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CSN to air three 'Chicago Blackhawks Classics' telecasts in November

CSN to air three 'Chicago Blackhawks Classics' telecasts in November

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO AIR THREE CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS CLASSICS TELECASTS IN NOVEMBER

Classic games include a vintage bw telecast from 1971 featuring Hull, Mikita & Esposito, the 1991 NHL All-Star Game from Chicago Stadium & the 2009 NHL Winter Classic from Wrigley Field

Chicago, IL (November 13, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, will provide viewers with a special trip down memory lane this month as the network has announced it will replay three Chicago Blackhawks Classics telecasts beginning Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM CT.

Chicago Blackhawks Classics will be hosted by Comcast SportsNets Pat Boyle, who will be joined in-studio on a rotating basis by Blackhawks game announcers Pat Foley & Eddie Olczyk, along with Blackhawks Hall of Famer Denis Savard & Blackhawks team historian Bob Verdi among other special guests.

Comcast SportsNet will televise its next Chicago Blackhawks Classic on Friday night, November 16 at 7:00 PM with a vintage 1971 re-air of a black and white Hockey Night in Canada telecast featuring Hockey Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito and the Blackhawks taking on the rival Maple Leafs. In addition to former Blackhawks RW Cliff Koroll (who played in this game in 71) joining Boyle on set, this special telecast will also include an original interview with Mikita, who discusses that unique time period in our history, along with the strengths of that particular Blackhawks team. Additional games on Comcast SportsNets Chicago Blackhawks Classics schedule in November include the memorable 1991 NHL All-Star Game from the old Chicago Stadium and the 2009 NHL Winter Classic featuring the Blackhawks hosting the Red Wings in a game for the ages at historic Wrigley Field. NOTE: These games will only be made available within Comcast SportsNet Chicagos viewing territory.

Fans are also encouraged to visit Comcast SportsNets Blackhawks section on CSNChicago.com (CSNChicago.comBlackhawks) for the latest NHL news 247 from Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers (via Twitter @TraMyersCSN), plus fans can interact during the games via Twitter by utilizing the HawksClassics hashtag.

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS CLASSICS on Comcast SportsNet

Friday, November 16 at 7:00 PM

December 11, 1971: Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs

This vintage black and white Hockey Night in Canada telecast from Maple Leaf Gardens features the on-ice brilliance of Blackhawks Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Tony Esposito. This special re-broadcast will include an original interview with Mikita from Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers.

Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00 PM

January 19, 1991: 42nd NHL All-Star Game (from Chicago Stadium)

Operation Desert Storm in the Gulf War had officially begun just two days prior to the 42nd NHL All-Star Game in Chicago, but this memorable game in league history will always be known for the patriotism shown by every single fan in attendance at Chicago Stadium via numerous American flags hanging from every bannister at the old barn to an emotional singing of our national anthem. The All-Stars representing the Blackhawks in this game included Chris Chelios, Steve Larmer and Jeremy Roenick. Among the Hall of Famers playing in this game included Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman, Paul Coffey, Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, Guy LaFleur and Denis Savard (as a member of the Canadiens).

Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00 PM

January 1, 2009: NHL Winter Classic - Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks (from Wrigley Field)

In what will go down as one of the greatest events in Chicago sports history, the Blackhawks hosted the rival Red Wings at arguably the most iconic sports venue in the nation Wrigley Field. The ecstatic sold out crowd endured freezing-level temperatures in a game that forever solidified the Winter Classic as an annual event for the league. This NHL on NBC re-broadcast was also the highest-rated hockey game shown in the U.S. in 33 years.

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Breaking down where Cubs can turn NLCS around and beat L.A.

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Breaking down where Cubs can turn NLCS around and beat L.A.

“Sometimes, you got to lay your marbles out there,” Jon Lester said Sunday night inside Dodger Stadium’s visiting clubhouse, before the Cubs flew home from Los Angeles down 0-2 in the National League Championship Series. “And you get beat.”

It will be extremely difficult for the Cubs to win four of the next five games against the Dodgers, starting Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. But the Cubs had the, uh, marbles to win last year’s World Series and have developed the muscle memory from winning six playoff rounds and playing in 33 postseason games since October 2015.

There is a cross section left of the 2015 team that beat the Pittsburgh Pirates and silenced PNC Park’s blackout crowd in a sudden-death wild-card game. While 2016 is seen in hindsight as a year of destiny, those Cubs still had to kill the myths about the even-year San Francisco Giants, survive a 21-inning scoreless streak against the Dodgers and win Games 5, 6, 7 against the Cleveland Indians under enormous stress.

There is at least a baseline of experience to draw from and the sense that the Cubs won’t panic and beat themselves, the way the Washington Nationals broke down in the NL Division Series.

· Remember the Cubs pointed to how their rotation set up as soon as Cleveland took a 3-1 lead in last year’s World Series: Lester, Jake Arrieta and Kyle Hendricks would each give them a chance to win that night. The Dodgers will now have to deal with last year’s major-league ERA leader (Hendricks) in Game 3 and a Cy Young Award winner (Arrieta) on Wednesday night in Game 4.

“Obviously, we know we need to get wins at this point,” Hendricks said. “But approaching it as a must-win is a little extreme. We've just got to go out there and play our brand of baseball.

“Since we accomplished that, we know we just have to take it game by game. Even being down 3-1 (in the World Series), we worry about the next game. In that situation, we didn’t think we had to win three in a row or anything like that. We just came to the ballpark the next day and worried about what we had to do that day.”

· The history lessons only go so far when the Dodgers can line up Yu Darvish as their Game 3 starter instead of, say, Josh Tomlin. There is also a huge difference between facing a worn-down Cleveland staff in late October/early November and a rested Dodger team that clinched a division title on Sept. 22 and swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round. Joe Blanton and Pedro Baez aren’t walking through that bullpen door, either.

“We’ve done it before. We’ve been there before,” shortstop Addison Russell said. “But this year’s a new year. That’s a different ballclub. We’re definitely going to have to bring it.”

· Outside of Kenley Jansen, can you name anyone else in the Los Angeles bullpen off the top of your head? No doubt, the Dodger relievers have been awesome in Games 1 and 2 combined: Eight scoreless innings, zero hits, zero walks and Anthony Rizzo the only one out of 25 batters to reach base when Jansen hit him with a 93.7-mph pitch.

But the Dodgers are going to make mistakes, and the Cubs will have to capitalize. Unless this is the same kind of synthesis from the 2015 NLCS, when the New York Mets used exhaustive scouting reports, power pitching and pinpoint execution to sweep a Cubs team that had already hit the wall.

“Their bullpen is a lot stronger than it was last year,” Kris Bryant said. “They’re really good at throwing high fastballs in the zone. A lot of other teams try to, and they might hit it one out of every four. But this team, it seems like they really can hammer the top of the zone. And they have guys that throw in the upper 90s, so when you mix those two, it’s tough to catch up.”

· Bryant is not having a good October (5-for-28 with 13 strikeouts) and both Lester and Jose Quintana have more hits (one each) than Javier Baez (0-for-19 with eight strikeouts) during the playoffs. But we are still talking about the reigning NL MVP and last year’s NLCS co-MVP.

Ben Zobrist is clearly diminished and no longer the switch-hitting force who became last year’s World Series MVP. Kyle Schwarber doesn’t have the same intimidation factor or playoff aura right now. But one well-timed bunt from Zobrist or a “Schwarbomb” onto the video board could change the entire direction of this series and put the pressure on a Dodger team that knows this year is World Series or bust.

“We need to hit a couple balls hard consecutively,” manager Joe Maddon said. “Once we’re able to do that, we’ll gain our offensive mojo back. That's all that’s going on.

“I inherited something from my dad, and that was patience. So you’ve got to be patient right now. You’ve got to keep putting the boys back out there. You keep believing in them, and eventually it comes back to you.”

· Maddon is a 63-year-old man who opened Monday’s stadium club press conference at Wrigley Field by talking about dry-humping, clearly annoyed by all the second-guessers on Twitter and know-it-all sports writers who couldn’t believe All-Star closer Wade Davis got stranded in the bullpen, watching the ninth inning of Sunday’s 1-1 game turn into a 4-1 walk-off loss.

By the time a potential save situation develops on Tuesday night, roughly 120 hours will have passed since Davis threw his 44th and final pitch at Nationals Park, striking out Bryce Harper to end an instant classic. Just guessing that Maddon will be in the mood to unleash Davis.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bears let Mitch Trubisky throw more?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Should the Bears let Mitch Trubisky throw more?

Adam Jahns (Chicago Sun-Times), Ben Finfer (ESPN 1000) and Jordan Cornette (The U/ESPN 1000) join Kap on the panel. Justin Turner hits a walk-off 3-run HR off of John Lackey to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the NLCS. So why was Lackey even in the game? How much blame should Joe Maddon get for the loss?

The Bears run the ball over and over and over again to beat the Ravens in overtime, but should they have let Mitch Trubisky throw the ball more?