|Delany shows off his bland-ball.|
The Big Ten agreed to a deal to be an (evidently willing) participant in a December bowl game in New York, as Jim Delany was on hand at Yankee Stadium yesterday. Delaney even spent some time in the booth with Michael Kay and Al Leiter, making sure to mention Urban Meyer, Mark Dantonio, Kirk Ferentz, "the coach at Wisconsin," and how great the league is.
Delany then threw three scoreless innings in relief of Andy Pettitte, who is actually nine years Delany's senior.
The Big Ten's partnership with the Pinstripe Bowl will run from 2014 through 2021, so you still have the '13 game to enjoy a titanic matchup of also-rans from the Big 12 and Big East. The Big Ten will officially replace the Big 12 in that pairing, but it also sounds like the Big East (now "American Athletic Conference") isn't long for the bowl game necessarily, either. According to Delaney's cryptic comments on-air last night, it sounds like that is still being negotiated. Whatever, nobody cares.
I actually attended the Rutgers-Iowa State Pinstripe Bowl in 2011. Yeah, I don't know why, either.
Yay, bowl games!