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).

White Sox conclude suspended game with Tigers on CSN

White Sox conclude suspended game with Tigers on CSN

The White Sox conclude their suspended game against the Detroit Tigers, and you can catch all the action on Comcast SportsNet. The 3-3 game will pick up in the top of the ninth at 1:10 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on White Sox Postgame Live.

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Cubs have ‘all kinds of different lines in the water’ leading up to trade deadline

Cubs have ‘all kinds of different lines in the water’ leading up to trade deadline

MILWAUKEE – The White Sox would never trade Chris Sale to the North Side and give the Cubs this year’s potential American League Cy Young Award winner to pair with the National League’s reigning Cy Young Award winner (Jake Arrieta), the game’s most entertaining manager (Joe Maddon) and one of the most iconic venues in sports (Wrigley Field), making the biggest story in baseball ever bigger.

Silly season is already in full swing with reports that the White Sox sent Sale home from U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday…because their all-world pitcher cut up throwback jerseys he didn’t want the team to wear during his scheduled start against the Detroit Tigers.

You can’t make this stuff up. But it’s yet another reminder of what Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer predicted leading up to the Aug. 1 trade deadline: “Expect the unexpected.”   

By late Saturday night, Twitter buzzed about a Fox Sports report that the New York Yankees are telling teams that they will hold onto All-Star reliever Andrew Miller and are moving closer toward dealing 100-mph closer Aroldis Chapman.

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President of baseball operations Theo Epstein never likes to rule anything out, running a front office that keeps all options open. So expect to hear more rumors about the Cubs trying to engineer a deal for a controllable starting pitcher, canvassing the bullpen market and scouting rentals like Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick.

“All I know is that Theo and Jed really have all kinds of different lines in the water,” manager Joe Maddon said before a 6-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. “Like any of the GMs at this time of the year, they’re always going to look to make us better. So if something makes sense to these boys, I’m sure we’re considering it.”

It’s difficult to see Reddick or the offense being a priority or a focal point when the Cubs are so loaded with position players and have plenty of short- and long-term pitching issues. But the Epstein regime has already poured so much capital into their lineup, rebuilding the franchise around hitters. Why stop now?

Epstein has also hinted the Cubs could pivot in a bad market for starting pitching or if the prices for relievers become prohibitive.

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“Sometimes, if the marketplace makes it hard to improve a weakness,” Epstein said, “you can compensate for that by making an area of strength even stronger. That’s not necessarily the direction we’re going to go, but it could be.”

Reddick has Boston Red Sox roots, hits left-handed and will become a free agent after this season. The Cubs just welcomed back their leadoff guy (Dexter Fowler) and have a Gold Glove right fielder with a $184 million contract (Jason Heyward) and multiple options in left field (Kris Bryant, Ben Zobrist, Willson Contreras) plus Chris Coghlan (strained ribcage) and Jorge Soler (strained hamstring) rehabbing at Double-A Tennessee.

“‘CC’ last year was really big for us and we’re still waiting on George,” Maddon said. “I wouldn’t create conjecture for or against. I mean, it’s possible, it absolutely is. They are really hunkered down trying to figure out what’s best for us right now.

“They’re probably looking at us as two different teams versus righties and versus lefties and what we need in those particular moments. And: How far is George actually? I don’t think George is that far off, and I don’t think ‘CC’ is either. But regarding my conversations with (Theo and Jed), they are looking at a lot of different options.”

White Sox mum on Chris Sale incident after suspended game against Tigers

White Sox mum on Chris Sale incident after suspended game against Tigers

The White Sox and Detroit Tigers will resume play of their suspended game — which is tied 3-3 to begin the top of the ninth — on Sunday after a third rain delay finally washed things out Saturday night at U.S. Cellular Field. 

But literal storms paled in comparison to the figurative one that erupted from the White Sox clubhouse involving ace left-hander Chris Sale. The American League's All-Star Game starter was scratched from his start about 30 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, with a vague statement from general manager Rick Hahn mentioning a “non-physical” incident in the clubhouse that was under investigation by the team

Just as the game's second rain delay hit, though, a report surfaced — which was later confirmed by CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes — that Sale, who started for the American League All-Stars last week in San Diego, was so furious over having to wear the team’s 1976 throwback uniforms that he cut them up so they couldn’t be worn. Sale was sent home by the White Sox after the incident. 

The White Sox will still start All-Star left-hander Jose Quintana for Sunday’s series finale — which will begin 30 minutes after the final out of the suspended game, which will resume play at 1:10 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet — and manager Robin Ventura said he doesn’t have any plans for when Sale will make his next start. 

“I’ll talk about the game, but any of that stuff, we’ll wait on that,” Ventura said when asked about the Sale incident. “I know the team put out a release on that and we’re just going to stick with that. I’m not going to discuss what went on in there. But unfortunate he didn’t start tonight and proud of the guys that came in and filled in.”

Third baseman Todd Frazier declined comment — “I can’t really talk anything about that,” he said — as did right-hander Matt Albers, who started and threw two innings as the first cog in a seven-pitcher “Johnny Wholestaff” game.  

"I think we're going to keep that in-house,” Albers said. “For me, obviously you guys probably know what happened, but for me as a player, and in our clubhouse, we're going to keep in in-house. So, you're going to have to ask somebody else about that."

Without anything close to ample time to shuttle a starting pitcher up from the minor leagues to replace Sale, the White Sox went with Albers despite the 33-year-old throwing an inning both Thursday and Friday against the Tigers. Albers said he was told he would start the game around 4:30 p.m. 

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The White Sox needed seven relievers to get through the evening, with Albers, Dan Jennings and Tommy Kahnle all soaking up two innings and Zach Duke, Nate Jones and David Robertson combining for the final two frames before more heavy storms slammed the South Side. 

“(Sale’s) one of the best, absolutely,” Albers said. “But we're here for teammates. We're here to pick each other up in good times and bad, so we're just here to pick whoever up whenever."

On Thursday, general manager Rick Hahn said the White Sox are open to all options at the trade deadline outside of adding a short-term rental, meaning that a complete teardown and rebuild of the roster is on the table, even if it’s ultimately an unlikely scenario. But Frazier said the swirling rumors about plenty of players in the clubhouse aren’t fraying — or causing bizarre, national storylines — a White Sox team that only has one win since the All-Star break. 

“That’s happened to me the last two years,” Frazier said. “You just gotta be professional and play baseball. That’s it. Control what you can control, that’s playing the game.”