5 Questions with...Dan Patrick

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5 Questions with...Dan Patrick

By Jeff Nuich
CSN Chicago Senior Director of CommunicationsCSNChicago.com Contributor

Want to know more about your favorite Chicago media celebrities? CSNChicago.com has your fix as we put the citys most popular personalities on the spot with everyones favorite local celeb feature entitled 5 Questions with...

On Wednesdays, exclusively on CSNChicago.com, its our turn to grill the local media and other local VIPs with five random sports and non-sports related questions that will definitely be of interest to old and new fans alike.

This weeks guestone of the biggest sports media personalities in the nationfor close to three decades, this standouts cool delivery and insightful interview style has made him a favorite go-to-guy for thousands of personalities in both the sports and entertainment fieldyou can catch him live on Comcast SportsNet every Monday-Friday morning from 8:00-11:00 AM and on NBC Sports Football Night in America every Sunday night during the NFL season simply put, hes one of the best in the business, here are 5 Questions withDAN PATRICK!

BIO: Dan Patrick is one of America's legendary sports journalists and a revered member of the national media industry. In 1989 Patrick started at ESPN. During his 18 years at ESPN, Patrick was most notably recognized for his many years as co-host of SportsCenter. In 1998, Patrick received a Sports Emmy Award in the Studio Host category. In 2000, Patrick was named the National Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, making him just the second cable commentator to receive the honor. In 2011, Patrick has once again been nominated for a Sports Emmy for the Outstanding Sports Personality Studio Host Category.

In 2007 Patrick left ESPN to pursue building his own independent brand. He began by recreating his radio show, distributed nationally through DirecTV Sports Networks. The radio show also runs on Fox Sports Radio Network. His weekday radio program can now be heard on over 260 affiliate stations.

Since August 3, 2009, the Dan Patrick Radio Show has been simulcast live on DIRECTVs Audience Network. DIRECTV is a world leading provider of digital television entertainment services and has over 17.6 million subscribers in the United States. As of October 2010, Dan has simulcasted his television show on to the Fox Sports Network Platform which puts him in over 90 million homes in the United States.

In addition to The Dan Patrick Show on Comcast SportsNet, Patrick can be seen on NBC's Football Night in America, was a key member of NBC Sports 2010 Winter Olympics broadcast team from Vancouver, and was a correspondent during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Additionally, Patrick is a Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated and writes a weekly column for Sports Illustrated magazine.

Patrick has a fully interactive website at www.danpatrick.com, with live blogging, videos, audio, and listener interaction. He has also created his very own digital fan loyalty program called Dan Nation that has over 90,000 members.

Patrick continues to build upon his independent brand by growing his distribution platforms in radio, TV, internet, magazines, and even movies but he isnt done yet. By continuing to innovate, Patrick will remain as one of the leading sports broadcasters and premium brands in the business.

1) CSNChicago.com: Dan, thanks for taking time out of your always-hectic schedule to join us for this edition of 5 Questions with Lets get right to it. With your show based out in the New England area, you are naturally familiar with Red Sox Nation and the GM tenure of Theo Epstein. With Epstein now officially running the baseball operations side in the Chicago Cubs front office, what immediate culture changes do you expect to occur at Wrigley Field from a front office perspective and, down the line, from an on-field perspective?

Patrick: Theo brings hope. Cubs fans saw what he and the Red Sox did over the last decade and have to think that he can do it again. Remember, there is no downside. Nobody really critiques big money free agents with the Cubs, even GMs, because whats the worst that could happen...you dont win the World Series. Thats all thats happened for every living Cub fan. Theo will up the temperature of the entire organization immediately and will not accept not making the playoffs. This is good news for Cubs fans.

2) CSNChicago.com: The Dan Patrick Show, which airs on Comcast SportsNet Chicago weekdays from 8:00-11:00 AM, is truly being enjoyed by Chicago TV viewers for your always-entertaining guests and insightful commentary. Since this is a live, morning production, take us briefly through your morning routine from the time you wake upto the time you sit in the host chair.

Patrick: Coffee! Then the Danettes and I meet in the mancave and talk things outtopicsguests. But one thing we do is we try not to talk too much on any one topic in the pre-show meeting. If we are hot on a topic or story, we put the brakes on and save the discussion for the show. You dont want to try to re-do what you just talked aboutwhat you see on air is natural and unscripted.

3) CSNChicago.com: Many people in the sports media industry look up to you as one of the best interviewers in the biz. Which media personalitypersonalities did you admire growing up that you felt were (and maybe still are) the gold standard in interviewing guests?

Patrick: I admire the ones that can smoothly handle a big, live eventJim McKayKeith JacksonBrent MusbergerBob Costas. Being the point man on the air at the Olympics, World Series or Super Bowl is a pressure gig and the best in the business keep things moving while surrounded by chaos.

4) CSNChicago.com: As host of NBC Sports Football Night in America, you know all about the dominance of the defending Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. Here in Chicago, fans are just hoping the Bears can make a return to the playoffs, especially since the Pack will likely lock up the NFL North title. Simple question, do the Bears have a shot to realistically make the playoffs?

Patrick: They do. They had a shot last year at the Super Bowl and, if Cutler stays upright in the NFC title game, who knows how that game ends. The blocking is improving for Cutler. Forte is the best all-around back in the game. If the receivers can up their game and they remain a run-first team, they can make the playoffs. That being said, Green Bay looks almost flawless so far, so it will be tough to get past them if they meet again in the playoffs.

5) CSNChicago.com: Its a pretty cool fact that youre good friends with box office superstar Adam Sandler, as you appeared in numerous Sandler films over the years (including the upcoming Jack and Jill opening up on November 11). Weve got to knowany chance DP goes Hollywood full-time to pursue a career in acting?...and -- outside of Peter Krause (who did a fine job mimicking you on Sports Night years ago) -- which actor would you like to see portray your life story on film?

Patrick: Wow, now we are talking. I heard they may make an ESPN movie a la The Social Network. Id be good with Jason Bateman playing me in the 90s. Hes snarky and you have to respect his hairI do.

Patrick LINKS:

The Dan Patrick Show official site

The Dan Patrick Show on Facebook

The Dan Patrick Show on Twitter

Michal Rozsival, Jordin Tootoo extensions give Blackhawks flexibility at expansion draft

Michal Rozsival, Jordin Tootoo extensions give Blackhawks flexibility at expansion draft

The Blackhawks agreed to one-year contract extensions with defenseman Michal Rozsival and forward Jordin Tootoo, the team announced Tuesday.

Rozsival's deal is worth $650,000 while Tootoo's deal carries a $700,000 cap hit, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

The move gives the Blackhawks two players eligible to be exposed during this summer's expansion draft.

NHL teams must expose two forwards and one defenseman that have played at least 40 games in 2015-16 or more than 70 in 2016-17, and they must be under contract in 2017-18.

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Rozsival and Tootoo meet those requirements, which means the Blackhawks can now protect Ryan Hartman, who is also eligible.

They are allowed to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender or eight skaters (regardless of position) and one goaltender. 

Rozsival, 38, has one goal and one assist in 16 games this season, often serving as the team's extra defenseman. Tootoo, 34, has no points in 36 games.

NFL Scouting Combine represents opportunities — good and bad — for Bears

NFL Scouting Combine represents opportunities — good and bad — for Bears

The NFL Scouting Combine convening this week in Indianapolis isn't really the high point of pre-draft assessing being done by NFL teams. Those evaluations have been going on for many, many months — on college campuses, at bowl games — and will go on with Pro Days and selected visits to team headquarters.
 
But what it does represent is two things: a chance for teams to probe for detailed medical information on some 300 potential draftees, and a case study in savvy brand marketing by the NFL that has become its own hot-stove league on steroids (hopefully not literally for any of the participants).
 
Covering the event 25 years ago, representatives of the three Chicago-area newspapers comprised one of the two largest media contingents (the other being New York's) going about the business of football reporting after the sport had largely moved off the sports-front with the wrap-up of the Super Bowl. No TV, no internet, and the Combine operators really didn't want media around for what was set up as a purely team-centric.
 
Now the NFL has created a media event that keeps it in news prominence at what had always been a dormant calendar nadir for pro football, with not only some 1,000 media members and outlets welcome, but also with fans able to attend events like the 225-pound bench press and 40-yard dashes, whose results were once something that reporters dug around for as news scoops.
 
But beyond the observed events, including group media interviews for the majority of athletes, individual draft stocks will be affected by vertical jumps, cone drills and such. And by interviews with individual teams, which are still private. (For now. Somehow, it's not beyond imagination that someday even those will be televised, in an NFL guise of "transparency" or something, but that's for another time.)
 
Strengths, weaknesses and the QB conundrum
 
One annual refrain are the assessments of the overall draft class, what positions are its deepest, its weakest, an evaluation that carries some weight because invitees to the Combine include underclassmen, which the Senior Bowl does not.
 
But a danger within the process is exactly that — the "weight" assigned to results, particularly the on-field ones. On-field evaluations are the best indicators, but the right on-field ones were there on playing fields and now tape, not inside Lucas Oil Stadium this week.

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Combine performance has affected drafts rightly and wrongly over the years.
 
ProFootballTalk.com's Mike Florio has made an excellent case for players declining that test for reasons of confidentiality. And frankly, if teams have a problem with a player declining the test, then teams and the NFL need to do a better job of keeping the results in-house, particularly given that correlations between the Wonderlic and NFL success are questionable at best.
 
But some player or players will move up or slip down on draft boards because of drill work. That may be unfortunate for the player, and for the teams.
 
QB or not QB
 
It is at this point that the Combine becomes increasingly relevant to the Bears, or at least to those trying to discern what realistic chances exist for the Bears to address their well-documented areas of need (quarterback, tight end, cornerback, safety).
 
An inherent problem at this stage is the difficulty in arriving at a right decision, particularly at the paramount position. NFL Network draft expert Mike Mayock did some checking that illustrates the issue.
 
Between 2007-14, teams selected 21 quarterbacks in the first round. Nine of them are no longer even in the league, and only a handful have achieved something close to the coveted "franchise" distinction: Matt Ryan in Atlanta, Matthew Stafford in Detroit, Carolina's Cam Newton, Andrew Luck in Indianapolis and Joe Flacco in Baltimore. Only Flacco has won a Super Bowl.
 
"It gives a pretty good feel for the 'hit' rate of franchise quarterbacks in the first round," Mayock said on Monday.
 
"My message to NFL teams is, 'you've got to keep trying, keep on swinging.'"
 
Whether the Bears take a swing at a franchise quarterback at No. 3 is still many weeks off. But Mayock didn't endorse making that swing at that point.
 
"I don't have any quarterbacks anywhere near the Top 10," Mayock said. "That doesn't mean I think there's no talent there, because I think there are four quarterbacks that have first-round talent. In my order I had for my initial Top 5, it was [DeShone] Kizer, [Deshaun] Watson, [Mitch] Trubisky, [Patrick] Mahomes. All four of them have holes in their games.
 
"I don't think any of them are ready to start Week 1."
 
More to come over the next week. Make that "weeks."