New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Gameday Stream: Syracuse, Kansas State Meet At A Field Of Dreams

It feels like that famous scene in the movie Field Of Dreams.

You know the scene at the end of the movie when actor Dwier Brown (John Kinsella) is about to disappear into the corn field but he turns and asks Kevin Costner (Ray Kinsella) about the baseball field built in a corn field, "Hey! Is this heaven?"

"No... It's Iowa," Costner answers back with a grin.

On Thursday, Iowa farms are replaced by busy Bronx, N.Y. streets with honking cabs; and a baseball diamond turns into a football field, which brings two timeless American sports -- baseball and college football -- that have the most passionate, cult-like followings in the country, together.

If you're both a baseball enthusiast and a college football guru, your perfect pair will meet today in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium (3:20 p.m. on ESPN).

The Syracuse Orange (7-5) have waited six seasons to earn their way back into the postseason. The Kansas St. Wildcats (7-5) have battled their way through a four-year drought but they are also on the rise.

If you're enjoying the game at home, you'll hear about Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone growing up in the Bronx and enjoying baseball games at the "old" Yankee Stadium.

You'll also be told about Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder, who retired in 2005 after 17 seasons of historic success -- KSU at one point made 11 straight bowl games. After a three-year hiatus, he returned in '09 because he couldn't let the town of Manhattan, KS suffer any longer.

There will be the tale of Syracuse punter and co-captain Rob Long, who is currently battling a brain tumor but will still be on the Orange sidelines rooting on his teammates.

By now, you've probably listened to all the sarcastic talking heads, who say how great of a "reward" it must be to be playing in a cold-weather city that just had over two feet of snow dumped on it during the week-long Pinstripe Bowl festivities; and made it such a hassle for the participants to travel -- Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell has something to say to those critics.

Non-baseball fans will ask, "why the heck are you playing a football game in a billion-dollar baseball stadium?"

Non-college football fans will continue to ask Major League Baseball to please stay out of college football.

But as the pregame countdown clock reaches zero and all the Yankee razzle-dazzle is over, it comes down to winning a football game on a baseball diamond. How great is that?

Is this heaven?

No... sorry, it's college football at Yankee Stadium.

Can't make it to Yankee Stadium? Join SB Nation New York on Thursday, as we live blog from the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Regional Editor Ed Valentine and Contributor Jared Smith will fill you in with all the insight and make it feel like you're there. Coverage begins at 2 p.m ET.

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