CSN to replay Wood's 20 strikeout game, Humber's perfect game

CSN to replay Wood's 20 strikeout game, Humber's perfect game

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO REPLAY KERRY WOODS 20 STRIKEOUT GAME & PHIL HUMBERS PERFECT GAME DURING THE ALL-STAR BREAK

Chicago, IL (July 5, 2012) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, will be providing fans of both teams with a special treat during the All-Star break as the network will re-air a pair of historic Chicago baseball pitching gems: Kerry Woods 20-strikeout performance from 1998 and Phil Humbers stellar perfect game from this past April. Note the following details

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11

7:00 PM Cubs Classics: Kerry Woods 20 Strikeout Game (from May 6, 1998) In just his fifth career start, Kerry Wood entered the halls of baseball history with one of the most dominant, single game pitching performances on record. Facing the visiting Houston Astros, Kid K threw a one-hit, complete game shutout, allowing just two baserunnersbut his MLB record-tying 20 strikeouts was the big story, as Wood mowed the opposition down from start to finish, including striking out eight of the last nine batters he faced. When the season ended, Wood was named the 1998 National League Rookie of the Year.
(SPECIAL NOTE: Kerry Wood will be along to provide brand new commentary coming in and out of breaks throughout this entire replay telecast.)

THURSDAY, JULY 12

7:00 PM White Sox Classics: Phil Humbers Perfect Game (from April 21, 2012) In his second start of the 2012 season (and just his 30th career start overall), Phil Humber became just the third White Sox pitcher in franchise history -- 21st in MLB history -- to throw a perfect game. A monumental performance throughout this game in Seattle, Humber retired all 27 batters he faced (and never needed more than 14 pitches, to get through a single frame) in his first-ever complete game shutout. In addition to receiving a congratulatory phone call from President Obama, Humber was also named the American League Player of the Week for the week ending April 22.

Coming up on Comcast SportsNet

INSIDE LOOK: A.J. PIERZYNSKI debuts this Saturday, July 7 at 7:00 PM

THE BATTERS BOX (episode 2) debuts this Sunday, July 8 at 3:30 PM (following Cubs Post Game Live)

WHITE SOX close out the first half of the season this weekend with a home series against the Toronto Blue Jays (Friday at 6:30 PM on CSN; Saturday at 2:30 PM on CSN)

CUBS head into the All-Star break with a three-game set at the NY Mets (Friday at 6:00 PM & Sunday at 11:30 AM on CSN)

In addition, viewers are also urged to visit Comcast SportsNets newly-enhanced website, CSNChicago.com, for the very latest White Sox & Cubs news, game previewsrecaps, Insider reports, talent blogs, videos and much more, available 247.

Jonathan Toews' late goal sends Blackhawks to win over Canucks

Jonathan Toews' late goal sends Blackhawks to win over Canucks

Jonathan Toews recorded a four-point night, including the game-winning goal, and Corey Crawford recorded his 200th career victory as the Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Sunday night.

Crawford, who had struggled in recent starts, stopped 25 of 27 shots in this one. Brian Campbell garnered his 500th career point with his primary assist on Panik's goal. Toews recorded two assists, moving ahead of Jeremy Roenick for 13th among the Blackhawks' all-time assist leaders (330).

Marian Hossa, who recorded an empty-net goal late, garnered his 400th point in a Blackhawks uniform.

The Blackhawks had one of their best first periods on Sunday night, outshooting the Canucks 18-9 and taking that 2-0 lead. Richard Panik scored his 11th goal of the season from the slot off Campbell's feed and Patrick Kane scored his 15th goal of the season.

The third wasn't nearly as good as Troy Stecher scored a power-play goal and Bo Horvat scored 46 seconds later. But Toews scored off a carom off the backboards with 1:18 remaining to regain a 3-2 lead, and Hossa’s empty-net goal sealed it.

Bad blood fueled Bears-Vikings playoff bout profiled in 'Bears Classics: Eclipsing Moon'

Bad blood fueled Bears-Vikings playoff bout profiled in 'Bears Classics: Eclipsing Moon'

From the high ground of hindsight, what unfolded in the Metrodome that day in 1995 was actually quite a big deal. But not for reasons that you could have really understood at the time watching the Bears stun the Minnesota Vikings 35-18 in the wild card round of the 1994 playoffs.

It was not so much the game alone. It was the overall context of the time for the Bears, before and after.

Though the 1995 season would get off to a 6-2 start for the Bears before their near-historic collapse, the Minnesota game would prove to be the high-water mark for the coaching tenure of Dave Wannstedt. This was the postseason, and the Bears looked to be going where then-president Mike McCaskey envisioned when he made the play to beat the New York Giants in securing Wannstedt, who was unquestionably the hot coaching prospect coming out of the Dallas Super Bowl pantheon after the 1992 season.

To fully grasp the situation, you need to understand the undercurrent of venom that had developed between the Bears and Vikings. Bears-Packers might have been the glitzy rivalry, but what had grown between the Bears and Vikings was true hostility, with little of the respect that the Bears and Packers had managed. The Vikings carried grudges for Pro Bowl slights going back almost to the Bears' Super Bowl win. One Bears defensive lineman remarked that his most hated opponent was Minnesota right tackle Tim Irwin, adding, "He's a guy that, if I ran over him with a car, I'd back up over him to make sure I got him." Dwayne Rudd's backpedaling taunt after an interception came a couple years later, but you get the idea.

What's easily forgotten looking back through the mists of time was the epic decision made by Wannstedt to make a quarterback change, from a quarterback he wanted in free agency to one he knew well from their time together at the University of Miami. That was every bit the turning point of the season and the real reason the playoff trip and win ever happened.

The Bears had been annihilated in their first game against the Vikings in the 1994 season — 42-14 — and something was really, really wrong, which become glaringly more evident just a few weeks later, even though the Bears were reaching a 4-2 mark under quarterback Erik Kramer, the centerpiece of an aggressive offseason foray into free agency. But the Bears then lost — badly — to the Lions and Packers, with Kramer throwing three interceptions against Detroit and two against Green Bay, the latter in only 10 pass attempts.

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I talked privately to Kramer after the Green Bay game, specifically about why it was that he was playing his absolute worst against Detroit, Green Bay and Minnesota, all teams with which he was intimately familiar. My thought: You know those defenses and where their people are going to be.

Kramer shook his head: "The 'other guys' I know. It's my own guys. I don't know where they're supposed to be."

It wasn't a comment on his receivers whatsoever. It was Kramer admitting bluntly that he was not getting the West Coast scheme of coordinator Ron Turner and its timing element.

Wannstedt knew it wasn't working and made the change to Steve Walsh, who'd been the Hurricanes' quarterback under Jimmy Johnson when Wannstedt was the defensive coordinator.

That was the tipping point, and Walsh and Wannstedt are among the principals of "Bears Classics: Eclipsing Moon," airing on Monday at 8 p.m. on CSN.

Anyone with any time spent in or around the NFL knows that beating a team three times in a season is incredibly difficult. The Bears had been blown out in the first Minnesota game but had pushed the Vikings to overtime in the second and would have won had Kevin Butler not missed a 40-yard field goal try.

The playoff meeting was No. 3, and after the Vikings put up a field goal in the first quarter, the Bears scored with a Lewis Tillman touchdown in the second and just pulled steadily away from the winner of the only NFL division that produced four teams with winning records.

From there it would be another decade-plus — 2006 season — before the Bears would win a playoff game.