After the NHL officially announcing they would be canceling games throughout October 24th and followed that threat with the announcement that even more games could be cancelled, Chicago sports fans found a large void filling their normal fall sports schedule. Fans of the sport as well as Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews were very vocal about the canceling of the game, as Toews took to social media to discuss his disappointment with the NHL for canceling so many games. The current lockout situation will have the Blackhawks missing out on at least five games during their regular season.
This announcement came after both the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs finished their normal season play this week without hopes for entering post-season play offs. While many sports fans around the city find themselves in a rut following the recent negative news from the Chicago sports world; there is some hope, especially when looking at the current Chicago Bears season. After coming off a strong victory against the Dallas Cowboys on the Monday Night Football platform. The Bears will be on the road and take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in a matchup that has many expecting a big victory.
While the Bears are away and sports fans may find the city uncommonly quiet as the Chicago Fire will also be gone this week. The good news is those who are looking for some athletic action will be able to get in on one of the biggest yearly Chicago sporting events in the city; the Chicago Marathon. The weekend long event kicked off on Thursday with a speech from the mayor, and athletes and celebrities from all over the country will be in the Windy City by Sunday to see all of the action unfold. Fans of the race can watch live streaming coverage thanks to NBCChicago.com, or they can buy tickets to the event and to the many concerts and happenings that are surrounding the big marathon. The marathon and all of the surrounding events will be taking place all weekend long. Do you have your Concert tickets and passes to get in on all of the marathon action?
Monday evening was a big night at Soldier Field for Chicago Bears fans. This is because on Monday evening the Bears hosted the Dallas Cowboys in the first Monday Night Football match up since the return of the original NFL refs. This highly publicized game was a truly exciting match up and featured a stellar performance from the Bears as they collected five interceptions during the game. This home win proved to be just the boost the Bears needed and that Chicago fans were looking for as they head into next weekends match up.
While the Bears have been celebrating their latest big victory; some of Chicago’s other favorite teams have been struggling to find their stride. The Blackhawks are practicing and gearing up for their season, but with the current lockout in place, there is no knowing when the NHL will allow the season to get underway. While the Chicago Blackhawks fans are waiting for the season to get underway, Chicago baseball fans are gearing up for their season to come to a close.
After facing their 101st loss, the Chicago Cubs have already found themselves preparing for ways to improve for next season as they face their last few games of the season. The White Sox are also facing a similar fate, even after they crushed the Indians 11-0 in their Monday night match up. This is because their AL Central rivals the Tigers beat the Royals 6-3 in order to clinch the AL Central championship. However, the White Sox still have a series to finish up against the Indians on the road before the season comes to an end.
Meanwhile the Chicago Fire, is preparing for a big week of play ahead of them. After facing a loss against Sporting KC, the Fire has one of the most grueling weeks of the season ahead of them with three total games in just a week of play. With only a few short days of rest, the Fire will be at home against Philadelphia for a Wednesday evening match up and then head back on the road for a Saturday game against New York. With the Fire’s current standings in their conference and in the league the upcoming match is a must-win for the team if they want to head into post-season play in a position that can find them play off success.
With only a few games left in the season before playoffs begin, fans have limited chances to see the Fire at home, so you will want to make sure you get your tickets while you still can.
Over the weekend, all eyes from Chicago sports fans were focused not on baseball or football but instead on the world’s favorite past time; golf. This is because over the weekend Chicago played host to the annual 2012 Ryder Cup; a golf tournament, which is held every other year and pits together teams from both Europe and the United States in a battle for the coveted Ryder Cup. For decades this has been one of the most electric sporting events in this history of modern sports and one of the biggest events in professional golf.
This entire past week has been filled with Ryder Cup events which came as a huge boost the Chicago sports community particularly following the recent struggles of the White Sox and the Cubs; the Bears hiatus until Monday Night Football and the news of the Blackhawk lock out. The good news for fans is that the Ryder Cup was able to lift the spirits of Chicago sports fans and provide days worth of high action entertainment that was morn than enough to hold fans over until the Bears Monday night matchup.
The events began with the first ever Celebrity Scramble event which featured teams of celebrities who battled it out on the course. In fact the whole weekend of Ryder Cup action was filled with celebrity appearances as even the biggest stars in the country flocked to the Windy City to see the golf action unfold. Michael Phelps was seen commentating and walking about the course, Justing Timberlake serving as the master ceremonies for the celebrity events, or talents like Michael Jordan viewing the entire tournament from a tee box.
However this event was about more than just celebrity sightings; it was about one of the biggest events in golf history. Although the American team got out to an early lead, the matches began being filled with all types of drama, surprise shots and unexpected comebacks as the European team rallied from behind and came from behind to secure the victory for the European team. While the action at the Medinah Golf Club didn’t quite play out like the American team wanted; Chicago fans were still able to get in on one of the biggest sporting events of the year.
With the Ryder Cup coming to a close fans will now need to focus their attention on the Chicago Bears as they take the Monday Night Football stage this week. Their action will take place at home at Soldier Field; have you gotten your tickets yet?