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Big mistakes in planning of big game

Overexcitement caused all parties involved to overlook realities of Wrigley Field

Updated: November 21, 2010, 1:24 AM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

The annual Northwestern-Illinois football game used to be the Battle for the Sweet Sioux Tomahawk.

Now it's the Battle for Our Attention.

Well, you won this time. But not for the right reasons.

On Saturdays across Chicago, bars and living rooms are packed with fans watching Michigan State and Michigan and Notre Dame.

No offense to the alums of these two fantastic schools, but no one cares about the Illinois-Northwestern rivalry. Even your fan bases are lukewarm. ...

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