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CSN to air Thanksgiving Day marathon of great Chicago sports programming

CSN to air Thanksgiving Day marathon of great Chicago sports programming

“Classic” Cubs and White Sox games from the 2015 season, LIVE Bears pre/postgame programming, and much more beginning at 7:30 AM!

Chicago, IL (November 23, 2015) -- Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, will provide its viewers with a marathon of special Thanksgiving Day programming beginning this Thursday, November 26 at 7:30 AM CT. 

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

Note Comcast SportsNet’s Thanksgiving Day programming line-up below:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26

7:30 AM“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 AM“Cubs Classic: Cubs vs. Colorado (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.

2:00 PM“Cubs Classic: Cubs at Cincinnati (from July 21)– In his first major league game, 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 PMBears Pregame Live presented by Meijer (L) – Prior to the Bears big game against the Packers, fans are urged to tune in to the ONLY live, local Bears pre-game show on Chicago television –with the very latest game day news, player updates, a detailed X’s and O’s game preview breakdown and analysis, along with numerous on-field pre-game reports live from Lambeau Field.  Bears Pregame Live is hosted by Chris Boden featuring expert analysis from former Bears linebacker/seven-time Pro Bowler Lance Briggs, former Bears quarterback Jim Miller, former Bears offensive lineman/veteran Chicago sports personality Dan Jiggetts and CSNChicago.com Bears “Insider” John “Moon” Mullin.  Plus, SportsNet Central’sBears beat reporter Kip Lewis will provide additional pre-game coverage from Lambeau Field with up-to-the-minute game day information. 

7:30 PM“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, once again, from Jose Abreu and Melky Cabrera.

10:00 PMGMC SportsNet Central(L) – The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports.

10:30 PM (time approx.)Bears Postgame Live presented by NISSAN (L) –  Immediately following the Bears-Packers game, Bears Postgame Live presented by Nissan will be THE destination for fans to hear from the experts who played the game, along with their always-entertaining, no-holds-barred take on the evening’s events.  This 90-minute post-game show hosted by Boden, featuring detailed post-game analysis from Briggs, Miller & Jiggetts, will also showcase the live post-game press conferences with coaches and players from both teams.  Lewis & Mullin will also provide immediate post-game interviews with Bears players inside & outside the locker room. 

12:00 AMSportsNet Central presented by CLR (L) – The latest news, interviews & highlights from the day in sports.

REMINDER: Comcast SportsNet/CSNChicago.com/NBC Sports Live Extra app will carry live coverage of all eightIHSA Football Championship games this weekend (all in HD); beginning with the Class 1A title game Friday morning (Nov. 27) at 10:00 AM all the way through the Class 8A battle on Saturday night (Nov. 28) at 7:00 PM.  Fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com for channel location details.

Tim Anderson's eventful day at the yard ends with shot at Joe West: 'Everybody knows he's terrible'

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Tim Anderson's eventful day at the yard ends with shot at Joe West: 'Everybody knows he's terrible'

Talk about an eventful night at the ol' ballpark for Tim Anderson.

It looked like it was going to be a day worth celebrating for Anderson, whose developmental progress reached a milestone during the third inning of Saturday's Crosstown matchup with the Cubs. He hit his 20th home run of the season, becoming the first White Sox shortstop ever to have a season with at least 20 homers and at least 20 stolen bases.

A heck of a feat, one that should stand out when White Sox fans and observers spend the offseason discussing whether or not Anderson truly is this franchise's shortstop of the future.

But the ump show came and overshadowed all that.

The Cubs were in the process of extending their lead in the ninth inning, putting things out of reach, when the White Sox attempted a double play on an Anthony Rizzo groundball. Anderson got the force out at second base and attempted the turn in the presence of a sliding Javy Baez. His throw went nowhere near first base, going down as an error that allowed another run to score.

After the play was over, Rick Renteria challenged, spurring a review to see if Baez violated the rules by reaching his arm out in an attempt to impede Anderson from making the play. The review determined Baez did not do that. Anderson disagreed, and a conversation with famed umpire Joe West followed.

"I asked him a question, and he kind of got pissed at me," Anderson said of his interaction with West. "I asked him if he saw him reach for my leg in the replay. He asked me if I was going to argue that, and I said, ‘No, I was just asking a question.’ And after that I didn’t say anything else. He started barking at me. Kept staring me down. I gave him, 'Why you keep looking at me?' Did that twice and threw me out."

Anderson was ejected, and he was visibly livid on the field, screaming at West in the immediate aftermath of the ejection. Renteria came out after Anderson started making his way toward the dugout, still yelling, and was ejected, as well.

Now, White Sox fans are no stranger to West, who famously —or infamously, if you're a White Sox supporter — called a couple of balks on Mark Buehrle and ejected both Buehrle and Ozzie Guillen in a 2010 game against the Cleveland Indians, sending announcer Hawk Harrelson into an on-air rant against West: "He's becoming a joke to the umpiring profession."

But the White Sox are far from the only team to have their run-ins with West. Anderson was obviously familiar with West's reputation, taking a shot after the game.

"I don’t have much to say about him. Everybody knows he’s terrible," Anderson said. "But I didn’t say much and he threw me out. It’s OK."

Additionally, Anderson was adamant that Baez did indeed move his hand in violation of the sliding rules at second base — and added the review officials in New York to his criticism list.

"Yeah, definitely. You could see it in the replay," Anderson said. "That’s just one of the many that they missed in New York, I guess."

And so an eventful night for Anderson.

His criticisms of the officials will undoubtedly overshadow his joining the 20-homer club and standing alone in the White Sox 20-20 club. But those are just further examples on Anderson's growth as a player this season.

Yes, the error he made on that play was his 19th of the season, putting him among the league leaders in that category after he led baseball with 28 fielding errors last season. But he now has career highs in home runs, RBIs, stolen bases, doubles and walks. And his fielding has been noticeably improved over the last month or so, a result of the work he's put in with Joe McEwing.

This weekend, Anderson generated headlines with an argument with an umpire. This winter, he'll be generating discussion by what he's done on the field. And the latter has been impressive.

"I’ve been able to take my game to another level," he said. "I just have to continue to grow and just keep learning and keep working hard."

White Sox Talk Podcast: Hawk Harrelson interview before his final White Sox broadcast

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Hawk Harrelson interview before his final White Sox broadcast

Hawk Harrelson sat down with Chuck Garfien to talk about his emotions prior to calling his final White Sox game.

Why has he been such an unspoken announcer in his career?  Does he have anything prepared for his final inning?

How does he want to be remembered?  That and more on this edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: