about Minnesota's problem of having to play games at alternative venues, and what could happen if NU had to move a game to, say, Soldier Field. In the past, Chicago's War Memorial by the lake was suggested as an alternative site for an Illinois home game when the Illini messed up and schedule 2 events for the same weekend at their home field.-- da Coach
But I wonder if the NU faithful would really like to play an away game with Illinois or even Notre Dame at the new Soldier Field.
In an column by Phil Arvia in the Daily Southtown, a spokesman for the remodelling project, Barnaby Dinges, calls the new facility the "Lake Monster."
When you're down on the field, a visiting quarterback is going to really feel how close it is. It's going to be loud in here.
You're going to feel this thing over here, this presence, like a wave coming off the lake. [Dinges to Phil Arvia in the Daily Southtown]
If one of those other teams brought a large crowd - and you'd expect an NU-Notre Dame game to sell out - NU's brand of football, with its large numbers of audible calls, would be in trouble. I'm sure that neither Brett Farve (the topic of Phil's column), nor Brett Basanez would enjoy trying to change plays with a potentially hostile crowd screaming down on them.
Farve will definitely have to when the Packers come to play daBears.
But I hope that the Northwestern football powers think twice before allowing some other Big 10 team to drag our guys down there as a sacrifice to the "Lake Monster."
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