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With the Chicago Bears on a break until the weekend, the Chicago Fire on a break until the end of the month, and the Blackhawks currently on a NHL lockout, it may seem as though there is little to look forward to for Chicago sports fans. This is especially true for fans while many MLB teams gear up for the play offs as both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox find themselves done for the season. However there was some good news for Chicago Bulls fans as they saw their city’s basketball team return to the hard court for their first pre-season game of the year.

This pre season matchup took place Tuesday at the United Center in Chicago and featured a Bulls team that already looked good for early on in the season. The Bulls pulled out a win at their home pre-season opener in a close showdown against the Memphis Grizzlies. The late game play from players such as Taj Gibson helped the Bulls seal their victory against the Grizzlies and while the entire team looked ready for another successful season, most noticeably absent from the lineup was the Chicago Bulls’ star player Derrick Rose.

After Rose faced a number of injuries last year even while leading the team in scoring, and is taking as much time in the off season and pre-season to continue the recovery process until regular season play commences. Although the game against the Grizzlies was only a pre-season matchup, it was just the lift that Chicago sports fans were looking for in order to get them through the current drought in the Chicago sports world. While there is still no word on the Blackhawks season which is still suspended until late October, fans can be expected to pay more attention than ever to the Bulls pre-season play as they gear up for the 2012-2013 season. The Bulls will have a game this Friday the 12th of October in nearby Champaign, IL against Cleveland and will be back in their home United Center on Tuesday the 16th against Milwaukee. You won’t want to miss this chance to see some great Chicago sports actions during this slow time in the sports season; do you have your pre-season Chicago Bulls tickets yet?

Chicago Sports October

As the Chicago baseball season came to a close for both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, after both teams missed the 2012 playoffs, Chicago baseball fans began to focus on the teams other sports. Unfortunately for hockey fans there was still little news to be excited over as minimal progress was made regarding the current NHL lockout.

As NHL negotiations resumed in Toronto on Monday there was still no sign of a conclusion, meaning Chicago Blackhawk fans will still have some waiting to do before the season can resume. Although this has many worried about the Hawks’ season, there was some good news for Blackhawk fans over the weekend as reports revealed Hossa, after battling injuries, had returned to the ice for a workout. This left many Hawks fans inspired for the upcoming season, whenever it will return.

There was also great news for Chicago Fire fans over the weekend as the city’s soccer team headed on the road to battle the New York Red Bulls. In a very important matchup for the tam, the Fire pulled out a 2-0 victory, and will head into a much needed two week break that will resume on October 20th during their road matchup with New England. As the fire settle in to their short rest period on a high note, a different type of Chicago football also had fans cheering over the weekend. This of course came in the form of the Bears’ matchup with the Jaguars.

Although the game got off to a slow start after an impressive interception from the Bears defense, the team found their strive, crushing the Jaguars on the road in a massive road win. Although the Bears were only favored by 6, they pulled off a 41-3 victory in Jacksonville, cementing themselves as a team to be contended with. This victory lead the Bears to a 4-1 record and has them tied for first place in the NFC North. The Bears hope to continue this streak over next weekend when they will be pitted against rivals the Detroit Lions. Another win could cement the Bears in the top spot in their division, and they will be facing off at their home Soldier Field. The kickoff for this big game is this Sunday and Bears fans are sure to be excited after the team’s recent rankings news, do you have your tickets yet for the big game?

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?

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?

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?

Cubs sinking fast, may have hit rock bottom

The Cubs have been reeling so bad that they haven’t lead a game in the last 50 innings. It’s safe to say that the Cubs have hit rock bottom. Most of the games have been close or they had a legitimate shot to win them, but this last weekend at Wrigley was the exception. Their rivals from the south the White Sox beat them up pretty good. It was is always a very competitive crosstown classic the Sox came in and took it to them. Wrigley Field tickets this past weekend were very disappointing.

You could see blocks of open seats all throughout the ballpark all weekend & Friday was especially gaudy with the Cubs drawing a very embarrassing 35,000. Usually Cubs tickets for the crosstown classic are in very high demand. In fact all three games failed to sell out, a Wrigley first. With the Cubs ticketing gurus introducing their dynamic pricing meaning they set the prices at a price they deem responsible they seemed to have priced themselves out of reality.