CSN to air 2012 Notre Dame Replays & 'Classic' Games

CSN to air 2012 Notre Dame Replays & 'Classic' Games

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO AIR 2012 NOTRE DAME REPLAYS & CLASSIC GAMES

Network to re-air Saturdays ND thriller vs. Stanford (Wed, Oct. 17 at 8:00 PM) & Game of the Century ND Classic from Nov. 1993 vs. Florida St. (Thu, Oct. 18 at 7:00 PM)

CSNChicago.coms Notre Dame Insider JJ Stankevitz to provide complete ND Football coverage 247

Chicago, IL (October 15, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will continue its in-depth college football coverage of the AP & BCS 5-ranked 6-0 Notre Dame Fighting Irish with 2012 game replays from recentupcoming home games, along with a pair of Classic match-ups that will both old and new Irish fans will not want to miss.

In addition, fans are also encouraged to visit CSNChicago.com for up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news, game previewsrecaps, interviews and much more from Notre Dame Insider JJ Stankevitz (via Twitter @JJStankevitz), plus fans can also follow the newly-created @IrishTalkCSN Twitter handle for the latest Irish news and updates 247.

Note the following programming details for Comcast SportsNets upcoming ND Football replays and Classic game tune-in specifics:

2012 NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL REPLAYS on Comcast SportsNet

Wednesday, October 17
8:00 PM Notre Dame vs. Stanford (from Oct. 20, 2012 Fighting Irish win 20-13 in OT)

The Stanford Cardinal were just inches away from tying the game in OT, but the Irish were determined to keep their perfect season intact with standout defense at the goal line. Even though ND quarterback Everett Golson was sacked three times, he still managed to throw for 141 yards, including a game-tying 24-yard TD pass to Tyler Eifert in the 4th qtr.

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING REPLAYS
Notre Dame vs. BYU (Game to be played on Oct. 20 CSN replay air datetime: Thu, Oct. 25 at 8:00 PM)
Notre Dame vs. Pitt (Game to be played on Nov. 3 CSN replay air datetime: Wed, Nov. 7 at 8:00 PM)
Notre Dame vs. Wake Forest (Game to be played on Nov. 17 CSN replay air datetime: Tue, Nov. 20 at 8:00 PM)

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL CLASSICS on Comcast SportsNet

Thursday, October 18

7:00 PM November 13, 1993: Notre Dame vs. Florida State (ND wins 31-24)

Often called the Game of the Century that pitted the two best teams in the nation back in 93 (1 Florida State vs. 2 Notre Dame). It was an epic battle at Notre Dame Stadium that went down to the last play of the game, upsetting eventual Heisman Trophy QB Charlie Ward and dethroning the Seminoles as the best team in all of college football.

Thursday, November 1

7:00 PM September 14, 2002: Notre Dame vs. Michigan (ND wins 25-23)

In the annual match-up of one the best rivalries in all of sports, the Notre Dame-Michigan battle in the Irish 2002 Return to Glory season was certainly one to remember. The 20-ranked Fighting Irish hosted the 7-ranked Wolverines and provided ND with plenty to cheer about as ND cornerback Shane Walton intercepted a Michigan pass with just :21 left in the fourth quarter. The huge upset win put the Irish at 3-0 for the season (NOTE: they eventually ran their record that year to 8-0 before falling to Boston College at home in November).

All times are Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win in Minnesota

Fast Break Morning Update: Blackhawks win in Minnesota

Here are some of Tuesday's top stories in Chicago sports:

Wednesday on CSN: Illinois State and Loyola host in Valley doubleheader

Jonathan Toews has five-point night, including a hat trick, in Blackhawks' win over Wild

Report: Bears seeking trade partners for Jay Cutler

Bulls Talk Podcast: What is the Bulls' approach at the trade deadline?

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred open to idea of Cubs hosting All-Star Game at renovated Wrigley Field

White Sox Talk Podcast: 1-on-1 with executive vice president Ken Williams

Northwestern's offense nowhere to be found as Illini complete sweep of season series

Quick Hits: Blackhawks respond the right way in win over Wild

Under-the-radar Reynaldo Lopez impressing White Sox: 'He's got some stuff'

Why Sammy Sosa compared himself to Jesus Christ in candid interview

Why Joe Maddon won’t tone down the stunts at Cubs camp

Why Joe Maddon won’t tone down the stunts at Cubs camp

MESA, Ariz. – Joe Maddon teased reporters when pitchers and catchers reported to Arizona one week ago, promising the Cubs wouldn't tone down the gimmicks now that they're World Series champions: "We already have something planned for the first day that you might not want to miss."

A weekend of rain in Mesa postposed the first full-scale full-squad workout until Monday, and the wet grass meant the big reveal had to wait until Tuesday morning, when gonzo strength and conditioning coordinator Tim Buss drove a white Ferrari onto the field for the team's stretching session.

The bearded man they call "Bussy" rocked sunglasses, a gold chain around his neck, brown dress shoes and the same navy blue windowpane suit he wore to the White House. The overarching message as Buss blew kisses and Cypress Hill's "(Rock) Superstar" and Jay Z's "Big Pimpin'" blasted from the sound system: Humility.

"I hope everyone gets the sarcasm involved," Maddon said.

So, uh, no, the Cubs aren't going to dial it back or turn the zoo animals away or worry about the target they proudly wore on their chest last year.

"I don't know if the mime's coming back or not," Maddon said during the welcome-to-camp press conference. "Could you do a mime two years in a row? I don't know if that's permissible under MLB rules somewhere. I don't think you can bring a mime back two years in a row.

"Magicians are OK. You can anticipate a lot of the same, absolutely."

Before rolling your eyes at a star manager who loves the spotlight, it's important to note that the stunts are largely Buss productions.

"A lot of times, I'm not even aware," Maddon said. "He just knows he's got my blessings. He knows he does not have to clear it with me, unless it's absolutely insane. It works pretty well this way."

While every Maddon dress-up theme trip doesn't get universal love in the clubhouse, Buss has a unique way of getting millionaires to pay attention, almost tricking them into doing work.

"He's got several well-endowed players on the team that support his histrionics," Maddon said.

[MORE CUBS: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred open to idea of Cubs hosting All-Star Game at renovated Wrigley Field]

Since taking over this job in 2001, Buss has survived multiple ownership structures (Tribune Co., Sam Zell, Ricketts family) and the Andy MacPhail/Jim Hendry/Theo Epstein transitions in the front office, working for managers Don Baylor, Rene Lachemann (interim), Bruce Kimm (interim), Dusty Baker, Lou Piniella, Mike Quade, Dale Sveum and Rick Renteria.

"He must have some good photographs, right?" Maddon said. "He's a different cat. He's a weapon."

Buss can clearly get along with almost any kind of personality. But it took Maddon – and the explosion of social media – to give him this kind of platform.

"No, nothing's changed, man," Maddon said. "It's all the same in regards to 'the same,' meaning the methods, the process. I just got aired out by one of our geek guys for not using the word ‘process.’ It’s true. Last year, I used the word ‘process’ often. I’m going to continue to use it a lot again this year.

"Why were we able to withstand the word 'pressure' and 'expectations' as well as we did last year? Because we weren't outcome-oriented. We were more oriented towards the process. Anybody in your job and your business – if you want to be outcome-oriented – you're going to find yourself in a lot of trouble just focusing on that word.

"It's all about the process. Our process shall remain the same, absolutely it shall. Hopefully, we're going to add or augment it in some ways that can be even more interesting and entertaining."

The irony is that the Cubs have repeatedly used outcome-based thinking in defending Maddon's decisions during the World Series. But the manager obviously deserves so much credit for creating an environment where this team could play loose and relaxed and not collapse under the weight of franchise history.

"Our guys are pretty much in charge of the whole thing," Maddon said. "I love the empowerment of the players. I love that they feel the freedom to be themselves. If they didn't, maybe Jason (Heyward) would not have gotten the guys together in a weight room in Cleveland after a bad moment.

"All those things matter. And you can't understand exactly which is more important than the other. So you just continue to attempt to do a lot of the same things. Process is important, man, and we're going to continue along that path."