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Bears HOF linebacker Mike Singletary to be next featured guest on Inside Look

Bears HOF linebacker Mike Singletary to be next featured guest on Inside Look

CHICAGO BEARS HALL OF FAME LINEBACKER MIKE SINGLETARY TO BE THE NEXT FEATURED GUEST ON
COMCAST SPORTSNETS MONTHLY INTERVIEW SERIES, INSIDE LOOK

Inside Look presented by Cadillac, hosted by Comcast SportsNets Chris Boden, featuring Mike Singletary
to debut Friday, November 16 at 9:30 PM

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of Inside Look, including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (November 14, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac.

Debuting Friday, November 16 at 9:30 PM, Comcast SportsNets Chris Boden hosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with Chicago Bears Hall of Fame linebacker & two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year MIKE SINGLETARY. Singletary, currently a linebackers coach of the Minnesota Vikings, discusses everything from his thoughts on why the 85 Bears failed to repeat as Super Bowl champions, his menacing on-field stare, his volatile rookie year relationship with defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, his experience as an NFL head coach and much more.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV. Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet. Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Mike Singletary on the following datestimes: Tue, Nov. 20 at 9:30pm - Thu, Nov. 22 at 9pm - Mon, Nov. 26 at 2pm - Sun, Dec. 2 at 8:30pm - Sun, Dec. 9 at 3:30pm - Tue, Dec. 11 at 7pm & Sun, Dec. 30 at 4:30pm.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Mike Singletary presented by Cadillac premiering Friday, November 16 on Comcast SportsNet:

SINGLETARY on the 85 Bears failing to repeat as Super Bowl champions:

I wouldnt say that were the greatest team of all time, simply because we didnt have the wherewithal to bring it together againand get focused again. We were the immature brats that won the Super Bowl and just did not have sense enough to realize that there were traps set all around uspulling us apartand having us look at each other and become jealous here and envious thereand the thing that we had that was so special was taken away, and no one really took it. We gave it away. And its not just the players, its Coach Ditka, its Buddy (Ryan), its all of us.

SINGLETARY on his volatile rookie season relationship with defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan:

I hated him. I could not stand him. I mean, he made me sit next to him in a meeting, I turned like this (shifting himself in chair) because I just couldnt...I couldnt even look at him.

SINGLETARY on his menacing on-field stare before the snap of the ball:

People ask me were you trying to intimidate the other team? No, not at all. The reason my eyes got big was simply because I was trying to see the whole field. Its as simple as that.

SINGLETARY on his experience as head coach of the 49ers, including his infamous post-game meltdown involving tight end Vernon Davis:

Im not a politically correct guy...Im not. I believe that if decisions have to be made, and theyre on my table to make, I got to make decisions. Did I go about it the right way? Did I do it the right way? I would say that my emotions at that time were a bit immaturebutI think everything that happened in that experience was for (Davis)and its what he needed. If I had to do it over again, I would do it different.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: After 20 games, do we know the identity of this Blackhawks team?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: After 20 games, do we know the identity of this Blackhawks team?

On the latest Hawks Talk Podcast Tracey Myers and Jamal Mayers join Pat Boyle to discuss the teams wins over the Rangers and Penguins.  Have they figured some things out and what is the identity of this team after 20 games?

Jammer weighs in on Artem Anisimov’s big week and are there enough Hawks committed to net front presence?  They also discuss the surging play of the blue liners and did the Hawks fail to send a message to Evgeni Malkin, after he kneed Corey Crawford in the head?

Lauri Markkanen, Lonzo Ball making rookie history as they prepare to face each other

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Lauri Markkanen, Lonzo Ball making rookie history as they prepare to face each other

It'd be a stretch to say that any rookie is having a better or more impactful season than Philadelphia's Ben Simmons. The Sixers are 9-7, and Simmons looks like a 10-year veteran with his decision making, athleticism and all-around feel for the game. He's the frontrunner for MVP, but there are two other rookies vying to catch Simmons and win that title. And they'll face each other tomorrow night in Los Angeles.

Lonzo Ball was the second pick in June's NBA Draft, and fellow Pac-12 freshman standout Lauri Markkanen went five picks later to the Bulls, who had traded up as part of the Jimmy Butler trade. Both players were drafted to rebuilding franchises - the Lakers still working out the kinks in the post-Kobe era, and the Bulls beginning their rebuild after dealing Butler - and were expected to make immediate impacts on their franchises.

Ball's was more pronounced, as the Lakers dealt D'Angelo Russell to the Nets on draft night to free up space at the point for their prized No. 2 pick. Markkanen's came more abruptly, as the 20-year-old was thrust into the starting lineup after Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic's fight put Mirotic in the hospital and Portis on paid leave. However they got there, both players have been impressive in their early NBA careers.

Starting with Markkanen, the Bulls knew the 7-foot stretch forward was a perfect build for the modern NBA. He set freshman 3-point and rebounding records that, since 1992, only some guy named Kevin Durant had reached. After a successful summer in Eurobasket he was set for a large role with the Bulls, and he's succeeded in just about every aspect. His 15.6 points per game are third only to Simmons and the other Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma, and his 8.1 rebounds are second to Simmons. And his 2.6 made 3-pointers per game are most among rookies, and well past No. 2 on the list (Utah's Donovan Mitchell, 1.9 per game).

In fact, Markkanen would become the only rookie in NBA history to average at least 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 3-pointers per game. The 2.5 3-pointers would break a rookie record currently held by Damian Lillard (2.3 per game). The closest a rookie has ever come to reaching those marks was Stephen Curry, who averaged 4.5 rebounds and 2.1 3-pointers per game as a rookie. Allen Iverson also met the 4/2 threshold, but that's a far cry from Markkanen's 8/2.5 mark. Paul Pierce's rookie season saw him average 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers.

But that's not all. If he kept those averages up he would be just the fifth player EVER to accomplish those thresholds. The others are James Harden, Kevin Durant, DeMarcus Cousins and Antonie Walker, who naturally did it twice.

So, yeah, Markkanen is having quite a rookie year.

So, too, is Ball. While he's had some real issues with efficiency, slashing .313/.228/.462 and has committed 2.6 turnovers per game, his counting stats have been outstanding. Ball is averaging 8.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 7.1 assists, and that puts him in equally impressive company.

Simmons has reached those numbers this season, too, averaging 18.1 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.0 assists. You may have heard of the other two players, named Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.

The two future Hall of Famers averaged these numbers:

Robertson: 30.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 9.7 assists (missing averaging a triple-double for the season by 20 assists)

Johnson: 18.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists

Ball is also averaging 0.9 blocks, and no other rookie guard has ever accomplished that. It might not always look pretty for Markkanen and Ball as they feel their way out in the NBA, but just remember watching these two that they're in the midst of making history in the new era of the NBA.