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Singletary: Coaching for Vikings has been 'tremendous surprise'

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Singletary: Coaching for Vikings has been 'tremendous surprise'

This weekend is more than just a big division matchup between the Bears and Vikings.

Sunday's game will feature a pair of Minnesota coaches -- head coach Leslie Frazier and linebackers coach Mike Singletary -- facing off against the team they won a Super Bowl with. Both Frazier and Singletary were members of the 1985 Bears defense, one of the best units of all time.

CSN sat down with Singletary earlier this year as part of the popular "Inside Look" series, and the Hall of Fame linebacker chatted about what it's like to work for one of the Bears' rivals and coaching with Frazier.

"Once you've been in Chicago, it's a city that is really unlike any other," Singletary said. "It has its own signature. It certainly is a city that I will always be thankful for and what Chicago means to me and my family and so many people there. They love hard, they fight hard. It's a great city."

"I think sometimes things happen in life and you find yourself in situation where, at the onset, you think 'you've gotta be kidding me. I'm going to Minnesota or Green Bay?' But I think everything has to do with your attitude toward being where you are. Being here has been great. It's been a tremendous surprise for me."

Singletary also discusses how he got into coaching and his desire to become a head coach again and take a team to the Super Bowl multiple times.

Check out the entire interview with Singletary in advance of the Bears-Vikings game Sunday.

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8

 

It's official: Blackhawks-Bruins to play at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic

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It's official: Blackhawks-Bruins to play at Notre Dame Stadium in 2019 Winter Classic

It’s official: The Blackhawks are headed back outdoors.

The NHL announced that the 2019 Winter Classic will be held at Notre Dame Stadium, featuring the Blackhawks and Boston Bruins on Jan. 1.

"The Blackhawks and Bruins, two of our most historic franchises, will be meeting outdoors for the first time at the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Notre Dame Stadium, with its capacity approaching 80,000, will provide an ideal setting for this ground-breaking event and will host the largest live audience ever to witness a game by either of these teams."

"The Chicago Blackhawks are honored to be participating in this marquee event at an iconic venue like Notre Dame Stadium," Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough said in a statement. "The University of Notre Dame has strong alumni roots in both Chicago and Boston, and, with an established rivalry between the Blackhawks and Bruins, fans will be treated to an exciting game in a unique atmosphere. We appreciate the invitation to the game and look forward to what will be a great day for both franchises and the National Hockey League."

It's the sixth time the Blackhawks will be playing outdoors, and their league-leading fourth Winter Classic. The Blackhawks are 1-4-0 in outdoor games, and are winless in three Winter Classic games.

Chicago's only outdoor win came against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2014 Stadium Series Classic, a 5-1 victory at Soldier Field.