Bears will 'embrace the national stage' vs. Texans, 49ers

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Bears will 'embrace the national stage' vs. Texans, 49ers

Lovie Smith has seen highlights, lowlights, dim lights, spotlights in his nine seasons as Bears coach. As the beam of the national NFL spotlight begins swinging toward Chicago in earnest with the approach the Houston Texans next Sunday night, Smith clearly has no problem with his team savoring the moment.

Each game as you continue to win, the stakes go up a little bit higher, Smith said Monday. We realize that and were going to embrace it. Were going to embrace this national stage that we have this Sunday night.

For a lot of the first nine games of this season, the Bears had to listen to how easy their schedule was. The less-than-veiled insult was obvious.

Now they will begin a week leading into next Sundays game against the 7-1 and AFC-leading Houston Texans. The NBC-TV Sunday night broadcast team of Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels, doing the Atlanta-Dallas game after the Bears went to 7-1 with the win over Tennessee, already began the suggestion that this could be a Super Bowl preview.

The Houston game will still be in its highlight-replays phase when, win or lose, the ESPN Monday Night Football team of Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden will commence describing the Bears-San Francisco 49ers MNF game of Nov. 19 as a possible NFC Championship game preview."

It wont hurt the hype that both the Bears (2010) and 49ers (2011) were losers in the last two NFC title games to the eventual Super Bowl winners.

It is arguably at this point where the level over veteran-ness commonly referred to as too many old guys becomes a tipping-point factor.

We cant sit around and talk about how good we are, defensive end Julius Peppers told CSNChicago.com after the Titans game.

Now they are going to be told how good they are. The surprise will be if a veteran-led team listens to that any more than it listened to the critics.

Were a 7-1 team, Smith declared. You are what your record says you are and were a 7-1 football team. Were a good football team. Were excited about playing the Texans. I see our team getting better and better.

We havent peaked yet. I havent been around a lot of teams that have peaked, and once you do peak you might start thinking about that. But thats not us.

TOMBOY Women in Sports Symposium Q&A

TOMBOY Women in Sports Symposium Q&A

DePaul and CSN Chicago hosted a Women in Sports Symposium featuring with female athletes and women in sports media and sports business on Monday as part of the NBC Sports Regional Networks' TOMBOY initiative.

CSN's Kelly Crull hosted. She was joined by Jean Lenti Ponsetto (DePaul athletics director), Susan Goodenow (Bulls vice president of marketing and branding), Doug Bruno (DePaul women's basketball coach), Peggy Kusinski (NBC Chicago sports anchor/reporter) and Sofia Huerta (Chicago Red Stars forward).

After introductions and discussing what the word tomboy makes the panelists think of, the panel fielded questions on the topic. Watch the video above to see the full length Q&A.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Tim Anderson gives revealing interview about his first season

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Tim Anderson gives revealing interview about his first season

In this episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast, shortstop Tim Anderson joins the podcast and gives a revealing interview with Chuck Garfien about his first season with the White Sox and how adversity he faced in high school still drives him today.

Dan Hayes calls in from Arizona to break down the White Sox-Cubs game. They talk about Lucas Giolito’s White Sox debut, Jose Abreu’s first home run of the spring and the latest Jose Quintana rumors.

CSN’s Siera Santos talks about her conversations with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: