NBC Sports Chicago to chronicle unforgettable Thanksgiving Day comeback on next installment of Bears Classics

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NBC Sports Chicago to chronicle unforgettable Thanksgiving Day comeback on next installment of Bears Classics

‘Bears Classics’ presented by Xfinity to debut Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 PM CT -- Exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago

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

NBC Sports Chicago live stream available 24/7 on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive  or via the NBC Sports app

Chicago, IL (November 16, 2017) – NBC Sports Chicago and the Chicago Bears will debut a brand new installment of its partnered Bears Classics presented by Xfinity Emmy award-winning documentary series when the network will once again go back in time to highlight a memorable Thanksgiving Day come-from-behind victory against one of the franchise’s fiercest longtime rivals.   

Debuting Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 PM CT exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago (live stream of this program also available to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive or via the NBC Sports app), this edition of Bears Classics will turn back the clock to November 27, 1980, as the Bears traveled to the Pontiac Silverdome to face the Detroit Lions in a nationally-televised Thanksgiving Day showdown.

Since 1934, the Lions have played football on Thanksgiving Day and the team that helped them launch this special 83-year tradition was none other than the Bears. Over the years, the rivals have met a total of 16 times on the festive holiday and this thrilling match-up featured two of the NFL’s top running backs at that time: 1980’s NFL “Offensive Rookie of the Year” Billy Sims and the Bears legend in the making, the great Walter Payton. 

Down 17-3 heading into the fourth quarter, the Bears dug deep and mounted a comeback for the ages, thanks in part to quarterback Vince Evans, a 1977 draft pick who emerged as a starter that season when Mike Phipps was benched midway through the season.  Evans was determined to own that fourth quarter as he threw and rushed for two critical touchdowns tying the game at 17 apiece.  And then there was Dave Williams, an offensive utility man whose kickoff return overtime heroics simply shocked the nation in this holiday afternoon battle that many have heralded as one of pro football’s greatest games.

This hour-long installment of Bears Classics, subtitled The Feast of Pontiac, takes an in-depth look at this critical moment in Bears history featuring candid interviews with Bears players and coaches, Lions opponents, along with those who covered this memorable holiday battle. 

This edition of NBC Sports Chicago’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. 

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

VINCE EVANS

Bears Quarterback (1977-83)

ROLAND HARPER

Bears Running Back (1975-82)

DAN HAMPTON

Bears Defensive End/Tackle (1979-90)

DAN JIGGETTS

Bears Offensive Tackle/Guard (1976-82)

OTIS WILSON

Bears Linebacker (1980-87)

BILLY SIMS

Lions Running Back (1980-84)

Please note the following quotes from NBC Sports Chicago’s premiere airing of Bears Classics: The Feast of Pontiac, debuting Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 PM CT:

DAN HAMPTON (on the Bears/Lions rivalry):

"When we played the Lions, it was always a fist fight. And they were looking for respectability, we were looking too…and we’d kind of took it out on each other."

DAN JIGGETTS (on the spotlight of Thanksgiving Day games):

“On that day, you knew that the rest of the league was watching, and you know, some people were sitting down and dining and other people were the turkey…and the one thing you wanted to make sure of was that you weren’t the turkey."

ROLAND HARPER (on the talents of his backfield partner Walter Payton):

“He’s gonna be Walter regardless of what, he doesn’t care what you put on the scoreboard, he doesn’t care what you say, sooner or later he’s gonna break one."

BILLY SIMS (on the late game heroics of Bears kick returner Dave Williams):

“I saw that guy coming right past me, I sure would’ve put my leg out there and trip him up (laughs).  I could not believe it."

VINCE EVANS (on having a career day as a QB):

“There's not a lot games that you have like that, I mean throughout your career…but when they happen, they’re magical."

NBC Sports Chicago will also re-air this episode of Bears Classics on Friday, November 24 at 8:00 PM.  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, NBCSportsChicago.com will provide additional, online exclusive interviews and commentary write-ups from NBC Sports Chicago’s team of Bears experts. 

NBC Sports Chicago to carry live coverage of the 2017 IHSAA Football State Championships

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NBC Sports Chicago to carry live coverage of the 2017 IHSAA Football State Championships

 

NBC Sports Chicago to Televise & Live Stream (via NBCSportsChicago.com, IHSSN.com, and the NBC Sports app) LIVE HIGH-DEFINITION COVERAGE of the IHSAA Football State Championships

8-Player & Class 3A Semifinals (Thursday, Nov. 9), Class A/4A Semifinals (Friday, Nov. 10) and 1A/2A Semifinals (Saturday, Nov. 11),

along with the 8-Player/Class A & 3A Championships (Thu, Nov. 16) & Class 1A/2A/4A Championships (Fri, Nov. 17)

Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN) to Produce and Provide Live coverage of the Football State Championships featuring the announcing tandem of Alan DeBolt & Kent Larsen

NBC Sports Chicago available throughout the entire state of Iowa on numerous cable/telco, satellite, and digital streaming services;

Viewers urged to contact their local provider if they do not receive NBC Sports Chicago as part of their viewing package; Full details at NBCSportsChicago.com/Iowa 

Chicago, IL (November 6, 2017) -- NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most in-depth coverage of the local and regional preps sports scene, along with the Iowa High School Sports Network (IHSSN), will deliver LIVE high-definition coverage of the 2017 Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Football State Championships beginning this Thursday, November 9 at 9:00 AM CT from the UNI-Dome on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. 

Iowa football fans can look forward to OVER FORTY-FIVE HOURS of live, action-packed coverage over the next two weekends beginning with the 8-Player & Class 3A Semifinals airing on Thursday (Nov. 9), followed by the Class A & 4A Semifinals on Friday (Nov. 10), along with the Class 1A & 2A Semifinals on Saturday (Nov. 11).  The following week, viewers will be treated to two-straight days of triple-header State Championship coverage with the 8-Player/Class A/Class 3A title games taking place on Thursday, Nov. 16, which will be followed by the Class 1A/2A/4A state title games on Friday, Nov. 17 (NOTE: Full schedule details appear at the end of this announcement).  Calling the action for EVERY IHSAA Football state championship telecast will be veteran play-by-play announcer Alan DeBolt, along with legendary Sidney High School multi-sport head coach Kent Larsen, handling color analysis.

In addition -- EVERY IHSAA Football State Championship telecast on NBC Sports Chicago will be accessible LIVE via NBCSportsChicago.com and the NBC Sports app.  Authenticated NBC Sports subscribers can watch live IHSAA Football State Championships action from anywhere in the United States.  Fans can also visit IHSNN.com to access the NBCSportsChicago.com live stream.  For a full list of carriers and more information about NBC Sports Chicago’s live streaming service, viewers are urged to visit the following link:  nbcsportschicago.com/live-faq

IMPORTANT: In addition to multiple cable and telco providers throughout the state of Iowa, NBC Sports Chicago is also available throughout the entire state on satellite via DIRECTV (ch. 665, 665-1 for NBC Sports Chicago+) and DISH (ch. 429, and varied DISH channel locations for NBC Sports Chicago+ games).  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago is also available on numerous digital streaming services including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling TV, CenturyLink Stream, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV.  Viewers who currently do not receive NBC Sports Chicago as part of their channel offerings are urged to contact their provider and ask that NBC Sports Chicago be added to their service.  As noted earlier, authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers can also view the IHSAA Football State Championships on NBCSportsChicago.com, IHSSN.com, and the NBC Sports app.  For a complete schedule, cable/satellite channel locations, live streaming information, and additional details about NBC Sports Chicago’s coverage of the IHSAA Football State Championships, fans are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com/IOWA.      

The following schedule details NBC Sports Chicago’s multi-platform coverage of the 2017 IHSAA Football State Championships (all times Central Time):

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9

9:00 AM –        8-Player Semifinal #1: MIDLAND (Wyoming) [9-2] vs. DON BOSCO (Gilbertville) [11-0]

12:00 PM –      8-Player Semifinal #2: ST. MARY’S (Remsen) [10-0] vs. FREMONT-MILLS (Tabor) [9-2]

5:30 PM –        Class 3A Semifinal #1: HARLAN [10-1] vs. PELLA [10-1]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

8:15 PM –        Class 3A Semifinal #2: XAVIER (Cedar Rapids) [11-0] vs. SOLON [11-0]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10

10:00 AM –      Class A Semifinal #1: SAINT ANSGAR [11-0] vs. HUDSON [11-0]

1:00 PM –        Class A Semifinal #2: WEST SIOUX (Hawarden) [11-0] vs. ST. ALBERT (Council Bluffs) [10-1]

4:00 PM –        Class 4A Semifinal #1: IOWA CITY, West [11-0] vs. BETTENDORF [10-1]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

7:00 PM –        Class 4A Semifinal #2: ANKENY CENTENNIAL [9-2] vs. DOWLING CATHOLIC [10-1]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11

10:00 AM –      Class 1A Semifinal #1: REGINA (Iowa City) [9-2] vs. PELLA CHRISTIAN [11-0]

1:00 PM –        Class 1A Semifinal #2: WEST LYON (Inwood) [11-0] vs. VAN METER [11-0]

4:00 PM –        Class 2A Semifinal #1: BOYDEN-HULL/Rock Valley [10-1] vs. WAUKON [10-1]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

7:00 PM –        Class 2A Semifinal #2: UNION (LaPorte City) [8-3] vs. WILLIAMSBURG [9-2]

(NOTE: This game will air on NBC Sports Chicago+; please visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER for the exact channel location in your area)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16

10:00 AM –      8-Player: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD)

1:30 PM –        Class A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD)

7:00 PM –        Class 3A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17

11:00 AM –      Class 1A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD)

2:00 PM –        Class 2A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD)

7:00 PM –        Class 4A: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME (Teams TBD)

NBC Sports Chicago announces 2017-18 college basketball schedule

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NBC Sports Chicago announces 2017-18 college basketball schedule

Men’s and Women’s Game Schedule includes area contests featuring UIC, Illinois State, Loyola, Bradley, SIU, EIU, Valparaiso, Northern Iowa, Drake, DePaul, Northwestern, and more!

Local coverage begins with the UIC Flames hosting St. Joseph’s on Monday, November 13 at 7:00 PM CT featuring Jordan Bernfield & David Kaplan with the game call!

NBC Sports Chicago live stream available 24/7 on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive  or via the NBC Sports app

Chicago, IL (November 6, 2017) – NBC Sports Chicago, the multi-platform home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, is ready to bring college hoops fans another exciting season of action-packed NCAA basketball featuring a total of 65 men’s & women’s contests, featuring many of the area’s top teams and players.

NBC Sports Chicago viewers can look forward to the very best in local/regional basketball action featuring the Horizon League’s UIC Flames (eight games), along with Missouri Valley Conference action highlighted by Loyola (eight games), Northern Iowa (eight games), Bradley (seven games), Illinois State (five games), Southern Illinois (four games), Drake (four games), Valparaiso (three games), along with MVC #1-ranked pre-season favorite Missouri St. (ten games), plus – live coverage of the always-competitive MVC Tournament beginning March 1.  NOTE: NBC Sports Chicago live stream also available to authenticated NBC Sports Chicago subscribers on NBCSportsChicago.com/WatchLive or via the NBC Sports app.

NBC Sports Chicago’s early season men’s collegiate basketball schedule gets underway with the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Flames hosting St. Joseph’s on Monday, November 13 at 7:00 PM CT LIVE from the UIC Pavilion.  The game announcing tandem for Flames games on NBC Sports Chicago this season features Jordan Bernfield (play-by-play) and NBC Sports Chicago’s David Kaplan (analyst).  NOTE: ESPN Radio 1000’s Jonathan Hood will be filling in for Kaplan as game analyst for the UIC match-ups against DePaul and Wright St.  In addition, Bernfield will also handle play-by-play duties for every Loyola game on NBC Sports Chicago’s schedule this season, which also features ESPN Radio 1000’s Jeff Dickerson handling color analysis.

Among the key regional match-ups on the schedule this season include UIC at Loyola (Dec. 2), DePaul at UIC (Dec. 9), UIC at Illinois St. (Dec. 19), SIU at Northern Iowa (Dec. 28), Bradley vs. Loyola (Jan. 13 & Jan. 31), Drake at Northern Iowa (Jan. 16), Missouri St. at SIU (Feb. 14), and Bradley at Valparaiso (Feb. 17) among many others. Note the attached schedule for a complete list of men’s games this season on NBC Sports Chicago and on NBC Sports Chicago+.

NBC Sports Chicago’s women’s basketball schedule includes six games featuring USA Today Coaches Poll pre-season #20-ranked/four-time defending Big East Conf. champion DePaul Blue Demons the first Blue Demons telecast taking place on Saturday, December 30 at 7:00 PM CT live from the brand new Wintrust Arena in downtown Chicago vs. St. John’s.  Additional DePaul match-ups on NBC Sports Chicago’s schedule include games against Marquette (Jan. 4), Xavier (Jan. 12), Creighton (Feb. 2), Providence (Feb. 4), and Georgetown (Feb. 16).  In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will also carry the Big Ten’s Northwestern Wildcats in action on Dec. 16 at Missouri St. (note the attached schedule for a complete listing of women’s games this season).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Numerous men’s and women’s games on NBC Sports Chicago’s college basketball schedule this season will air exclusively on NBC Sports Chicago+. NBC Sports Chicago+ (NBCSCH+) is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T, RCN, and WOW! homes among numerous other carriers and streaming services; viewers are urged to visit NBCSportsChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER page for complete channel location details.

In addition to game coverage, NBC Sports Chicago will once again provide college basketball fans with team college coaches show this season (air dates may vary during the season) – Tuesdays (beginning in early December): Inside Notre Dame Basketball with Mike Brey (5:30 PM)…Wednesdays (beginning in late December): The Foundation: Northwestern Basketball (5:30 PM)...and The Steve Prohm Show: Iowa State Basketball (Season Preview Special - Mon, Dec. 11 at 5:30 PM; weekly airings on Mondays at 5:30 PM begin in January).

2017-18 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL on NBC SPORTS CHICAGO & NBC SPORTS CHICAGO+

  1. Mon, Nov 13    11:00 am   Jacksonville St. @ Richmond   LIVE
  2. Mon, Nov 13      7:00 pm    UIC:  St. Joseph’s @ UIC           LIVE
  3. Mon, Nov 13     7:00 pm     UNI:  Alcorn State @ Northern Iowa    LIVE   NBCSCH+
  4. Wed, Nov 29      6:00 pm    Vermont @ Richmond     LIVE   NBCSCH+
  5. Fri, Dec 1            7:00 pm      Bradley:  E. Illinois @ Bradley    LIVE   NBCSCH+
  6. Sat, Dec 2            3:00 pm     Loyola:  UIC @ Loyola             LIVE
  7. Sat, Dec 2            3:00 pm        IL ST:  Tulsa @ Illinois State   LIVE   NBCSCH+
  8. Sat, Dec 2            7:00 pm       Missouri St. @ S. Dakota State   LIVE   NBCSCH+
  9. Mon, Dec 4         7:00 pm        Missouri St. @ N Dakota St   LIVE
  10. Thu, Dec 7           7:00 pm       UNI:  UT-Arlington @ Northern Iowa      LIVE
  11. Sat, Dec 9             3:00 pm       UIC:  DePaul @ UIC              LIVE
  12. Sat, Dec 9       3:00 pm        IL ST:  Murray State @ Illinois State      LIVE   NBCSCH+ 
  13. Sat, Dec 9         5:00 pm     James Madison @ Richmond      LIVE     NBCSCH+
  14. Sun, Dec 10             3:00 pm       Missouri St @ Oral Roberts  LIVE      NBCSCH+
  15. Tue, Dec 19              7:00 pm      IL ST:  UIC @ Illinois State         LIVE
  16. Fri, Dec 22                8:00 pm       MVC:  Loyola @ Missouri State    LIVE
  17. Sat, Dec 23               1:00 pm       MVC:  Illinois State @ Evansville    LIVE               
  18. Thu, Dec 28              7:00 pm       MVC:  Valparaiso @ Indiana State   LIVE
  19. Thu, Dec 28    7:00 pm   MVC:  Southern Illinois @ Northern Iowa  LIVE   NBCSCH+
  20. Sat, Dec 30               3:00 pm        MVC:  Evansville @ Loyola     LIVE
  21. Sun, Dec 31             3:00 pm         MVC: Missouri St @ Valparaiso   LIVE  NBCSCH+
  22. Wed, Jan 3                7:00 pm         MVC:  Indiana St @ Loyola         LIVE   NBCSCH+
  23. Sat, Jan 6                  3:00 pm         MVC:  Southern Illinois @ Valparaiso     LIVE
  24. Wed, Jan 10     6:00 pm  MVC:  Northern Iowa @ Indiana State    LIVE   NBCSCH+
  25. Sat, Jan 13                3:00 pm         MVC:  Bradley @ Loyola         LIVE
  26. Sun, Jan 14              2:00 pm         MVC:  Indiana St @ Missouri St       LIVE                                       
  27. Mon, Jan 15             7:00 pm         UIC:  Oakland @ UIC    LIVE
  28. Tue, Jan 16               7:00 pm         MVC:  Drake @ Northern Iowa    LIVE
  29. Wed, Jan 17             6:00 pm         MVC:  Bradley @ Illinois State    LIVE
  30. Wed, Jan 17        7:00 pm    MVC:  Southern Illinois @ Loyola     LIVE   NBCSCH+
  31. Sat, Jan 20                3:00 pm           MVC:  Missouri St. @ Drake     LIVE
  32. Tue, Jan 23               7:00 pm           MVC:  Missouri St. @ Bradley   LIVE
  33. Sat, Jan 27                3:00 pm           UIC:  IUPUI @ UIC    LIVE
  34. Wed, Jan 31             7:00 pm            MVC:  Loyola @ Bradley       LIVE   NBCSCH+
  35. Sat, Feb 3           3:00 pm      MVC:  Indiana St @ Northern Iowa     LIVE   NBCSCH+
  36. Tue, Feb 6           6:00 pm      MVC:  Missouri St. @ Indiana St       LIVE   NBCSCH+
  37. Wed, Feb 7               7:00 pm            MVC:  Drake @ Loyola         LIVE
  38. Thu, Feb 8             7:00 pm        UIC:  Youngstown State @ UIC LIVE   NBCSCH+
  39. Sat, Feb 10                3:00 pm            MVC:  Northern Iowa @ Drake         LIVE
  40. Tue, Feb 13          7:00 pm      MVC:  Evansville @ Northern Iowa   LIVE   NBCSCH+
  41. Wed, Feb 14     7:00 pm     MVC:  Missouri St. @ Southern Illinois   LIVE   NBCSCH+
  42. Sat, Feb 17                8:00 pm            MVC:  Bradley @ Valparaiso         LIVE
  43. Wed, Feb 21     7:00 pm     MVC:  Bradley @ Missouri St.    LIVE   NBCSCH+               
  44. Sat, Feb 24           5:00 pm       St. Joseph’s @ Richmond          LIVE   NBCSCH+
  45. Sun, Feb 28               5:00 pm            UIC:  Wright State @ UIC          LIVE
  46. Thu, Mar 1                6:00 pm            MVC Tournament - Opening Round #1    LIVE
  47. Thu, Mar 1                8:30 pm            MVC Tournament - Opening Round #2     LIVE
  48. Fri, Mar 2                  12:00 pm         MVC Tournament – Quarterfinal #1        LIVE
  49. Fri, Mar 2                  2:30 pm            MVC Tournament – Quarterfinal #2          LIVE
  50. Fri, Mar 2                  6:00 pm            MVC Tournament – Quarterfinal #3         LIVE
  51. Fri, Mar 2                  8:30 pm            MVC Tournament – Quarterfinal #4      LIVE
     

2017-18 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL on NBC SPORTS CHICAGO & NBC SPORTS CHICAGO+

1. Tue, Nov 14               7:00 pm            Iowa State @ Northern Iowa         LIVE
2. Sun, Nov 19            2:00 pm       Missouri @ Missouri State    LIVE  NBCSCH+
3. Wed, Nov 29             7:00 pm            Missouri St. @ Wichita St          TBA
4. Sat, Dec 16                2:00 pm            Northwestern @ Missouri St    LIVE         NBCSCH+
5. Sat, Dec 30                7:00 pm            St. Johns @ DePaul                    LIVE
6. Thu, Jan 4                   7:00 pm            DePaul @ Marquette              LIVE
7. Fri, Jan 12                   5:00 pm            Xavier @ DePaul                    LIVE         NBCSCH+
8. Fri, Jan 12                   7:00 PM           Missouri St @ Illinois State     LIVE         NBCSCH+
9. Mon, Jan 15           1:00 pm      UIC:  Milwaukee @ UIC     LIVE    NBCSCH+ 
10. Fri, Feb 2                  7:00 pm            Creighton @ DePaul                LIVE
11. Sun, Feb 4                2:00 pm            Providence @ DePaul            LIVE
12. Fri, Feb 16                7:00 pm            Georgetown @ DePaul       LIVE         NBCSCH+
13. Sun, Feb 18              3:00 pm            Missouri St @ Valparaiso    LIVE
14. Thu, Mar 1               7:00 pm            Evansville @ Missouri St     LIVE         NBCSCH+  

(Schedules as of 11/6/17)  -- ALL TIMES CENTRAL TIME
SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE