Tears in my eyes. Seriously.
Mute point you make...
Lived in Evanston for 10 years so feel somewhat qualified to comment. Downtown Evanston (just two stops off the purple line before the stadium at Central) has some amazing places to eat and bar hop.
If you're with family, I highly recommend stopping at the Lucky Platter on Main Street which has fantastic comfort food. The sweet potato fries are ridiculous. Just around the corner from Lucky Platter on Dempster is Cross Rhodes (Greek) which has killer gyros and other home-made Greek cuisine. Try the lemon fries (again with the fries!!??). Yeah, they are something special. If you're looking to get hammered in the downtown area, there's no better spot than Keg of Evanston on Grove St. I cannot tell you how many nights (and some days) had me stumbling out of there not entirely sure what had just happened. And lastly, Tommy Nevins Pub. Classic Irish restaurant/bar with live music and that laid back atmosphere you might be looking for before getting ugly at the stadium. Last time I was there, Bono was just leaving. Seriously.
The great thing about Evanston (and Chicago in general) is that you can get hammered pretty much anywhere, and have no need for a car at the end. The purple/red lines should be able to get you safely to most places you'll need while visiting. Just don't go too far south on the red line after hours or it can get dicey :-)
Thought it was interesting, the part about an autopsy revealing Secretariat's heart being twice as large as a normal horse's. Dude was born to be a dominant race horse, and as that owner indicated --- he just had a bigger "engine" than everyone else, which kind of made it unfair. I have no doubt horse breeding has attempted to engineer that advantage into future lines of champions.
That's fair. And I'd agree the street cred gives Urban more latitude. I swear, I wanna say Hoke is Michigan's Coop. They'll recruit well and be in their fair share of conference championships. But something tells me this guy is the real deal. We shall see...
Hoke doesn't strike me as arrogant. Confident in his system (read: Mattison) maybe. But I don't get arrogance out of him. Urban could be accused of having that same confidence I think you'd agree.
In the end, the whole thing is just too bad. Michigan/Notre Dame was a fun game. I had the chance to see the "Under the Lights" version at Michigan Stadium in 2011 and I'm hear to tell you -- it might have been the most exciting college football game I've ever been to. Of course, I was falling down drunk by kickoff, so what the hell do I know.
What's to "buy?" These are two storied programs with a rivalry going back a hundred years, supported by a game that brings out the best of both programs. The two schools genuinely don't like each other, helping to fuel the hate-filled matchups which generations of people look forward to. Do you really believe that Michigan's results last year are somehow related to this decision? Hoke understands the meaning of rivalries and why it's an important part of his school's tradition. This move has effectively removed one of three games that people circle on their calendar. And it is, indeed, chickenshit. I give the guy credit for saying -- in front of alumni or otherwise.
Part of me thinks this decision is because he won't have Trey Burke penetrating and dishing open shots to him this upcoming season, which will ultimately diminish his value next year. His stock could be as high now as it will ever get.
Regardless, good luck to him. And good for the Buckeyes.
I don't put any stock in the idea that having more seats than the Big House somehow correlates to making the Shoe better. Most of us have been to both stadiums. Which one is the more intimidating? Which one would opposing teams least want to play in in a critical game?
Michigan Stadium is a great stadium to be sure, especially since the redesign. But The Shoe has its own tradition and character, and I love the way it makes me feel when I attend games there. I think it's perfect just the way it is. I don't give a rats ass if there happen to be more seats somewhere else.