CSN has the 2011 BearsNFL season covered

CSN has the 2011 BearsNFL season covered

COMCAST SPORTSNET HAS THE 2011 CHICAGO BEARSNFL SEASON COVERED BOTH ON-AIR AND ONLINE

Pro Football Weekly (Season Premiere): Friday, September 2 at 5:00 PM
United Bears Recap (Season Premiere): Monday, September 5 at 4:30 PM

Bears Blitz presented by Jimmy Johns (Season Premiere): Wednesday, September 7 at 4:30 PM
Countdown to Kickoff (Season Premiere): Thursday, September 8 at 11:00 PM

BEARS POST GAME LIVE presented by Illinois Back Institute (Season Premiere): Sun, September 11 at 4:30 PM CSNChicago.com to deliver 247 Bears coverage all season long featuring Bears Insider John Moon Mullin

Chicago, IL (August 31, 2011) With the 2011 Chicago Bears and NFL season set to begin next week, Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com have announced a full line-up of Bears and additional pro football related programmingcoverage for the upcoming season. Please note the following on-air and online details:

BEARS POST GAME LIVE presented by Illinois Back Institute Beginning Sunday, September 11 following the Chicago Bears season opener vs. Atlanta, Bears Post Game Live presented by Illinois Back Institute returns as the destination for fans to hear from the experts who played the game, along with their always-entertaining, no-holds-barred take on the days events. The 90-minute post-game show is hosted by SportsNet Centrals Pat Boyle featuring a team of expert analysts including former Bears quarterback Jim Miller, former Bears offensive linemanveteran Chicago sports media personality Dan Jiggetts and Chicago nativeformer University of Illinois standouttwo-time Super Bowl Champion Howard Griffith. In addition to the lively and spirited banter from the stars of the show, Bears Post Game Live also features live post-game press conferences with coaches and players from both teams with SportsNet Centrals Bears beat reporter Kip Lewis and CSNChicago.com Bears Insider John Moon Mullin providing immediate post-game interviews with Bears players inside & outside the locker room. Bears Post Game Live presented by Illinois Back Institute can be seen on Comcast SportsNet following every Bears game this season with replays airing regularly throughout the season on Sunday nights and Monday afternoons. (NOTE: the season premiere on Sunday, Sept. 11 will air at approx. 4:30 PM immediately following Galaxie White Sox Post Game Live).

UNITED BEARS RECAP Comcast SportsNet is the place for Bears fans to watch the official team press conference featuring head coach Lovie Smith. Hosted by William Jackson with analyst Dan Jiggetts, United Bears Recap will go to Halas Hall each week to hear from the Bears head coach, along with additional Bears playerscoaches interviews. The show will also air game highlights and viewers can also look forward to the latest Bears fan poll on CSNChicago.com. The one-hour United Bears Recap makes its 2011 debut on Monday, September 5 at 4:30 PM with a special season preview edition and the show can be seen regularly on Mondays at 4:30 PM throughout the entire Bears season.
BEARS BLITZ presented by Jimmy Johns Every Wednesday and Thursday afternoon at 4:30 PM beginning September 7, Comcast SportsNet will provide Bears fans with a preview of the teams next opponent on Bears Blitz. This one-hour show, hosted by William Jackson, will feature analysis from former Bear Dan Jiggetts, along with key interviews from SportsNet Centrals Kip Lewis with Bears head coach Lovie Smith and additional playercoaches interviews, plus team insightcommentary from ChicagoBears.com writer Larry Mayer. To go along with numerous game highlights, Bears Blitz will also provide a multitude of key stats for all categories and will feature in-depth player match-up analysis for every upcoming game. CSNChicago.com will also provide an area to ask Jiggetts a question to possibly be read on-air, along with a new fan poll question for each show.
COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF Bears fans can also look forward to yet another entertaining season of Countdown to Kickoff, featuring host Pat Boyle, former Bears standout Tom Thayer and six-time Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs. This half-hour program provides fans with a complete preview of the Bears next game, including a discussion about all the key plays from the teams previous game. Highlighted segments from the show include a CSNChicago.com fan e-mail segment with select questions to be answered by Briggs, along with the popular, two-minute Hurry Up segment with Boyle firing off a multitude of questions to Briggs. The season premiere of Countdown to Kickoff on Comcast SportsNet airs Thursday, September 8 at 11:00 PM. Weekly premiere airings will take place regularly on Thursday nights at 11:00 PM with repeats to be shown on Friday afternoons at 4:30 PM.

SPORTSNET CENTRAL Nightly at 6:30 PM on SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse, 10:00 PM & 10:30 PM on GMC SportsNet Central, along with the midnight edition of SportsNet Central, fans can look forward to the most in-depth coverage of the Bears every night throughout the 2011 NFL season featuring numerous interviews with key players and coaches, along with abundant statistical information and feature reports for the true die-hard gridiron fan. SportsNet Centrals team of anchors and reporters includes Pat Boyle, Mark Schanowski, Kip Lewis, Chris Boden, Gail Fischer, Chuck Garfien, Sarah Kustok and Luke Stuckmeyer with CSNChicago.coms Bears Insider John Moon Mullin also providing the very latest BearsNFL updates.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE LIVE Comcast SportsNet sets the table with lively sports talk every Monday through Friday night at 5:30 PM on Chicago Tribune Live presented by Captain Morgan. Throughout the 2011 football season, Chicago Tribune Live host David Kaplan and a panel of pro football experts from the Chicago Tribune will breakdown the games and preview the match-ups that lie ahead for the Bears and other key games from around the NFL. In addition, Chicago Tribune Live will also feature a number of special guests from the world of football all season long, including regular appearances from CSNChicago.coms John Moon Mullin.

PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY Entering its 24th season on television, Pro Football Weekly is a half-hour program hosted by SportsNet Centrals Pat Boyle and features an expert panel led by Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Hampton, former Bears wide receiver Tom Waddle and PFW publishereditor Hub Arkush. The programs in-depth preview analysis and unique format make the show a preferred vehicle for football fans desiring the most thorough coverage of the NFL. This hard-hitting program features the latest NFL news reports, opinions and insider information. Pro Football Weekly makes its regular season premiere on Friday, September 2 at 5:00 PM with regular weekly debuts airing on Fridays at 5:00 PM; replays can be seen Saturday afternoonsevenings at varied times and Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM.

CHICAGO HUDDLE Hosted by Dan Jiggetts, who will be joined each week by Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams, Bears wide receiver Earl Bennett and Chicago media personality April Rose, Chicago Huddle is back for its second season on Comcast SportsNet providing fans with an in-depth, weekly Bears reviewpreviewinterview show throughout the entire 2011 campaign. The season premiere airs on Friday, September 16 at 11:30 PM with regular airings taking place on Friday nights at 11:30 PM and Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM.

CSNCHICAGO.COM Comcast SportsNet Chicagos website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 247 Bears and NFL coverage all season long featuring Bears Insider John Moon Mullin, additional talent blogs, live game-day scoreboard, fan message boards and online video features so fans on the go can stay on top of the latest Bears news and developments wherever and whenever they occur. Please note the following CSNChicago.com Bears-related highlights this season:

John Moon Mullin: CSNChicago.coms resident Bears Insider returns for his third season providing fans with up-to-the-minute Bears news and information via his popular View from the Moon blog (csnchicago.compagesviewfromthemoon), along with 247 updates via Twitter @CSNMoonMullin. Mullin will also make regular on-air appearances throughout the NFL season on Comcast SportsNets Bears Post Game Live presented by Illinois Back Institute, SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live. Plus, fans can look forward to a weekly web chat with Mullin every Monday night (entitled Monday Night Moon) at 7:00 PM beginning Sept. 12 and a weekly video mailbag from Halas Hall on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 7.

15 on 6: Bears QB Blog Former Bears quarterback and current Bears PGL analyst Jim Miller covers the offense in-depth as he will analyze every key move of Bears QB Jay Cutler, new offensive coordinator Mike Martz and the entire Bears offense all season long. Miller will offer his insight and experiences with game offense previews and post-game analysis, including breaking down Cutlers overall game-by-game performance. In addition, he will offer commentary and analysis on rival NFC North quarterbacks.

Bears Post Game Live video and live chats Throughout the season on Bears Post Game Live presented by Illinois Back Institute, CSNChicago.com will provide exclusive video clips detailing the panels key points of discussion from each game, along with a live chat for enhanced viewer interaction throughout the show. CSNChicago.com will also provide additional video clips from a variety of other Bears-related programming including Bears Recap and Pro Football Weekly.

Twitter In addition to 247 live Tweets from Bears Insider John Moon Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin), fans are also urged to check out additional Twitter content from Pat Boyle (@CSNBoyle), Kip Lewis (@CSNKipLewis) and Jim Miller (@15Miller).

Buckeyes going back to College Football Playoff, will face Clemson in Fiesta Bowl

Buckeyes going back to College Football Playoff, will face Clemson in Fiesta Bowl

The College Football Playoff field is set, and for the second time in three years, the Ohio State Buckeyes will compete for a national championship.

The selection committee revealed the four-team field for this season's Playoff, with Ohio State coming at No. 3. The Buckeyes will battle No. 2 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl. The other Playoff semifinal pits No. 1 Alabama against No. 4 Washington in the Peach Bowl.

While Ohio State has been considered one of the best teams in the country throughout the season, the Buckeyes' inclusion in the Playoff field is not without controversy, as they are the first team to play in the Playoff without winning their conference championship. But Ohio State had a sterling resume with three wins over top-10 teams: Michigan, Wisconsin and Oklahoma. The Buckeyes' lone loss came against a top-10 Penn State team.

The 2014 national champion, Ohio State returns to the Playoff after missing out last season. Big Ten champion Michigan State represented the conference last year, getting crushed by Alabama in the Cotton Bowl. Two years ago, the Buckeyes beat the Crimson Tide in the Sugar Bowl and then beat the Oregon Ducks in the national championship game.

Big Ten champion Penn State, which won the conference title game Saturday night with an instant-classic comeback victory over Wisconsin, ended up fifth and was left off the bracket. So too was sixth-ranked Michigan, which didn't compete for a conference championship but was ranked fifth in the final set of rankings prior to Sunday's bracket reveal. The Nittany Lions and Wolverines combined for five wins over top-10 teams this season.

There was plenty of conversation that red-hot Penn State could surge into the Playoff, just like Ohio State did two years ago. The Lions are riding a nine-game winning streak, defeated Ohio State earlier in the season and claimed the championship in what has been the hands-down best conference in college football this season. And boy did they impress Saturday night in their most recent showing, erasing a three-touchdown deficit to come back and beat Wisconsin.

Michigan, too, had a mighty compelling case to make. The Wolverines, owners of one of the best defenses in the country all season long, beat three top-10 teams during the regular season and took the No. 2 team in the country to double overtime just last weekend.

But in the end, we did not get the first Playoff field to feature two teams from the same conference. Penn State and Michigan will learn their bowl fates — likely going to New Year's Six bowl games — later Sunday.

Big Ten poll update: Penn State jumps Michigan in last pre-Playoff AP poll

Big Ten poll update: Penn State jumps Michigan in last pre-Playoff AP poll

The College Football Playoff selection committee will reveal the four-team Playoff field shortly, but in the AP poll, Big Ten champion Penn State did vault ahead of Michigan.

The Nittany Lions, fresh off their instant-classic comeback win in Saturday night's Big Ten title game, jumped up three spots, from No. 8 to No. 5, passing the Wolverines, who dropped from No. 5 to No. 6 with no game to play this weekend.

Who knows if that will be the thinking of the committee or if Penn State's performance Saturday was impressive enough to get it above Washington or Clemson and into the final four.

In the AP poll Sunday, Ohio State checked in at No. 2 behind No. 1 Alabama. The Buckeyes didn't play Saturday either, but those top two spots figure to be how the top two spots of the Playoff field will look. Clemson and Washington stayed the Nos. 3 and 4 teams in the poll, which seems to be a likely possibility in the Playoff, as well.

Wisconsin, defeated by Penn State on Saturday night, dropped just two spots from No. 6 to No. 8, jumped by Penn State and Oklahoma, which was victorious in its regular-season finale against Oklahoma State, claiming the Big 12 championship in the process.

Iowa moved up one spot from No. 22 to No. 21, while Nebraska dropped a spot from No. 23 to No. 24. Neither team played this weekend.