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Subject: Re: P v. DC Yankee stadium

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Date Posted: 11:59:00 04/01/17 Sat
In reply to: TigerTown 's message, "Re: P v. DC Yankee stadium" on 01:14:38 04/01/17 Sat

Seems like a no-win situation for Rutgers. They win, who cares, it's not only a FCS team, it's an ivy league team which means even less. They lose, they continue to be the football laughing stock of the Big Ten, only more so. Plus their attendance is likely to be worse than for the team they would otherwise play.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Rutgers Should Love The Idea of 2019 Game

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Date Posted: 17:51:44 04/01/17 Sat

TT, when talk of a potential P-R game first surfaced a couple of years ago, interviews with administrators at both schools made it clear that Rutgers wanted to play the 2019 game very, very much while Surace was much more circumspect. Since then, as you say, Flood is out and Ash is in. Does Rutgers feel differently now?

I would have guessed that support for the game at Rutgers would not depend on what the head coach wants. For the coach, there is nothing to gain in terms of football between the lines. For him, there is only downside in terms of the 60-minute game.

No, for Rutgers it's all about branding, marketing and being host to the biggest commemorative party in college football. Rutgers has built its brand around "the birthplace of college football." The 2019 game is a natural. They are willing to play an FCS team to have the eyes of the football world -- college and pro -- focused on Rutgers University for a weekend.

For both schools, the game is an opportunity to celebrate their role in history before the largest audience which will ever watch a P or R game this decade, maybe the next couple of decades as well. If they play the game in Week 1 instead of Week 9, they can kick off the entire 2019 season for all of college football.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Re: Rutgers Should Love The Idea of 2019 Game

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Date Posted: 11:23:45 04/02/17 Sun

But what would be "week 1"? Ivies don't start play until several weeks later than Rutgers. And IMO ivy teams need a few weeks more of actual play to get to their real playing level.

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[> [> [> [> [> [> [> [> Subject: Rutgers Game Should Take Place August 31, 2019

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Date Posted: 12:17:21 04/02/17 Sun

The Rutgers-Princeton game should be played on August 31, 2019. That's the kickoff weekend for the season and R-P can be the centerpiece of a celebration weekend.

Of course, a few things will have to change from the normal Ivy routine. Princeton will have to come to camp three weeks early. But then the Tigers will have three weeks to heal nicks and dings before they return to the rest of the schedule. This timing actually mitigates the concerns about injuries insofar as minor bumps and bruises are the problem.

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