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CSN to air 'Chicago Bulls Classics' telecasts featuring 15 of the greatest games in franchise history

CSN to air 'Chicago Bulls Classics' telecasts featuring 15 of the greatest games in franchise history

COMCAST SPORTSNET TO AIR CHICAGO BULLS CLASSICS TELECASTS FEATURING FIFTEEN OF THE GREATEST GAMES IN FRANCHISE HISTORY Chicago Bulls Classics, featuring BullsNBA Legend Michael Jordan in all 15 games, to debut Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 PM; Comcast SportsNets Bulls announcers Neil Funk & Stacy King to host each telecast

Chicago, IL (October 19, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bulls, will provide viewers with a special trip down memory lane beginning in November as the network has announced it will replay 15 Chicago Bulls Classics telecasts, which will include EVERY championship-clinching game from each of the teams six NBA titles.

Beginning Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30 PM, this extraordinary, 15-week telecast schedule (hosted in-studio by Comcast SportsNets always-entertaining Bulls announcing tandem of Neil Funk & Stacy King) will look back at some of the greatest games in Bulls history, with every game featuring numerous highlight reel moments from Bulls legendPro Basketball Hall of Famer MICHAEL JORDAN.

Comcast SportsNet will televise the first of its 15 Chicago Bulls Classics on Wednesday night, November 2 at 7:30 PM with a game from February of 1987 that featured a young Jordan setting a new team regular season scoring record with 58 points. Additional games on Comcast SportsNets Chicago Bulls Classics schedule include Jordans The Shot over Craig Ehlo in 89, his shrug 3-point barrage from Game 1 of the 92 Finals, The Shot II against Cleveland from 93, his double-nickel performance from MSG just days after his return to the NBA in 95 plus, the championship-clinching telecasts from each of the Bulls six NBA titles (91 vs. LA Lakers, 92 vs. Portland, 93 vs. Phoenix, 96 vs. Seattle, 97 vs. Utah & 98 vs. Utah). NOTE: These games will only be made available within Comcast SportsNet Chicagos regular viewing territory.

Fans are also encouraged to visit Comcast SportsNets newly-enhanced Bulls section on CSNChicago.com (CSNChicago.comBulls), for the latest NBA news 247 from Bulls Insider Aggrey Sam, along with the latest video and expert blog entries on the sites new Bulls Talk section (CSNChicago.comBullsTalk).

CHICAGO BULLS CLASSICS on Comcast SportsNet

Wednesday, November 2

7:30 PM February 26, 1987: New Jersey Nets at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 128-113)

Michael Jordan sets a new all-time Bulls scoring record with 58 points; also sets new Bulls record of 2627 from the free throw line, including 19 straight; terrific post-game interview with the late Johnny Red Kerr asking MJ Whats next?the youthful Jordans response: an NBA Championship.

Wednesday, November 9

7:30 PM February 16, 1989: Milwaukee Bucks at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 117-116)

Jordan scores 27 of his 50 points in 4th quarter, including a 20-footer with one second remaining on the clock.

Tuesday, November 15
7:30 PM May 7, 1989: Rd. 1, Gm. 5 - Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers (Bulls win 101-100)
The Shot: MJ hits game-winning shot at buzzer over Craig Ehlo giving the Bulls a huge first round upset against the Cavs.

Tuesday, November 22

7:30 PM June 12, 1991: NBA Finals, Gm. 5 - Chicago Bulls at LA Lakers (Bulls win 108-101)

Bulls celebrate first NBA Championship; Jordan scores 30 points, to go along with ten assists and five steals; coverage includes post-game locker room coverage of MJ clutching the Larry OBrien NBA Championship Trophy with his father James Jordan at his side.

Wednesday, November 30
7:30 PM June 3, 1992: NBA Finals, Gm. 1 - Portland Trailblazers at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 122-89)

Jordans infamous shrug told the story as he was six of ten from three-point range w35 points in the first half.

Tuesday, December 6

7:30 PM June 14, 1992: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Portland Trailblazer at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 97-93)

Bulls win back-to-back NBA titles and celebrate their first home court championship at Chicago Stadium.

Tuesday, December 13

7:30 PM May 17, 1993: Rd. 2, Gm. 4 - Chicago Bulls at Cleveland Cavaliers (Bulls win 103-101)

Jordan hits game-ending, series-clinching Shot IIreminiscent of his playoff series-clincher at CLE four years earlier.

Tuesday, December 20

7:30 PM May 31, 1993: E. Conf. Finals, Gm. 4 - New York Knicks at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 105-95)

On this Memorial Day telecast, MJ shines once again with a stellar 54-point performance that tied the series at 2-2.

Tuesday, December 27

7:30 PM June 16, 1993: NBA Finals, Gm. 4 - Phoenix Suns at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 111-105)

The Bulls go up 3-1 in the Finals against Sir Charles & the Suns as Jordan dominates with 55 points.

Tuesday, January 3

7:30 PM June 20, 1993: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns (Bulls win 128-113)

John Paxson hits 3-point championship-winning shot with 3.9 seconds left, giving the Bulls their first three-peat.

Monday, January 9

7:30 PM March 28, 1995: Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks (Bulls win 113-111)

In just his fifth game back from retirement, 45 Jordan scores 55 points and sets up Bill Wennington for a game-winning slam dunk at the famed Madison Square Garden.

Monday, January 16
7:30 PM June 16, 1996: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Seattle Supersonics at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 87-75)

Bulls cap off record-breaking 72-10 regular season by downing the Sonics at the United Center for their 4th NBA title.

Monday, January 23

7:30 PM June 11, 1997: NBA Finals, Gm. 5 - Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz (Bulls win 90-88)

A flu-stricken, yet determined Michael Jordan scores a game-high 38 points, giving the Bulls a 3-2 Finals series edge.

Monday, January 30
7:30 PM June 13, 1997: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Utah Jazz at Chicago Bulls (Bulls win 90-86)

Steve Kerr scores a 17-footer with five seconds left in the 4th quarter, followed by Toni Kukoc cementing the deal with a slam dunk with 0.6 seconds left, as the Bulls send the UC crowd into delirium winning their 5th NBA title.

Monday, February 6

7:30 PM June 14, 1998: NBA Finals, Gm. 6 - Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz (Bulls win 87-86)

Jordan hits historic game-winning shot as the Bulls clinch their sixth NBA Championship; MJ finishes with 45 points in his final appearance in a Bulls uniform; named NBA Finals MVP for the sixth time.
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Could Manny Machado's NLCS shenanigans impact White Sox potential free-agent pursuit?

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Could Manny Machado's NLCS shenanigans impact White Sox potential free-agent pursuit?

"It's a dirty play by a dirty player."

That was Christian Yelich, the all-but-sure-to-be NL MVP, describing Manny Machado, who's about to become one of the best-paid players in baseball history, after Game 4 of the NLCS, a game in which Machado once again grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Machado's Los Angeles Dodgers and Yelich's Milwaukee Brewers have played four games in this NLCS, and after three of them, the focus has been on Machado. Not because of his bat or his glove but because of lack of hustle and certain methods on the base paths that weren't exactly on the up and up.

After Game 2, he was criticized for not hustling on a ground ball to shortstop. In something straight out of a public-relations person's nightmare, he defended himself by saying that hustling really isn't his cup of tea. During Game 3, he twice attempted to break up double plays by interfering at second base and was, upon review, busted for it the second time. In extra innings in Game 4, he appeared to intentionally drag his leg across Jesus Aguilar's at first base. That play cleared the benches, got Machado called "dirty" in the Brewers' clubhouse and earned him the reputation of postseason villain.

And so Machado's impending free agency gets to be discussed in a brand new light. There's now more baggage attached to the 26-year-old superstar with a fantastic bat and a stellar glove.

The question is: Will the White Sox, one of many teams that could be mulling a contract offer worth hundreds of millions of dollars, care?

As much as it’s talked about building a perennial contender of the future by developing the on-field skills of their fleet of highly touted prospects, the White Sox brain trust has discussed developing a culture, a way of doing things, to go along with all that talent and all that skill. Unsurprisingly that conversation has focused on the oft-used phrase of “doing things the right way.”

Does what Machado has been doing count as “doing things the right way”? It seems easy to assess that it doesn't. It's far more difficult to determine whether it will end up making a difference or not.

Not hustling is one of Rick Renteria's biggest bugaboos. He sat down multiple players on multiple occasions throughout the 2018 season — starting with Avisail Garcia in a spring training game and including a veteran like Welington Castillo as well as a young star like Tim Anderson — for not running to first base on pop ups and line outs and ground outs. Would Renteria's tune suddenly change if Machado and his preference for not hustling arrived on the South Side in what would surely be the biggest free-agent deal in club history?

Renteria got fired up over the issue at the end of July, when he benched Anderson for not hustling on what the shortstop believed was a line out.

“We tell these guys, don’t assume anything. ... It’s as simple as that, and he understands it. He knows it. We’ve talked about it. He comes out of the box, he doesn’t stand there. But we just reiterated to make sure that you allow the umpires to make the calls and you allow the other clubs to go ahead and ask for reviews. We run.”

But asked about not running out his ground ball in Game 2, Machado shared pretty much the opposite philosophy.

"Obviously I'm not going to change, I'm not the type of player that's going to be 'Johnny Hustle,' and run down the line and slide to first base and … you know, whatever can happen," Machado told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal. "That's just not my personality, that's not my cup of tea, that's not who I am."

What about Machado's interferences at second base? It was that exact play that sent Anderson into an on-field tiff with umpire Joe West during the second Crosstown series of the season just last month. Javy Baez slid into second base, and Anderson thought Baez did something he shouldn't have, raising his arm to interfere with a double-play turn, that sequence of events ending with Anderson screaming at West on the field. Would Anderson be cool with playing alongside — and potentially vacating his position at shortstop for — an infamous interferer?

And what about being a "dirty player," a villain? The White Sox always seemed fine — heck, they loved it — having one of baseball's greatest irritants in A.J. Pierzynski on the roster. Perhaps no player wore the "villain" title as a badge of honor more than the catcher on the 2005 World Series team. But remember that Pierzynski took the punch, he didn't throw it. Being baseball's version of a "villain" and being a guy who makes dangerous plays that could hurt somebody are two different things.

The point being: Do Machado's actions in this postseason series make him anathema to the "Ricky's boys don't quit" mantra? If the White Sox were to turn a blind eye to the events of this NLCS, would it qualify as a betrayal of their quest to establish a high-effort, high-character culture?

Or do they value that culture so much that they stay away from Machado this offseason?

Here's Rick Hahn from September of last year.

"It’s the culture that Ricky and his coaching staff have been able to create in that clubhouse. I cannot tell you how many various fans have stopped me, or emailed me or mentioned to me that they’ve never been this excited over a 60-win team. Or they’ve never been excited about a team that isn’t going to the playoffs. And I think so much of that is based on how Ricky and the coaches have them playing day in and day out. You see them fighting for 27 outs, you see them prepared every night. Sure, we’re going to get out-manned at portions during this process, but the fight and competitiveness and the style of play is the kind of thing that is going to endure year in and year out. And that is extremely important for us to establish at the big league level for all of us."

Machado's talent would make any team he's a part of more competitive. But for the White Sox, who talk an awful lot about hustling and refusing to quit, perhaps all these postseason shenanigans make it so Machado just isn't their cup of tea.

Recalling moments in Tom Brady history ahead of his likely last meeting with Bears

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Recalling moments in Tom Brady history ahead of his likely last meeting with Bears

As Tom Brady approaches what in all reasonable likelihood will be his last game against the Bears and in Soldier Field, the first time this reporter saw Tom Brady comes very much to mind. Actually the first times, plural. Because they were indeed memorable, for different reasons.

That was back in 2001, when Brady should have started replacing Wally Pipp as the poster athlete for what can happen when a player has to sit out and his replacement never gives the job back. Drew Bledsoe, who’d gotten the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl, had gotten injured week two of that season. Brady, who’d thrown exactly one pass as a rookie the year before, stepped in and never came out, playing the Patriots into the AFC playoffs the same year the Bears were reaching and exiting the NFC playoffs when Philadelphia’s Hugh Douglas body-slammed QB Jim Miller on his shoulder.

After that the playoff assignments were elsewhere, including the Patriots-Steelers meeting in Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship. Brady started that game but left with an ankle injury and Bledsoe came off the bench to get the Patriots into Super Bowl.

Then came one of those rare moments when you are witnessing history but have the misfortune of not knowing it at the time.

The question of Super Bowl week was whether Bill Belichick would stay with Bledsoe’s winning hand or go back to Brady. Belichick of course waited deep into Super Bowl week before announcing his decision at 8 p.m. on a Thursday night, the second time that season Belichick had opted to stay with Brady over a healthy Bledsoe. And of course Belichick didn’t announce the decision himself (surprise); he had it put out by the team’s media relations director.

You did have to respect Belichick, though, going into his first Super Bowl as a head coach with a sixth-round draft choice at quarterback and leaving a former (1992) No. 1-overall pick with a $100-million contract on the bench. The Patriots upset The Greatest Show on Turf Rams in that Super Bowl, Brady was MVP, and Bledsoe was traded to Buffalo that offseason.

History.

That Super Bowl also included one of those performance snapshots the Bears envision for Mitch Trubisky but missed a chance to let him attempt last Sunday at Miami in his 17th NFL start. Brady took the Patriots on a drive starting at their own 17 with 1:30 to play and no timeouts, ending with an Adam Vinatieri field-goal winner.

If Belichick was all right letting his second-year quarterback in just his 17th start throw eight straight passes starting from inside his own red zone, the next time Matt Nagy gets the football at his own 20 with timeouts and time in hand, best guess is that the decision will be to see if his quarterback lead a game-winning drive with his arm instead of handing off.

It may not happen this Sunday. Brady is a career 4-0 vs. Bears, and if there is one constant it is that his opposite numbers play really bad football against him, or rather his coach’s defense. Bears quarterback passer ratings opposite Brady, even in years when the Bears were good: Jim Miller 51.2 in 2002, Rex Grossman 23.7 in 2006; Jay Cutler 32.9 and Cutler again in the 51-23 blowout in Foxboro. Cutler finished that game with a meaningless 108.6 rating, meaningless because Cutler put up big numbers beginning when his team was down 38-7 after he’d mucked about with a 61.7 rating, plus having a fumble returned for a TD, while the Bears were being humiliated.

A surprise would be if Trubisky bumbles around like his predecessors (New England allows an average opponent passer rating of 91.6), but whether he can produce a third straight 120-plus rating…. Then again, Pat Mahomes put a 110.0 on the Patriots last Sunday night, but Deshaun Watson managed only a 62.9 against New England in game one.

Trubisky will make the third of the three 2017 first-round QB’s to face the Patriots. The first two lost.