CSN Chicago nominated for eight ChicagoMidwest Emmy Awards

CSN Chicago nominated for eight ChicagoMidwest Emmy Awards

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO NOMINATED FOR EIGHT CHICAGOMIDWEST EMMY AWARDS

Chicago, IL (September 28, 2011) Comcast SportsNet Chicago, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, garnered eight Emmy Award nominations from the ChicagoMidwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the 2010-11 television season. The nominations were announced on September 27 with the awards ceremony to be held in Chicago on Sunday, November 6.

We are honored to receive these nominations from our peers in the industry and we feel they are a reflection of the great work performed by our entire staff, said James J. Corno, President of Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

Note the following Comcast SportsNet Chicago Emmy nominations for the 2010-11 television season:

1) Category 4-g: Outstanding Achievement for News Specialty ReportSeries: HealthScience

Mind and Body: Sarah Lauch, Mike Cappozzo, Todd Williams, Eric Fogle, Don Karulski, Kristina Quinn, Producers; Sarah Kustok, Chuck Garfien, Reporters.

2) Category 5-a: Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs News Single StoryFeature

The Snack Bowl: Chuck Garfien, Reporter; Mike Cappozzo, James MacNichol, Producers.

3 & 4) Category 5-d: Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs Program Series

High School Lites: Joe Collins, Aldo Perri, Brett Fisher, Producers; Luke Stuckmeyer, Gail Fischer, Chuck Garfien, Reporters; Charlie Schumacher, Executive Producer.
SportsNet Central, Live from the United Center: John Schippman, Executive Producer; Mark Schanowski, Pat Boyle, Sarah Kustok, Gail Fischer, Luke Stuckmeyer, Reporters; Charlie Schumacher, Kevin Cross, Senior Executive Producers; Ryan McGuffey, Coordinating Producer; Tim Folke, Jeff Nelson, Joe Collins, Eric Fogle, Brian Skonesey, Jeff Korbitz, Mike Cappozzo, Brett Fisher, Producers; Mark Harper, Technical Producer.

5) Category 5-d: Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs One-Time Special

Stanleys Summer Vacation: John Schippman, Charlie Schumacher, Executive Producers; Chris Boden, Reporter; Mike Cappozzo, Brett Fisher, Julie Bruhn, Kristina Quinn, Dan Taksas, Eric Peterson, Sarah Lauch, Producers.
6) Category 5-e: Outstanding Achievement for Sports Programs Sporting EventGame - LiveUnedited ProgramSpecial

Chicago Bulls Basketball on Comcast SportsNet Chicago: Jim Corno, Jr., Executive Producer; Bob Albrecht, Todd Benjaminson, Producers; James A. Angio, Tamra Anderson, Mark Harper, Co-Producers.

7) Category 11-a: Outstanding Achievement for Special Event Coverage Live

2011 Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards: Jim Corno, Jr., Executive Producer; Mike Leiderman, Producer; Steve Dahl, Host; Jeff Nuich, Associate Producer; Mark Harper, Technical Producer.
8) Category 16-b: Outstanding Achievement for Program Promotion Single SpotCampaign

Fans Best Friend: Kate Hollencamp, Michael Dahl, Jaclene Tetzlaff, Producers.

Saturday on CSN: Kyle Hendricks, Cubs face Reds

Saturday on CSN: Kyle Hendricks, Cubs face Reds

The Cubs face off against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, and you can catch all the cation on CSN. Coverage begins at 3:00 p.m.

Starting pitching matchup: Kyle Hendricks vs. Robert Stephenson

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World Series thank-yous follow Kris Bryant to Las Vegas

World Series thank-yous follow Kris Bryant to Las Vegas

MESA, Ariz. – Kris Bryant didn’t need to pose for a Crate & Barrel billboard in Wrigleyville or walk a goat around a Bed Bath & Beyond commercial shoot. Cub fans just kept sending him free stuff.

The wedding gifts actually shipped to his parents’ house in Las Vegas, where he honed the swing that landed him on a new Sports Illustrated cover that asked: “How Perfect is Kris Bryant?”   

This happens when you mention your registries on a late-night show with another Vegas guy (Jimmy Kimmel) after leading an iconic franchise to its first World Series title in 108 years.        

So Bryant will be the center of attention in Sin City this weekend when the Cubs play two split-squad games against the Cincinnati Reds. But that spotlight will pretty much follow the National League’s reigning MVP wherever he goes. 

At least this gives Bryant a chance to chill at the pool and organize the house he moved into in January. 

“My mom just kept throwing stuff in my car: ‘Here, take it!’” Bryant said. “Opening all those boxes, I can’t believe how many presents we got from fans. It was unbelievable. Jess is going to have to write all the thank-you notes. I’m just signing my name on them. You have literally like 700 thank-you notes to write.

“I said: ‘You need to just go get the generic thank-you.’ She’s like: ‘No, they took the time out of their day to buy us a present.’ This is going to take her the whole year. So if there’s anybody out there that’s waiting for one…”    

The wait is finally over for generations of Cub fans. Spring training will always have a “Groundhog Day” element to it. But this camp – with no major injuries so far or real roster intrigue or truly wacky stunts – has felt different. As the players get ready for a new season – one without 1908 looming over everything – they can’t escape what they did. 

“Every day something reminds me of it,” said Kyle Hendricks, who will start Saturday in Las Vegas. “Even going to throw in these spring games, when they announce your name and the whole crowd erupts because of the World Series. That wasn’t happening last year. 

“Little things like that make me notice. Something every day is brought to my attention, so it’s still getting used to that part.”  

The Cubs insist there won’t be a hangover effect in 2017, believing that this young group is too talented and too focused to get derailed by distractions and overconfidence. But the Cubs could go 0-162 this season and Bryant would still probably be breaking down boxes for recycling.   

“It’s funny,” Bryant said. “We just put cameras on my house for security and I’ll just look at it sometimes. I’ll randomly see my mom just unloading boxes. I’m like: ‘Mom, what’s going on? Are we getting more stuff?’ She’s like: ‘Yeah, we keep getting more boxes.’”