Shortly afterward, Michigan failed once again to score, and Chicago won. Attempts to analyze the success or failure of the indoor game proved inconclusive. A Michigan trainer was understandably negative. "The ground was soft and should have been underlaid with clay," he complained. "Instead it was a sandy loam mixed with fine shavings. The only place to play a football game is outdoors on the sod."
The Chicago papers gave the contest mixed notices. "There was none of the sunshine," one wrote, "none of the sparkling snow and none of the coaching parties that made last year's game spectacular. It was the close score and enthusiasm and immense crowd which marked the game. Had the day outside been pleasant, the idea of football indoors must have been pronounced a failure."
It was, in short, an idea whose time had not yet come.