: May 16, 2012 7:54 PM

    bertenheim says:
    May 16, 2012 7:47 PM
    The Bronx in December . . . why

    The Bronx anytime…why?

  5. normtide says: May 16, 2012 8:00 PM

    Next thing, the winner of the pinstripe bowl gets auto bid in playoff!!!!

    Have to say, funny to hear a B1G voice saying he wants to play in fair weather. Does he not know he is stomping on his fanbase’s favorite excuse.

  6. joshuavkidd says: May 16, 2012 8:24 PM

    This is the BIG10, and the rest of college football for that matter, saying to he!! with what you guys think, we’re just gonna do what makes us the most money. You cannot justify the response in any other way… nor their other ridiculous reasons to not host playoffs game.

  7. normtide says: May 16, 2012 9:59 PM

    Neutral site games are more about infrastructure then weather. The playoffs will be a media mega-event. It is why the SEC moved our CCG to atlanta, why Indy got the B1G CCG. You need a city that can host it. Most college towns just can’t.

  8. wustlumdnj says: May 17, 2012 7:12 AM

    Ben, would the Big 10 be replacing the Big 12 or the Big East side?

  9. huskerzfan says: May 17, 2012 7:34 AM

    How does the Big 10 looking to negotiate with a bowl game close to their conference footprint (and in the biggest city in the US) turn into yet another bashing of the conference?

    Does the SEC give you guys knee pads, or do you have to buy your own?

  10. joshuavkidd says: May 17, 2012 8:35 AM

    I love this “infrastructure argument”… your telling me that places like Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State… who host at least 5 games a year with in excess of 100,000 fans and some of the biggest college football events of the entire year (a.k.a media gold mines), can’t host a semi-final game because of infrastructure? Makes zero sense. As if Tempe/Glendale is some giant metropolitan haven!

  11. stairwayto7 says: May 17, 2012 9:19 AM

    Make an SEC team play a bowl game somewhere other then Florida!

  12. polegojim says: May 17, 2012 10:14 AM

    Hate to say it… can’t believe I’m saying it… but I agree with Smith.

    Big games should be played warm or in a dome.

    That said… I’m not surprised that B1G leadership ignores him… the guy has zero credibility even when he’s right.

  13. dryzzt23 says: May 17, 2012 11:06 AM

    The SEC prefers that the Pinstripe bowl be moved to the south b/c SEC teams would refuse to travel that far north to play

  14. dryzzt23 says: May 17, 2012 11:11 AM

    Clearly the last couple generations lack toughness b/c they cry and scream if they have to deal with adverse weather and would prefer to go south to “better weather”.

    Have you no balls? Throw on a jacket, grill some brats and enjoy some football.

    Damn wussies

  15. Ben Kercheval says: May 17, 2012 12:19 PM

    Hey, wustlumwholbunchaletters. Sorry for the late reply. Good question and unfortunately I don’t have an answer. I’ve looked around and can’t find any indication one way or the other; I think it’s too early on in the process to say. But, I welcome an open answer from anyone who knows.

  16. wustlumdnj says: May 18, 2012 7:13 PM

    Thanks for the response Ben; I enjoy keeping up with the blog (you guys always break things before ESPN).

    And in case your interest was piqued:
    WUSTL: Washington University in St Louis
    UMDNJ: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
    Sadly, this college football diehard never made it to a D1 academic program

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