CSN announces 2011-12 Blackhawks on-aironline season coverage details

CSN announces 2011-12 Blackhawks on-aironline season coverage details

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HOCKEY RETURNS TO COMCAST SPORTSNET

SEASON OPENER on Friday, October 7 at Dallas and HOME OPENER on Saturday, October 8 vs. Dallas,including expanded, live PrePost Game coverage, among Opening Week HighlightsComcast SportsNet to also carry two Pre-Season Games LIVE on Sept. 28 & Sept. 30 (including Pre-Game Shows);
CSNChicago.com to feature 247 reporting from Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences,Daily PlayerCoaches Interviews, Game Highlights, plus - On-Air Talent Blogs, Live Chats, In-Game Live Scoreboard and more!
Chicago, IL (September 21, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is ready to deliver yet another full season of thrill-packed, hard-hitting NHL excitement with 50 live regular season games (25 home, 25 away), including live pre-game and post-game shows, and the most comprehensive 247 online Blackhawks coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!

The 2011-12 Blackhawks regular season on Comcast SportsNet opens up in a big way with back-to-back nights of live coverage showcasing the SEASON OPENER on Friday, October 7 at 7:30 PM and the HOME OPENER on Saturday, October 8 at 7:30 PM as NHL All-Stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith face the Western Conference rival Dallas Stars on both nights.

Prior to the 7:30 PM face-offs on October 7 & 8, Comcast SportsNets Opening Week Blackhawks coverage gets underway beginning at 6:30 PM with SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse featuring live pre-game coverage, interviews and on-site talent correspondence. At 7:00 PM both nights, fans can look forward to Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live featuring hosts Chris Boden and former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Konroyd breaking down the evenings match-up, along with numerous interviews with players and coaches (NOTE: For the home opener on October 8, SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse and Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will take place live from the United Center). Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live immediately follows the game featuring Blackhawks head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conference (also streaming live on CSNChicago.com), along with live locker room player interviews and complete post-game analysis.

In addition to 50 regular season games, Comcast SportsNet will also televise a pair of Blackhawks pre-season games on Wednesday, September 28 at 7:30 PM vs. Detroit and Friday, September 30 at 7:30 PM vs. Pittsburgh. Comcast SportsNet will also air special editions of Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live at 7:00 PM leading into each pre-season game telecast.

Top highlights on this years Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks schedule include 36 games against Western Conference foes (14 are Central Division match-ups), including two home games against division rival Detroit (Dec. 30 & Feb. 21) and a pair of games against Western Conference rival2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs first round opponent Vancouver (Nov. 16 & Mar. 21). Additional Central Division schedule highlights include five games against Columbus (Nov. 10, Dec. 26, Jan. 10, Feb. 18 & Mar. 20), four games against St. Louis (Nov. 8, Mar. 6, 13 & 29) and three games against Nashville (a Halloween night home game on Oct. 31, Jan. 24 and Feb. 14). In addition to Detroit, the Blackhawks will face even more Original Six opponents this season including Montreal (Dec. 21), New York Rangers (Feb. 16 & Mar. 9) and Toronto (Feb. 29). Plus, Comcast SportsNet viewers can also look forward to a 10 Stanley Cup Final re-match at Philadelphia on Jan. 5.

Three regular season Blackhawks games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus this season. Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN) telecasts are provided to Comcast SportsNet affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously. Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com for exact channel location for all CSN games in their area.

For the fourth-straight season, Blackhawks play-by-play legend Pat Foley and former Blackhawks starChicago hockey icon Eddie Olczyk (handling color analysis) will be the featured announcing tandem all season long. Also, for the seventh-straight year, former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Konroyd will be the featured studio analyst on Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live joining studio host Chris Boden.

As previously mentioned, surrounding game coverage this season includes Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evenings match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NHL. Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will air prior to all Blackhawks games starting at 7:30 PM or later, along with any afternoon game telecasts. (NOTE: For games beginning at 6:00 PM, 6:30 PM or 7:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet will have extensive Blackhawks pre-game coverage in either SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse or Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan).

Immediately following Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks game telecasts, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live featuring live coverage of head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conferences, along with locker room interviews with Blackhawks players. Following the majority of evening Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central 10:00 & 10:30 PM andor the midnight edition of SportsNet Central with the most complete recap of the days top local and national sports news.

From an online perspective, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 247 Blackhawks coverage all season long, including the following highlights:

Live stream of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conferences.
Video highlights from EVERY Blackhawks game, including in-game highlights after each period for all games that air on Comcast SportsNet.

Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers returns for her second season covering all home and away games. Myers will also file daily storiesvideo reports (including reports from practice and skate-arounds) and will make regular on-air appearances throughout the season on Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, Chicago Tribune Live and SportsNet Central.

In addition to his on-air duties, Blackhawks PrePost Game Live host Chris Boden will partner with Myers this season on CSNChicago.com providing multi-platform coverage via on-going blogs, weekly live chats, fan Q&A mail bag segments and much more. Fan can also follow Boden (@CSNBoden) and Myers (@TraMyersCSN) via Twitter 247 for the latest teamplayers news, insight and insider access.

Blackhawks In-Game Live: Real-time, live data combined with timely editorial, including compelling elements such as up-to-the-second game stats, skatersgoalies box score, detailed play-by-play, photos, out of town scoreboard, Twitter feeds from Myers & Boden, LIVE in-game chat sessions, team headlines and more.

Rival Report: CSNChicago.com will also provide daily coverage on the Blackhawks Central Division rivals featuring the latest news and updates on Blues, Blue Jackets, Predators and Red Wings.

In addition CSN Chicago.com will work closely with NBCSports.com and its ProHockeyTalk blog, along with NBCChicago.com and its Madhouse Enforcer blog. CSNChicago.coms Blackhawks content this season will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, ChicagoBlackhawks.com, NBCSports.com, SB Nation and Bleacher Report.

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
2011-12 Chicago Blackhawks Schedule

Preseason Season:

1. Wed, Sept 28 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm

2. Fri, Sept 30 vs. Pittsburgh 7:30 pm

Regular Season:

1. Fri, Oct 7 @ Dallas 7:30 pm (SEASON OPENER!)

2. Sat, Oct 8 vs. Dallas 7:30 pm (HOME OPENER!)

3. Thu, Oct 13 vs. Winnipeg 7:30 pm

4. Thu, Oct 20 @ Colorado 8:00 pm

5. Tue, Oct 25 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm

6. Fri, Oct 28 @ Carolina 6:00 pm

7. Mon, Oct 31 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm

8. Thu, Nov 3 @ Florida 6:30 pm

9. Fri, Nov 4 @ Tampa Bay 6:30 pm

10. Tue, Nov 8 @ St. Louis 7:00 pm

11. Thu, Nov 10 @ Columbus 6:00 pm CSN

12. Fri, Nov 11 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm

13. Wed, Nov 16 @ Vancouver 9:00 pm

14. Fri, Nov 18 @ Calgary 8:00 pm

15. Wed, Nov 23 @ San Jose 9:30 pm

16. Tue, Nov 29 vs. Phoenix 7:30 pm

17. Fri, Dec 2 vs. NY Islanders 7:30 pm

18. Thu, Dec 8 @ NY Islanders 6:00 pm

19. Fri, Dec 16 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm

20. Wed, Dec 21 vs. Montreal 6:30 pm

21. Mon, Dec 26 vs. Columbus 7:30 pm

22. Wed, Dec 28 vs. Los Angeles 7:30 pm

23. Fri, Dec 30 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm

24. Mon, Jan 2 vs. Edmonton 7:30 pm

25. Thu, Jan 5 @ Philadelphia 6:00 pm

26. Fri, Jan 6 vs. Colorado 7:30 pm

27. Tue, Jan 10 vs. Columbus 7:30 pm

28. Thu, Jan 12 vs. Minnesota 7:30 pm

29. Fri, Jan 20 vs. Florida 7:30 pm

30. Tue, Jan 24 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm

31. Thu, Feb 2 @ Edmonton 8:30 pm

32. Fri, Feb 3 @ Calgary 8:00 pm

33. Tue, Feb 7 @ Colorado 8:00 pm

34. Tue, Feb 14 @ Nashville 7:00 pm

35. Thu, Feb 16 @ NY Rangers 6:00 pm

36. Sat, Feb 18 @ Columbus 1:00 pm

37. Tue, Feb 21 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm

38. Thu, Feb 23 vs. Dallas 7:30 pm

39. Sat, Feb 25 @ Los Angeles 3:00 pm

40. Wed, Feb 29 vs. Toronto 7:00 pm CSN

41. Fri, Mar 2 @ Ottawa 6:30 pm

42. Tue, Mar 6 @ St. Louis 7:00 pm CSN

43. Fri, Mar 9 vs. NY Rangers 7:30 pm

44. Tue, Mar 13 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm

45. Fri, Mar 16 @ Dallas 7:30 pm

46. Tue, Mar 20 @ Columbus 6:00 pm

47. Wed, Mar 21 vs. Vancouver 7:00 pm

48. Tue, Mar 27 @ New Jersey 6:00 pm

49. Thu, Mar 29 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm

50. Thu, April 5 @ Minnesota 7:00 pm

25 Home, 25 Road regular season games; 2 pre-season homeTotal: 52 games

Cubs score five runs in seventh to power past Brewers

Cubs score five runs in seventh to power past Brewers

MILWAUKEE – The franchise sensitive to being the other team in town is catching the Cubs at the worst possible time, another you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up story coming out of the White Sox clubhouse.

While Chris Sale serves a five-game suspension for playing with scissors, the Cubs will start Jake Arrieta, the National League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner, on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

The perception will be hot-seat manager Robin Ventura has lost control over this White Sox season, while Manager of the Year Joe Maddon actually answered a question this weekend about how the Cubs might align their playoff rotation.

One week out from the Aug. 1 trade deadline, the debates will be which players White Sox executives Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn should sell off, and which Cubs prospects Theo Epstein’s front office should put down to buy the big-ticket item for a World Series run.

Optics, marketing and promotional throwback jerseys aside, the Cubs also appear to be hitting their stride again after a much-needed vacation, winning their third straight series out of the All-Star break with Sunday afternoon’s 6-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.  

The Cubs did it with their $155 million ace (Jon Lester) throwing only four innings, getting charged with four runs and giving up five walks and five stolen bases. The Cubs could also absorb one quarter of their All-Star infield (Addison Russell) leaving in the middle of the game with a left heel contusion.

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The Cubs stormed back with five runs in the seventh inning as MVP candidate Anthony Rizzo delivered the biggest swing, a bases-loaded, three-run double into right-center field off lefty reliever Will Smith. 

Three sellout crowds here over the weekend watched the Cubs welcome back All-Star leadoff guy Dexter Fowler to the top of the order, give the ball to six-time All-Star closer Joe Nathan in his return from a second Tommy John surgery and keep the St. Louis Cardinals seven games out of first place heading into Sunday night and what should be a gut check for the entire White Sox organization.

“I anticipate that same wonderful crosstown rivalry kind of atmosphere, which I love,” Maddon said. “It’s great for the city. It’s great for the sport. I don’t think fans really care much about records at that particular moment. They just care about your team winning.”

White Sox top Tigers with two walk-offs on Sunday

White Sox top Tigers with two walk-offs on Sunday

The White Sox are somehow still afloat. But just barely.

Melky Cabrera’s game-winning, one-out single in the ninth inning Sunday afternoon got David Robertson off the hook and helped the White Sox to a 5-4 win over the Detroit Tigers in front of 30,281 at U.S. Cellular Field.

Cabrera singled past Nick Castellanos to score Adam Eaton, who reached base four times, and give the White Sox their second victory of the day. Eaton’s two-out, ninth-inning RBI single earlier helped the White Sox win a rain-suspended contest 4-3 over the Tigers. Cabrera’s hit arrived just minutes after Robertson surrendered three solo home runs — all with two strikes — and blew a victory for Jose Quintana, who may have made his final start in a White Sox uniform. The victories kept the White Sox from entirely slipping out of the wild-card race as they remain 6.5 games back of the Toronto Blue Jays.

“I love the guys that are in our clubhouse,” Eaton said after the first game. “We’ve got a tight-knit group of guys that really want to fight for each other. To get the big hit and have everyone rush out there, especially with what we’ve had the past couple of days, the whole year has really been a roller coaster both on and off the field.”

The season’s topsy-turvy nature potentially could lead to a trade of mainstays Quintana or Chris Sale, who earlier Sunday was suspended five games for insubordination and destroying team property on Saturday. It has been widely speculated the White Sox could move Quintana before the Aug. 1 nonwaiver trade deadline in an attempt to rebuild a roster that general manager Rick Hahn said Thursday has been “mired in mediocrity.” An All-Star and one of the top pitchers in the American League, Quintana and his team-friendly contract could fetch a handsome return were the White Sox to part with him in a deal.  

Sunday’s 118-pitch effort displayed exactly why Quintana is an attractive option for a contender as he shut down a Detroit lineup that has given him trouble over the years. Quintana kept the Tigers off balance throughout the effort, never allowing more than one runner to reach base in any inning. He faced two over the minimum through five innings and struck out Miguel Cabrera to end the sixth after he surrendered a two-out double to Jose Iglesias.

Though he started the inning at 107 pitches, Quintana returned in the seventh and recorded two more outs before he allowed a bloop-base hit to Justin Upton. Nate Jones struck out Mike Aviles to end the inning.

Quintana allowed three hits, walked one and struck out four. He also lowered his earned-run average to 2.97.

“He’s been helping through the long run and if he gets traded he’s going to help whoever gets him,” catcher Dioner Navarro said. “But I think he’s going to be a great part of this team for many years to come.”

That would give the White Sox plenty of chances to make up for all the heartbreak they’ve caused Quintana over the years. Sunday’s no-decision was his major-league leading 56th since 2012.

It’s no secret the White Sox have struggled to score runs for Quintana since he arrived in the majors. Even though he owns a career ERA of 3.39, Quintana’s career record remained at 41-42 after Robertson blew his fourth save in 27 tries. Robertson, who earned the win in the first game of the day and also pitched before Saturday night’s game was suspended, allowed solo homers to Castellanos, Tyler Collins and Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Quintana’s sub-.500 record is in large part because the White Sox never seem to score with him on the hill. This season, Quintana ranked 126th out of 136 qualified starters with a 3.2 runs per start headed into Sunday.

But the White Sox followed Eaton’s lead. Less than 45 minutes after he won the opener, Eaton singled in the bottom of the first and scored on a two-out RBI single by Jose Abreu. An inning later, Eaton took advantage of singles by Dioner Navarro and J.B. Shuck went he lined a three-run homer with two outs off Anibal Sanchez to give the White Sox a four-run lead.

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The four runs scored for Quintana marks the team’s second-highest output for one of his starts this season.

But it wasn’t enough until Cabrera came through against Bruce Rondon with two outs. Eaton led off the inning with a walk and advanced to second on Tim Anderson’s sac bunt. Cabrera then singled on the first pitch from Rondon to produce the game-winner.

“I'm proud of the guys for what they did over the weekend and how they handled it,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “All of them reached down for the ball. They all wanted to be in there, so I'm proud of them for that. Robbie is disappointed. It's the first time I've seen that one, but I don't know if it was that he was out of gas. Probably some poor pitches and a day like today, you get it up in the air and it's gone.”

Ken Griffey Jr. finished his Hall of Fame speech in most fitting way thanks to Frank Thomas

Ken Griffey Jr. finished his Hall of Fame speech in most fitting way thanks to Frank Thomas

Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday afternoon, and he went out in the most fitting way possible.

At the end of his speech, Griffey Jr. grabbed a hat from under the podium and put it on backwards, rocking his signature look.

Griffey Jr. said in his speech that it was White Sox legend Frank Thomas who pitched the idea and ultimately convinced him.

"You gotta do it," said Thomas, who joined Cooperstown in 2014.

In his 22-year career, Griffey Jr. played half a season with the White Sox in 2008. He had three homers and 18 RBIs in 41 games with the team.