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CSN to air 'Notre Dame National Championship Bowl Preview Special' on Jan. 2 at 9 p.m.

CSN to air 'Notre Dame National Championship Bowl Preview Special' on Jan. 2 at 9 p.m.

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO AIR NOTRE DAME NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BOWL PREVIEW SPECIAL on JANUARY 2 at 9:00 PM

Chicago, IL (December 26, 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 nations 1 team -- The Notre Dame Fighting Irish -- with an original, half-hour BCS preview show entitled Notre Dame National Championship Bowl Preview Special presented by Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning, debuting Wednesday, January 2 at 9:00 PM.

Hosted by CSNs Chuck Garfien and Tony Rice, quarterback of the 1988 national champion Fighting Irish, the Notre Dame National Championship Bowl Preview Special (filmed entirely on location at the ND campus) will provide fans with a thorough preview of the highly-anticipated BCS title game, including the following exclusive highlights:

Rice takes viewers on an exclusive tour of the Fighting Irish locker room, tunnel and field, and offers up numerous stories of what its like to play for this historic college football program.

Garfiens exclusive one-on-one interview with Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Teo who discusses his legendary season, along with how he has coped with the heartbreaking losses of his girlfriend and grandmother within a 24-hour period.

One-on-one interview with Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick on how the massive success of the football program has catapulted his school into the national spotlight once again.

Interview highlights from former ND football greats Rick Mirer, Reggie Brooks and Joe Theismann with their thoughts on the Irish chances against Alabama.

Interviews with numerous playerscoaches from both the Fighting Irish & Crimson Tide.

Plus in addition to contributing to the Notre Dame National Championship Bowl Preview Special, CSNChicago.coms Notre Dame Insider JJ Stankevitz will provide exclusive web content 247 leading up to the big national championship game on January 7. In addition, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com for up-to-the-minute Fighting Irish news, game previewsrecaps, interviews and much more from Stankevitz (via Twitter @JJStankevitz & IrishTalkCSN).

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the most blame for Bears losses?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the most blame for Bears losses?

Mark Potash (Chicago Sun-Times), Ben Finfer (ESPN 1000) and Kevin Fishbain (The Athletic) join Kap on the panel. It’s another losing season for the Bears. So who deserves the most blame: Ryan Pace, John Fox or the players? Plus Mark Schanowski drops by to talk about the Bulls future and if the Celtics will win the East.

Brian Urlacher named semifinalist for Hall of Fame

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Brian Urlacher named semifinalist for Hall of Fame

In his first year as an eligible candidate, Brian Urlacher was named as one of the 27 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  

The announcement doesn't come as much of a surprise considering the brilliant career the legendary Bears linebacker had. In 13 seasons with Da Bears, Urlacher proved how valuable he was against both the run and pass, tallying 22 interceptions, 41.5 sacks and 1,040 tackles.

In other words, yeah, he's a worthy first-ballot inductee. 

As the captain of those tremendous Bears defenses in the 2000s, Urlacher made the Pro Bowl eight times, All-Pro teams five times and was honored as Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. And despite falling just short of capturing the team's first Super Bowl since 1985, the Bears were usually competitive even with consistent offensive woes and a revolving door for quarterbacks. 

There are a few more hurdles to clear before No. 54 dons a Hall of Fame jacket, though. The list of 27 gets cut to 15 before voters make their final decisions as to who ultimately gets the call to Canton, Ohio, and there are several other deserving players. Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Ronde Barber and Terrell Owens are just some of the other headliners in the Class of 2018: 

The Bears will soon have their first Hall of Famer since Richard Dent, who received the nod in 2011. The only question now is whether the voters make Urlacher wait a year.