NBC Chicago Nonstop Digital 5.2 and CSN to carry live coverage of IHSA Football Championships

NBC Chicago Nonstop Digital 5.2 and CSN to carry live coverage of IHSA Football Championships

NBC CHICAGO NONSTOP DIGITAL 5.2 AND COMCAST SPORTSNET TO CARRY LIVE COVERAGE OF IHSA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Networks to jointly televise this weekends Class 1A-8A IHSA Football Championships LIVE in the Chicago market only; Games will also be televised everywhere on DIRECTV & DISH Network

Viewers outside the Chicago market are encouraged to visit IHSA.com for exact broadcast networkchannel location information in their area

CSNChicago.com to air highlight packages of all games throughout the weekend;

IHSA.tv to live stream every game
Chicago, IL (November 21, 2011) -- NBC Chicago Nonstop Digital 5.2 (NBC5s 247 local news and entertainment channel) and Comcast SportsNet (the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox) have jointly announced the two networks will be airing LIVE coverage of the 2011 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football Championships on Friday, November 25 & Saturday, November 26 from Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL. Chicago preps fans can look forward to every action-packed championship battle starting with the Class 1A contest on Friday morning at 10:00 AM, leading up Class 8As highly-anticipated match-up between Bolingbrook and Loyola Academy on Saturday night at 7:00 PM. The 2011 IHSA Football Championships will be produced by the IHSA & When We Were Young Productions.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Both NBC Chicago Nonstop Digital 5.2 and Comcast SportsNets televised coverage of all eight IHSA Football Championship games can only be seen in the Chicago market. Please note the following providerchannel location for both stations in the Chicago area:

NBC CHICAGO NONSTOP DIGITAL 5.2 COMCAST SPORTSNET

Digital Channel 5.2 Comcast Cable37 & 200

Comcast Cable341 AT&T U-verse741 & 1741

RCN50 RCN370 & 1685

Wide Open West130 Wide Open West38, 65 & 220

In addition, all eight IHSA championship match-ups will also be televised everywhere on DIRECTV channel 665 & DISH Network channel 429. Viewers outside the Chicago are urged to consult their on-screen channel guide to verify the channel broadcasting the game in their area or to simply visit IHSA.org for complete broadcast stationchannel location information throughout the state.

IHSA.tv will also be providing a live stream of every game and CSNChicago.com will be featuring highlight packages from all games throughout the weekend. Plus Comcast SportsNet viewers can look forward to special IHSA Championship editions of High School Lites on both Friday, Nov. 25 & Saturday, Nov. 26 live at 10:30 PM for a complete rundown of all games, including expanded highlights and playercoaches interviews.

The following schedule details NBC Chicago Nonstop Digital 5.2 and Comcast SportsNets coverage of the 2011 IHSA Football Championships airing this Thanksgiving weekend (play-by-playcolor analyst announce teams are included below):

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

10:00 AM Class 1A: TUSCOLA vs. DAKOTA (Lee HallJack McInerney)

1:00 PM Class 2A: CASEY-WESTFIELD (Casey) vs. MORRISON (Lee HallJack McInerney)

4:00 PM Class 3A: MT. CARMEL (Chicago) vs. AURORA CHRISTIAN (Dave BernhardDanan Hughes)

7:00 PM Class 4A: ROCHESTER vs. RICHMOND-BURTON (Richmond) (Dave BernhardDanan Hughes)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

10:00 AM Class 5A: JOLIET CATHOLIC vs. MONTINI (Lombard) (Lee HallDanan Hughes)

1:00 PM Class 6A: RICHWOODS (Peoria) vs. PRAIRIE RIDGE (Crystal Lake) (Lee HallDanan Hughes)

4:00 PM Class 7A: WHEATON-WARRENVILLE SOUTH (Wheaton) vs. BOYLAN CATHOLIC (Rockford) (Dave BernhardJack McInerney)

7:00 PM Class 8A: BOLINGBROOK vs. LOYOLA ACADEMY (Wilmette) (Dave BernhardJack McInerney)

Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

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Hawks Talk Podcast: Blackhawks' bottom six steps up in Colorado

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Jamal Mayers discuss the bottom six carrying the Blackhawks to a come-from-behind win over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday night.

Later, Mayers weighs in on possible targets with the NHL trade deadline just six weeks away.

Listen to the latest episode of the Hawks Talk Podcast below:

Pro Football Focus gives Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman historical 2016 grade

Pro Football Focus gives Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman historical 2016 grade

Bears GM Ryan Pace struck gold with his signing of Jerrell Freeman last offseason.

Freeman, who signed a three-year, $12 million contract with the Bears last March, was graded as the NFL's No. 1 inside linebacker in 2016, according to Pro Football Focus.

Freeman's 93.8 overall grade was PFF's third-highest defensive grade behind Los Angeles Rams All-Pro defensive lineman Aaron Donald (95.6) and Oakland Raiders standout edge rusher Khalil Mack (93.9). 

Here's what PFF's Mike Renner had to say about Freeman's historic 2016 season:

One of the most impressive pure statistics any player amassed this season came from Bears linebacker Jerrell Freeman. He made 40 tackles in coverage while missing only one tackle attempt. That ratio is insane, and it’s the best we’ve recorded since 2012. That’s about the only exciting stat, though, as the Bears’ front-seven desperately missed a fully-healthy Pernell McPhee for a good portion of the year.

Despite Freeman's outstanding season, he was left off of PFF's All-Pro Team for 2016. Although he was ranked ahead of Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner (91.6) and Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly (92.9), PFF likely omitted Freeman due to him missing four games with a PED suspension.

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In his first season with the Bears, the 30-year-old Freeman led the team with 110 tackles (the next highest total was Harold Jones-Quartey's 78). Freeman also finished with a team-high 7 tackles for a loss. 

Check out a snapshot below of Freeman's PFF metrics from last season:

If there's any doubt about Freeman's play falling off after serving a suspension, he put that theory to rest. Freeman's second-best game grade came in Week 17 against the Minnesota Vikings (3.5). Freeman also had a positive grade (1.4) in his first game coming off the suspension against the Washington Redskins in Week 16.

"People know me," Freeman told the media after returning from suspension. "People know who I am. People know what I'm about. I wouldn't do that on purpose. I made a mistake and that's what it is. It's not like I was going out of my way to do something (illegal). But it happened. It's my fault and I take responsibility for it."