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Bears, Brats, Beer & Boats

By Benjy Lipsman in News on Jan 12, 2006 8:14PM

While Sunday's forcast calls for a relatively balmy 41 degrees, that's not exactly boat weather. Especially when there's a Bears playoff game at Soldier Field. But because the Chicago Boat and RV Show runs through Sunday at McCormick Place, there's going to be a real mess along the lakeshore.

2006_01_sports_snl_tailgating.jpgSince the renovation to Soldier Field, 2000 coveted parking spaces that can be used for tailgating have been available in the 31st St. lot for pre-game partying. This weekend, because the of the Boat Show only 1400 of those spots are designated for Bears fans. Officially, those wanting to tailgate who don't get one of those spots are shit outta luck. But we have a feeling that determined fans will find creative solutions to the lack of tailgating space. It's hard to keep a Bears fan from his Polish saugages, bratwurst and beers.

There's no word on whether Mayor Daley will be tailgating on Sunday. He might be saving room for the BBQ he expects to win from the mayor of Charlotte -- he's offering the same mix of Chicago-style pizza, Italian beef and hot dogs he's been wagering since the baseball playoffs. Or maybe Daley's chowing down on the bounty of delicacies he's already won from the mayors of Boston, Anaheim and Houston thanks to the White Sox. Nothing like gorging oneself on clam chowder, lobster and Texas BBQ while watching football.

Incoming health commissioner Dr. Terry Mason has already called out Daley to watch his waisteline, but can Da Mere help it if his city's teams are so successful? Maybe Mason just need to resign himself to czaring over the fattest city as long as our teams keep making the playoffs.