CSN to air Thanksgiving Day marathon of Chicago sports programming


CSN to air Thanksgiving Day marathon of Chicago sports programming

Comcast SportsNet will provide its viewers with a marathon of special Thanksgiving Day programming beginning Thursday 7:30 a.m. CT. 

Among the highlights from CSN's Thanksgiving Day programming line-up includes four, thrilling “Classic” games from this past Cubs and White Sox season, along with in-depth surrounding live programming for the Bears’ huge nationally-televised battle against the rival Packers and much more.

Check out the lineup below:

7:30 a.m. — White Sox/Cubs Classic: Cubs at White Sox (from August 16) — White Sox ace Chris Sale throws a dominant performance against the Cubs in a stellar 15-strikeout gem that featured home runs from sluggers Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera.

10:30 a.m. — Cubs Classic: Cubs vs. Rockies (from July 27) — Down 9-8 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the heroics of NL “Rookie of the Year” Kris Bryant took center stage with a two-run, walk-off home run lifting the Cubs to yet another key victory.

2 p.m. — Cubs Classic: Cubs at Reds (from July 21) — Cubs rookie Kyle Schwarber proved the hype was worth the wait as he went 4-7 with two HR’s, which included a two-run game-tying shot in the 9th inning, along with an extra-inning, game-winning solo shot in the 13th inning, lifting the Cubs to a 5-4 win.

6:30 p.m. — Bears Pregame Live presented by Meijer (L) — Prior to the Bears' big game against the Packers, CSN's Chris Boden, Lance Briggs, Jim Miller, Dan Jiggetts, Kip Lewis and Insider John "Moon" Mullin will have the latest game day news, player updates, a detailed X's and O's game preview breakdown and analysis, along with numerous on-field pregame reports live from Lambeau Field.

7:30 p.m. — White Sox Classic: White Sox vs. Toronto (from July 6) — In a standout pitching duel featuring two of the greatest White Sox pitchers against one another (Chris Sale vs. Mark Buehrle — both of whom pitched complete games in this one), it was the current White Sox ace Sale that earned the win thanks to clutch RBIs from Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera.

10 p.m. — GMC SportsNet Central (L) — The latest news, interviews and highlights from the day in sports.

10:30 p.m. (time approx.) — Bears Postgame Live presented by NISSAN (L) —  Immediately following the Bears-Packers game, the Bears Postgame Live crew will have instant reaction and analysis from Boden, Briggs, Miller and Jiggets while Lewis and Mullin will provide immediate postgame interviews with Bears players inside and outside the locker room.

12 a.m. — SportsNet Central presented by CLR (L) — The latest news, interviews and highlights from the day in sports.

**Reminder to head over to following Bears-Packers for additional postgame coverage from Bears Insider John "Moon" Mullin, including his Week 12 grades.

Roquan Smith helps shear a sheep at Bears community event

Roquan Smith helps shear a sheep at Bears community event

Roquan Smith has more sheared sheep than tackles on his stat sheet as a pro football player.

Smith and several other Bears rookies participated in a hands-on community event at Lambs Farm in Libertyville, Illinois on Monday where he assisted farm staff with the sheep's grooming. Smith said it was a first for him despite growing up around animals. 

"It's like on the norm for me though, playing linebacker you're in the trenches," Smith said of the experience.

"Shaving a sheep, I never really envisioned myself doing something like that," Smith said via "I was around animals [growing up], but it was more so cows and goats here and there and dogs and cats. I've petted a sheep before, but never actually flipped one and shaved one."

Bears rookies got up close and personal with more than just sheep.

Smith was selected with the eighth overall pick in April's draft and will assume a starting role opposite Danny Trevathan at inside linebacker this season. Here's to hoping he can wrangle opposing ball-carriers like a sheep waiting to be sheared.

The Bears' defense is ahead of its offense, but Matt Nagy doesn't see that as a problem

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The Bears' defense is ahead of its offense, but Matt Nagy doesn't see that as a problem

Asking players about how the defense is “ahead” of the offense is a yearly right of passage during OTAs, sort of like how every baseball team has about half its players saying they’re in the best shape of their life during spring training. So that Vic Fangio’s defense is ahead of Matt Nagy’s offense right now isn’t surprising, and it's certainly not concerning. 

But Nagy is also working to install his offense right now during OTAs to build a foundation for training camp. So does the defense — the core of which is returning with plenty of experience in Fangio’s system — being ahead of the offense hurt those efforts?

“It’s actually good for us because we’re getting an experienced defense,” Nagy said. “My message to the team on the offensive side is just be patient and don’t get frustrated. They understand that they’re going to play a little bit faster than us right now. We’ll have some growing pains, but we’ll get back to square one in training camp.”

We’ll have a chance to hear from the Bears’ offensive players following Wednesday’s practice, but for now, the guys on Fangio’s defense have come away impressed with that Nagy’s offense can be. 

“The offense is a lot … just very tough,” cornerback Prince Amukamara said. “They’re moving well. They’re faster. They’re throwing a lot of different looks at us and that’s just Nagy’s offense. If I was a receiver I would love to play in this offense, just because you get to do so many different things and you get so many different plays. It just looks fun over there.”

“They’re moving together, and I like to see that,” linebacker Danny Trevathan said. “We’re not a bad defense. They’re practicing against us, so they’re getting better every day, and vice versa. It’s a daily grind. It’s going to be tough, but those guys, they got the right pieces. I like what I see out there. When somebody makes a play, they’re gone. Everybody can run over there. It’s the right fit for Mitch, it’s the right fit for the receivers, the running backs.”

Still, for all the praise above, the defense is “winning” more, at least as much as it can without the pads on. But the offense is still having some flashes, even as it collectively learns the terminology, concepts and formations used by Nagy. 

And that leads to a competitive atmosphere at Halas Hall, led by the Bears’ new head coach. 

“He’s an offensive coach and last year coach (John) Fox, I couldn’t really talk stuff to (him) because he’s a defensive coach and it’s like Nagy’s offense so if I get a pick or something, I mean, I like to talk stuff to him,” Amukamara said. “He’ll say something like ‘we’re coming at you 2-0.’ Stuff like that. That just brings out the competition and you always want that in your head coach.”