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?
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.
This week proved to be a big one in terms of Chicago city announcements as good news was abound for residents of the Windy City. The city’s Bears fans sat through a quite week as the team was on a bye. During this period, the Bears announced that they were rested, minor injuries had been attended to and that they were ready to take on the Detroit Lions in a Monday Night Football event. The game, scheduled to take place on October 22nd, will be at their home stadium of Soldier Field.
Meanwhile, as the city of Chicago’s beloved NHL team the Chicago Blackhawks gathered for a charity tournament earlier in the week that had fans longing for the return of the hockey team; reports released Monday showed that there may be more hope for a Blackhawks reunion in the future. On Wednesday the NHL released the full details of their proposal to the NHL Players’ Association, which if accepted could end the NHL lockout for good and have the Blackhawks reunited in Chicago’s United Center much sooner than anticipated.
Big announcements came for the city as far as concert announcements go as well. Sports aren’t the only big events coming for those living in the Windy City. Two of musics icons have recently announced they will be paying a visit to the Windy City in the next few months. Lady Gaga announced that she would be visiting the Windy City on Valentine’s Day, February 14th at the United Center. This announcement from the pop diva came shortly after her concert for February 13th at the arena sold out.
In addition to the singer’s announcement; one of the original pop divas in music; Madonna also revealed she would be making a stop in Chicago for two nights; the Wednesday and Thursday before Lad Gaga’s performances. Madonna’s concert dates for the 11th and 12th of February have gone on sale as has the newly announced February 14th concert for Lady Gaga. Tickets for both of these concerts are expected to sell out quickly, so despite the events being months away; fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now. Tickets are on sale and a limited number of seats are still available; have you gotten your concert tickets yet?
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?
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.