Cubs blue, Wildcats purple

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for INSIDE THE IVY LOGO.jpgLooking up at the scoreboard, where there normally would be a line score for a Cubs game, it read: NOVEMBER 20 2010.

Most of the men wearing suits had purple ties accompanying them. Northwestern University flags flew above the scoreboard along side the United States flag.

On either foul pole, purple mixed with yellow, as Northwestern flags flew where Billy, Ryno, Fergie/Greg, Ernie and Ron usually fly.

Even on the podium the Northwestern logo had supplanted the Cubs logo. In the center of the stage sat two Northwestern football helmets and a football. The flavor of the morning was unmistakable.

NW helmets 2.jpgIt was announced today at a press conference this morning that Northwestern football would host the University of Illinois at Wrigley Field on Nov. 20 at 11 am CST. It marks the first college game played at Wrigley Field since 1938. 

Some dignitaries attending the event were the Bears’ matriarch Virginia McCaskey and her son, Brian, Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald, two Northwestern players–quarterback Dan Persa and lineman Corbin Bryant, as well as former Bears players Ronnie Bull and Mike Adamle. Northwestern football radio play-by-play man and longtime WGN sports director Dave Eanet emceed the event.

NW Ricketts McCaskey.jpgDown in the Cubs clubhouse, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts presented Virginia and Brian McCaskey with a framed print of Wrigley Field’s marquee welcoming back Virginia to the park where her Bears played so many games.

This will be the first time in more than 87 years that Northwestern and Illinois will play at Wrigley Field.

On Oct. 27, 1923, the Wildcats and the Illini squared off at the Friendly Confines (then called Cubs Park) in front of 32,000 fans.

–Mike Huang

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