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Bids likely robust for Big Ten title game

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09:52 AM ET 07.13 | There are a pair, according to reports, of frontrunners to host the Big Ten football championship in Indianapolis and Detroit. But don't take that to mean Chicago would not vie for it. Soldier Field general manager Tim LeFevour told the Tribune on Monday that if and when the game is announced, his group "absolutely" has interest in hosting it. "We'll take a very strong look at it and put together a proposal," said LeFevour. ... Commissioner Jim Delany said after welcoming Nebraska to the Big Ten last month that he "presumes" that a conference title game will be created, but the league had not scouted possible venues. Indiana University athletic director Fred Glass has since told the Indianapolis Star that "I don't think there is really another choice" than Lucas Oil Stadium, which will host the 2012 Super Bowl. Officials in Detroit, Minneapolis (the Metrodome) and Cleveland (Cleveland Browns Stadium) also have said they would bid on the inaugural game.

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July 13, 2010  10:08 AM ET

They should hold it at an SEC venue-- it would be a better preparation for bowl season that way.
I'm sure Mike Hamilton would like to host it at Neyland Stadium, but somewhere further south like Red Stick would probably have better weather.

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July 13, 2010  10:22 AM ET
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I think they're trying to make some kind of macho "Big 10 cold weather" statement. Perhaps they should look for a stadium in Fairbanks, Alaska?

You're probably right about them considering making a "Big 10 cold weather" statement.
However, they could REALLY make a statement by booking the Georgia Dome and forcing the SEC to find somewhere else to play its championship.

July 13, 2010  10:32 AM ET
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Have they given any indication of the divisional breakdown?

I think they'll make two divisions of 6 teams.

One set will be in one division. And the other set in the other division.

July 13, 2010  10:34 AM ET
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I think they'll make two divisions of 6 teams. One set will be in one division. And the other set in the other division.

That's some solid analysis, Mr. Madden.
Do you think the championship game will consist of one team from each division that has more conference wins than all of the other teams in their respective divisions, then?

July 13, 2010  10:45 AM ET
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That's some solid analysis, Mr. Madden.Do you think the championship game will consist of one team from each division that has more conference wins than all of the other teams in their respective divisions, then?

That's the likely scenario, I think.

The winner of that contest would then go on to play the runner up from some other BCS conference and lose due to lack of speed and an over-rated offense.

Oh! Zing!

July 13, 2010  10:46 AM ET
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However, they could REALLY make a statement by booking the Georgia Dome and forcing the SEC to find somewhere else to play its championship.

If that happens, we could play in Tampa. That's a good neutral location.

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July 13, 2010  10:53 AM ET
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I think they're trying to make some kind of macho "Big 10 cold weather" statement. Perhaps they should look for a stadium in Fairbanks, Alaska?

If they put it in a domed stadium, all the "you southern teams need to come up north and play us in the snow like REAL football ought to be played" crap goes right out the window.

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July 13, 2010  10:57 AM ET
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I think Nawlins is as neutral as it can get... Just hope LUS will be one of the teams playing

Actually, Atlanta is the best location. Very central. Cheap flights and a great weekend trip.

Not that 'Nawlins' or Tampa wouldn't be great too. However, they aren't as centrally located. Actually, the choice of Atlanta has been the best decision for the popularity of the SECCG. The ACC and Big12 have had major issues finding a neutral, central location to have their game.

July 13, 2010  10:59 AM ET
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IMO the ACC should give the Big 10 a call.. Play the ACC game 1st.. Might make theirs more relevant

Ouch.


On a different but just as sad note, I just saw that The Boss, George Steinbrenner, has passed away at age 80.

I didn't even know he was sick.

July 13, 2010  11:03 AM ET
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Ouch. On a different but just as sad note, I just saw that The Boss, George Steinbrenner, has passed away at age 80. I didn't even know he was sick.

He's been going down hill. No public appearances. Handing over control of the team to his sons.

I heard it was a heart attack. I REALLY don't like the Yankees (Go BoSox!), but I still liked his competitive fire.

RIP

July 13, 2010  11:11 AM ET
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Ouch. On a different but just as sad note, I just saw that The Boss, George Steinbrenner, has passed away at age 80. I didn't even know he was sick.

I heard that he fired and then rehired Joe Girardi from his deathbed. Twice.

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July 13, 2010  11:21 AM ET
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The ACC is moving up, their relevance will follow accordingly.

Yea, good luck with that.

This is the BIG TEN we are talking about! Of course the game will be played outside and sleeveless jersies will be mandatory!

July 13, 2010  11:24 AM ET
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Nuiqsut, Alaska has an airport. Not sure about a football stadium. Maybe they should bid on the game. Would sure rule out any cold weather wusses.

That won't work. ABC/ESPN said conference championships have to be held exclusively in cities with names that their on-air commentators can pronounce.

July 13, 2010  11:26 AM ET
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That won't work. ABC/ESPN said conference championships have to be held exclusively in cities with names that their on-air commentators can pronounce.

With UF Alumnus EA on the gameday crew, she'll coach 'em up.

 
July 13, 2010  11:28 AM ET
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Yea, good luck with that.

Stack the top four Big Ten teams against the top four ACC teams. OSU most likely comes out on top. The rest is up for grabs. The only thing the Big Ten has on the ACC is history.

You Big Ten homers need to get past thinking that your conference is superior. It's just another conference.

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