Word on the Street: Bears-Packers ticket prices skyrocket

Word on the Street: Bears-Packers ticket prices skyrocket

Monday, Jan. 17, 2011
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Bears-Packers ticket prices skyrocket

Want to witness the Bears-Packers rivalry in person? Well, it'll cost you a pretty penny.

The worst seats in the stadium usually cost 134. But for this Sunday's playoff game, one ticket will set you back about 500.

For lower level seats, expect to spend anywhere between 1,500 to 2,000 per ticket.

Chicago ticket brokers say the demand for this weekend's playoff game is as high as the 1990s when Michael Jordan was leading the Bulls to six NBA titles. (ChicagoBreakingNews.com)

Favre files for retirement... again

Brett Favre has filed his retirement papers with the NFL. Although he can still change his mind (as he did in 2008 and 2009), there is no indication that Favre will return.

The Bears' Corey Wootton will be remembered as the guy who sacked the41-year-old quarterback, giving him a season-ending concussion. Thatis, of course, assuming this latest filing sticks. (FoxSports.com)

DePaul's Melvin named Big East Rookie of the Week

DePaul freshman forward Cleveland Melvin was named Rookie of the Week for the third week in a row. He became the first DePaul player to earn Big East Rookie of the Week honors. Plus, he is also the only Blue Demon to pick up the award in back-to-back weeks.

Melvin has reached double-figures in 10 straight games and scored at least 20 points in five of the last six outings. He is one of four DePaul players to earn the league honor joining Brandon Young, Wilson Chandler, and Dar Tucker. (DePaulBlueDemons.com)

Blackhawks assign Leddy to Rockford

Nick Leddy is heading back to Rockford. The Chicago Blackhawks assigned the defenseman to the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs.

The 19-year-old recorded one goal in 11 games with the Blackhawks this year, in addition to 10 points in 22 AHL games with the IceHogs. (Chicago Blackhawks)

Luckman's record survives a challenge

The Sid Luckman's record for passing yardage in a postseason game appeared to be in jeopardy after Jay Cutler passed for 177yards in the first half of yesterday's Bears playoff game againstSeattle.

Luckman's record lives! He passed for 286 yards and five touchdowns in a 41-21 win over the Redskins in the 1943 NFL title game. But with a big lead, Cutler only threw 12 passes after halftime. He fell just 12 yards short of Luckman's mark.

Expansion of the College Football Playoff field continues to seem inevitable

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Expansion of the College Football Playoff field continues to seem inevitable

There were six teams deserving of reaching the College Football Playoff this season. But there were only four spots.

But what if there were more spots?

An expansion of the Playoff field to eight teams has seemed inevitable from the day the four-team system was announced. Four more Playoff games means oodles more TV viewers, which means oodles more dollars.

And then we wouldn't be having all these arguments, either — but that's nonsense because of course we would, trying to figure out who got snubbed from the expanded bracket.

But this season's emphasis on the conference-champion debate might kick the efforts to expand the Playoff into high gear. Just take it from NCAA president Mark Emmert.

Now, technically speaking, there are 10 FBS conferences, each of which crowns a champion at the end of every football season. Emmert is obviously referring to the Power Five conferences: the Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, Pac-12 and SEC. He might want to pick his words a bit more carefully, considering he represents the other five conferences — the American, Conference USA, the MAC, the Mountain West and the Sun Belt — too, but his point remains understood.

This season has sparked a ton of controversy as the Playoff selection committee opted for the first time to include a team that did not win its conference, Ohio State, and it picked the Buckeyes over the Big Ten champs, Penn State. Plus, Big 12 champion Oklahoma was passed over in favor of non-champion Ohio State, too, actually falling behind another non-champion from the Big Ten, Michigan, in the final Playoff rankings.

With that decision brought the reasonable question of how much a conference championship should matter in getting a team into the final four and competing for a national championship.

The Playoff committee's mission is to pick the country's four best teams, and there aren't many people out there that will argue that Ohio State isn't one of the country's four best teams. But there's something to be said for winning a conference championship because if the Buckeyes can waltz into the Playoff without even playing in the Big Ten title game, why even have a conference championship game — besides, obviously, earning one more night of big-time TV money.

And so the call for an expanded Playoff bracket has reached perhaps its greatest volume in the short time the Playoff has existed. The obvious solution to Power Five conference champions continually being boxed out is to lock in five spots on the bracket for the five conference champions. Then, guarantee a spot for the highest-ranked team from the Group of Five conferences, and you're left with two "at-large" spots that this season would've gone to Ohio State and Michigan, two of the highest-profile programs in the country sure to drive TV viewership in battles against conference-champion Alabama, Clemson, Washington, Penn State and Oklahoma teams. And P.J. Fleck's undefeated Western Michigan squad takes the final slot.

That's quite the field. But if you think it would've solved all this year's problems, you're wrong. Still there would've been outcry that red-hot USC didn't make the field. The Trojans are playing so well that they could very well win the whole thing, despite their three early season losses. That debate over snubs will exist forever, no matter the size of the field, something we see play out each and every season in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Also, what a damper an expanded bracket would put on the final few weeks of the regular season. Ohio State's game against Michigan, the highest-rated game of the college football season with more than 16 million people watching, would've been effectively meaningless. No matter who won or lost, both teams would've made that eight-team field, right?

Additionally, another round of Playoff football would expand the season to 16 games for some teams. That means more physical demands on student-athletes and a season cutting deep into January, which would impact their educational and time demands.

But again, an expansion of the Playoff bracket has always seemed inevitable. There's too much money to be made, and at the same time fans seem to be all about that idea. People love the postseason for good reason, and the win-or-go-home nature of the NFL playoffs make those games the most-watched sporting events of the year.

Now the NCAA president is chiming in with hopes of an expanded field. So really isn't it just a matter of time?

Road Ahead: Blackhawks dealing with rash of injuries

Road Ahead: Blackhawks dealing with rash of injuries

CSN's Chris Boden and Tracey Myers have the latest on the Blackhawks in the Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda Dealers.

From an injury standpoint, it's been a tough few weeks for the Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks are down two key players in captain Jonathan Toews and goaltender Corey Crawford, and now may be without defenseman Brent Seabrook who sustained an upper-body injury in Tuesday's victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

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While the Blackhawks haven't had much luck on the injury front, their upcoming two opponents are in the same boat.

"You look at the New York Rangers, a very talented team, but this is what every team goes through every season. Your depth gets tested," Myers said.

Check out what else Boden and Myers had to say about the team's upcoming matchups in this week's Honda Road Ahead