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CSN has the 2012 BearsNFL season covered both on-air and online

CSN has the 2012 BearsNFL season covered both on-air and online

COMCAST SPORTSNET HAS THE 2012 CHICAGO BEARSNFL SEASON COVERED BOTH ON-AIR AND ONLINE

Pro Football Weekly (Season Premiere): Wednesday, August 29 at 11:00 PM
United Bears Recap (Season Premiere): Monday, September 3 at 4:30 PM
The Lance Briggs Show (Season Premiere): Tuesday, September 4 at 11:00 PM
Bears Huddle presented by Jimmy Johns (Season Premiere): Wednesday, September 5 at 4:30 PM
Bears Blitz presented by Jimmy Johns (Season Premiere): Thursday, September 6 at 4:30 PM
BEARS POST GAME LIVE presented by Illinois Back Institute (Season Premiere): Sun, September 9 at 4:30 PM

CSNChicago.com to deliver 247 Bears coverage all season long featuring Bears Insider John Moon Mullin

Chicago, IL (August 28, 2012) With the 2012 Chicago Bears and NFL season set to begin next week, Comcast SportsNet and CSNChicago.com have announced a full line-up of Bears and additional pro football related programmingcoverage for the upcoming season. Please note the following on-air and online details:

BEARS POST GAME LIVE presented by Illinois Back Institute Beginning Sunday, September 9 following the Chicago Bears 2012 NFL season opener vs. Indianapolis, Bears Post Game Live presented by Illinois Back Institute returns as THE destination for fans to hear from the experts who played the game, along with their always-entertaining, no-holds-barred take on the days events. The 90-minute post-game show is hosted by SportsNet Centrals Chris Boden featuring a team of expert analysts including former Bears quarterback Jim Miller, former Bears offensive linemanveteran Chicago sports media personality Dan Jiggetts and -- a new addition to Bears PGL this season -- former Bears standout linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer. In addition to the lively and spirited banter from the stars of the show, Bears Post Game Live also features live post-game press conferences with coaches and players from both teams with SportsNet Centrals Bears beat reporter Kip Lewis and CSNChicago.com Bears Insider John Moon Mullin providing immediate post-game interviews with Bears players inside & outside the locker room. Bears Post Game Live presented by Illinois Back Institute can be seen on Comcast SportsNet following every Bears game this season with replays airing regularly throughout the season on Sunday nights and Monday afternoons. (NOTE: the season premiere on Sunday, Sept. 9 will air at approx. 4:30 PM immediately following White Sox Post Game Live presented by Orland Park Nissan).

UNITED BEARS RECAP Comcast SportsNet is the place for Bears fans to watch the official team press conference featuring head coach Lovie Smith. Hosted by Chris Boden with analyst Dan Jiggetts, United Bears Recap will go to Halas Hall each week to hear from the Bears head coach, along with additional Bears playerscoaches interviews. The show will also air game highlights and viewers can also look forward to additional United Bears Recap content on CSNChicago.com. The one-hour United Bears Recap makes its 2012 debut on Monday, September 3 at 4:30 PM with a special season preview edition and the show can be seen regularly on Mondays at 4:30 PM throughout the entire Bears season.

BEARS HUDDLE presented by Jimmy Johns Every Wednesday at 4:30 PM beginning September 5, Comcast SportsNet will provide Bears fans with a preview of the teams next opponent from an Offensive perspective on Bears Huddle. This one-hour show, hosted by Chris Boden, will feature analysis from former Bear Dan Jiggetts, along with key interviews from SportsNet Centrals Kip Lewis & CSNChicago.com Bears Insider John Moon Mullin with Bears head coach Lovie Smith and additional playercoaches interviews, plus team insightcommentary from ChicagoBears.com writer Larry Mayer. To go along with numerous game highlights, Bears Huddle will also provide a multitude of key offensive stats for all categories and will feature in-depth player match-up analysis for every upcoming game. CSNChicago.com will also provide an area to ask Jiggetts a question to possibly be read on-air, along with a new fan poll question for each show.

BEARS BLITZ presented by Jimmy Johns Every Thursday at 4:30 PM beginning September 6, Comcast SportsNet will provide Bears fans with a Defensive preview of the teams next opponent on Bears Blitz. This one-hour show, hosted by Chris Boden, will feature analysis from former Bear Dan Jiggetts, along with key interviews from SportsNet Centrals Kip Lewis & CSNChicago.com Bears Insider John Moon Mullin with Bears head coach Lovie Smith and additional playercoaches interviews, plus team insightcommentary from ChicagoBears.com writer Larry Mayer. To go along with numerous game highlights, Bears Blitz will also provide a multitude of key defensive stats for all categories and will feature in-depth player match-up analyses for every upcoming game. CSNChicago.com will also provide an area to ask Jiggetts a question to possibly be read on-air, along with a new fan poll question for each show.

THE LANCE BRIGGS SHOW Bears fans can also look forward to yet another entertaining season of The Lance Briggs Show (formerly Countdown to Kickoff), featuring host Pat Boyle, former Bears standout Tom Thayer and seven-time Chicago Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Lance Briggs. This half-hour program provides fans with a complete preview of the Bears next game, including a discussion about all the key plays from the teams previous game. Highlighted segments from the show include a CSNChicago.com fan e-mail segment with select questions to be answered by Briggs, along with the popular, two-minute Hurry Up segment with Boyle firing off a multitude of questions to Briggs. The season premiere of The Lance Briggs Show on Comcast SportsNet airs Tuesday, September 4 at 11:00 PM. Weekly premiere airings will take place regularly on Tuesday nights at 11:00 PM with repeats to be shown on Wednesday mornings at 11:00 AM.

SPORTSNET CENTRAL Nightly at 6:30 PM on SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse, 10:00 PM & 10:30 PM on GMC SportsNet Central, along with the midnight edition of SportsNet Central presented by CLR, fans can look forward to the most in-depth coverage of the Bears every night throughout the 2012 NFL season featuring numerous interviews with key players and coaches, along with abundant statistical information and feature reports for the true die-hard gridiron fan. Plus, on Sunday nights at 10:30 PM throughout the BearsNFL season, viewers can look forward to SportsNet Central: Sunday Night Slant, a full half-hour dedicated to that days Bears game, along with full NFL highlights from all the days key match-ups. SportsNet Centrals team of anchors and reporters includes Pat Boyle, Mark Schanowski, Kip Lewis, Chris Boden, Gail Fischer, Chuck Garfien and Luke Stuckmeyer with CSNChicago.coms Bears Insider John Moon Mullin also providing the very latest BearsNFL updates.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE LIVE Comcast SportsNet sets the table with lively sports talk every Monday through Friday night at 5:30 PM on Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff. Throughout the 2012 NFL season, Chicago Tribune Live host David Kaplan and a panel of pro football experts from the Chicago Tribune will breakdown the games and preview the match-ups that lie ahead for the Bears and other key games from around the NFL. In addition, Chicago Tribune Live will also feature a number of special guests from the world of football all season long, including special guest appearances from players, coaches, celebrities and many more.

PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY Entering its 25th season on television, Pro Football Weekly is a half-hour program hosted by SportsNet Centrals Pat Boyle and features an expert panel led by Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Hampton, former Bears wide receiver Tom Waddle and PFW publishereditor Hub Arkush. The programs in-depth preview analysis and unique format make the show a preferred vehicle for football fans desiring the most thorough coverage of the NFL. This hard-hitting program features the latest NFL news reports, opinions and insider information. Pro Football Weekly makes its regular season premiere on Wednesday, August 29 at 11:00 PM with regular weekly debuts airing on Fridays at 4:30 PM; replays can be seen Saturday afternoonsevenings at varied times and Sunday mornings at 9:00 AM.

CHICAGO HUDDLE Back for its third season on Comcast SportsNet, Chicago Huddle is hosted Dan Jiggetts, who will be joined each week by Bears running back Matt Forte, Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, plus additional Bears players as rotating hosts -- and Maxim cover girlChicago media personality April Rose. Taped at Chilis in Vernon Hills, Chicago Huddle provides fans with an in-depth, weekly Bears reviewpreviewinterview show throughout the entire 2012 campaign. The season premiere airs on Friday, September 21 at 9:30 PM with replay airings at varied times on Saturdays, along with Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM.

CSNCHICAGO.COM Comcast SportsNet Chicagos website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 247 Bears and NFL coverage all season long via its Bears Talk platform featuring Bears Insiders John Moon Mullin and Kip Lewis plus expert analysis and opinion from Jim Miller and Matt Bowen. In addition, CSNChicago.com will offer an on-demand daily Bears Talk digital show, comprehensive Bears social media center and Twitter Locker Room, live game-day interactive chat, video features and player interviews. Please note the following CSNChicago.com Bears-related highlights this season:

John Moon Mullin: CSNChicago.coms resident Bears Insider returns for his fourth season providing fans with up-to-the-minute Bears breaking news and information via Bears Talk blog (http:www.csnchicago.comfootball-chicago-bears), along with 247 updates via Twitter @CSNMoonMullin. Mullin will also make regular on-air appearances throughout the NFL season on Comcast SportsNets Bears Post Game presented by Illinois Back Institute, SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live and NBC Sports Networks Sports Talk and PFT Live on ProFootballTalk.com. Plus, fans can look forward to a weekly web chat with Mullin every Monday night (entitled Monday Night Moon) at 7:00 PM beginning Sept. 12 and a weekly video mailbag from Halas Hall on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 7.

Jim Miller: Former Bears quarterback and current Bears PGL analyst Jim Miller covers the offense in-depth as he will analyze every key move of Bears QB Jay Cutler and new offensive coordinator Mike Tice. Miller will offer his insight and experiences with game offense previews and post-game analysis, including breaking down Cutlers overall game-by-game performance. In addition, he will offer commentary and analysis on rival NFC North teams, plus news and opinion on all NFL topics.

Matt Bowen: Former NFL cornerback joins CSNChicago.com to offer Xs and Os, game breakdown and unique analysis via Bowens Breakdown biweekly digital video feature. In addition, Bowen will contribute a weekly column to Bears Talk as well as make on-air appearances on SportsNet Central and Chicago Tribune Live.

Bears Talk digital shows and platform: CSNChicago.com will offer on-demand daily Bears Talk digital shows: Bears Rewind (Mondays); Bowens Breakdown (Tuesdays and Fridays); 15 on 6: Miller on Cutler (Wednesdays); Bears Preview (Thursdays and Saturdays); Bears Postgame Live (Sundays). The Bears Talk page will be the hub of all CSNChicago.com Bears-related news and information.

Bears Social Media Center: CSNChicago.com to launch a Bears Social Media Center for fans to track all social media activity related to the Bears, including commentary, trends and multimedia sources across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. In addition, CSNChicago.com to launch a Bears Twitter Locker Room where fans can follow all Bears player Tweets, plus Tweets from all NFL players. The following CSN Chicago Insiders and reporters will be offer 247 coverage via Twitter: John Moon Mullin (@CSNMoonMullin), Kip Lewis (@CSNKipLewis), Jim Miller (@15Miller), Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41), Chris Boden (@CSNBoden), Bears Talk (@BearsTalkCSN) powered by Moon, Miller and Bears digital producers Jake Flannigan (@JakeFlannigan), Scott Krinch (@ScottieKrinch) and Jon Graff (@JLGProd).

@MarshallMeter: Fans can follow @MarshallMeter for a daily updates on new Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (@BMarshall) with in game commentary on game performance plus off-the-field news.

With Leonard Floyd going on injured reserve, will the Bears have a pressing need at outside linebacker in 2018?

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With Leonard Floyd going on injured reserve, will the Bears have a pressing need at outside linebacker in 2018?

The Bears placed Leonard Floyd on injured reserve Thursday morning, ending the second-year outside linebacker’s season following a knee injury suffered Sunday against the Detroit Lions. The Bears haven’t revealed the full extent of Floyd’s injury, but coach John Fox did confirm this week the 2016 first-round pick didn’t tear his ACL. 

That’s potentially good news for Floyd’s recovery timetable, even if he won’t return in 2017. The Bears can probably hope to have Floyd back for, at the least, training camp next year, if not possibly OTAs in six months, thought that’s more speculative than concrete. 

Still, with Floyd on injured reserve, the Bears’ current outside linebacker depth chart consists of two veterans (Pernell McPhee and Sam Acho) and two practice squad signees (Isaiah Irving and Howard Jones). These final six games of the 2017 season could serve as auditions for all four players for roles on the 2018 Bears. 

If every team needs at least three good pass rushers, the Bears can count on Akiem Hicks and Floyd for 2018, provided Floyd comes back healthy. But who’s the third?

The Bears could save about $7.5 million in cap space if they release McPhee in 2018; if they were to cut ties with Willie Young, who’s on injured reserve right now as well, it would provide $4.5 million in cap relief. McPhee will be 29 in December, while Young will turn 33 next September. 

The Bears won’t necessarily need the cap relief next year, and could certainly decide to keep both players, who’ve shown they’re still productive when healthy. But even if both players are back, the Bears may need to add another outside linebacker via free agency of the draft — remember, the team could’ve began the season with Floyd, Young, McPhee, Acho and Lamarr Houston as their outside linebackers; an injury Houston suffered in the fourth preseason game ended his time in Chicago. 

Needs at wide receiver and cornerback are pressing, but outside linebacker may need to be in that same conversation. If the Bears have a top-10 pick for the fourth consecutive year, plus some cap space, they perhaps could have the ability to address all three needs in March and April. 

That may be looking a little too far into the future, though. The best-case for the Bears is McPhee finishes the season strong and Irving and/or Jones shows something in the opportunities they receive in these final six games (Jones, for what it’s worth, had five sacks as a rookie with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2015). But the worst-case — and perhaps the most realistic — is that the Bears go into the offseason needing to fill at least one pass-rushing spot. 

The fight for which national team Bastian Schweinsteiger's kid will play for is on

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The fight for which national team Bastian Schweinsteiger's kid will play for is on

Whenever a famous couple in the world of soccer has a child, there are always jokes about what national teams the kid could play for.

The latest such addition to the gossip columns is the announcement from Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic that they are expecting a child.

Ivanovic, a former tennis pro who won the 2008 French Open champion, announced the news on Twitter with a sponsor-heavy photo.

Schweinsteiger, who played with the Fire this past season, also took to Twitter to share a photo and the news.

Schweinsteiger's future with the Fire remains unclear, but him and Ivanovic seemed to be happy living in Chicago, making various appearances at sporting events in the city. If he returns and the child is born in Chicago, does that mean we could one day see a Schweinsteiger repping the U.S. national team in 20-something years? Maybe the men's team won't be a national embarrassment by then, but then again, if it's a girl she'd be able to pick between the only multiple-time World Cup winning nations (U.S. and Germany).

Perhaps the child would take after Ivanovic and hit volleys with a racket instead of a foot, or maybe he or she will not take after the professional athlete parents.

In all seriousness, congratulations to both Schweinsteiger and Ivanovic.