At this point, I have no idea whether the Big Ten likes cold weather or not. If it asked all its schools to relocate to the equator, I'd be less surprised right now than at any other point in history. Try to square these two thoughts:
- "Let's say Ohio State is hosting and it's January or December, and let's say it is 5 degrees. Is that right for the game? We're not pro." -- Gene Smith on the Big Ten ruling out playoff games at home stadiums, May 15
- "New York City is the financial sports capital of the world. It's a global city like Chicago. We'll have conversations with them." -- Jim Delany on the Big Ten looking into December's outdoor Pinstripe Bowl, May 16
This all comes after a lifetime's worth of implications that weather-deprived teams from the pampered South would need to wheel enormous tubs of sizzling pork grease onto their sidelines just to survive a December game up North, though that one wasn't exactly an official Big Ten statement.
The cynic would allege that the only cold the Big Ten cares about is the hard cash kind, but let's stay on this case. We'll figure out the proper kind of terrible weather yet.
While we’re here, let’s watch some college football videos from SB Nation’s new YouTube channel together: