CSN to air Thanksgiving Day marathon of great Chicago sports programming

CSN to air Thanksgiving Day marathon of great Chicago sports programming

All 15 episodes of The Batters Box WhiteCubs trivia game show, along with critically-acclaimed documentaries and much more beginning at 9:00 AM

Chicago, IL (November 19, 2012) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will provide its viewers with a marathon of special Thanksgiving Day programming beginning this Thursday, November 22 at 9:00 AM.

Among the highlights from Comcast SportsNets Thanksgiving Day programming line-up includes all 15 episodes of Comcast SportsNets popular CubsWhite Sox trivia game show The Batters Box, along with re-airs of Comcast SportsNets critically-acclaimed documentaries From the Sports World to the Third World: Journey to Cambodia and 25: The Ben Wilson Story, plus Summer Olympic & Notre Dame football-themed programming as well.

Note Comcast SportsNets Thanksgiving Day programming line-up below:

9:00 AM through 4:30 PM The Batters Box All 15 episodes from Season One of CSNs popular White SoxCubs trivia game show, hosted by Luke Stuckmeyer.
4:30 PM Bears Blitz Hosts Chris Boden and Dan Jiggetts preview the Bears upcoming game against the rival Vikings from a defensive standpoint.
5:30 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff Best of edition hosted by David Kaplan
6:30 PM SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-verse (L) The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports
7:00 PM From the Sports World to the Third World: A Journey to Cambodia (Parts I & II) Comcast SportsNets landmark, behind-the-scenes, documentary (hosted by Chuck Garfien) detailing the amazing story of how two Chicago sports industry veterans -- BullsBlackhawksBears team photographer Bill Smith and Bulls senior director of ticket operations Joe ONeil -- are changing the lives of hundreds of helpless children and their families each and every day in poverty-stricken Cambodia.
8:00 PM Aly Raisman: Bringing Home Gold This half-hour program takes a look back at the 2012 Olympic story of this gymnastics sensation with an exclusive, up-close-and-personal look, including a recap of Alys Olympic performance in London, which earned her two gold medals and a bronze. With unprecedented access, the documentary follows the gymnast as she returns to Massachusetts from London, having left Needham, MA as a local star and returning as an international superstar.
8:30 PM 25: The Ben Wilson Story Comcast SportsNets poignant and emotional Emmy-winning documentary honoring the passing of one of the greatest high school basketball players in Chicago sports history.
9:00 PM Onward Notre Dame: South Bend to Soldier Field Produced by NFL Films, this behind-the-scenes special followed Notre Dame head football coach Brian Kelly and the Fighting Irish for five-straight days leading up to their big game at Soldier Field earlier this season vs. Miami.
10:00 PM & 10:30 PM GMC SportsNet Central (L) The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports.
11:00 PM The Pat Boyle Podcast CSN anchorreporter Pat Boyles weekly half-hour discussion show featuring the hottest guests & topics from the world of sports.
11:30 PM Pro Football Weekly Pat Boyle, Tom Waddle, Dan Hampton & Hub Arkush discuss the weekends upcoming NFL games, along with the latest player injury updates, key highlights and more.
12:00 AM SportsNet Central presented by CLR (L) The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports.

REMINDER: Comcast SportsNet will carry live coverage of all eight IHSA Football Championship games this weekend (all in HD); beginning with the Class 1A title game Friday morning (Nov. 23) at 10:00 AM all the way through the Class 8A battle on Saturday night (Nov. 24) at 7:00 PM. Plus - on Sunday, Nov. 25, fans can also look forward to Bears Post Game Live presented by Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana Chevy Dealers (airing at approx. 3:00 PM).

Viewers are also urged to visit Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, 247 for the very latest BullsBlackhawksWhite SoxCubsBears news, game previewsrecaps, Insider blogs, videos and much more.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 13 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually, along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis, to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY. NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nations largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, visit CSNChicago.com or ComcastSportNet.com.

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks beat Avalanche; Bulls lose to Mavericks

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Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks beat Avalanche; Bulls lose to Mavericks

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After loss to Mavs, Wade says Bulls 'keep putting (their) hand on the hot stove every day'

After loss to Mavs, Wade says Bulls 'keep putting (their) hand on the hot stove every day'

Dwyane Wade sounded every bit like a frustrated 35-year old father when talking about the repeated ills and so-called growing pains of his Bulls, as they surrendered yet another game against a sub-.500 team.

Sometimes it's the New York Knicks whom the Bulls are offering temporary refuge. Or maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves as they are all-too-generous to roll out the welcome mat for returning figures to Chicago.

Tuesday it was the Dallas Mavericks, the second-worst team in the Western Conference, who stormed into the United Center and escaped with a 99-98 win, courtesy of Wesley Matthews' triple with 11.7 seconds left followed by him locking down Jimmy Butler on the ensuing possession.

Wade was forced to take a contested 21-footer that went awry, but the Bulls' ills went far beyond the last two possessions, when the Mavericks exploited their strategy yet again.

"Either you learn the lesson or figure out," Wade said. "Keep putting your hand on the hot stove every day.

"We just gotta figure out not to put our hands on that stove. And understand when we come in the kitchen, that stove is hot, don't touch it. As I continue to say, this is a very young team and they have to play in these games and have to go through these moments. The one thing you want, whether it's this year or next year, is to not make the same mistakes."

The Bulls are apparently insistent on touching the stove and keep burning themselves, the most recent time with the confusion or the bad strategy in defending the Mavericks' final offensive possession.

Deron Williams found himself with Nikola Mirotic defending him off a switch from Jimmy Butler. Not the quickest afoot, Mirotic gave Williams an easy path to the basket and Wade was the backside help, not wanting to leave Matthews on the wing for a triple.

But with the bench commanding Wade to help, Williams easily found Matthews for an open 3 as Wade had no help for his man. With the Bulls up two, one could see how Wade didn't want to leave Matthews.

"I'll have to go back and watch, but it looks like Deron got downcourt, Wade went over to help and we didn’t rotate accordingly," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. "We obviously need to do a better job of staying in front of the other end."

Mirotic was supposed to be brought back slowly in his return from strep throat, but he played the entire fourth quarter and 22 minutes overall, having lost eight pounds with his illness that had him miss four games.

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Their issues were game-long and have been seasonlong as the Mavericks were supposed to absorb a shellacking from a Bulls team that felt a 25-point beatdown in Texas last month.

Instead, they would've been happy with settling for an escape when Butler rose up over his college teammate Matthews for a 20-foot wing jumper with 22.8 seconds left.

Butler nearly added a triple-double and clutch moment to his growing resume with 24 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds but was dogged by Matthews all night, the defender who wouldn't give him airspace, went chest-to-chest and even earned a technical foul when he felt Butler exaggerated some contact in the third quarter.

"He took away my space, wouldn't let me get to my spot," Butler said of Matthews. "Good for him. I should've did something different."

Wade missed 13 of his 21 shots, scoring 17 with five rebounds on his 35th birthday

With scoring at a premium, Robin Lopez had a season-high 21 points being guarded by Dirk Nowitzki — and they were necessary considering the Bulls were without Taj Gibson (ankle injury) and Doug McDermott couldn't repeat his 30-point showing from Sunday in Memphis.

Rick Carlisle has long been regarded as one of the top strategic coaches, and though he doesn't have the usual personnel from the Mavericks' salad days, he had enough tricks up his sleeve to throw the Bulls off.

Six Mavericks scored in double figures, led by Harrison Barnes' 20 points and Seth Curry's 18, as Barnes, Matthews and Curry combined for eight triples — spreading the Bulls out and picking them apart defensively.

The Mavericks started Nowitzki at center, going to an almost all-small lineup. And though Lopez scored 14 points in the first half, trying to feed him seemed to take the Bulls out of it in the second half.

The energy was tardy to the party, as they shot just 41 percent in the first half but woke up a little in the third quarter — continuing their all-too familiar trend of half-hearted efforts against lesser teams.

And it looks like the ever-optimistic Wade is dishing out some realism, probably something that comes with the perspective of turning 35.

"You can't keep getting stressed out or frustrated. We've been going through this all year. We'll get back in in the morning.

"Once you realize who you are, you're better off. I sleep better at night. Once we want to be a better team and start winning games, we will. I'm not mad, I'm not frustrated, I'm not stressed. Just taking the hits."