CSN to celebrate White Sox '70s Night' June 10

CSN to celebrate White Sox '70s Night' June 10

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO CELEBRATE WHITE SOX 70s NIGHT THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 10
70s retro-style game graphics, 70s White Sox footage, Special Guests, Harrelson & Stone to wear vintage 70s style TV sportscaster jackets, along with vintage 70s White Sox uniforms to be auctioned off on WhiteSox.com among highlights
Crack out your bell bottoms and dust off your platform shoes as Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox, gets ready to boogie for its celebration of White Sox 70s Night on Friday, June 10 beginning at 6:30 PM, exclusively on CSN. Throughout the pre-game, game and post-game, viewers can look forward to a number of special 70s-themed elements for the networks White Sox home game telecast vs. the Oakland Athletics (7:10 PM first pitch). Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com to find the exact CSN channel location in their area.

The night gets underway on CSN at 6:30 PM with a special U.S. Cellular Field remote edition of Feldco White Sox Pre-Game Live hosted by Chuck Garfien and 1971 American League home run champ Beltin Bill Melton (NOTE: Melton will also toss the ceremonial first pitch in this game).

Then, at 7:10 PM on CSN, Ken Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone (a member of the White Sox in 73, 77 & 78) will have the game call as the White Sox host the As. Immediately following the game, fans can look forward to Galaxie White Sox Post Game Live, which will also take place from U.S. Cellular Field, featuring complete post-game analysis and White Sox manager Ozzie Guillens post-game press conference (also streaming on CSNChicago.com).

Among the numerous fun-filled highlights for White Sox 70s Night on Friday, June 10 include the following on-air and online elements:

- 70s retro-style, on-air graphics will be used for the first three innings of the game
- Harrelson and Stone to don retro 70s sportscaster jackets during the game openplus, viewers can check out Hawk, Stone and Melton wearing 70s White Sox game jerseys that will be autographed and auctioned off on WhiteSox.com starting June 20 with proceeds going to White Sox Charities

- Additional in-game features include vintage 70s White Sox footage, 70s White Sox trivia, a disco ball in the production truck, plus - special surprise guests during the game

- CSNChicago.com asks viewers to use the following hashtag Sox70sNight when Tweeting comments about the game and their favorite 70s White Sox memories

- Live Twitter messages throughout the game from Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), White Sox Insider Brett Ballantini (@CSNChi_Beatnik) and @Beerleaguer_Sox

- Garfien & Ballantini to provide 70-themed White Sox blogs throughout the week on CSNChicago.com featuring stories on the 77 South Side Hit Men, Disco Demolition Night in 79 and more!

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Gar Forman's plan work?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Will Gar Forman's plan work?

On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Kaplan is joined by Rick Telander (Chicago Sun-Times) and Mark Carman (WGN Radio) to talk Bulls. 

The panel breaks down the trade with Oklahoma City and question whether the team is better or worse now. 

Later, the guys talk about the Blackhawks' trade for Tomas Jurco and also break down the upcoming Daytona 500. Finally, Telander discusses his five-part series chronicling the Orr High School basketball team as they excel on the court and try to survive off it. 

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast below. 

Blackhawks acquire Tomas Jurco from Red Wings

Blackhawks acquire Tomas Jurco from Red Wings

General manager Stan Bowman saw the potential in Tomas Jurco several years ago.

For the 24-year-old forward, it wasn’t working out with the Detroit Red Wings. Perhaps a change of scenery, an opportunity on a team that could vie for another Stanley Cup, makes a difference. The Blackhawks are about to find out.

The Blackhawks acquired Jurco for a third-round pick in this year’s draft on Friday afternoon. The 24-year-old Jurco has played in 16 games with the Red Wings this season but has yet to collect a point. In four seasons with the Wings, Jurco had 15 goals and 24 assists in 159 games. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press that, “things haven’t worked out” for Jurco there and that he wanted to go elsewhere.

Jurco was on a bye as a member of the Red Wings but, now that he’s with the Blackhawks, the bye ends. Bowman was hopeful Jurco would join the Blackhawks at practice on Saturday. Also, to clear a roster spot for Jurco, the Blackhawks reassigned Vinnie Hinostroza to the Rockford IceHogs.

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Bowman said he’s been watching Jurco for a few seasons now.

“We’ll be patient with him but we really think there’s a good fit there, looking at his skills and the style of hockey we play,” Bowman said. “He’s been an accomplished player at a lot of different levels. He’s shown flashes in the NHL, not as consistently as he or the Wings would like, but you can see the talent and potential. You have to have some patience with these guys. It doesn’t always come together right away. I’m not expecting him to carry our team but I think he can contribute.”

It was an under-the-radar trade for Bowman but that’s not surprising. In late January, Bowman said he probably wouldn’t do much at the trade deadline; he liked how the Blackhawks’ young players were progressing and figured, if that continued, the team would be in good shape. Since then the Blackhawks have won eight of their last nine and are just three points behind the Western Conference-leading Minnesota Wild. As the Blackhawks kept winning it looked like, if they did anything, it would be a depth move.

So will there be any more moves? At this point it doesn’t seem likely, be it on forward or defense – Bowman didn’t have an update on Niklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) but said he’s happy with the depth in Chicago and Rockford on defense. Bowman said he’ll keep talking but, “but it’s a little bit different than in previous years when I thought we definitely needed something and were lacking in an area.”

“I’ve had a feeling about our team, not just recently but even a month ago. I liked the way this group was starting to come together,” Bowman said. “We’ve seen that enhanced over the last couple of week here. We’ve seen players step up, [Nick] Schmaltz in particular. [Ryan] Hartman’s been good all year. We’ve seen Jonathan [Toews] become a dominant player again. It gives your team a confidence that you have balance, scoring in different lines. We just added a young player to help us now as well as in the future. There’s a lot to be excited about. I’m not expecting more trades. I can’t predict more will happen but I have a good feeling about this group right now.”