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04-20-2011, 02:05 AM
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Murphy7
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So ... where will they play on Jan. 2?

WINTER CLASSIC MARKETS
NFL schedule
Philly (Eagles home Jan. 1)
New York (Giants home Jan. 1)
Pittsburgh (Steelers home Dec. 24, already hosted)
Boston (Pats home Jan. 1, already been to Fenway)
Buffalo (Bills home Dec. 24, already hosted)
Washington (Redskins home Dec. 24)
Detroit (doesn't matter, but Lions home Dec. 24)
Nashville (Titans home Dec. 24, no MLB option)
St. Louis (doesn't matter, but Rams home Jan. 1)
Denver (Broncos home Jan. 1)
Minnesota (doesn't matter, but Vikes home Jan. 1)
Columbus (no NFL team, and not hosting the WC)
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Chicago (Bears on road for last two games, but already hosted)


PLACES WITH VIABLE COLLEGE FOOTBALL STADIUM OPTIONS
Philly (Happy Valley?)
Detroit (Ann Arbor?)
Denver (Boulder?)
Minnesota (no, TFC unusable after Dec. 1)
Columbus (Ohio State, but no chance of being in the game)

Is the winner Chicago? Again? It's the only place empty after Dec. 18. There are plenty of baseball venues. But, and here's the key, NFL teams could swap home dates with a divisional rival, as all of the games in Week 17 are against a division rival. In Philly's case, they'd get a four-game homestand (with a bye in there) over five weeks midseason.
But Philly is in the same boat as every other WC market except Chicago. It's a baseball stadium or nothing, unless they go to a college town.

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