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CSN Chicago to air IHSA Playoff Pairing Show on CSN

CSN Chicago to air IHSA Playoff Pairing Show on CSN

2011 IHSA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRING RELEASE SHOW TO AIR THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 ON COMCAST SPORTSNET PLUS (CSN)

Chicago, IL (October 19, 2011) The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) will broadcast its 2011 Football Playoff Pairing Release Show on Comcast SportsNet Chicago Plus (CSN), live from Comcast SportsNets downtown Chicago studios on Saturday, October 22 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

In the Chicago area, the show will air on CLTV for Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers. Satellite subscribers (i.e. DirecTV, Dish Network, etc.) in the Chicago area, throughout Illinois, and in surrounding states will access to the show via CSN (Click here to view CSNs channel finder to find out where you can see CSN in your area). The show will also be available via live interactive stream on the internet at IHSA.tv and CSNChicago.com

Fans can interact with the show in a real-time chat on Saturday by visiting CSNChicago.com, where they can make comments or ask questions that may be read on the air. Questions and comments can also be submitted ahead of air time on the IHSA Facebook Playoff Pairing Show Page. Fans looking to interact with the show via Twitter should include the hashtag IHSAonCSN to have their tweets included on the show. If your team or school is hosting a playoff party on Saturday, send us a photo via email (mtroha@ihsa.org, csnchicagowebsite@comcastsportsnet.com) or Twitter using the hashtag above. Your photo will be included in CSNChicago.coms online gallery and may even be used during the show.

The show will be hosted by Comcast SportsNet anchorreporter and former IHSA standout student-athlete Sarah Kustok, along with longtime IHSA TV Network personality Dave Bernhard, renowned CSNChicago.com prep sports writer Taylor Bell and NBC 5 ChicagoWSCR 670 The Score personality Matt Rodewald.

The show will feature the following highlights:

The release of the 32-team brackets in all eight classes, as all 256 playoff qualifiers find out their first round playoff opponents and path to Champaign for the first time.

Highlights from nearly 100 schools from around the state

Analysis from experts on nearly 100 teams from across Illinois

Live look-ins from schools hosting playoff pairing parties

Feature stories and interviews

CSN Interactive segments with fans

Rodewald will host IHSA on CSN Interactive, a live web stream and chat on CSNChicago.com and IHSA.tv that will offer viewers the opportunity to interact directly with Rodewald, Kustok, Bernhard and Bell. Viewer questions and comments will be featured throughout the show and posted on CSNChicago.com. Viewers are encouraged to use hashtag IHSAonCSN to deliver Tweets to the live chat and show.

Coaches scheduled to appear on the show include:

Chris Andriano, Montini; Ric Arand, Lena-Winslow; Don Beebe, Aurora Christian; John Belskis, Downers Grove South; Todd Hutchinson, Greenville; Ray Kauling, Centralia; Frank Lenti, Chicago Mt. Carmel; Ken Leonard, Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin; Ken Piron, Batavia; Keith Pogue; Mahomet-Seymour; Rich Thompson, Triopia; Rob Zvonar, Lincoln-Way East and many more.

Media members scheduled to appear on the show include:

Aaron Bennett, WCIA-TV Champaign; Mike Clark, Chicago Sun Times; Marty Maciaszek, Chicagoland Daily Herald; Jim Mattson, WHOI-TV Peoria; Scott Mees, Carbondale Southern Illinoisian; Ken Roberts, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; Steve Soucie, Kankakee Daily Journal; Joe Stevenson, Crystal Lake Northwest Herald and Emily Tropp, Rockford Register-Star.

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View from the Moon: Bears 'siestas' continue, leaving progress difficult to find, but it’s there ... somewhat

View from the Moon: Bears 'siestas' continue, leaving progress difficult to find, but it’s there ... somewhat

Consider this a connect-the-dots exercise, with the end game being to figure out what the overall picture is. Because the Bears’ 27-24 loss to the Detroit Lions was many things, a couple actually very good, but too many of them kinda-to-very bad...

The overarching point of the 2017 season, per senior Bears management, is progress. Not just on the part of rookie quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who had a fourth solid performance in six NFL starts; but on the Bears as a whole. A week after showing anything but, the Bears showed something that could masquerade as progress.

How real is it? The Bears in the past eight days have given few reasons to trust it.

Because while coming close against a respectable Lions (6-4) team counts for something, the Bears are still 3-7 at the end of the day and 3-13 under John Fox against the NFC North – a division winning percentage of .188, which would be lower than that of the Marc Trestman Bears (.250), who managed to win their three NFC North games in two seasons vs. Fox’s three.

As concerning perhaps, the loss left the Bears 3-9 under Fox in games decided by three or fewer points, the hallmark of what simplistically can be ID’d as “losing” teams.

“We’ve had a lot of close games, and it’s just finding a way to close those out,” Trubisky said. “We’re going to work towards that, and figure it out for sure.”

What makes “progress” difficult to see, though, is that the Bears do not play like a team either coached to be or with the proven ability to play at a professional level all the time. Teams with that problem typically make coaching changes at the ends of seasons, since the conclusion usually is that the talent can be there, just that the coach in hand, fair or not, can’t get it out of the roster.

“We’ve shown spurts and moments, like we have for some time now,” Fox summarized. “But we have lulls. We have siestas. We just don’t do it for 60 minutes. ... People have ups and downs. Well, we’re in a stage as a football team where we have those moments in games. We have to do a better job of coaching it and we have to do a better job of executing it in games.”

The Green Bay Packers were one kind of measuring standard last week, and the 3-7 Bears were embarrassed against a foundering team that had been soundly beaten by the Lions the week before the Bears faced them, and buried 23-0 at home Sunday by the Baltimore Ravens.

The Lions were a different kind of quiz, a real offense putting up more than 27 points per game. The Bears allowed the Lions their requisite 27 points (seven of those coming on a touchdown return of a Trubisky fumble), but put up nearly 400 yards and 24 points of their own in a game that ended on a Connor Barth missed field goal from 46 yards, Barth’s fifth miss in 11 attempts from beyond 40 yards.

(Barth’s miss may have been particularly bitter for Fox, after watching Detroit’s Matt Prater win the game from 52 yards – the same Matt Prater who kicked for Fox in Denver in 2011 when Fox’s Broncos beat the Bears in the Marion Barber Game with Prater field goals from 59 yards to tie with 3 seconds left, and from 51 yards to win in OT.)

“All these games in the NFL – they’re hard games – but when you have a game like this that you should win, you just have to win those games,” said wide receiver Kendall Wright. “I think with us, when we win one of those close games, it will help us get over the edge and we’ll start stacking them up on top of each other.”

Then again...

The Bears seemed to lose their compass in the third quarter, with one rushing yard on four attempts. But they finished with 222 yards and the way they amassed them mattered: 125 and a touchdown for Jordan Howard; 53 for Trubisky, a number of them on designed runs; and 44 plus a TD for Tarik Cohen – all combining to average 7.4 yards per carry.

Bigger picture, the Bears were in the position of having at least a chance to tie because Trubisky managed to drive the Bears 55 yards in the final 1:32 from the Chicago 17 to the Detroit 28. This would constitute something shiny lying there in the mud, and make no mistake: This is a big deal.

To put Trubisky in some kind of context: Rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman, the fifth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills, replaced Tyrod Taylor in the Bills starting lineup Sunday, against a Los Angeles Chargers defense allowing opponents to complete more than 64 percent of their passes. Peterman completed 11 of 14 in the first half, about 79 percent. But – five of the Peterman “completions” were to Chargers.

DeShone Kizer has been in and out and back in the starting lineup for the Cleveland Browns, suffering through a rookie season with one of the worst teams arguably in NFL history. But – Kizer, with 12 interceptions vs. four TD passes, is one of the reasons the Browns are in various “worst ever” discussions.

Trubisky threw 30 passes without an interception on Sunday, and 65 without a pick over his past two games. He’s thrown 145 NFL passes with just two interceptions, an INT rate of 1.4 percent that ranks ahead of Aaron Rodgers, Carson Wentz, Deshaun Watson, Matt Ryan and a list of others. Critics of his development can have their points, but the kid has learned ball security at an early NFL age even while averaging 32.4 pass plays per game.

The next step is getting his team over the top, because he is still completing just 53.1 percent of his passes and was missed badly on a number of throws on Sunday. His deft TD pass to tight end Adam Shaheen in the first half was NFL-perfect (where his guy or nobody catches it), but his throw low and behind running back Benny Cunningham at the goal line in the first quarter forced the Bears to settle for a field goal in a game decided ultimately by three points.

Trubisky clearly gets the big picture, too, pointing the thumb and not any fingers. He paused before answering a question about his rookie learning curve:

“I think adversity is a great teacher,” he said. “Overcoming the struggle is a great teacher. There’s no rookie excuse. You don’t get a freebie because you’re a rookie.

“My teammates trust me and they have confidence in me, so I’m preparing as I should. Coaches have me prepared and my teammates have my back. New situations are going to arise every time, but there are no excuses. I’m just looking at these opportunities as chances to overcome, and not dwell on it.”

Under Center Podcast: Alex Brown goes off on Connor Barth

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Under Center Podcast: Alex Brown goes off on Connor Barth

On the latest Under Center Podcast, Laurence Holmes, Alex Brown and Jim Miller break down the Bears loss to the Lions on Sunday following Conner Barth’s missed field goal in the last seconds of the game and debate whether or not Tarik Cohen should be a part of the Bears two-minute offensive packages.

Plus, if the Bears hope to keep Vic Fangio past 2017, does he need to finish out the season as the Bears interim head coach?

Listen to the full Under Center Podcast right here: