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They said it: 1993 Notre Dame-FSU in quotes

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They said it: 1993 Notre Dame-FSU in quotes

Tune in to Comcast SportsNet Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. for a Notre Dame football classic: The 1993 "Game of the Century" which pitted No. 2 Notre Dame against No. 1 Florida State in South Bend. Also, be sure to check out a look back on the game here. Below are some quotes from right after the game and from players who spoke to CSNChicago.com this week about their experiences in it.
 
"It's one game that I think lived up to all the hype." -- Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz (NBC broadcast)

"Those defensive backs they got back there, whenever they finish, and I hope it's soon, they'll be NFL." -- FSU coach Bobby Bowden (Sports Illustrated)

"I'd like to be Lou Holtz tonight. He'll have a good time." -- Bowden (SI)

"He's supposed to fall down on the other side of the field, but he comes all the way across and makes my block. He was moving pretty good for a man of his obesity." -- Notre Dame offensive lineman Todd Norman, on Aaron Taylor's block on Adrian Jarrell's touchdown run (SI)

"If we missed 100 tackles, I would not be surprised." -- FSU defensive end Derrick Alexander (SI)

"That was one thing coach Holtz taught us, not to worry about the defense. If we watch enough film, and he's going to put in the right plays it's just we have to execute. So it wasn't so much Derrick Brooks, it was what we as a team had to do. And it was like that all year, and we felt that we had a great team and if we executed our plays that no one could stop us." -- Notre Dame QB Kevin McDougal, on facing FSU's defense (CSNChicago.com)

"I just remember coming into the huddle and being like, uh, what did coach call my number? We have all these other guys in the backfield, Lee Becton had a tremendous game that day. And after scoring, I just remember turning around and seeing Oscar (McBride) and seeing Aaron Taylor and seeing Tim Ruddy and just hugging all those guys and just seeing the elation just from my teammates. Just a great moment. But the first thing I would say is, my thought was 'coach, you sure you want me running the ball in this situation?'" -- Irish DB Jeff Burris, on his thoughts when he found out his was going in to run the football (CSNChicago.com)

"None of us ever questioned whether or not we could count on Jeff in that situation. He was a captain, he had more than proven himself on both sides of the ball and with his character on and off the field. It's a really unique situation in a game that big, to have a guy to come in on your side of the ball that doesn't normally play there. It's like, you don't call that and think you're going to get a one-yard gain." -- Offensive lineman Aaron Taylor, on Burris getting the call to run (CSNChicago.com)

"When you talk about poise and just precision at that position -- just, you name it, he did it. If they needed 10 yards to run, he could scramble and look like, okay, he only went five yards but he probably went 20. He was that smooth with the ball in his hand. When you have an opportunity to play against guys like that and you come out and you play well as a team. As a team, as a defense, we clicked for it. For that day, we clicked completely. And those are the type of games you don't forget." -- Burris, on facing 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward (CSNChicago.com)

"The inference was, of course, that we were whooping his ass and he went out of the game. That's a very biased Notre Dame perspective -- I have tremendous respect for Derrick, I've know him pretty well, I played against him a lot when I was with Green Bay and he was with Tampa." -- Taylor, on Derrick Brooks missing some of the game with an ankle injury (CSNChicago.com)

"I just remember, we felt like we were on top of the world. That moment, and going over the student section. My roommates ran on the field, I remember, my old roommates from freshman year and came and gave me a big hug -- just those small things that you're just like man, we did it. It wasn't a team thing. It was a school thing at that moment. I remember Brian Hamilton, Bryant Young, and Bobby Taylor and I all stayed in the same dorm, and when we got back to the dorm we got an ovation just from our dorm-mates. It was overwhelming, overwhelming to say the least." -- Burris on his memories of after the game (CSNChicago.com)

"There's a picture I have, it's among my favorites. It's not even a picture of me, it's a picture of Justin Goheen, but I'm in the background and you can kind of see my head -- and you know, I'm maybe four, five feet behind him. But I keep it because it captures, for me, the emotion in that moment, and I look very juvenile, like I had this look of joy and pleasure and wonder, almost like a little kid.

"I see myself as a little kid in that picture, and the further that I went on in my career, and the higher up the levels I went, football became pressure-filled. Games were a relief. Rarely did you enjoy the game -- you always wanted to win, but it was more about sweet, we got that one under our belt, let's go on to next week. That one was special, and we had just beaten the No. 1 team in the country, it was a complete team effort, our playmakers stepped up." -- Aaron Taylor, on the postgame celebration (CSNChicago.com)

Three Things to Watch: Bulls dance with Warriors

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Three Things to Watch: Bulls dance with Warriors

Is there any better way to break in your new Black Friday television than Bulls-Warriors tonight? We think not. Coverage starts at 9 p.m. with Bulls Pregame Live, and the game is also available to stream via the NBC Sports app

Here are three things to keep your eye on: 

1. Not the score. Let's be honest: the Bulls probably won't sneak out a win at the Oracle. In fact, ESPN's matchup predictor only gives Fred Hoiberg's young squad a 2.9 percent chance to come up victorious. UIC has three times better odds against juggernaut Kentucky at Rupp Arena on Sunday, in case you needed some context.  

With the talent gap in mind, though, it will be important for the Bulls to come out with high energy. The Warriors will likely take the contest lightly in the first half, so starting off strong reflects well on the coaching staff and starters. Stay within 10 points by the half, and that's considered a massive triumph. 

2. Lauri Markkanen vs. Draymond Green? Assuming the Dubs start out with Green on Markkanen, this will be rookie's biggest test of the season. Green is an elite defender, capable of wrecking gameplans from the tip. He's physical, quick and athletic. 

Markkanen is coming off two duds on the West Coast trip, but his aggressiveness hasn't wavered. It'll be important for him to continue to attack even with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year hounding him. 

3. Steph, KD and Klay doin' work. The Bulls offense hasn't exactly been a thing of beauty through the first 16 games. Their offensive rating is a brutal 94.4, ranked last in the NBA. Golden State, on the other hand, sits at the top with a rating of 113.1. 

Take some time to admire the skills of Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson because when it comes to working cohesively on offense, they've set the gold standard. 

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.