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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.

Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks face Golden Knights for first time

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Three Things to Watch: Blackhawks face Golden Knights for first time

Here are Three Things to Watch when the Blackhawks take on the Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 8:45 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

1. Corey Crawford vs. ... Oscar Dansk? 

The Golden Knights have seen both Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban go down with injuries, so they're scraping for goaltenders at this point.

On one end of the ice, you have one of the best netminders in the league and a two-time Stanley Cup champion in Crawford. On the other, you have a 23-year-old rookie in Dansk making his first official NHL start who will be backed up by a 24-year-old rookie in Maxime Lagace, who has never appeared in an NHL game.

In his first game action, Dansk stopped 10 of 11 shots in relief during Saturday's 3-2 overtime win over St. Louis.

2. Fast start.

The Blackhawks are tied for second in both goals scored (13) and fewest goals allowed (four) in the first period, which has a large reason for their early season success.

The Golden Knights aren't the kind of team that gets out to a blazing start. They've allowed only five goals in the opening frame, but they've scored only five as well, which ranks among the bottom 10 teams in the league. 

3. Beware of James Neal.

The Golden Knights became the first team in NHL history to win six of their first seven games of their inaugural season. And they probably don't have half of those wins if it weren't for Neal, who scored the game-winning goal in each of their first three games.

He leads the club with six goals and eight points, and serves as the motor for a team that doesn't have much offensive talent. He's the go-to guy, and somebody you have to keep an eye on when he's on the ice.

 

Three Things to Watch: Bulls square off against LeBron and the Cavaliers

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls square off against LeBron and the Cavaliers

Here are Three Things to Watch in the Bulls' Tuesday night tilt against the Cavaliers on NBC Sports Chicago and streaming live on the NBC Sports app. Coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live.

1. LeBron James will be on your television

Love him or hate him, LeBron James is must-see TV. Now in his 15th NBA season, James has shown no signs of slowing down. Despite playing just one preseason game (against the Bulls), James has shown anything but rust in three games, averaging 25.0 points on 60 percent shooting, 8.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists in nearly 37 minutes. He's a threat every night to do something you've never seen on a basketball court, His Airness included. Justin Holiday and Paul Zipser will have their hands full against the game's best player.

2. Lauri Markkanen, Week 2

Small sample size alert! But through the season's first week Markkanen and Ben Simmons are the only rookies averaging a double-double (Dallas' Dennis Smith has played just one game, averaging 16 points and 10 assists). While the Bulls have struggled through two games, Markkanen's net rating is third best on the team and he leads the Bulls bigs in rebounds per game and rebound percentage. Markkanen has shown some versatility offensively, and his 7 free-throw attempts have been a nice surprise as well.

3. Don't forget: The Bulls swept the Cavaliers last year

OK, so expecting a victory Tuesday night in Cleveland isn't smart. The Bulls will be underdogs just like they were in each of the four games last season, all of which were Bulls winners. It was the first time in 52 division series that LeBron James had been swept, which is pretty remarkable considering the Bulls were the No. 8 seed and the Cavs coasted to a third straight NBA Finals. We're not over here predicting a win. But just remember: the Bulls have fared well against James in the regular season.