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CSN to provide expanded, live White Sox-Tigers coverage Sept. 11-13!

CSN to provide expanded, live White Sox-Tigers coverage Sept. 11-13!

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO PROVIDE EXPANDED, LIVE WHITE SOX vs. TIGERS COVERAGE SEPTEMBER 11-13!

Live coverage includes remote U.S. Cellular Field editions of Chicago Tribune Live, SportsNet Central, White Sox Pre-Game Live & White Sox Post Game Live

The Big Hurt Frank Thomas to takeover CSN Chicagos White Sox Talk Twitter!

Plus - expanded CSNChicago.com coverage highlighted by feature stories, talent blogs, in-game Twitter messages from Insiders & on-air talent and much more!

Chicago, IL (September 10, 2012) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the AL Central Division 1st place Chicago White Sox, will deliver expanded U.S. Cellular Field remote coverage for the teams BIGGEST SERIES OF THE SEASON -- this weeks huge showdown against the division rival Detroit Tigers. Comcast SportsNet will carry live game and expanded surrounding coverage of the final three games of the series on September 11-13.

Note the following programming line-up from Comcast SportsNets expanded live, U.S. Cellular Field remote coverage beginning at 5:00 PM tomorrow (Tuesday, September 11):

5:00 PM Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff - LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field! Hosted by David Kaplan, program will preview the huge White Sox-Tigers series, including analysis from Tribune writers, along with special guests from U.S. Cellular Field and much more!

6:00 PM SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse - LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field! Pat Boyle and Mark Schanowski continue the live pre-game coverage from the ballpark featuring live guests and an extended preview of the evenings big game.

6:30 PM White Sox Pre-Game Live presented by Honda City LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field! - Hosted by Chuck Garfien, Bill Melton and The Big Hurt Frank Thomas, this special remote edition of White Sox Pre-Game Live will preview the evenings game and overall series, along with providing a detailed pitching analysis and position breakdown, plus commentary from CSNChicago.com White Sox Insider Dan Hayes and other special guests.

7:00 PM WHITE SOX vs. DETROIT (L) Featuring Ken Hawk Harrelson & Steve Stone with the game call.

9:45 PM White Sox Post Game Live presented by Orland Park Nissan (time approx.) LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field! Complete post-game analysis from Garfien, Melton & Thomas, including the LIVE post-game press conference featuring White Sox manager Robin Ventura, along with numerous player interviews and much more.

10:00 PM & 10:30 PM GMC SportsNet Central Comprehensive White Sox-Tigers recap, highlights, interviews and more from the entire day in sports.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For its White Sox-Tigers telecasts on Wed, September 12 & Thu, September 13, Comcast SportsNet will once again provide viewers with live, remote editions of White Sox Pre-Game Live presented by Honda City and White Sox Post Game Live presented by Orland Park Nissan featuring Garfien, Melton & Thomas live from U.S. Cellular Field beginning at 6:30 PM.

Also, fans are in for a BIG treat as The Big Hurt Frank Thomas will takeover CSN Chicagos White Sox Talk Twitter handle during Tuesday & Thursday nights games. Thomas will provide his thoughts, insights and answer fan questions via @WhiteSoxTalk or twitter.comwhitesoxtalkcsn.

In addition to even more extensive White Sox-Tigers coverage throughout the big series via its White Sox Talk section, including feature stories, talent blogs, videos, etc., fans and viewers can interact with Thomas via a live blog on CSNChicago.com that will include game commentary from White Sox Insider Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN), Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) and White Sox Talk producerblogger J.J. Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz).

What Chicago sports fans should be thankful for

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What Chicago sports fans should be thankful for

Families gather and people talk about things they are thankful for on Thanksgiving, but what are Chicago sports fans happy for now?

Raised expectations on the North Side

Got to be thankful that a “disappointing” season is winning the division and losing in the NLCS. The expectations have skyrocketed, and that’s thanks to a ridiculous nucleus of bats and a steady front office. Not many clubs can say that. Also, though, it’s important to be appreciative of the Wrigley bar stretch. They may charge $8 for a Miller Lite, but it’s always a damn good party.

Javy tags, too. Don't forget Javy tags.

Rebuild sparking hope in White Sox fans

Where to begin? Obviously, be thankful for the plethora of young talent that will soon take over the South Side. Be thankful for Avi Time (while you still can). Be thankful that taking your friends or family to a game won’t cause you to take out a second mortgage. Be thankful for the 2020 World Series and, of course, 2020 MVP Eloy Jimenez. But most importantly, be thankful that Rick Hahn’s phone stays buzzing.

Eddie O back in the booth for the Blackhawks

The Blackhawks are having a rough start to the season, but at least Eddie Olczyk is back in the booth. The longtime Blackhawks broadcaster returned to the booth on Oct. 18 after missing time while undergoing chemotherapy treatments for colon cancer.

With some of the key names from the Blackhawks’ title runs either leaving or being unable to play this season (in the case of Marian Hossa), Blackhawks fans are probably thankful to see a familiar face and hear a familiar voice during games.

Lauri Markkanen leading the Bulls rebuild

OK, there’s not much to be thankful for about the current Bulls team. At 3-13, the Bulls are tied for the fewest wins in the NBA (maybe in the long-term that’s something to be thankful for as well). However, Zach LaVine’s pending debut after his eventual return from injury should help create some excitement.

The thing Bulls fans really should be thankful for this year is the play of rookie Lauri Markkanen. The 20-year-old leads the team in scoring (14.6 points per game) and rebounds (8.3 per game) while shooting at a high percentage (34.2 percent on threes and 50.6 percent on twos). It’s only the beginning of the Bulls’ rebuild, but Markkanen is a good start.

Mitchapalooza

If a few things broke the Bears’ way, Chicagoans could have been grateful that the team was finally out of the cellar. Instead, we’ll settle for the fact that there seems to be some building blocks already in place. Mitchell Trubisky, Tarik Cohen, Leonard Floyd and Akiem Hicks seem to fit that category. Also, some may be thankful that this is likely John Fox’s last season at the helm.

Fire ending a playoff drought

After finishing dead last in MLS in 2015 and 2016, the Fire were one of the most improved teams in the league in 2017. After posting the third best record in the league, the Fire made a first playoff appearance since 2012.

The playoff run didn’t last long with the Fire losing a play-in game at home, but the arrival of Bastian Schweinsteiger and the league’s leading goal-scorer, Nemanja Nikolic, helped fill the stadium with six sellouts and gave Fire fans something to cheer for.

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. Floyd suffered an MCL and PCL injury and will have surgery in the next week, coach John Fox said, and the Bears do not have a timetable for his recovery yet. But that Floyd didn't suffer damage to his ACL is potentially good news for Floyd's recovery timetable. 

Still, with Floyd on injured reserve and out for the season, 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.