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.

What to make of Blackhawks blockbuster deals

What to make of Blackhawks blockbuster deals

Before the clock struck noon on a day Chicago was hosting its first ever NHL Draft, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman sent shockwaves throughout the city and hockey world by completing a pair of blockbuster trades within an hour of each other.

The first was dealing three-time Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona, and the second involving Artemi Panarin and Brandon Saad in a swap of talented wingers with Columbus.

This comes two days after the Blackhawks announced Marian Hossa will miss the 2017-18 campaign with a progressive skin disorder. That's three core players gone in the blink of an eye.

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Rather than maximizing a championship window that was viewed as closing quickly, Bowman has elected to take a long-term approach and it might not be the worst idea.

There's no doubt the loss of Hjalmarsson, who remains one of the most underrated blue liners in the league, and Panarin, who finished in the top-10 in scoring among forwards in both of his first two NHL seasons, will sting.

But there's a good chance the Blackhawks wouldn't have been able to reward them with the pay raises they deserve after their contracts expire following the 2018-19 season, and that certainly played a huge role in the decision to head in a new direction.

In reacquiring Saad, the Blackhawks finally give Jonathan Toews that reliable left-winger they've desperately lacked since Saad was shipped out of town in 2015, providing balance throughout the top-six. Saad is also locked up for the next four years at a $6 million cap hit that will look better as time goes by.

For the last two years, the Blackhawks were known as a one-line scoring team thanks to the chemistry developed between Patrick Kane and Panarin.

The second-half emergence of Nick Schmaltz and familiarity Kane has developed with center Artem Anisimov has allowed Panarin to become expendable in their quest to solve their top-line woes. And that's not a bad consolation line, especially when you consider top prospect Alex DeBrincat could also be in the cards as early as this season.

On the back end, the Blackhawks receive a 24-year-old defenseman in Connor Murphy, who's also signed for the next four years at a $3.85 million cap hit, and carries a right-handed shot, something they've needed more of in the organization. While there will certainly be growing pains under Joel Quenneville, Murphy's ceiling is fairly high and gives the Blackhawks some speed coming out of their own zone.

In making both of these deals, the Blackhawks got younger in their attempt to keep up with a league that relies more on speed, addressing a few areas that Nashville exposed during their first-round sweep of the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs.

And while they may have sacrificed two key players in the short-term, the Blackhawks executed a plan that should keep the perceived championship window open longer than expected.

Jimmy Butler is switching jerseys to the number he wasn't allowed to wear in Chicago

Jimmy Butler is switching jerseys to the number he wasn't allowed to wear in Chicago

Jimmy Butler is paying homage to the GOAT.

The former Bulls star could never be No. 23 in Chicago because of some guy named Michael Jordan, but now Butler is free in Minnesota.

Butler posted an emotional goodbye to Bulls fans and the city on Instagram Friday afternoon and fans pointed out he also changed his IG bio to read "#23 in minnesota, forever #33 from marquette."

Butler wore No. 21 during his six years with the Bulls since the most iconic jersey number in sports is retired in Chicago.

Considering Butler is probably the Bulls' best player since MJ, it makes sense Butler would want to follow in Jordan's footsteps in terms of jersey number, too.

Butler wore No. 21 with the Bulls to honor his college teammate, Joe Fulce, who he played with at Tyler Junior College. When Fulce later committed to Marquette, he brought Butler with him in Buzz Williams' first year in Milwaukee.