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Cold, hard contrast between Bears, Packers fans

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CHICAGO (AP) -- About the only thing Chicago Bears fans and Green Bay Packers fans have in common is showing up shirtless in freezing weather to cheer on their beloved teams. So just how tough are these rival fans? How do they stack up in the windchill? Here's a look at some cold, hard facts:

-- Coldest home game:

Green Bay's Lambeau Field: Dec. 31, 1967 v. Cowboys. -13 degrees (-46 degrees with windchill)

Chicago's Soldier Field: Dec. 18, 1983 v. Packers. -3 degrees (-15 degrees with windchill)

-- Number of home games below zero at kickoff:

Packers: 2

Bears: 0 (although 10 games below zero if counting windchill)

-- Number of consecutive sellouts:

Lambeau Field: 293 since 1960, when they started keeping track

Soldier Field: 226 since last non-sellout in 1984

-- Average wind velocity in January:

Green Bay: Between 9 and 10 mph

Chicago: 11.3 mph (12.1 mph on Jan. 23, 2010)

-- Annual snowfall:

Green Bay: 47.7 inches

Chicago: 38 inches

-- Bears coach Mike Ditka once summed up how tough his team was by calling them a bunch of Grabowskis, evoking the image of a hardworking stiff. Number of Grabowskis in the phone book (from Switchboard.com):

Green Bay: 3

Chicago: 100

-- Volume of sausage consumed per game:

Lambeau Field: 9,000 bratwurst

Soldier Field: 2,000 bratwurst (plus 13,000 hot dogs and 2,800 pizzas)

-- Volume of cheese curds consumed per game:

Lambeau field: 1,524 pounds

Soldier Field: 50 servings (but "there's a big spike when we play the Packers," a spokesman said.)

-- Volume of beer consumed per game:

Lambeau Field: Unavailable

Soldier Field: Unavailable (though Chicago Park District reports 13,000 hot chocolates)

Compiled by Associated Press staff writers Don Babwin in Chicago and Carrie Antlfinger in Milwaukee.

Sources: National Weather Service, Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Park District, Switchboard.com.

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