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CSN looks back at the victory that sent Bears back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 21 years

CSN looks back at the victory that sent Bears back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 21 years

'Bears Classics’ presented by Knauz Automotive Group to debut Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 PM CT -- Exclusively on Comcast SportsNet 

Narrated by Chicago Bears/Pro Football Hall of Fame legend DICK BUTKUS

Chicago, IL (January 21, 2016) – Comcast SportsNet and the Chicago Bears will debut a brand new installment of its partnered Bears Classics presented by Knauz Automotive Group Emmy-winning documentary series when the network will once again go back in time to highlight a momentous victory in team history, one that sent the Bears back to the Super Bowl for the first time in over two decades.     

Debuting Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 PM CT exclusively on Comcast SportsNet, Bears Classics will turn back the clock to January 21, 2007, the date of the NFC Championship Game against the rising New Orleans Saints.  After a disappointing loss in the NFL Divisional Playoffs against Carolina the year prior, the 2006 Bears were determined to prove they were the real deal.  Fueled by a standout defense, the blazing speed of a record-setting rookie, along with a quarterback under pressure both on and off the field, the Bears encountered a surging team from the bayou who were focused on bringing pride and happiness to a city that had recently experienced devastation of catastrophic proportions.  For the Bears and Saints, this game was judgment day…with the winner heading to Miami for Super Bowl XLI. 

This hour-long installment of Bears Classics, subtitled Divine Dominance, takes an in-depth look at this critical game in Bears history featuring candid interviews with Bears players and coaches, along with those who covered this massively-hyped battle. 

This edition of CSN’s Emmy-winning Bears Classics documentary series will once again be narrated by Chicago Bears legend/Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus.  Butkus played for the Bears from 1965-1973 and is credited for redefining the middle linebacker position.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.  Comcast SportsNet’s Sarah Lauch is the Executive Producer of Bears Classics, Willie Parker is the Producer, and Kevin Cross is the network’s Senior Director of News & Original Content.

In addition to the documentary narration by Butkus, among the numerous players/media/execs interviewed in this edition of Bears Classics include exclusive interviews with the following individuals:

REX GROSSMAN

Bears Quarterback (2003-08)

LANCE BRIGGS

Bears Linebacker (2003-14)

TOMMIE HARRIS

Bears Defensive Tackle (2004-10)

ADEWALE OGUNLEYE

Bears Defensive End (2004-09)

THOMAS JONES

Bears Running Back (2004-06)

BERNARD BERRIAN

Bears Wide Receiver (2004-07)

ISRAEL IDONIJE

Bears Defensive Tackle (2004-12)

ROBBIE GOULD

Bears Kicker (2005-present)

Please note the following quotes from Comcast SportsNet’s premiere airing of Bears Classics: Divine Dominance, debuting Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 PM CT:

REX GROSSMAN (on being ready for the NFC Championship Game): "I felt more alive that day than I ever have in my life.  Just all my senses were awake and I was ready to go…intense."

LANCE BRIGGS (on 2006 Bears head coach Lovie Smith): "He always reminded us of how good of a team we are...his expectation for us was a lot higher than anybody else’s."

TOMMIE HARRIS (on his appreciation of playing defensive line for the Bears): "I often wish we threw interceptions just to get back out there sometimes.  That's how much I wanted to display what I loved doing."

ADEWALE OGUNLEYE (on Saints running back Reggie Bush scoring a touchdown, while also taunting Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher): "That p****d me off.  You know like you had a great run, but then for you to turn around and taunt somebody?  You just have to show more class than that."

THOMAS JONES (on the feeling of clinching a Super Bowl berth): "I wish I could go back there sometimes...to know that you're going to the Super Bowl…I don't know if there's a better feeling."

Comcast SportsNet will also re-air this episode of Bears Classics on Mon, Feb. 8 at 9pm and on Tue, Feb. 23 at 7pm.  In addition, fans can also get interactive prior and during every airing of Bears Classics with their thoughts, memories and comments by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #BearsClassics.  Plus, CSNChicago.com will provide additional, online exclusive interviews and commentary write-ups from a variety of Comcast SportsNet on-air talent members and from CSNChicago.com’s Bears “Insider” John ‘Moon’ Mullin.

Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

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Jose Abreu has already begun mentoring Luis Robert

As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.

The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.

Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.

The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years. 

Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Meet the real Tim Anderson

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."

Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama. 

He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.

Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: