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.

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Fast Break Morning Update: Scott Darling leads Blackhawks to win over Blues

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Sunday:

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

White Sox pitchers headed for World Baseball Classic look sharp in win over Rockies

What if… Cubs GM Jed Hoyer’s takeaways from epic World Series Game 7

Quick hits: Blackhawks start strong in win over Blues

Illini keep NCAA tournament hopes afloat with dominant win over Nebraska

White Sox: Happy with progress, Brett Lawrie tries to clear final hurdles

How Indians regrouped and reloaded after losing unforgettable Game 7 to Cubs

Jim Thome: Getting into baseball Hall of Fame would be indescribable

Kurt Busch steals a monster of a win in Daytona 500

Michigan State gets big win to boost tourney hopes, while Wisconsin loses for fourth time in five games

 

 

 

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

Scott Darling shines in fill-in duty as Blackhawks break late tie to best rival Blues

Scott Darling found out at 8 a.m. Sunday that he was starting for an ailing Corey Crawford. Considering he did this back in December for a few weeks, adjusting quick for one game was fine.

"It's kind of my job," Darling said.

And Darling, once again, did his job.

Darling stopped 30 of 32 shots and Patrick Kane scored his 24th goal of the season as the Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday night. The Blackhawks have won nine of their last 10 games. They're one point behind the Minnesota Wild, who made their splashy trade-deadline move in acquiring Martin Hanzal on Sunday. But the Blackhawks, thanks to veterans regaining their form, a top line finding its rhythm and youth consistently improving, are just rolling right along.

"We had a great start to the game. I thought Darls was excellent all night, great stretch there in the last 10 minutes where we fight through some tough shifts, particularly in the last couple of minutes in our end. But good win," coach Joel Quenneville said. "You look at the nice plays on the goals, it was kind of a comparable ending to the outdoor game: tied and about the same time they scored, we scored (tonight). Big two points for us."

Jonathan Toews scored his 16th of the season and Artem Anisimov scored the game-winning goal with 5:20 remaining in regulation. Tanner Kero added an empty-net goal with 2.6 seconds remaining in the game.

The Blackhawks already knew they'd be without Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) for at least a day or two when they found out Crawford couldn't go this morning. As Quenneville said Darling was strong once again, denying the Blues all but twice (a 2-on-1 goal from Magnus Paajarvi and a power-play goal from Alex Pietrangelo).

Toews and Kane (power-play goal) staked the Blackhawks to a 2-0 lead early before the Blues tied it in the second. But late in the third period Anisimov took the feed from Artemi Panarin to give the Blackhawks a 3-2 lead.

"I saw the puck all the way. It was easy to pick up," Anisimov said. "When you don't see the puck at the last moment and it comes, it's hard to receive and prepare for the next move. But I saw it all the way. Easy to prepare for the next move."

Speaking of next moves, do the Blackhawks make any more before the trade deadline. General manager Stan Bowman said on Friday, following the acquisition of Tomas Jurco, that he'll keep talking and listening but likes the group he has right now. If Bowman's made moves it's for what the Blackhawks have needed, not because of another team's trades. The Blackhawks like what they have right now. Winning nine of 10 and continuing to trend in the right direction, they should be careful not to disrupt what they've got going.

"I think we're, as we've said lately, trending the right way. We're playing solid. I think all four lines are contributing in every which way," Toews said. "I love our group right now. Everyone is getting better individually, contributing more and more and it's a lot of fun to see the way we're playing right now. We know that the ceiling is way higher and we can keep getting better too."