Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month

Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month

COMCAST SPORTSNET CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Chicago, IL (January 26, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, celebrates Black History Month in February with four special feature stories highlighting prominent African-American athletes, teams and sports moments that will air every Sunday night in February on SportsNet Central presented by GMC at 10:30 PM. In addition, Comcast SportsNets newly-enhanced website CSNChicago.com will provide a pair of profile feature stories on two of Chicagos greatest basketball icons. Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month is presented by the U.S. Marines.

Beginning Sunday, February 5 and airing every Sunday night in February at 10:30 PM on SportsNet Central presented by GMC, Comcast SportsNet celebrates Black History Month will present a new feature story highlighting the tremendous impact African-Americans had on the sporting world from a local perspective. CSNChicago.com will also make each feature story video available for viewing immediately after they air on Comcast SportsNet. Note the following Black History Month feature stories and air dates:

AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN HOCKEY (Sunday, February 5 at 10:30 PM): Well chronicle the history of African-American participation in the sport of hockey, which will feature interviews with current African-American standouts in the NHL today, including Blackhawks goaltender Ray Emery and Philadelphia Flyers RW Wayne Simmonds.

1971-72 THORNRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TEAM (Sunday, February 12 at 10:30 PM): Arguably the greatest Boys Basketball team the history of Illinois high school athletics. The Thornridge High School Falcons in Dolton, IL, led by Chicago-area basketball legend Quinn Buckner, won back-to-back state titles in 1971 & 1972losing only one game in those two seasons. Buckner, who won a national collegiate title with Indiana in 1976 and an NBA title in 1984 with the Boston Celtics, discusses the amazing run of that remarkable high school team.
MAC IRVIN (Sunday, February 19 at 10:30 PM): The Godfather of Chicago basketball, who passed away at the age of 74 this past December, was instrumental in the development of numerous NBA stars (including Kobe Bryant, Shawn Marion, Shaquille ONeal, Antoine Walker and Tim Hardaway) through his successful AAU program. His sons have carried on his legacy giving back to the basketball world, but his influence continues to carry far beyond his family. (NOTE: CSNChicago.com Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam will also pen an additional original feature story on the extraordinary life of Mac Irvin.)

FRED MITCHELL (Sunday, February 26 at 10:30 PM): A true gentleman in every sense of the word, Fred Mitchell was the first African-American sportswriter for the Chicago Tribune. His brilliant athletic career as a record-setting place-kicker at Wittenberg University, along with his decades-long devotion to helping those in need in the community, earned Mitchell a national collegiate football award being named after him: The Fred Mitchell Outstanding Place-Kicker Award. Well take a look back at his life covering the stories that have changed the local sports scene, while examining the changes of African-Americans working in the media.

In addition to the Mac Irvin feature, CSNChicago.coms Aggrey Sam will feature an additional, original Black History Month themed feature story on yet another local basketball icon, Lloyd Walton:

LLOYD WALTON: A Mt. Carmel H.S. and Marquette University superstar whose brilliant mind and drive to help others earned him a Masters degree following his brief stint in the NBA. Walton will also be receiving his Doctorate later this year. Hes currently the NBPAs Midwest coordinator for the Rookie Transition program who advises players throughout the league on a variety along with being a standout motivational speaker.

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

CSN's Dan Hayes meets the White Sox Dan Hayes

Is the White Sox clubhouse big enough for two Dan Hayeses?

We're about to find out this spring training as CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes covers the team, which includes first base prospect Danny Hayes.

The Sox prospect Hayes battled .250 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 55 games for Charlotte last season.

The big-league hopeful and White Sox beat reporter spoke with CSN's Chuck Garfien about the similarities the two (don't) have.

No word yet on whether they'll battle the two Rougned Odors and Geovani/Geovany Sotos to an Anchoman-style duel.

Check it all out in the hilarious video above.

Ryan Hartman defends teammate, but fight proves to be turning point in Blackhawks loss to Oilers

Ryan Hartman defends teammate, but fight proves to be turning point in Blackhawks loss to Oilers

The NHL implemented the bye week for the first time this season in an effort to give teams a five-day break before the stretch run of the regular season.

Entering Saturday's game, teams were 3-10-3 coming out of those games with many of those losses coming in convincing fashion.

Despite a 3-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday night, the Blackhawks weren't one of those teams. They appeared to be reenergized more than rusty, and it showed in the opening 20 minutes of the game when they fired off 30 shot attempts (12 on goal) compared to the Oilers' 10 (four on goal).

But early in the second period, momentum shifted after Ryan Hartman came to the defense of teammate Tanner Kero, who was leveled by Oilers defenseman Eric Gryba in the neutral zone.

Hartman skated over to Gryba and dropped the gloves near the goal line, afterwards getting tagged with a two-minute penalty for instigating, five minutes for fighting and another 10 for a misconduct.

"It's kind of a no-brainer for me," Hartman said of sticking up for Kero. "I tried waiting long enough so it wasn't an instigator but it's kind of a judgment call I guess, some refs call it different ways. Unfortunately it ended up in a power play for them, but it's something you've got to do."

Hartman said he and the official had a discussion about the instigator penalty for clarity, which was handed to him due to the distance traveled after the hit.

Hartman said after the game that he respects the decision, but teammates and coaches didn't necessarily agree with the call.

"Thought they both had an agreement," Jonathan Toews said of the fight. "It looked like they were both going to go at it. Don’t think Hartsy jumped him by any means. But I guess just because there’s a previous hit immediately before that, then he got the instigator there."

Said Joel Quenneville: "I don't necessarily know that he was going to start the fight. I think he went over there to talk to the guy, so you lose Hartsy there."

And it proved to be the turning point.

Less than two minutes later, the Oilers capitalized on the power play after Matt Benning's shot ricocheted off Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk's skate and into the net, putting Edmonton out in front first.

They wouldn't look back, hanging on to beat the Blackhawks 3-1, and getting revenge on a team that beat them last week 5-1 in their first game out of the bye.

While it may not have been an opportune time to do it, the Blackhawks appreciate Hartman's game and know more times than not, his energy will result in a positive outcome.

"We haven’t seen a lot of fights this year so, no matter what, it always gets us going, especially in our own building," Toews said. "I think the fans love that sort of thing, too, and Hartsy’s been going after guys who are a lot bigger than him this year. We love that fearless play and definitely helps our guys feed off it."

"Hartsy's a competitive guy," Quenneville said. "We like him to have that a little bit of abrasiveness and unpredictably so there's nothing wrong with that. We like the way he competes and what he brings us."