Chicago Marathon Weekend

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?

My Kind Of Town

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.

Ryder Cup upset and more

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?

Oh Chicago!!!!!!

After the Cubs finished off the week and their away series against the Rockies, they suffered another series loss in Colorado. The Cubs, who are poised to reach 100 season losses for the year; the first time since 1966 are looking to rally as they make the trip down to Arizona to take on the Diamondbacks in what is expected to be another close series of play. Chicago fans are seeing this series and the Cubs upcoming games as essential for lifting their current losing streak and getting the team back on track to finish out the season strong.

However, the Cubs aren’t the only team with important games on their minds. Over the weekend the Chicago Fire will be hitting the Road to battle Kansas City at Livestrong Park. With seven wins in their last eight matches, Chicago has positioned themselves in a second place spot in the Eastern Conference. If they are able to secure a win against Kansas City they will secure the playoff spot they have been hoping for. Coming off an exciting 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew last weekend, the Chicago Fire will be looking to secure that same type of heat to help them dominate in this very important game.

However the Chicago Fire aren’t the only Chicago team with playoff dreams in their minds. The Chicago White Sox are also looking to clinch a playoff spot. The sox will, however, need to find a way to overcome the Tampa Bay Rays who edged out the White Sox Thursday evening in the Sox’s home opener at US Cellular Filed; 3-2, late in the ninth inning. The Sox are looking to gain control of the series and get back on track to their playoff dreams over the weekend as they finish off this four-game home series.

For Bears fans the weekend will be spent preparing for a major Monday Night Football playoff against the Dallas Cowboys. The historically close matchup between the two teams will be taking place on one of the biggest platforms in professional sports as fans from all over the country will be tuning in to the Monday night event. Local fans will be taking the opportunity to make their way to Soldier Field for the main event to see all the excitement surrounding this Monday night matchup. This game will be one of the biggest of the year for Bears fans; do you have your tickets yet?

Windy City Sports

Chicago sports fans of all types and styles have a great deal to cheer about this week, as several big sporting events have the city buzzing. For Chicago Bears fans still hyped up over the weekend win against the St. Louis Rams, there is even more to cheer about as news broke today that the NFL and the league’s referees have reached an agreement. Although the word is not official, the deal is expected to have the locked-out officials returning just in time for the Bears’ game against the Cowboys. The Bears will be taking on the Dallas team in front of a huge audience at home during Monday Night Football.

While the Bears have been dealing with the replacement refs, the Chicago White Sox have been dealing with end of season pressure as they attempt to overcome a difficult end of season schedule during their current playoff race. Fortunately for Chicago sports fans, they will get to see the Sox vie for a spot in the playoffs at home as they take on the Tampa Bay Rays at home after finishing their difficult series against the Indians that showed the Sox just how tough this playoff race is going to be.

While dedicated Chicago sports fans are following their favorite home teams during pivotal points in both the baseball and football season, golf fans from all across the country have their eyes on Chicago as well. Fans from all over the world have already started gathering in the Windy City in anticipation for the upcoming 39th Ryder Cup matches at the Medinah Country Club. Many are considering this event to be the biggest ever in golf history and one of the biggest sporting events ever in the Chicago area.  Do you have your Golf Tickets?

While the pros won’t take the course until the weekend, Chicago residents can expect to see a number of celebrities breaking in the course at the tournament’s ‘Celebrity Scramble,’ which was held Tuesday to kick off the event. Tournament participants included Michael Phelps, George Lopez, Justin Timberlake and Billy Murray among other golfers and garnered a huge gathering of fans. The impressive celebrity play was just a preview of the excitement that the 39th annual Ryder Cup plans to bring over the weekend. Have you managed to get tickets to the tournament yet?

Chicago Weekend Recap

Over the weekend, Chicago sports fans had their eyes on the Chicago Bears who were looking to overcome their latest loss to the Green Bay Packers. During this weekend battle the Bears were taking on fellow midwest rivals, the St. Louis Rams. The Bears, looking to overcome their latest loss, filled the seats at Soldier Field as they faced off against the Rams. During the matchup, which delivered the Bears a 23-6 win over the Rams, it was the Bears Defense who were at the center of the win as quarterback Jay Cutler struggled with the team’s offense. However, while Chicago Bears fans were elated to see the Bears back on top, other Chicago sports fans had much less to cheer about.

As the Bears found success at home, the Cubs had their own issues with their St. Louis rivals as they faced off against the St. Louis Cardinals at home. After a dramatic series against the Cardinals, the Cubs ended up facing their sixth loss to the Cardinals in a seven game series, delivering a hardening loss in the final game, which the Cubs lost 3-6. The home loss was hard for the Cubs to handle, as they prepare for several upcoming road games. However, they weren’t the only Chicago baseball team struggling over the weekend.

Despite their recent success, the Sox dropped their 5th straight game over the weekend, getting swept by the L.A. Angels over the weekend. After the road loss, the Sox will be heading home for a key seven game home stand. This is the third time this Season that the Sox have had a three game losing streak, and they have proved in the past that they are more than capable of overcoming these streaks. During this seven game stay at home, the Sox will look to overcome their recent issues with clutch hitting and rally to find success on their home field. This series of games will be crucial to the Sox’s attempt to win the American League Central. Since July the White Sox have had a 24-10 home winning record. Starting this week the Sox will be looking to improve upon their current record and overcome their weekend struggles as they take on the Indians. The first game of the White Sox home stand begins on Monday night at 8:10 PM; do you have your White Sox Tickets yet?

Cubs, Bears, and White Sox in Chicago

It has been a long week of preparations for the Chicago Bears as they plan to take on
the St. Louis Rams this weekend in a home game at Soldier Field. There has been a
great deal of attention surrounding the Bears’ view on Jay Cutler and his performance
last week against the Green Bay Packers. However, as the Bears prepare to redeem
themselves after last weeks loss on their home field, more attention than normal has
been placed on the Chicago White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox may not have been at home this week, but they still managed
to hold the interest of Chicago sports fans from all over the country as they continued
on their bid to win the American League Central. A series of road wins this week that
the Sox are looking to translate into a weekend of road wins, hasn’t been the only
thing getting the attention of White Sox fans. During the Sox’s end of season away
stretch while all eyes are currently focused on current general manager Ken Williams.
According to reports issued from USA Today, Richards will be making a move to the
team’s president and assistant general manger Rick Hahn will be taking of Williams’
current managerial duties.

This proposed switch has been garnering a great deal of attention for the entire White
Sox franchise and while Chicago fans anxiously await to see the official inauguration of
Williams as president, the White Sox are staying focused on winning a championship
and finding success through their current long road stretch. While the Sox have been
finding luck on the road the Cubs have been holding down the fort back at Wrigley Field.
However, their recent home game efforts haven’t been without issues.

While the Cubs have had a ten day stay at home they have struggled against the
Cincinnati Reds and actually delivered the Reds the win they needed to secure the first
playoff spot of the year. However the Cubs have little time to dwell on their past issues
of the week as the defending World Series champions, the Saint Louis Cardinals are
making their way to Wrigley Field. This series promises to be one of the biggest of the
season as the Cubs desperately try to get their act back together and to overcome their
recent issues with taking on the Reds. The series against the Cardinals starts on Friday
and lasts through the weekend, do you have your Cubs tickets to this home series yet?

Big Weekend Coming

With a big weekend approaching in the Chicago sports world, both for the city’s MLS soccer team and for the NFL Chicago Bears, some of the biggest stories involving this weeks preparations involve injuries. With a few days left until either the Fire or the Bears take the field, both teams are finding key players will be missing or questionable for their weekend matches.

As the Chicago Fire prepare to take on the Columbus Crew at their home stadium of Toyota Park this weekend, they will be without a few key players. After last weeks matchup featured a roster without Daniel Paladini and Pavel Pardo, the Fire felt the pressure of playing without some of their key stars, despite putting forth a strong performance. While their September 15th matchup without the two players was undoubtedly difficult for the Fire to overcome, it seems as though their upcoming Sept. 22nd game will give the Fire similar issues. According to recent mid-week reports Cory Gibbs will be out of the game for right knee meniscus repair and Steven Kinney will be questionable as he deals with groin pain. Dan Gargan on the other hand, is listed as questionable for the upcoming Eastern Conference match up.

However, the Chicago Fire aren’t the only ones preparing for a home matchup that may be plagued by injury. It was revealed this week that the Bears’ star running back Matt Forte who fans thought was suffering from a high ankle sprain, actually has more serious of an injury than many assumed. It has been revealed that the running back is dealing with an actual ankle sprain and one that could have him struggling for longer than expected. Although it is unclear how long Matt Forte will be out, there is no denying that his absence will greatly impact the Bears’ already suffering offense.

It is currently unclear if Matt Forte will be able to play at all in the Bears’ week three game against the Saint Louis Rams. However, whether Forte is limited in his minutes or rides the bench the whole game, there is no denying that this injury means fans will be seeing more depth from the Bears in this upcoming home game. The Bears will be taking on the Rams Sunday at Soldier Field, so fans will want to get their tickets soon to find out who will be performing as the team’s running back.

Chicago Baseball Update

Fans of Chicago baseball had a big weekend as both the White Sox and the Cubs started placing themselves in important positions for their respective end of season pushes. The White Sox were on the road against Cleveland in a three game series against the twins. This series proved to be a huge turnaround for the White Sox who were coming off a two game loss against the Detroit Tigers. This game was lead by the superior performances of pitcher Chris Sale who struck out five of the six innings he pitched. After sweeping the entire series on the road, the team moved up three spots to the ninth position.

However, the Sox had very little time to celebrate this big victory as they needed to head back home to play a very important make up game against the Detroit Tigers. Monday afternoon the White Sox were back home at Wrigley Field in the afternoon to take on the Detroit Tigers and make up for their two losses earlier in the week. During this important game, the White Sox delivered Chicago fans an exciting performance with two important runs in the fifth inning that would seal the victory for the Sox. This excitement of the Chicago fans could be heard around all of Wrigley Field; and echoed the same sounds of cheers that were heard all weekend from Wrigley when the Cubs hosted their home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

After the weekend got off to a slow start for the Cubs and they faced a one run defeat against the Pirates with a close 7-6 loss that had fans biting their nails all game long. However, the Cubs were ready to make a comeback to close the weekend out. On Sunday the Cubs’ match up against the Pirates was all about the performances of Anthony Rizzon and Alfonso Soriano. Rizzon had two home runs during the game while Alfonso hit an RBI single during the game that would be his 100th RBI of the season. The Cubs went on to win this game 13-9 in a victory that had Chicago fans on their feet. When the series comes to an end on Monday, the Cubs will need to make a quick transition to get ready to take on the Reds on Tuesday in what promises to be an exciting home match up. The three game Reds series begins Tuesday September 18th in the evening, do you have your Cubs tickets yet?

Chicago Sports Update

While Thursday night was quite at Soldier Field, the city of Chicago still anxiously awaited the big night’s big match up between the Chicago Bears and their rivals the Greenbay Packers. The Bears went on the road to Greenbay to face the Packers, and despite having a promising season opener against the Colts, the Bears were unable to pull out another victory. After a shocking faked field goal touchdown from the Packers the Bears faced their first defeat of the season 10-23. Despite the devastating loss will have a long week ahead of them to prepare for next Sundays games against the Rams in St. Louis.

While the Bears were out of town on Thursday, most of the city turned their attention to the Chicago White Sox Thursday night as they prepared for their last home game before a 10 game road trip. However, Chicago fans were dealt another disappointment when heavy rains cancelled the White Sox’s match up against the Detroit Tigers, causing the game to be postponed until Monday, September 17th. While the White Sox will be on the road all weekend, they will return home to Chicago on Monday to play in the makeup game.

This not only means the White Sox will make an appearance during what was supposed to be a 10 game away game streak, but baseball fans will get to see both home teams play on September 17th at Wrigley Field. After the White Sox take on the Tigers at 1:10 PM the Cubs will take the field against for the final game in the five game series against the Pirates at 7:05 PM that night.

While baseball fans gear up for what should be an exciting day in Chicago baseball on Monday, soccer fans are setting their sites on this weekend’s match up between the Chicago Fire and Montreal Impact. The Fire will be coming off Wednesdays big win over Toronto FC; a game that moved the Fire even closer to claiming the top spot in the Eastern Conference. The Fire who have won five of their last 6 games is currently tied for 3rd in the MLS and looking to improve their rankings on Saturday. The home game will be held at Toyota Park at 7:30 PM and could be the Fire’s ticket to securing first place in their conference. All eyes will be on the Fire to prove they are the best in the league; will you be there Saturday to see them face the Impact?