Joel Quenneville to be next featured guest on CSN's monthly interview series 'Inside Look'

Joel Quenneville to be next featured guest on CSN's monthly interview series 'Inside Look'

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HEAD COACH JOEL QUENNEVILLE TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ON
COMCAST SPORTSNETS MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK

Inside Look presented by Cadillac, hosted by Comcast SportsNets Pat Boyle & featuring Joel Quenneville to debut Wednesday, January 16 at 9:00 PM

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of Inside Look, including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (January 14, 2013) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.

Debuting Wednesday, January 16 at 9:00 PM, Comcast SportsNets Pat Boyle hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Blackhawks head coach JOEL QUENNEVILLE. Coach Q, who led the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup title after 49 years in 2010, discusses everything from how he went from being an NHL player to the coaching ranks, the excitement of being a part of the teams rebuilding plans, the love and support of his family and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV. Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Joel Quenneville on the following datestimes: Thu, Jan. 17 at 9:30pm - Mon, Jan. 21 at 9pm - Wed, Jan. 23 at 12:30pm - Sun, Jan. 27 at 4pm - Tue, Jan. 29 at 11:30pm & Thu, Jan. 31 at 11pm. (Schedule subject to change)

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Joel Quenneville presented by Cadillac premiering Wednesday, January 16 on Comcast SportsNet:

QUENNEVILLE on when he decided to become a coach:

I look at all of my former teammates, and theyd say 'the least likely guy to be a coach!' I was probably a character back in the day. There were several guys when we were in Hartford that turned out they're coaching in today's game and are in the NHL todayyou can go down the list of almost every roster and see a former Whaler on a coaching staff and organization at the NHL level. In my last year (as a player), I was sent down from Washington to play most of that year in Baltimore, and realized that I'm going to have to get a real job next year and did some work in the off-season preparing for life after hockey, but in the summer, I went to Roger's (Neilson) coaching clinic in Windsor and began looking around. Cliff Leture game me a job as a playerassistant coach on a new farm team in Toronto, St. John'sNewfoundland. I got a chance to work with Marc Crawford, and been fortunate along the way.

QUENNEVILLE on being a major factor in the Blackhawks renaissance:

Both (Blackhawks President & CEO) John (McDonough) and (Blackhawks Chairman) Rocky (Wirtz) did an amazing job right from the outset. They put a lot of things in placethe staffing, the right peopleand the enthusiasm seems to be contagious throughout not just the organization, but the entire city on what's coming is going to be excitingthe enthusiasm was real. I think the one thing is Rocky and John initially were like 'do your thing' and it was fun to be walking right off that bat, knowing there's a lot of great people around here, but at the end of the day, you trust your instincts and do what you do. But the support was always therethere are a lot of nice things about playing & being a Blackhawk.

QUENNEVILLE on his familys adjustment to life in Chicago:

Weve always been together. A lot of coaches knowing the transition and disruptions in the middle of the years, they sometimes stay apart, but weve always hung together and its always been helpful.

Wade Davis' impact on Cubs goes far beyond his eye-popping numbers

Wade Davis' impact on Cubs goes far beyond his eye-popping numbers

Wade Davis may not light up the radar gun like Aroldis Chapman, but the veteran closer has still had a similar impact shortening games for the Cubs.

Davis is 10-for-10 in save opportunities in his first year in Chicago, providing Joe Maddon and the Cubs with peace of mind as an anchor in a bullpen that has thrown the eighth-most innings in baseball (and ranks No. 8 in ERA with a 3.45 mark).

Davis just surrendered his first runs of the season Wednesday night on a Mac Williamson homer that snuck into the right-field basket.

Yet Davis still wound up preserving the victory by buckling down and turning away the Giants in the ninth. It was the first homer he's allowed since Sept. 24, 2015 and only the fourth longball he's given up since the start of the 2014 campaign, a span of 201 innings.

Even with Wednesday's outing, Davis boasts a microscopic 0.98 ERA and has allowed just 14 baserunners in 18.1 innings.

With 24 whiffs on the season, Davis is striking out 34.8 percent of the batters he's faced in a Cubs uniform, which would be the second-highest mark of his career (he struck out 39.1 percent of batters in 2014 as the Kansas City Royals setup man).

The 31-year-old nine-year MLB veteran is showing no ill effects from the forearm issue that limited him to only 43.1 innings last season.

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But his impact isn't restricted to just on-the-field dominance. In spring training, Justin Grimm said he spent as much time as he could around Davis in an attempt to soak up all the knowledge he could.

"It's the stuff that you see — obviously he's really good," Maddon said. "He knows how to pitch, he's a very good closer, he's very successful. But he's a really good mentor to the other guys.

"Oftentimes, I'll walk through the video room and he'll be sitting there with a young relief pitcher or a catcher. There's a lot of respect. A lot of guys come to me and say, 'Listen, Wade's really great to be around.'"

Maddon was the manager with the Tampa Bay Rays when Davis first made his big-league debut in 2009 and the now-Cubs skipper credits the Rays organization with teaching Davis the right habits.

Davis also began his career as a starter before moving to the bullpen full-time in 2014 and reinventing himself as one of the best pitchers on the planet.

"He's grown into this," Maddon said. "He was raised properly. He comes from the organization with the Rays — really good pitching, really good pitching health regarding coaching. And then some of the veteran players that were around him to begin with.

"He's passing it along. The obvious is that he's got a great cutter, slider, fastball, curveball, whatever. He's very good with everybody else around him."

Davis needed 34 pitches to work around a couple jams and get the save Wednesday night. That's his highest pitch count in an outing since June 2, 2015.

Wednesday was also Davis' first time working in a week as the Cubs have not had a save situation in that span.

Maddon said he sees no link between the week off and Davis' struggles in Wednesday's outing and the Cubs manager also has no hesitance going to his closer for more than three outs.

However, Maddon doesn't see a need to extend Davis at this point in the season and would prefer to keep the Cubs' best reliever fresh for the stretch run and what the organization hopes is another shot at a World Series title.

Bears' makeover continues with salsa dancing ex-Giants WR Victor Cruz

Bears' makeover continues with salsa dancing ex-Giants WR Victor Cruz

The 2017 veteran makeover of the Bears’ wide-receiver position group continued on Thursday with the signing of former New York Giants wideout Victor Cruz to a one-year deal, a fourth move this offseason fitting an intriguing pattern in Bears roster construction.

Cruz “announced” the move on his Instagram account, declaring, “The Giants will forever be family,” Cruz wrote. “But for now, Bear down!!!” He becomes the fourth free-agent wide receiver signed by Bears and coming in with no fewer than four seasons of NFL experience.

The Bears have been about the business of shoring up their receiver group virtually since the 2016 season ended, adding depth in addition to filling in the vacancies created by Alshon Jeffery leaving for the Philadelphia Eagles via free agency, and the subsequent release of veteran Eddie Royal.

In their places, the Bears have added Cruz, Rueben Randle (Jan. 10), Markus Wheaton (Mar. 10) and Kendall Wright (Mar. 11), in addition to having Joshua Bellamy, Daniel Braverman, Cameron Meredith, Deonte Thompson and Kevin White in place.

Cruz, whose trademark Salsa dance to celebrate touchdowns has been an NFL staple over his six seasons with the Giants, for whom he started 53 of 70 career games after signing with the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of Massachusetts in 2010. Cruz has caught 303 career passes for 4,549 yards and 25 touchdowns, earning a Super Bowl ring with the Giants and earning selection to the 2012 Pro Bowl.

Cruz has not played a full 16-game season since 2012, when he caught a career-best 86 passes for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns. He missed all of 2015 after rehabbing from a torn patellar tendon in the 2014 season and then suffering a calf injury that eventually required surgery. The Giants released Cruz in early February this year.