CSN to replay Notre Dame's triple-OT win vs. Pitt this Wednesday at 8:00p

CSN to replay Notre Dame's triple-OT win vs. Pitt this Wednesday at 8:00p

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO REPLAY NOTRE DAMES TRIPLE-OT WIN vs. PITT WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 8:00 PM

CSN to also carry additional ND Sports feature shows starting at 7pm on Wednesday;
plus a Notre Dame Classic from 98 vs. Michigan on Thursday

Chicago, IL (November 5, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will continue its in-depth college football coverage of the AP & BCS 4-ranked 9-0 Notre Dame Fighting Irish with a replay of this past Saturdays stellar comeback win in triple overtime no less against the visiting Pitt Panthers. CSN will replay this thrilling game on Wednesday, November 7 at 8:00 PM.

Plus the network will be carrying a pair of Notre Dame sports feature shows prior to the ND-Pitt replay on Wednesday with Irish United: The Story of Notre Dame Womens Soccer at 7:00 PM and Strong of Heart: Profiles of Notre Dame Athletics at 7:30 PM. On Thursday night, fans can also look forward to another airing of Notre Dame Classics featuring a standout match-up against rival Michigan from 1998. Complete details are below.

In addition, fans are also encouraged to visit CSNChicago.com for up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news, game previewsrecaps, interviews and much more from Notre Dame Insider JJ Stankevitz (via Twitter @JJStankevitz), plus fans can also follow the newly-created @IrishTalkCSN Twitter handle for the latest Irish news and updates 247.

Note the following programming details for Comcast SportsNets Notre Dame sports primetime line-up for this Wednesday, November 7:

7:00 PM Irish United: The Story of Notre Dame Womens Soccer

As the 13-5-2 Notre Dame womens soccer team heads to the NCAA Tournament, Comcast SportsNet will air a behind-the-scenes look at the program and how head coach Randy Waldrum prepares his young team, which includes 12 freshmen, for success.

7:30 PM Strong of Heart: Profiles of Notre Dame Athletics

This unique feature story program takes an in-depth look at ND senior linebacker and potential Heisman Trophy candidate Manti Teo, chronicling his rise to fame on the field and the massive community impact he is making off the field. The other story in this half-hour special focuses on Steve Boda, a young man who used Notre Dame football broadcasts to escape the loneliness of an orphanage, who eventually channeled his love for the program to chart every play in ND football history.

8:00 PM Notre Dame vs. Pitt (from Nov. 3, 2012 Fighting Irish win 29-26 in triple-OT)

Down 20-6 heading into the fourth quarter, the Fighting Irish solidified their never-say-die attitude by staging two touchdowns in the fourth quarter thanks to stellar late-game heroics from QB Everett Golson on passes to TJ Jones & Theo Riddick. This wild game had to go into a third overtime session before Golson led the Irish deep into Pitt territory; his game-winning rushing TD kept the ND season perfect at 9-0.

Details for the Notre Dame Classics telecast on Comcast SportsNet airing Thursday, November 8:

7:00 PM September 5, 1998: Notre Dame vs. Michigan (ND wins 36-20)

It was the season opener for both the 24-ranked Fighting Irish and the favored 5-ranked Wolverines, but ND head coach Bob Davie was determined his team could come back in this game to topple defending co-national champion Michigan and their star QB Tom Brady in this classic upset.

Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

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Hawks Talk Podcast: What's the cause of recent struggles?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast, Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd discuss the latest slump and how much does Artem Anisimov's injury play a role in their struggles?

Konroyd tells us he was surprised by Ryan Hartman's benching in Tampa.

The guys play the game, playoff minutes or press box minutes?  They run through the players who are on the bubble when it comes to postseason play.

They also discuss the Hawks chances of overtaking Washington for the President's trophy.

Plus, Konroyd breaks down possible first round opponents: St Louis, Calgary and Nashville.

No sign Bears locked into drafting a QB in 2017 as Ryan Pace underscores 'best available' tack

No sign Bears locked into drafting a QB in 2017 as Ryan Pace underscores 'best available' tack

PHOENIX – NFL owners meetings, like the Scouting Combine, invariably involve hallway conversations regarding quarterbacks. Why doesn’t Colin Kaepernick have a job? Why does Mark Sanchez have one? Will Jay Cutler take one? This year, despite a 3-13 record last season and a continuing slide toward irrelevance, the Bears are in intriguing part of those conversations, or maybe, whispers.

The reason, beyond the obvious fact that the Bears stand at No. 3 in a QB-lite draft, is because the Bears not only have done significant things at the position – cutting Cutler, signing Sanchez and Mike Glennon, not signing Brian Hoyer – but one NFL source said to keep an eye on the Bears as potentially being involved in at least one future blockbuster after this season.

More on that in a moment.

First of all, every indication is that GM Ryan Pace is absolutely NOT locked into or about to allow himself to be pressured into drafting a quarterback in 2017. Certainly not at No. 3, maybe not at all. Maybe this is pre-draft posturing, misinformation or misdirection, and Pace has said in the past that he wants to draft quarterbacks but hasn’t in his first two Bears drafts. But still:

“We’re going to draft the best players available, wherever that may be,” Pace said on Tuesday. “And if it’s a quarterback, it’s a quarterback. But we’re going to take the best players available. I think now some of those things are unforeseen. You can’t predict some of those things. But right now I like the way Sanchez blends with Glennon and with Connor Shaw.”

Whether the public likes Pace’s moves at quarterback, or whether they’re good, bad or anywhere in between is just offseason speculation for now. The NFL will start giving him meaningful feedback sometime this September. What Pace has in fact done, regardless of analyses at this point, like it or not, is create options for himself and his coaches. And those extend beyond 2017.

Some context here: Even with some measure of job security in the short term, Pace is tasked with winning in the future as well as the present. He has addressed the 2017 quarterback situation, if not spectacularly, with Glennon and Sanchez specifically. But think beyond ’17; because Pace is.

More context: GM’s and head coaches like and need options. Doubts about Glennon, Sanchez, Connor Shaw or some rookie notwithstanding, Pace has the Bears positioned with options, not necessarily good options, but arguably best-available for the most part.

A little more context: Dowell Loggains may not have quelled all doubts about his play calling, but Cutler, Hoyer and Matt Barkley all had their best NFL stretches, albeit short, under his stewardship. 

Pace has effectively positioned the Bears for not one or two, but as many as a half-dozen spins of the quarterback wheel looking for a winner. It is a place the Bears were not in for most of Cutler’s tenure outside of brief Hoyer and Josh McCown bursts.

Within this context, consider the Pace’s chances for a strike at THE priority position for the franchise:

Spin 1: Mike Glennon

Pace announced the former Bucs quarterback as the Bears’ starter. Probably is. But Matt Flynn was the Seahawks’ starter when they free-agent signed him away from Green Bay in 2012. He lost his starting job by the end of training camp to a rookie third-round draft choice, Russell Wilson.

The Bears chose Glennon over Cutler and Hoyer because of upside; if Glennon plays to his perceived ceiling, the Bears have him under contract for two more years.

Spin 2: Mark Sanchez

When all the cynical subsides, consider him a low-risk spin who has been good enough to stand a career 37-35 as a starter. McCown amounted to something and still is after age 30, even with bad teams. Hoyer played some of his best football the past two seasons, after age 30. If Loggains resuscitates Sanchez’s career at age 30… .

Spin 3: The rookie

How, where and even if – make that a big IF – the Bears make their first Ryan Pace draft pick of a quarterback doesn’t come around for another month. But whomever the Bears select, if they select a quarterback this draft, gives Pace another spin of the QB wheel.

Spin 4: Kirk Cousins

CSNChicago.com confirmed that the Bears called on Cousins’ availability, even with the specter of Washington’s franchise tag hanging over him. But as one NFL source noted, Cousins is on a one-year deal ($23.94 million tag guarantee), it is his second and presumably last tag, and he has spurned long-term Washington offers to this point.

Glennon’s contract commits the Bears to $16 million this year. After that, minimal guarantee. Sanchez, one-year deal. Cousins, one-year deal.

Next offseason… . 

Spin 5: Jimmy Garoppolo

The Eastern Illinois quarterback wasn’t deemed worth a No. 3 pick in 2014, in either round one or two. He hasn’t put enough on film to make him worth that pick now.

But if the Cleveland Browns don’t trade for him, or New England hasn’t turned to him and locked him up contractually, he would be an unrestricted free agent next offseason. It will take a long-term market deal but at least he wouldn’t cost a high No. 1.

Spin 6: Connor Shaw

He is already clearly getting a preseason look, as he did last year, and is ahead of evaluations that accompanied David Fales and some other Bears hopefuls. He’s found money if he develops into something, but Warren Moon, Tony Romo and Kurt Warner were all undrafted free agents, too.