CSN looks back at 1988's New Year's Eve "Fog Bowl" playoff game on next installment of Bears Classics

CSN looks back at 1988's New Year's Eve "Fog Bowl" playoff game on next installment of Bears Classics
December 18, 2013, 10:45 am
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‘Bears Classics’ presented by Honda, to debut Thursday, December 26 at 7:00 PM CT -- Exclusively on Comcast SportsNet
Narrated by television broadcasting legend Bill Kurtis
Written & Directed by Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien

Chicago, IL (December 18, 2013) – Comcast SportsNet and the Chicago Bears will debut the second installment of its partnered Bears Classics presented by Honda documentary series when the network will go back in time – exactly a quarter-century ago – to showcase the 25th anniversary of one of the wildest and most memorable games in all of sports history: “The Fog Bowl.”

Premiering Thursday, December 26 at 7:00 PM CT exclusively on Comcast SportsNet, Bears Classics will turn back the clock to December 31, 1988 when the Bears and Philadelphia Eagles faced each other in a divisional playoff match-up…a game that literally no one ever truly saw as a dense fog rolled into Soldier Field just before halftime…and remained there for the rest of the game.

For the players, the spectators in attendance, and certainly for all who watched from home, the second half of the game simply became a state of mass confusion. Comcast SportsNet will go deep inside the fog, interviewing all the key players and witnesses connected to this unforgettable event – both on and off-the-field – telling first-hand, behind-the-stories that were never heard before…until now.

Once again, local/national television broadcasting legend/multiple Peabody & Emmy Award winner Bill Kurtis narrates this installment of Bears Classics. Comcast SportsNet’s Chuck Garfien is the documentary series writer/director and Willie Parker is the series’ producer.

In addition to the expert narration by Kurtis, among the numerous players/media/execs interviewed in this second episode of Bears Classics include candid and honest discussion from the following individuals:

Mike Ditka (former Bears head coach)
Dan Hampton (former Bears defensive tackle)
Mike Singletary (former Bears linebacker)
Randall Cunningham (former Eagles quarterback)
Dennis McKinnon (former Bears wide receiver)
Mike Richardson (former Bears cornerback)
Mike Quick (former Eagles wide receiver)
Jim Tunney (NFL referee of “The Fog Bowl”)
George McCaskey (Bears Chairman)
Tom Skilling (Chicago meteorologist)
Wayne Larrivee (former Bears radio play-by-play announcer)
Mike Tomczak (former Bears quarterback)
Dan Pompei (Bears/NFL sportswriter)
Hub Arkush (Bears/NFL analyst)
Bruce Wolf (Chicago on-air sports reporter)
Jim Riebrandt (Soldier Field public address announcer)

Please note the following quotes from Comcast SportsNet’s premiere airing of Bears Classics: The Fog Bowl, debuting Thursday, December 26 at 7:00 PM CT:

MIKE DITKA: “It was the weirdest day I have ever seen in my life. I don't think people can understand unless they were there. With the TV, you know what you saw on TV, I mean it was terrible…and so the people at the game were the only ones that knew what it was all about. There's a lot of conjecture that I had something to do with it, but no…although I did say a prayer.”

DAN HAMPTON: “All I can tell you is that every Easter I watch ‘The Ten Commandments’ and I'm thinking about that fog coming over the north end of the stadium. I'm standing there talking to [Steve] McMichael...’holy (expletitive), do you see what I see?’ The hair on the back of our necks stood up. The next thing you know, we can't see what's going on.”

MIKE SINGLETARY: “It was the most unbelievable experience that I have ever witnessed in a game, in sports. It was unbelievable.”

RANDALL CUNNINGHAM: “I call it ‘an act of God’, because it was really God’s will that that happened and that you go through diverse times, everyone goes through diverse times like that, and there was nothing we could do, so He was in total control of it.”

DENNIS McKINNON: “From the hash to the sideline, ten yards was about all you could see, in terms of visibility, from the hash to the hash in the middle of the field. Ten yards in either direction was totally blacked out. You couldn't see anything.”

MIKE RICHARDSON: “I mean we couldn't see referees, we couldn't see coaches, we could not see anybody.”

JIM TUNNEY: “I get more questions about that any of the games that I worked. (More than) the Ice Bowl or the four Super Bowls that I worked. People want to talk about the Fog Bowl.”

TOM SKILLING: “Believe me, nothing bugs a forecaster more than missing some detailed forecast, but you honestly would look back on that situation and say 'you know, this was just so off-the-charts unusual, there isn't a prayer in hell that you could've forecast that ahead of time.’ So I think it's just one of those events you'll always remember because it was so unusual.”

GEORGE McCASKEY: “I remember jokingly asking my mom after the game, 'so are they going to be issuing refunds?' And she said the commissioner said the game counts. So that was the final word on that subject.”

Comcast SportsNet will also re-air this episode of Bears Classics on the actual 25th anniversary of the game – Tue, Dec. 31 at 11pm – and again on Fri, Jan. 3 at 9pm. Details regarding January’s premiere episode of Bears Classics will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition, fans can also get interactive prior and during every airing of Bears Classics with their thoughts, memories and comments by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #BearsClassics. Plus, CSNChicago.com will provide additional, online exclusive interviews and commentary write-ups from a variety of Comcast SportsNet on-air talent members and from CSNChicago.com’s Bears “Insider” John ‘Moon’ Mullin.