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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.

Bears still see Dion Sims as a valuable piece to their offensive puzzle

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Bears still see Dion Sims as a valuable piece to their offensive puzzle

Dion Sims is still here, which is the outcome he expected but perhaps wasn’t a slam dunk — at least to those outside the walls at Halas Hall. 

The Bears could’ve cut ties with Sims prior to March 16 and saved $5.666 million against the cap, quite a figure for a guy coming off a disappointing 2017 season (15 catches, 180 yards, one touchdown). But the Bears are sticking with Sims, even after splashing eight figures to land Trey Burton in free agency earlier this year. 

“In my mind, I thought I was coming back,” Sims said. “I signed to be here three years and that’s what I expect. But I understand how things go and my job is come out here and work hard every day and play with a chip on my shoulder to prove myself and just be a team guy.”

The Bears signed Sims to that three-year, $18 million contract 14 months ago viewing him as a rock-solid blocking tight end with some receiving upside. The receiving upside never materialized, and his blocking was uneven at times as the Bears’ offense slogged through a bleak 11-loss season. 

“The situation we were in, we weren’t — we could’ve done a better job of being successful,” Sims said. “Things didn’t go how we thought it would. We just had to pretty much try to figure out how to come together and build momentum into coming into this year. I just think there were a lot of things we could have done, but because of the circumstances we were limited a little bit. 

“… It was a lot of things going on. Guys hurt, situations — it was tough for us. We couldn’t figure it out, along with losing, that was a big part of it too.”

Sims will be given a fresh start in 2018, even as Adam Shaheen will be expected to compete to cut into Sims’ playing time at the “Y” tight end position this year. The other side of that thought: Shaheen won’t necessarily slide into being the Bears’ primary in-line tight end this year. 

Sims averaged 23 receptions, 222 yards and two touchdowns from 2014-2016; that might be a good starting point for his 2018 numbers, even if it would represent an improvement from 2017. More important, perhaps, is what Sims does as a run blocker — and that was the first thing Nagy mentioned when talking about how Sims fits into his offense. 

“The nice thing with Dion is that he’s a guy that’s proven to be a solid blocker,” Nagy said. “He can be in there and be your Y-tight end, but yet he still has really good hands. He can make plays on intermediate routes. He’s not going to be anybody that’s a downfield threat — I think he knows that, we all know that — but he’s a valuable piece of this puzzle.”

89 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles East

89 Days to Kickoff: St. Charles East

NBCSportsChicago.com preps reporter "Edgy" Tim O’Halloran spotlights 100 high school football teams in 100 days. The first 75 team profiles will focus on teams making strides across Chicagoland and elsewhere in the state. Starting July 30, we’ll unveil the @NBCSPrepsTop 25 Power Rankings, leading up to kickoff on Friday, Aug. 24.

School: St. Charles East

Head coach: Bryce Farquhar

How they fared in 2017: 8-3 (4-2 Upstate 8 River Conference), St. Charles East made the 2017 IHSA state Class 8A playoff field. The Saints defeated Oswego East then lost to eventual 8A state champion Lincoln-Way East in second round action.

2018 Regular Season Schedule:

Aug. 24 @ Rock Island

Aug. 31 @ Carmel

Sept. 7 vs Glenbard North

Sept. 14 @ Wheaton South

Sept. 21 vs Geneva

Sept. 28 @ St. Charles North

Oct. 5 vs Batavia

Oct. 12 @ Wheaton North

Oct. 19 vs Lake Park

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Biggest storyline: The Saints have had impressive campaigns the last two seasons. Can they continue to prosper in the newly-formed DuKane Conference?

Names to watch this season: RB/LB Justin Jett and OL Dylan Barrett

Biggest holes to fill: The Saints will look to reload at a few key spots including at quarterback, as Clayton Isbell has moved on to Illinois State. Replacing RB/LB Nick Garlisch (South Dakota St.) will be key as well.

EDGY's Early Take: Coach Bryce Farquhar's Saints have produced playoff seasons in back-to-back years. Now, their regular season ramps up a bit with the newly-formed DuKane Conference. The new league features some former Upstate Eight conference foes in St. Charles North, Batavia and Geneva, plus former DuPage Valley members Wheaton Warrenville South, Wheaton North, Glenbard North and Lake Park. Look for the Saints to rely on some experience up front. Three starters are back on the offensive line, including junior OG Dylan Barrett. He has already added several FBS level scholarship offers.