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5 Questions with...WGCI's Tony Sculfield

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5 Questions with...WGCI's Tony Sculfield

By Jeff Nuich
CSN Chicago Senior Director of Communications
CSNChicago.com Contributor

October 28, 2009

Want to know more about your favorite Chicago media celebrities? CSNChicago.com has your fix as we put the citys most popular personalities on the spot with a new weekly feature entitled 5 Questions with...

Every Wednesday exclusively on CSNChicago.com, its our turn to grill the local media and other local VIPs with five random sports and non-sports related questions that will definitely be of interest to old and new fans alike.

This weekone of the funniest men, not only on Chicago radio, but in Chicago periodhis comedic stylings can be heard Monday-Friday from 5:00-9:00 AM on WGCI 107.5 FM as he hosts the incredibly popular morning show, The Morning Riot, with Nina Chantele & Leon Rogershere are 5 Questions withTONY SCULFIELD!

BIO: Tony Sculfield is an explosive comedic performer unlike any other, whose ability to engage an audience is nationally known. His stand-up comedy performances are heralded by critics and his peers consider him one of the most talented comedians in the country. Tony has toured and performed with numerous comedians in the entertainment industry over the years, including MoNique, Mike Epps, Jamie Foxx, D.L. Hughley, Steve Harvey and Cedric the Entertainer to name a few. He has also appeared on HBOs Def Comedy Jam, BETs Comic View, Comedy Central and Showtime.

Known as the One Man Riot, Tony is the centerpiece of WGCI 107.5 FMs wildly-popular morning show, The Morning Riot, (weekdays, 5:00-9:00 AM), featuring co-hosts Nina Chantele and Leon Rogers, heard by an average of over 900,000 Chicago listeners each day.

A Chicago native, Tony has mastered the art of being able to find humor in anything from Jay-Z to Jay Walking. Regardless of the event, Tony's comedic style makes light of some of life most hilarious moments. Tony's saying is "If you can laugh at it, you can live through it.

1) CSNChicago.com: Tony, we all listen to you on WGCIs The Morning Riot, not to mention watching your hilarious stand-up appearances over the years on TV. What is more enjoyable for you personally, entertaining your audience on the radio or on the stage?

Sculfield: A few years ago I might have said I enjoyed standup more, but in the last couple of years, I've come to realize the power of doing a radio show in the 3rd largest radio market in the country. I have a voice in the community that the people appreciate, but I still try to use humor to get my messages across.

2) CSNChicago.com: What comedians inspired you over the years as you developed your stand up act and, a quick follow-up question, name some up-and-coming young comedians out there should people start paying attention to?

Sculfield: My favorite comic of all time is George Carlin, but as I came up doing comedy, guys like Michael Colyar, Cedric the Entertainer, Deon Cole and Kenny Howell, who were my peers in the game, inspired me more than the greats because we were in the trenches together starting up. Up-and-comers like Hannibal Buress, Marlon Mitchell and Muhammad are definitely some of my faves.

3) CSNChicago.com: With the NBA season beginning this week, what are your predictions on what teams around the league will be contenders come playoff time and, from a local standpoint, what are your thoughts on this years Chicago Bulls team, especially the way the team finished last season in that epic seven-game playoff series against the Celtics?

Sculfield: I think the Lakers are no doubt the team to beat out west. In the east, you've got to say Boston with K.G. coming back. Also, I do like Denver, San Antonio and Cleveland of course with Big Shaq. As for the Bulls, they are a great young team. I was at the home playoff games last year. Just incredible!! Playoffs again for sure.

4) CSNChicago.com: WGCI has been on the cutting edge of hip-hop and R&B music for years now and many of those hits are heard on your morning show every day. Name some artistssongs on your iPod that your listeners would be shocked to know about and would make them say Tony listens to THAT?! CSNChicago.com readers want to know, please tell us!

Sculfield: Well, people might trip on the fact that I love rock! I basically listen to all types of music. You'll find some Blind Melon, some Nirvana, and some Smashing Pumpkins. I've even got Julia Fordham in the iPod.

5) CSNChicago.com: The Morning Riot with Nina and Leon is no doubt a huge success with radio audiences throughout the city, not to mention the millions of listeners who tune into the show on WGCI.com. Explain the chemistry with the three of you on why your show has become such a big hit with listeners?

Sculfield: Well, the chemistry is this. I'm the Anchor, Nina's the Informative one, and Leon is the Loose Cannon. It all works because we all get a chance to shine. We have a ball in the studio, and laugh like fools for four hours every morning. The listeners know we try to give them what they need, from the listening ear to that outrageous material!

BONUS QUESTIONCSNChicago.com: Anything you want to plug that you can share with us Tony? We want to hear about it

Sculfield: Starting up again on January 28, 2010 (along with the fourth Thursday of every month going forward), please make sure to check out Tony Sculfields Variety Show, featuring the very best acts in Chicago. The action takes place at the Jokes and Notes Comedy Club, located at 4641 S. King Drive in Chicago. Showtime is at 8:30 PMbe there!!

Sculfield LINKS:

WGCI 107.5 FMThe Morning Riot

Tony Sculfield on Facebook

Tony Sculfield on Twitter

Looking deeper to understand how John Fox still commands Bears trust through bad times

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Looking deeper to understand how John Fox still commands Bears trust through bad times

I’ve always placed great stock in the drama tenet, “Action is character.” What an actor/person does in significant part defines their character, or lack of same.

Conversely, in some situations, what someone doesn’t do can be equally defining or revealing. A couple of those involving the Bears are worth noting, because they suggest things about John Fox and and his staff, and perhaps a bit of what players think of them.

Nothing stunning, just a case of when you pull the camera back for a little wider angle, a broader picture forms out of seemingly separate or isolated incidents. Fox has never lost his teams through three generally miserable seasons, those teams consistently played hard through bad times. A handful of specific situations offer some insight into perhaps why:

The Cohen conundrum

Fox and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains came in for scalding criticism for their recent seeming under-utilization of running back Tarik Cohen. The closest either came to laying out the real reason was a reference to concerns about the rookie’s pass-protection capabilities, no small issue against Green Bay and coordinator Dom Capers’ blitz proclivities; coaches want to see Mitch Trubisky wearing a Bears uniform, not Clay Matthews.

Cohen may be the Bears’ leading receiver, but if a back can’t present the viable option of pass protection, the offense is limited even more than it already is anyway with a rookie quarterback.

Come forward a week: Overlooked in the aftermath of the loss to Detroit, in which Cohen was not part of the hurry-up offense driving for a winning or tying score, was the fact that Cohen simply didn’t know the plays well enough in that situation. Fox didn’t say so. Neither did Loggains.

Cohen did.

Asked afterwards what he wasn’t solid with, Cohen owned it: "Probably the hurry-up plays at those positions. I know certain plays at those positions, but to open up the whole playbook with me, I’ll have to learn all of those plays.”

Should he have been up to a faster speed in week 10? That’s another discussion. But like it or not, his coaches were not going to be the ones to out him.

The Howard hassle

Jordan Howard finished 2016 second to only Dallas’ Ezekiel Elliott in rushing yardage. He began the year inactive for game one and lightly used in games two and three. The reason Loggains gave from the podium was that coaches didn’t really know what they had in Howard.

Yes. They did. But Loggains didn’t cite Howard for not being in shape to carry the load the offense needed. Neither did Fox.

Howard did.

“I should’ve been in better shape,” Howard said at the outset of training camp last July. “I should’ve been playing earlier if I would’ve handled what I had to do.”

Some very effective coaches have used public embarrassment for motivation; Mike Ditka assessed that he wasn’t sure Donnell Woolford could cover anybody, and Buddy Ryan summarized that “No. 55 [Otis Wilson] killed us,” for instance.

Fox and his staff don’t do that and they’ve have taken the heat for their players, which does frustrate those tasked with accurately reporting sometimes hard information.

Medical restraint

Fox’s tenure has been awash in major injuries to pivotal players. He has made points in his locker room by shielding those players and their issues whether outsiders like it or not.

That started back with Kevin White and the infamous stress fracture that Fox was accused of knowing about and lying that he didn’t. The real situation was that medical opinions (and the Bears had gotten a bunch) were divided to the point where the Bears opted against surgery until it was conclusive that the shadow on an x-ray was indeed a fracture. Fox refused to call the injury a stress fracture with the doctors so divided, and he was pilloried for it. But not in his locker room.

The organization very much needed Pro Bowl lineman Kyle Long this season for an offense that certainly wasn’t going to live on the arm of Mike Glennon. Long was testy and combative during training camp, and “honestly I’ve been champing at the bit to get back,” he conceded, “but they’ve done a good job of pulling the reins a little bit and making sure that I understand that it’s a long season.”

Small things, not necessarily connected, but as Fox’s third season winds down, what his team shows will factor into decisions on his future. The Bears right now, after the Green Bay and Detroit losses effectively ended the “hope” part of their season, are entering that dreary phase of a year when effort will be critiqued as critically as performance.

The on-field results now will say something about character, Fox’s own and the collective one he has worked to instill since January 2015.

How to watch and/or stream the IHSA football state finals this weekend

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How to watch and/or stream the IHSA football state finals this weekend

It's Thanksgiving weekend, which among other things, means the IHSA football state finals are taking place.

NBC Sports Chicago has live coverage of the finals of all eight classes and is streaming every telecast, including surrounding pre/postgame coverage, to be made available to authenticated subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive and via the NBC Sports app.

Check out the action taking place in Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday with the Class 1A final and concluding Saturday night with the Class 8A final and a special recap edition of High School Lites following the final game. Highlights from each of the games will be available on our website throughout the weekend.

The live streaming service is currently available to customers of Comcast/Xfinity, DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, Mediacom, RCN, WOW!, Time Warner Cable and Charter among numerous other carriers.  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on numerous digital streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, CenturyLink Stream, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq.

Here is the full schedule for the weekend's games and broadcast coverage:

Friday, November 24

LIVE NOW: Class 1A: LENA-WINSLOW (Lena) [13-0] vs. TUSCOLA [13-0]

1:00 PM – Class 2A: GIBSON CITY-MELVIN-SIBLEY (Gibson City) [13-0] vs. MAROA-FORSYTH (Maroa) [12-1]

4:00 PM – Class 3A: IC CATHOLIC (Elmhurst) [12-1] vs. PLEASANT PLAINS [10-3]

7:00 PM – Class 4A: MORRIS [11-2] vs. ROCHESTER [13-0] (NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit our CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

Saturday, November 25

10:00 AM – Class 5A: PHILLIPS (Chicago) [13-0] vs. DUNLAP [13-0]

1:00 PM – Class 6A: PRAIRIE RIDGE (Crystal Lake) [13-0] vs. NAZARETH ACADEMY (LaGrange Park) [12-1]

4:00 PM – Class 7A: BATAVIA [12-1] vs. LAKE ZURICH [13-0] (NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit our CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

7:00 PM – Class 8A: LINCOLN-WAY East (Frankfort) [13-0] vs. LOYOLA ACADEMY (Wilmette) [12-1] (NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit our CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

Further information is available at this link. Edgy Tim previewed each of the eight games here and has players to watch for the weekend.