Notre Dame- Army in 2010 and the Rutgers Rules

Michael CollinsAnalyst IJuly 18, 2009

We've all been exposed to the propaganda from Notre Dame football-crazed fans and Notre Dame-controlled media that the Irish will be renewing one of the historic rivalries of 20th century college football: Army vs. Notre Dame in Yankee Stadium. 

Yes, yes, Notre Dame and Army will play the first football game in the new Yankee Stadium in 2010.  The real news is that Rutgers will play Army at Yankee Stadium in 2011.  New Yawk vs. New Joisee. 

The Irish own Yankee Stadium with a history of 20 games from 1925-1946, when they played annually at the House that Ruth Built, but for a couple of games. The games were legendary, often for the national championship.

Rutgers, it seems, has its own history of playing games in large venue sites, frequently playing at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, forsaking their university football stadium for the big bucks. 

Now they'll cross the river to do the same in New York against Army.  Same as it ever was. 

Still, the Rutgers-Army game is ground-breaking: the first time the Irish have allowed the Scarlet Knights to play on their home turf.

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Fans are left puzzling over the Rutgers Rules: they won't play Notre Dame closer to home in East Rutherford but will play Army in New York.  Perhaps Rutgers is attempting to gain a recruiting advantage.  Or the money was better? 

The worst of us will see that somehow the Irish are behind this and will get their cut of the 2011 game. 

Perhaps a Princeton-Rutgers game in East Rutherford in 2019 is in the works to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the first college football game.

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