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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).

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Schedule Subject to Change

Bears-Lions prediction: Will special teams continue John Fox's NFC North woes?

Bears-Lions prediction: Will special teams continue John Fox's NFC North woes?

Only three of John Fox’s 12 wins as Bears coach have been against NFC North opponents, while 12 of his 29 losses have come against divisional opponents. 

That’s a recipe for back-to-back-to-back last place finishes in the NFC North. And if the Bears can’t beat an Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers team, why could it beat a Detroit Lions team that has a healthy franchise quarterback?

The positive end of that answer is the Bears do have wins over two playoff teams (Pittsburgh and Carolina) while six of their four losses have been by eight points or fewer. Sunday’s game will probably be close, again (if it’s not, and the Bears are on the losing end of it, it would raise some significant concerns about the state of Fox within the locker room). 

So if the game is decided by one possession or less, this could be the difference: Detroit has one of the best special teams units in the NFL, ranking second in Football Outsiders’ DVOA, while the Bears are 28th by the same measure. 

Getting Sherrick McManis back this week should help solidify Jeff Rodgers’ special teams units, but Jamal Agnew has two punt return scores and is averaging 18.3 yards per return. 

“Tough guy — he’ll return inside and outside,” Rodgers said. “He’s got multiple longer returns against people this year. it’s not just, ‘I had a long return in Week 2 or Week 1,’ and kinda held onto that. he’s been productive in a lot of games. certainly a guy that we’ve gotta do a good job against.”

If the Bears don’t do a good job bottling up Agnew, though, he could be the reason why the game flips to Detroit — or, at least, why the Lions keep the Bears at arm’s length. 

Prediction: Lions 24, Bears 16

Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Will Kris Dunn build off career night?

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson react to a breakout game from Kris Dunn against the Hornets Friday night. They’ll discuss his development and how it impacts rookie Lauri Markkanen. Plus just how long will both the Wolves and Bulls be judged on the Jimmy Butler trade? Is Dwight Howard a hall of famer? And a new era in Philly with Simmons and Embiid. That and more on this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast.