Naturally there are pros and cons to WVU's New Era Pinstripe Bowl trip to play Syracuse. Let the family debates begin about whether or not to go to the bowl game this year.
Reasons to go:
n You can get there. Mountaineer fans will drive pretty much anywhere on the East Coast to see their team. New York City is 260 miles from Martinsburg, 380 miles from Morgantown, 490 miles from Parkersburg and 530 miles from Charleston and Beckley.
That makes it a reasonable one-day drive. Additionally, New York City is much closer for more WVU alums than any other Big 12 bowl.
n It's a great date. The game is played on Saturday, Dec. 29. That makes it easier for fans to fit a quick bowl trip into their work schedules.
n New York City is an attraction. Sure, it's expensive, but there are many things fans can do at little or no cost.
Walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. Take a ferry. See the Statue of Liberty as millions of immigrants did. Check out the Christmas decorations at Rockefeller Center. Make a quiet visit to Ground Zero. Grab a comfortable seat and just people-watch.
n Beat the Big East. The game is one more opportunity for WVU to prove that it belongs in a better football conference than the deteriorating Big East or even the ACC.
A convincing victory over Syracuse would establish more distance between where West Virginia is now and where it was a year ago.
Be there and witness it. Bring the Schwartzwalter Trophy back to Morgantown and lock it down.
n Yankee Stadium. OK, it's not the original, but it's still where the Yankees play and the new ballpark (it opened in 2009) incorporates in its design the storied history of one of sports most important franchises.
n Hey, it's a bowl, isn't it? Mountaineer coaches get the extra practices that go with a bowl game, while fans get one more opportunity to see Geno, Tavon and company.