Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough to be next featured guest on Inside Look

Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough to be next featured guest on Inside Look

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS PRESIDENT & CEO JOHN MCDONOUGH TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ON
COMCAST SPORTSNETS MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK

Inside Look presented by Cadillac, hosted by Comcast SportsNets Pat Boyle, featuring John McDonough to debut Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 PMCSNChicago.com to provide additional web extras coverage of Inside Look, including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (March 27, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.

Debuting Saturday, March 31 at 6:00 PM, Comcast SportsNets Pat Boyle hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Blackhawks President & CEO JOHN MCDONOUGH. McDonough discusses everything from the challenges of rebuilding the Blackhawks franchiseto his pride and organization-wide appreciation for the teams Stanley Cup championship in 2010. Plus McDonough also discusses his successful tenure with the Cubs and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional web extras interview content never before seen on TV, which includes interview footage with Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz and Executive Vice President Jay Blunk.

Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with John McDonough on the following datestimes: Thu, Apr. 5 at 11:00pm - Fri, Apr. 6 at 11:00am - Sun, Apr. 8 at 2:30pm & Fri, Apr. 13 at 4:30pm.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with John McDonough presented by Cadillac premiering Saturday, March 31 on Comcast SportsNet:

MCDONOUGH on the daunting task of rebuilding the Blackhawks organization:
The first couple weeks I would be driving home on the Eisenhower and I would be saying to myself, I think I made a mistake. Now, this was to myself. Because again, this was much grander than I thought and the franchise, I thought, needed a complete overhaul from top to bottom and I almost didn't know where to start. And I am thinking, we have to start from scratch and that, at that point, is exactly what we did. It almost became personal.

MCDONOUGH on the state of the franchise when he first accepted the job as Blackhawks President:
I didnt feel it was in a very good place. This was a much more daunting ordeal than I had ever anticipated, but not insurmountable. I remember, after the press conference, I gathered the entire organization or the people that were here at the time and I really remember the message very clearly - the expectations are going to be higher, the pace is going to be swifter and you are going to need to be onboardand as I looked out at this group, I could see in their eyes, a good number of them were not onboard. They just were not onboard. And then it got into that we had to make seismic, profound change. This wasn't an assignment. This was not an assessment where I could have sat back, looked at the terrain, kind of a two-year plan and report back to (Rocky). This was a 911. There was a great sense of urgency.

MCDONOUGH on thinking about the Cubs on his way down to the Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Parade:
I remember driving down to the parade with my wife and I remember having this moment saying, I really thought this would be with the Cubs...I really thought this moment would be with the Cubs. I will tell you something that I never said publicly before. In my mind's eye...I dont know why I had this indelible snapshot, but I did. In my mind's eye, about eight to ten years ago I had envisioned a fly ball to centerfieldCorey Patterson catches itnational bedlam ensues. The Cubs win the World Series and it's the biggest civic celebration in the history of sports. That is what I thought would happen. I believed that was going to happen. I never envisioned it would be with the Blackhawks.

MCDONOUGH on wanting the Stanley Cup Championship Parade to last forever & moving forward the following week:
While I was on the bus and there were a few million people at this parade, I felt how proud I was to be from Chicago and whether it's with the Cubs or the Blackhawks that I am really fortunate to play a small role and be a part of this. I needed to savor that momentI never wanted that parade ride to end. I wanted to continue to go down North Michigan Avenue and go down Lake Shore Drive and just go on forever. Unfortunately that couldn't happen. I remember coming back on Monday, the parade was on a Friday, and really sending a simple message to the staff, business operations and hockey operations - Party's over, let's move on.

Elena Delle Donne scores 18, leads Sky over Wings

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Elena Delle Donne scores 18, leads Sky over Wings

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Elena Delle Donne had 18 points and eight rebounds to help the Chicago Sky beat the Dallas Wings 92-85 on Sunday.

Courtney Vandersloot added 15 points and nine assists, Cappie Pondexter scored 14 and Erika de Souza had 12 for Chicago, which is sixth in the AP power poll.

The Sky (13-13) had an 18-1 run spanning the first and second quarters to make it 40-16 on de Souza's basket with 6:09 left in the first half.

The 10th-ranked Wings (9-18) cut the deficit to 60-54 in the third quarter but Chicago answered with a 12-3 run. From there, the Wings trailed by double-digits until a late 13-2 run brought them within 90-85 with 15 seconds left.

Odyssey Sims scored 22 points and Skylar Diggins added 16 to lead Dallas, which dropped its eighth in a row.

Cubs close out road trip with narrow loss to Dodgers

Cubs close out road trip with narrow loss to Dodgers

LOS ANGELES – Joe Maddon watched John Lackey board the team bus on Sunday morning wearing a Team USA onesie. The Cubs manager later noticed Aroldis Chapman in pajamas in the clubhouse on his way out to the dugout for his pregame media session at Dodger Stadium.

“We’ve created our own little culture, our own little identity,” Maddon said. “I just love the fact that they buy into those moments. Your stars are buying into it.”

The Cubs are in their own world, followed like rock stars on the road, freed from baseball’s unwritten rules and checked out from the daily anxiety and scoreboard-watching stress during a normal pennant race. 

But this afternoon still had a playoff-type atmosphere, with a crowd of 44,745 watching a scoreless game finally pivot in the eighth inning. Cubs reliever Trevor Cahill hit Andrew Toles with a pitch, jammed Howie Kendrick and threw the soft groundball into right field. An intentional walk to Corey Seager loaded the bases, setting up a matchup between Carl Edwards Jr. and the heart of the Los Angeles lineup.

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The rookie unleashed a 97-mph fastball and struck out Justin Turner on a foul tip. Edwards then went right back at Adrian Gonzalez, inducing a chopper toward third baseman Javier Baez, who threw the ball to second base. The Cubs missed escaping the jam by a split second, with Seager’s right foot sliding into second just before Ben Zobrist’s left foot touched the bag.

That would be the difference in a 1-0 loss that again showed the narrow margin between these two big-market, first-place teams. The Cubs needed 10 innings to secure a comeback win on Friday night before Los Angeles won one-run games on Saturday and Sunday at Dodger Stadium.  

The Cubs would still leave Los Angeles with a 14-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals, their magic number to clinch the division now 20, ending a West Coast trip with a onesies theme almost exactly one year after Jake Arrieta threw a no-hitter at Dodger Stadium, showing this team would be a force in October.

With John Lackey ramping up for return, could Cubs go to six-man rotation?

With John Lackey ramping up for return, could Cubs go to six-man rotation?

LOS ANGELES – John Lackey is ramping up for a return to the rotation and all those “Big Boy Games” the Cubs are supposed to play in October.

The Cubs expect Lackey to test his strained right shoulder and throw two bullpen sessions this week, manager Joe Maddon said Sunday at Dodger Stadium. If everything goes smoothly for the two-time World Series champion, the Cubs will tentatively schedule Lackey’s next start for either the Labor Day weekend showdown against the San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field, or near the beginning of a three-city road trip in early September.     

Lackey (9-7, 3.41 ERA) has accounted for 158-plus innings, making 24 starts and stabilizing the rotation before going on the disabled list on Aug. 15. Jason Hammel should eventually cool off and will be “well-rested” after Maddon’s quick hook on Saturday afternoon at Dodger Stadium. The Cubs also like what they’ve seen from Mike Montgomery, believing the lefty can develop into a solid big-league starter.

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Could the Cubs go to a six-man rotation down the stretch?

“We haven’t planned that specifically yet,” Maddon said. “I’m not opposed, let me put it that way. We’ll see how it all plays out with Mikey the next time through. Again, to do anything we possibly can to conserve our arms for the end of the year is important. 

“It’s being proven throughout the industry right now. Moving forward, the biggest trick there is to get the sixth guy that you like. Most teams are clamoring to get (No.) 4 and 5. We got five that we like. Now we’re working on 6.”

It’s not like the Cubs are fighting for a wild-card spot or clinging to a one-game lead in the division. The best record in baseball allows them to look at the big picture and get creative in September. The counterargument to keeping starters fresh for October would be keeping creatures of habit like Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta in a rhythm. 

“Starting pitchers have always rallied to say that they need to stay on that particular plan,” Maddon said. “But I think it’s kind of been proven – just give them that extra day or two on occasion and it really benefits them. So I just think you’re fighting this old view of specifically how it needs to be done."