WBEZ | Green Bay Packers http://www.wbez.org/tags/green-bay-packers Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bears prepare for Green Bay clash http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-09/bears-prepare-green-bay-clash-102334 <p><p>On Monday the Chicago Bears watched video of their Sunday win against the Colts, got treatment and went home with iPads loaded with the Green Bay game plan. Tuesday marks the only full day of practice and today it&rsquo;s a walk-through and travel to Wisconsin.&nbsp;There isn&#39;t much time for the Bears to heal their bodies, digest a game plan or savor their first victory: The NFL schedule-makers wanted a huge match-up for a prime time game on Thursday and the Bears-Packers matchup will fill the bill.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Matt%20Forte%20will%20be%20going%20against%20a%20Packer%20team%20that%20gave%20up%20186%20rushing%20yds%20vs%20SanFran.%20%28AP%20Sitthixay%20Ditthavong%29.jpg" style="float: right; height: 199px; width: 300px; " title="Matt Forte will be going against a Packer team that gave up 186 rushing yds vs SanFran. (AP Photo/Sitthixay Ditthavong)" />There is a lot at stake in this match-up &mdash; for both teams. The Bears would love to put the Packers in a 0-2 hole to begin the season, and to do it at Lambeau Field would be ideal for the Bears. Last season, Green Bay was a perfect 8 and 0 at home, but they opened this year with a home loss; handing them another would be sweet. For the Packers, they want to maintain their elite status and their dominance over the Bears, in a year where both teams are expected to excel. So these divisional wins have so much significance now and specifically at the end to determine the standings.&nbsp;</p><p>It&#39;s only the second game of the season, but Thursday&#39;s game will be a great barometer of where this team is at: Green Bay has beaten the Bears the last four meetings. Chicago has been desperate for the kind of offensive output we saw from the Jay Cutler-to-Brandon Marshall connection not just for years, but for <em>decades;&nbsp;</em>but they were up against the&nbsp;Colts &mdash; not the Packers. Instead of rookie QB Andrew Luck they will face last year&rsquo;s MVP QB, Aaron Rodgers. Not that Indianapolis was the NFL&#39;s doormat last year, but Green Bay went 15 and 1 and is just two years removed from their stint as Super Bowl champions.</p><p>But let&#39;s try and look on the bright side. What are some of the positives of playing the Packers right now?</p><p><strong>Familiarity:</strong> The Bears know Rodgers, the Packers offense and this 3-4 Green Bay defense. When you play a team twice a year that has most of the same personnel you have a good idea what you are up against. This is one of the most high-powered offenses in the league. The Bears defense may want to take a page from what the 49ers did in their win over the Packers by putting pressure on Rodgers, although that&#39;s easier said than done.&nbsp;Although the Bears faced a 3-4 defense last week this Packers unit is fueled by the likes of A.J. Hawk and Clay Mathews, Jr. What the Niners showed last week was the run defense was vulnerable; Bears running backs Matt Forte and Michael Bush may be able to take advantage.</p><p><strong>Timing:</strong> If you are going to play a condensed week it is better to do it the first week of the season and not in week seven or eight. The Bears admitted they did some game planning before this week, since it came on the heels of training camp and the pre-season.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Packer fan..enough said. (AP Mike Roemer).jpg" style="height: 450px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="Packer fan: enough said. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)" /><strong>Health:</strong> Except for Charles Tillman&rsquo;s sore leg, the Bears are in pretty good shape. The coaching staff will have no problem pulling Brian Urlacher if he is still slowed by his knee and conditioning issues. They will know relatively quickly with the mobility of Rodgers how Urlacher will fare in the field. Against the Colts, Nick Roach slid into the middle linebacking spot without too much trouble. He&#39;s been there the whole pre-season and so moving spots during the game isn&rsquo;t difficult. &ldquo;Playing that position you flip a switch when you go from the job you were doing to making calls,&rdquo; said Roach.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Modern technology:</strong> As mentioned before, the team is using iPads to watch game film, which allows the team to study up from the comforts of home. Since they will be traveling by bus today to Green Bay, Lovie Smith said his players will likely spend that time cramming. He calls this their &ldquo;mobile office.&rdquo;</p><p>We knew the check list from Lovie Smith&#39;s first press conference: beat Green Bay, win the division and win the Super Bowl. Even though it&#39;s early, a Bears victory here would be helpful to validate Smith&#39;s desired list.</p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-09/bears-prepare-green-bay-clash-102334 Bears were in no rush to beat the Pack http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-26/bears-were-no-rush-beat-pack-92452 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-26/Bears.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The 10-point spread was deceptive: The final score was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/bears-offense-struggles-loss-green-bay-92442" target="_blank">27-17</a> but the Bears lost it by a lot more. Although <a href="http://www.nfl.com/player/jaycutler/2495824/profile" target="_blank">Jay Cutler</a> threw for just over 300 yards, the running game produced a total of 13 yards; the lowest tally for the Bears in nearly 60 years.</p><p>Regular sports reporter Cheryl Raye-Stout joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>to dissect what happened at Soldier Field on Sunday and to give the latest news on the NBA lockout.</p><p><em>Music Button: Rumah Sakit, "Sausage Full of Secrets-Live!", from the album Obscured By Clowns, (Temporary Residence)</em></p></p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 13:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-26/bears-were-no-rush-beat-pack-92452 Halas and Lombardi rivalry looms over Bears-Packers game http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-23/halas-and-lombardi-rivalry-looms-over-bears-packers-game-92367 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-23/AP680219024 - Halas Lombardi.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Bears-Packers rivalry was never limited to the fans. Two long-standing leaders also helped cement the contentious relationship: George Halas of the Bears and Vince Lombardi of the Packers were NFL giants. The Bears' headquarters and the National Football Conference trophy is named for Halas, and the Super Bowl trophy bears Lombardi's namesake.</p><p>Earlier this year, <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>turned to two sports experts to find out more about the relationship between these rivals. <a href="http://www.davidmaraniss.com/" target="_blank">David Maraniss</a>, author of the book - <a href="http://www.amazon.com/When-Pride-Still-Mattered-Lombardi/dp/0684870185" target="_blank"><em>When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi</em></a>, and <a href="http://www.lestermunson.com" target="_blank">Lester Munson</a>, a writer and investigative reporter for <a href="http://espn.go.com/" target="_blank">ESPN.com</a> and a regular voice on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Soft Cell, "Chips On My Shoulder", from the album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret, (Island-Mercury)</em></p></p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 13:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-23/halas-and-lombardi-rivalry-looms-over-bears-packers-game-92367 Bears to play Packers on newly-sodded Soldier Field http://www.wbez.org/story/bears-play-packers-newly-sodded-soldier-field-92299 <p><p>The Chicago Bears will have new grass to play on this Sunday, just in time for their game against Green Bay.</p><p>Last season, the field drew complaints from both opposing teams and the Bears for being hard to play on and having ruts. In August, the Bears had to cancel a practice session, because the turf was deemed unsafe for players.</p><p>The organization that manages Soldier Field announced in August it was changing vendors, but was sticking with natural grass. Bears' head groundskeeper Ken Mrock says that more sand in the new grass will help keep the field dry.</p><p>“When we go into this fall season, when we have rain and things like that – and snow – and this field is heated, we can melt that and let it drain through, so that it gets off the top layer and it keeps the surface playable and safe,” Mrock said in a press briefing.</p><p>Soldier Field was scheduled to be re-sodded before the Bears' home opener against the Atlanta Falcons. The Bears and field management deemed the turf safe for play before that game and agreed to postpone the re-sodding until this week.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 21 Sep 2011 21:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bears-play-packers-newly-sodded-soldier-field-92299 Politicizing sports: Do the Packers represent 'The Right'? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/politicizing-sports-do-packers-represent-right <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Obama-GreenBay.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 378px;" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-31/Obama-GreenBay.jpg" /></p><p>This weekend, I received this e-mail from a relative:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">Subject: The Green Bay Packers Are Good For America</p><p style="text-align: left;">Every Red Blooded American should jump in line to support the Green Bay Packers! The Packers defeated the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon thus earning them the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl. By doing so, they saved the Hard-Working, Red Blooded, Taxpaying Americans literally several million dollars of tax money. How you say?&nbsp; <br /><br />Simple... we were told that if the Chicago Bears had won that President Obama (and probably his family) would be attending the Super Bowl to cheer on his hometown team. Since the Bears lost...the President won't be attending.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">The money saved from not using Air Force 1, the limosines, all the additional security, and let's not forget&nbsp; Michelle Obama's entourage, is literally several million dollars!&nbsp; Therefore everyAmerican should cheer on the Green Bay Packers at the Super Bowl to show them our gratitude.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">Ah, now that's one aspect of this great rivalry I hadn't considered: the politics. Green Bay (unwittingly?) has become the football representation of the Republican party, whereas a team like the Chicago Bears have become an arm for the Democrats. This isn't the first time that politics and sports have intertwined, so this may not come as a surprise to many.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Big game sporting events have always reeked of nationalism and over-the-top theatrics.&nbsp; World Cup soccer, anyone?&nbsp; Olympics?&nbsp; Air Force jets to show international audiences we still have super power?&nbsp; But I don't remember getting this e-mail when former presidents attended sporting events.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Last year, most people didn't think twice when former President George W. Bush was prominently featured as the Texas Rangers hosted the San Fransisco Giants during the 2010 World Series.&nbsp;After all, he did own the Rangers at one point.</p><p style="text-align: left;">But not only were he and his wife (and I believe his Father/Mother) in attendance,&nbsp; they saddled up to the field in a special box behind home plate. That meant every camera angle for every pitch (about 300 thrown in a game) showed the former president in the background. Big deal, except that the game in question was played the Monday night before the mid-term election in October.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">That's not all.&nbsp; When Fox showed the &quot;God Bless America&quot; 7th inning stretch, the cameras zoomed in on two images: President Bush and the American flag - over and over again. Ironically, the Giants won the game and celebrated on the Rangers' diamond. But I&nbsp;believe Bush (and Fox) helped stir up their base.&nbsp;So let's call it a draw, Texas. &nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">And now the focus of attention turns to Chicago.&nbsp; With the&nbsp;Windy City's&nbsp; &quot;First Fan&quot; in the White House, Chicago sport teams will undoubtedly attract the ire of those looking for another way to oppose the President.&nbsp; Jay Cutler, Derrick Rose and Ozzie Guillen all will be synonymous with Obama, Pelosi and Clinton. And eek, what will happen if Rahm&nbsp;Emanuel is elected mayor?</p><p style="text-align: left;">I, for one, embrace the political bias. You want to rally against our Bears for other purposes than what's on the field?&nbsp;Great. Politics aside, we can use as much bulletin-board fodder as possible in this town.&nbsp; And frankly, if the Green Bay Packers represent &quot;Red&nbsp;Blooded Americans,&quot; I'm fine with representing something else.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Gee, I wonder if America will rally around the Chicago White Sox if they sweep through the American League this year. What if they draw someone like the Rangers in the ALCS, or even worse,&nbsp; the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series?&nbsp;<br /><br />I'm already dreading the e-mails.</p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/politicizing-sports-do-packers-represent-right Packers Vs. Steelers; Which Team Is Your Super Bowl Pick? http://www.wbez.org/story/green-bay-packers/packers-vs-steelers-which-team-your-super-bowl-pick <p><p>Before we get to the serious news of the day, here's a quick one about something <em>really </em>important — the Super Bowl.</p><p>As you've probably heard by now, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/45" target="_blank">Super Bowl XLV</a> will be between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers beat the New York Jets 24-19. The Packers beat the Chicago Bears 21-14.</p><p>Now, on to the Super Bowl on Feb. 6. Two teams with glorious histories. Two teams with rabid fans. Two teams that play hard. Yadda, yadda, yadda.</p><p>The question today is, who's going to win on Feb. 6? Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1295873227?&gn=Packers+Vs.+Steelers%3B+Which+Team+Is+Your+Super+Bowl+Pick%3F&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Pittsburgh+Steelers,Green+Bay+Packers,National+News,Sports,Super+Bowl,The+Two-Way,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=133174025&c7=1001&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1001&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110124&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=133174048,133174040,127602855,127602530,126929718,103943429,121027244,121027244&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Mon, 24 Jan 2011 06:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/green-bay-packers/packers-vs-steelers-which-team-your-super-bowl-pick Teammates defend Cutler in Bears' loss http://www.wbez.org/story/news/sports/bears-lose-rival-packers-nfc-championship <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Jay CUtler after GB loss - GEtty Jonathan Daniel.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Green Bay Packers advanced to the Super Bowl, beating the Chicago Bears 21-14 in NFC title game. The Bears were outplayed most of the first half of the game, but battled back in the second half.</p><p>Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had to leave with a knee injury in the third quarter. He was replaced by Todd Collins with Chicago trailing 14-0. It was not clear which knee Cutler injured or when it happened.</p><p>To many fans, Cutler's absence was a sign he wasn't taking the game seriously. To Cutler's teammates, it's a different story. Bears' longtime Center Olin Kreutz says he knew Cutler's injury was legit.</p><p>&quot;It was shaking right after he took the hit and walked back in the huddle,&quot;&nbsp;Kreutz said. &quot;It was swinging like this. So I knew that one of his ligaments, lower ligaments, probably went.&quot;</p><p>Linebacker Brian Urlacher was pointedly direct when asked by a reporter if he questions Cutler's toughness for not staying in the game.</p><p>&quot;Jay was hurt,&quot;&nbsp;Urlacher said. &quot;I don't question his toughness. He's one of the toughest - he's tough as hell. He's one of the toughest guys on our football team.&quot;</p><p>Bears' Coach Lovie Smith says the trainers made the decision to keep Cutler out of the game. Cutler is scheduled to have an MRI Monday.</p><p>After second-string Quarterback Todd Collins was ineffective, third-string Quarterback Caleb Hanie led the Bears to two touchdowns. But in the final minutes, Hanie threw his second interception. Green Bay took over with under a minute to play, downing the ball and leaving Chicago with a victory.</p><p>Cutler was having a rough afternoon, going 6 for 14 with 80 yards and an interception.</p><p>The Bears fell behind 14-0 in the first half, but the Bears defense held Green Bay Packer Quarterback Aaron Rodgers to zero points in the second half. The Packers winning touchdown was off a Caleb Hanie interception by B.J. Raji.</p><p>Green Bay nose tackle B.J. Raji, all 337 pounds of him, picked off the pass that was mistakenly thrown right to him, took off on a short jaunt to the end zone and then held the ball with his big hand right out in front.</p><p>Raji's 18-yard interception return for a TD with about six minutes to go Sunday turned out to be the biggest and most important play all day by an aggressive Packers' defense.</p><p>Meantime, up and down Clark Street near Wrigley Field, the bars were full of disappointed Bears fans hoping for bragging rights over their Green Bay counterparts.</p><p>Ben Rutledge at least looked for the positives.</p><p>&quot;I'm disappointed, obviously, because they lost,&quot;&nbsp;he said. &quot;But at the same time, I'm very proud of the season we had coming off a season where everyone figured they'd go 6-and-10. You can't go wrong with that.&quot;</p><p>Inside The Irish Oak, while some Bears fans were already trying to dance their troubles away, Stacey Nuzbach was more worried about what her Wisconsin friends would be saying on her Facebook wall.</p><p>&quot;My heart is broken in many, many little pieces,&quot;&nbsp;Nuzbach said.</p><p>Nuzbach said she's ready to adopt a mantra made famous by a different Chicago spots team: maybe next year.</p><p>But at Will's Northwood Inn, which <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if !mso]><object classid="clsid:38481807-CA0E-42D2-BF39-B33AF135CC4D" id=ieooui></object> <style> st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } </style> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language:#0400; mso-fareast-language:#0400; mso-bidi-language:#0400;} </style> <![endif]-->celebrates all things Wisconsin, Tim Fletcher in his Packers gear made it clear there was no love lost between the teams.</p><p>&quot;I&rsquo;m the one guy on the train with the Packers hat on and everybody else giving me dirty looks,&quot;&nbsp;Fletcher said. &quot;Next week, when I wear my Packers hat, I might get dirty looks, but I&rsquo;m the winner.&quot;</p><p>The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV in Dallas.</p></p> Sun, 23 Jan 2011 23:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/news/sports/bears-lose-rival-packers-nfc-championship Mayor Daley confident in wager on NFC championship game http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-bears/mayor-daley-confident-wager-nfc-championship-game <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//DSC00943.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt are the latest to put a friendly wager on Sunday's NFC championship game between the Bears and Packers.</p> <div>Daley teamed up with local businesses to offer loads of pizza, pierogis and a five pound corned beef sandwich from Manny's Deli if the Packers win. If the Bears win, Mayor Schmitt is wagering a 12-pack of local beer, a case of bear steaks, and a autographed Packer football.</div><div>&nbsp;</div> <div>To up the ante Schmitt said he will send one pound of cheese to Mayor Daley for each point the Packers win by. But Daley said he doesn't think the Bears will let him down. &ldquo;They have been underrated all season,&rdquo; he said.&rdquo; But they just kept winning and winning and here they are today.&rdquo;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Daley said the long-standing rivalry between the two teams is the &ldquo;greatest rivalry in professional sports,&rdquo; ever since November 1921 when the Chicago Staleys first beat the Packers.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Any food Daley might win in the wager will be donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-bears/mayor-daley-confident-wager-nfc-championship-game Chris Harris: "I'm 100 percent certain I'll play" http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/chris-harris-im-100-percent-certain-ill-play <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//AP101226044630.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="341" width="512" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-20/AP101226044630.jpg" /></p><p>The Bears held their regular practice on&nbsp;Thursday, but Safety Chris Harris was not on the field. This is the second day in a row that Harris has sat out practice due to a hip pointer. Bears fans are hoping the veteran safety will be healthy enough to play in the NFC&nbsp;Championship on Sunday against the Packers.</p><p>WBEZ's Cheryl Raye Stout caught up with Harris in the locker room for a quick one-on-one interview. Harris says he's &quot;100 percent certain&quot; he's playing.</p><p>Harris was a starter on the 2006 Chicago Bears.&nbsp;He was traded to the Carolina Panthers after the Super Bowl. This past off-season, Harris was traded back to the Bears where he has become a leader of the dominating defense.</p><p>Harris talks about his relationship with the team, his relationship with the coach and what its like to be back in the frozen tundra of Chicago:</p><p><a href="/sites/default/files/Cheryl-ChrisHarris.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-86557" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" player="Default" file_id="86557"><img style="height: 38px; border: medium none;" src="/sites/default/files/filefield_audio_insert/wbez_logo_1.jpg" alt="" /></a></p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 21:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/chris-harris-im-100-percent-certain-ill-play News? What news? Bears-Packers is all the news I need http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/news-what-news-bears-packers-all-news-i-need <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//AP110119048244.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="333" width="512" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-20/AP110119048244.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p><strong>Top story</strong>:&nbsp;Who are we kidding, right?&nbsp;As much as there is &quot;serious&quot; news out there this week, everyone and their brother (literally) is talking up the NFC&nbsp;Championship game. The Bears v Packers is taking center stage. And not just with die-hard football fans either. Facebook is crawling with curiosity over Bears/Packers and the local media is doing a good job of giving this game context. It's history. Two franchises that embody their home towns and the people that live in those towns. <audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1328072561-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/daley-hu.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: It's about to get cold. Real cold.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>:&nbsp;See above. Sorry Derrick, sorry Patrick Kane. Sorry 85 Bears anniversary. This week is all about the Bears.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/news-what-news-bears-packers-all-news-i-need