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 ESPN.com 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.