CSN to carry live coverage of the 2012 IHSA Football Championships Nov. 23 and 24

CSN to carry live coverage of the 2012 IHSA Football Championships Nov. 23 and 24

Network to televise LIVE coverage of this weekends Class 1A-8A IHSA Football Championships from Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL

For the first time in IHSA Football Championship history EVERY game will be telecast in HD!

CSNChicago.com to air highlight packages of all games throughout the weekend;

CSNChicago.com & IHSA.tv to live stream every post-game press conference

Chicago, IL (November 19, 2012) -- For the second-straight year, Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will be airing LIVE coverage of the 2012 Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Football Championships on Friday, November 23 & Saturday, November 24 from Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL. Illinois preps football fans can look forward to seeing every action-packed championship battle starting with the Class 1A contest on Friday morning at 10:00 AM, leading up to Class 8As highly-anticipated match-up between Glenbard North and Mt. Carmel on Saturday night at 7:00 PM. Plus for the first time in IHSA history EVERY championship game will be telecast in High Definition (HD). The 2012 IHSA Football Championships will be produced by the IHSA & PlayOn! Sports.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

Viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.coms special Comcast SportsNet Channel Location section (csnchicago.comzipcode) or IHSA.com for complete channel location details throughout the state.

Fans are also strongly urged to interact via Twitter throughout the entire weekend by utilizing the hashtag IHSA to share their comments and showcase their school spirit for their favorite teams.

CSNChicago.com & IHSA.tv will also be providing fans with a live stream of every IHSA Football championship post-game press conference. In addition, CSNChicago.com will have a special IHSA page set up that will feature highlight packages from all games throughout the weekend, along with week-long coverage & scouting reports from veteran Illinois preps sports writer Taylor Bell and a Twitter module aggregating all IHSA tweets. Plus Comcast SportsNet viewers can look forward to special IHSA Championship editions of High School Lites on both Friday, Nov. 23 & Saturday, Nov. 24 live at 10:30 PM for a complete rundown of all games, including expanded highlights and playercoaches interviews.

IHSA TV veterans Dave Bernhard and Lee Hall return in 2012 to bring viewers play-by-play, while three newcomers with Illinois ties join another longtime IHSA TV contributor in Jack McInerney as analysts on the broadcasts. Glenbard West graduateCSNChicago.com contributor Matt Bowen will provide analysis for the 7A and 8A title games, while the pride of Canton, James Boomer Grigsby, will be the analyst for the 3A and 4A games. Former University of Illinois gridiron standout Michael Young will provide insight on the 1A and 2A games, while McInerney serves as the analyst for the 5A and 6A games. Matt Rodewald joins the IHSA football broadcast team for the first time after serving as the studio host and sideline reporter for the IHSAs March Madness tournament telecasts the past two years and will serve in the same role in Champaign. In addition, CSN Chicago anchorreporter Susannah Collins and FS Wisconsin social media reporter Sophia Minnaert will rotate as sideline reporters throughout the weekend.

The following schedule details Comcast SportsNets coverage of the 2012 IHSA Football Championships airing this Thanksgiving weekend (play-by-playcolor analystsideline reporting teams are in parentheses):

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23
10:00 AM Class 1A: STOCKTON vs. MAROA-FORSYTH (Maroa) (Lee HallMichael YoungMatt Rodewald & Sophia Minnaert)
1:00 PM Class 2A: MERCER COUNTY (Aledo) vs. ALTHOFF CATHOLIC (Belleville) (Lee HallMichael YoungMatt Rodewald & Sophia Minnaert)
4:00 PM Class 3A: AURORA CHRISTIAN (Aurora) vs. UNITY (Tolono) (Dave BernhardJames Boomer GrigsbyMatt Rodewald & Susannah Collins)
7:00 PM Class 4A: ALLEMAN (Rock Island) vs. ROCHESTER (Dave BernhardJames Boomer GrigsbyMatt Rodewald & Susannah Collins)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24
10:00 AM Class 5A: MONTINI (Lombard) vs. MORRIS (Lee HallJack McInerneyMatt Rodewald & Sophia Minnaert)
1:00 PM Class 6A: CARY-GROVE (Cary) vs. CRETE-MONEE (Crete) (Lee HallJack McInerneyMatt Rodewald & Sophia Minnaert)
4:00 PM Class 7A: GLENBARD WEST (Glen Ellyn) vs. LINCOLN-WAY EAST (Frankfort) (Dave BernhardMatt BowenMatt Rodewald & Susannah Collins)
7:00 PM Class 8A: GLENBARD NORTH (Carol Stream) vs. MT. CARMEL (Chicago) (Dave BernhardMatt BowenMatt Rodewald & Susannah Collins)

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[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

[PHOTO] Joe Maddon, Miguel Montero patch things up over a drink

Despite the Cubs ending their 108-year World Series drought, Miguel Montero made offseason headlines for all the wrong reasons when he complained about his role in the Cubs' 2017 championship campaign.

Montero criticized Maddon's communication skills, catching rotation and bullpen decision-making after the team's Grant Park celebration. Maddon brushed off the criticism, and last week at spring training Montero said he hadn't spoke with the Cubs' skipper.

That tension appears to be all but a thing of the past, as Montero posted this picture of him and his manager sharing a drink together sporting nothing but smiles.

It's safe to say Montero would describe his relationship with Maddon now as: #WeAreGood.

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Five Things to Watch: Blackhawks clash with Wild tonight on CSN

Watch as the Blackhawks take on the Minnesota Wild tonight on CSN and streaming live on CSNChicago.com. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Blackhawks Pregame Live. Then stick around after the final buzzer to watch Blackhawks Postgame Live for highlights and analysis.

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Five Things to Watch:

1. Road warriors.

The Blackhawks have won six straight games away from the United Center, and are looking to make it a seventh in Minnesota tonight. They've scored the game's first goal in four of those wins, and in the other two, overcame 1-0 deficits to beat Dallas 5-3 and Edmonton 5-1, the latter of which they scored five unanswered goals.

2. Corey Crawford vs. Devan Dubnyk.

Crawford hasn't quite been the same since undergoing an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 3, but he turned in probably his best outing since then in the Blackhawks' last meeting against Minnesota on Feb. 8 when he stopped 35 of 38 shots in a 4-3 overtime win. He essentially stole two points, and prevented the Wild from picking up the extra one. Across from him tonight will be Dubnyk, who leads the league in wins (32), goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.934).

3. Jonathan Toews on fire.

After a tough offensive drought earlier in the season that lasted longer than expected, the Blackhawks captain has six goals and 10 assists in his last 12 games, and upped his point total to 37, which now ranks fifth on the team. In the last meeting against Minnesota two weeks ago, Toews had a three-point night and scored the game winner in overtime. 

4. Mikael Granlund among league's most underrated players.

File Granlund under the category of players who don't get enough attention. He has 17 goals and 36 assists in 58 games this season, and his 53 points is tied with Jeff Carter and Artemi Panarin for 13th in the NHL's scoring race. The next highest point total on the Wild is Eric Staal with 45, an eight-point gap between him and Granlund. The 24-year-old forward registered his first career hat trick earlier this month, and also had a 12-game point streak just two weeks ago.

5. Ryan Hartman's closing in on 15 goals.

In Saturday's 3-1 loss to Edmonton, Hartman defended his teammate by fighting an Oilers defenseman that was practically twice his size. He called it a "no-brainer" to stick up for Tanner Kero and did well in the scrap, but it led to an Oilers power play and 10-minute misconduct which didn't do the Blackhawks any favors. He responded in a great way Sunday by scoring the game's first goal that helped his team win 5-1 in Buffalo. The next goal he scores will be No. 15, which would give the Blackhawks six 15-plus goal scorers on the year. They had only four a season ago.

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