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'Chicago Baseball Hot Stove' returns to Comcast SportsNet

'Chicago Baseball Hot Stove' returns to Comcast SportsNet

Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, co-hosted by David Kaplan and Chuck Garfien, returns for its second season on Tuesday, November 27 LIVE at 5:00 PM

CSNChicago.com to provide a fully-interactive Live Chat for every show, along with heavy social media interaction, plus - live commentary from Baseball Insiders Patrick Mooney & Dan Hayes

Chicago, IL (November 15, 2012) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs, has announced the return of its live, weekly series Chicago Baseball Hot Stove, dedicated to the White Sox and Cubs off-season activities, along with in-depth discussion of all the key off-season moves and news around Major League Baseball. The second season premiere of Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will take place on Tuesday, November 27 -- LIVE at 5:00 PM, exclusively on Comcast SportsNet.

Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will once again be co-hosted by Cubs PrePost Game Live host David Kaplan and White Sox PrePost Game Live host Chuck Garfien, along with commentary & insight from CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney and White Sox Insider Dan Hayes, plus special guests from the localnational baseball scene are also scheduled to appear each week.

This weekly, half-hour studio show closely examines and addresses every off-season move and rumor in WhiteSoxTalk and CubsTalk segments, along with providing up-to-the-minute regional and national baseball news, insider reports, exclusive playercoachfront office personnel interviews, extensive video highlights and expert analysis from reporterscolumnistsbaseball authorities from the country all with an emphasis on how they directly affect the Cubs and White Sox. In addition, the panel will discuss the top available free agents and showcase the top MLB player tweets each week. From November 27 through the start of spring training in mid-February, Chicago Baseball Hot Stove will air live every Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 PM, except on Dec. 4 when the show airs at 4:30 PM as Garfien, Mooney & Hayes will be reporting live from the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville, TN. Additional re-airs take place throughout the week (please visit csnchicago.comtvlisting for listings updates).

From an online standpoint, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, will provide a LIVE CHAT every Tuesday at 5:00 PM that will enable viewers to directly interact with the Chicago Baseball Hot Stove crew and show guests by generating show content through Twitter utilizing the hashtag HotStove -- along with the Twitter handles of Kaplan (@thekapman) , Garfien (@ChuckGarfien), Mooney (@CSNMooney) and Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) -- to take fan questions and share a variety of fan perspectives & opinions. In addition, CSNChicago.com will launch a special Chicago Baseball Hot Stove page that will not only host the live chat, but will also include video, polls, news and a Twitter module, aggregating all WhiteSoxTalk, CubsTalk and HotStove tweets.

Brian Urlacher misses Top 10 of all-time Bears list

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Brian Urlacher misses Top 10 of all-time Bears list

Brian Urlacher played his way into the pantheon of Bears linebackers and the Hall of Fame over his 13-year career in Chicago, leaving no question he belongs among the all-time greats.

Where he stacks up with the best of the best in team history is still up for debate.

Hall of Fame writers Dan Pompei and Don Pierson ranked the top 100 players in franchise history for the team’s official site, and Urlacher fell outside of the top 10.

Urlacher came in one spot ahead of fellow legendary linebacker Mike Singletary, but the greats of pre-merger era earned many of the top spots on the list.

Dick Butkus came in second to only Walter Payton, while old school legends Bill George and Bulldog Turner ranked seventh and eighth, respectively.

It’s difficult to compare linebackers that played 50 years apart, especially when stacking them up with players at other positions.

Urlacher is still near the top of the list of the best Bears ever. They just have so many all-time greats, the likes of Dan Hampton, Richard Dent and Jimbo Covert just don’t have a spot in the top 10.

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Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

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Jalen Rose: Fab Five beef squashed with Michigan hiring Juwan Howard

The Michigan Wolverines are hiring former Fab Five star Juwan Howard as the head coach of their basketball team. Aside from being a part of that prolific college basketball team, Howard is a two-time NBA champion with the LeBron James-led Miami Heat.

And he is a former local basketball hoops star at Chicago Vocational Career Academy, where we was named an All-American in 1991.

But the Fab Five have not been on the best of terms over the years, particularly current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose and Chris Webber. With Howard back in Ann Arbor, all beefs are officially over.

“It squashes any drama or any beef because we’re not going to bring that to Ann Arbor’s campus with Juwan Howard as our head coach," Rose told Mike Greenberg when asked about the beef Thursday morning on ESPN's Get Up. "The one thing that we both know is his success turning around the University of Michigan is first and foremost about him and about the players that he’s going to influence. Then it’s about us being there to support him, not being drama, not being splintered, not giving any indication of dysfunction.

"We’re going to move as a family and we’re going to do what we can to build on what John Beilein has established in Ann Arbor.”

Rose reiterated this point later in the day during a segment with fellow Michigan alum Adam Schefter.

Let's wait and see if Howard brings winning ways to Michigan to make this honeymoon period last, otherwise it could be back to business as usual.

Also, does Chris Webber feel the same way? Has Rose already talked to Webber to clear the air? Or is Rose just saying it's over on his side in the hopes Webber follows suit?

Both Webber and Rose made it clear that Howard was their preferred candidate, so they seem to be on the same page.

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