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CSN looks back at one of the most dominant defensive schemes in NFL history on next installment of "Bears Classics"

CSN looks back at one of the most dominant defensive schemes in NFL history on next installment of "Bears Classics"

‘Bears Classics’ presented by Knauz Automotive Group to debut Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00 PM CT -- Exclusively on Comcast SportsNet 

Narrated by Chicago Bears/Pro Football Hall of Fame legend DICK BUTKUS

Chicago, IL (November 18, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet and the Chicago Bears will debut a brand new installment of its partnered Bears Classics presented by Knauz Automotive Group Emmy-winning documentary series when the network will once again go back in time to highlight one of the NFL’s most dominant and unstoppable defensive schemes in league history that was the centerpiece of the 1985 Chicago Bears run to a Super Bowl championship.   

Debuting Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00 PM CT exclusively on Comcast SportsNet, Bears Classics will turn back the clock to the 1980’s and the Bears unforgettable Super Bowl title season that featured the infamous “46” defense orchestrated by the team’s defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan and perfected by a group of players that struck fear into the hearts of every offensive player they faced.

This hour-long edition of Bears Classics, subtitled The 46, takes an in-depth look at that stellar defensive force featuring candid interviews with players and coaches from the Bears and from around the league, along with those who covered that historic time period in Bears history. 

This edition of CSN’s Emmy-winning Bears Classics documentary series will once again be narrated by Chicago Bears legend/Pro Football Hall of Famer Dick Butkus.  Butkus played for the Bears from 1965-1973 and is credited for redefining the middle linebacker position.  He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979.  Comcast SportsNet’s Sarah Lauch is the Executive Producer of Bears Classics, Willie Parker is the Producer, and Kevin Cross is the network’s Senior Director of News & Original Content.

In addition to the documentary narration by Butkus, among the numerous players/media/execs interviewed in this edition of Bears Classics include exclusive interviews with the following individuals:

DOUG PLANK

Bears Safety (1975-82), who wore #46

RICHARD DENT

Bears Defensive End (1983-93; 1995)

MIKE SINGLETARY

Bears Middle Linebacker (1981-92)

OTIS WILSON

Bears Linebacker (1980-87)

DAN HAMPTON

Bears Defensive Tackle/End (1979-90)

RON RIVERA

Bears Linebacker (1984-92)

REX RYAN

Buffalo Bills Head Coach; son of Bears Defensive Coordinator Buddy Ryan

BOB COSTAS

NBC Sports; Pre/Postgame host of Super Bowl XX

Please note the following quotes from Comcast SportsNet’s premiere airing of Bears Classics: The 46,debuting Wednesday, November 25 at 7:00 PM CT:

DOUG PLANK: "I remember (Buddy) grabbing a piece of chalk...and he circled my number three times and said 'we're gonna call this The 46 Defense."

RICHARD DENT: "We knew we had something great.  The way we beat the Rams, the Cowboys, the Redskins...all those guys were there."

MIKE SINGLETARY: "A lot of young guys that had a vision of going to the Super Bowl, and we stuck together and made it happen."

OTIS WILSON: "You're talking about aggressive young men that knew how to play some damn good football....so when you said '46,’ that was the 'go get 'em."

DAN HAMPTON: "It was almost like a tidal wave...one way or the other, we're gonna get you."

RON RIVERA: "Having been on a defense that was so successful, the crazy thing about it was in '86, we were a better defense statistically."

REX RYAN: "My dad put this defense in to find ways to put pressure on the quarterback....that's really where this thing was created."

BOB COSTAS: "They wouldn't just defeat you...they would humiliate you, they would intimidate you."

Comcast SportsNet will also re-air this episode of Bears Classics on Wed, Dec. 9 at 9pm – and again on Christmas Night (Fri, Dec. 25) at 7pm.  Details regarding the next installment of Bears Classics will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition, fans can also get interactive prior and during every airing of Bears Classics with their thoughts, memories and comments by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #BearsClassics.  Plus, CSNChicago.com will provide additional, online exclusive interviews and commentary write-ups from a variety of Comcast SportsNet on-air talent members and from CSNChicago.com’s Bears “Insider” John ‘Moon’ Mullin.  

Would Wendell Carter Jr. be picked higher if the NBA Draft was today?

Would Wendell Carter Jr. be picked higher if the NBA Draft was today?

According to Bleacher Report, Wendell Carter Jr. would be taken fourth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies if the NBA were to redraft this year’s class based off of Summer League performances.

It may sound like a crazy concept (and it is), but Carter Jr. averaged the second most points, 14.6, through five July games in Las Vegas. He also averaged 9.4 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the field while averaging 28.8 minutes in his glamorous first-stint with Chicago. Those numbers are even more striking if you consider Carter Jr.’s 42.9 percent shooting from behind the three-point line.

Carter Jr., the real seventh overall pick of this year’s NBA Draft, looked like the all-around player the Bulls were hoping to get this offseason. He made his blocking abilities as a center known from the moment he stepped on the court in Summer League.

In their re-draft, Bleacher Report had Chicago using the No. 7 pick on the New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson, who was actually taken 36th overall in last month’s Draft.

Robinson, a center, averaged 13 points and 24.8 minutes per game over five Summer League contests. He was the best rebounder on his team with an average of 10.2 in the five games that the Knicks played.

The 20-year-old took the second most shots on the Knicks and had the highest field goal percentage at 67 percent, but Robinson did not have any three-point attempts.  What made his recent production seem even more surprising was the fact that the 7'1'' big man did not play a single minute of college basketball.

But would Robinson fit in the Bulls’ system?

Chicago has taken on an offense-first mentality, so Robinson would not be as great of a fit in the Bulls lineup as Carter Jr., but he would still be an impact player. He can be compared to the Bulls’ current center Robin Lopez, who averaged a similar amount of points per game (11.8 points in 26.4 minutes) last season as Robinson’s Summer League average (13 points in 24.8 minutes). And like Lopez, Robinson will likely be most effective around the basket and in the pick-and-roll.

Robinson would also have to learn the defensive concepts that a veteran like Lopez has mastered over his 10-year career.

Next season, the Bulls will have an exciting scoring trio of Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and Carter Jr. in the frontcourt. And the fact that Carter Jr. is getting so much love in the national spotlight is yet another reason for Bulls fans to be excited about this upcoming season.

Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What else can the Blackhawks do this summer?

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Blackhawks Talk Podcast: What else can the Blackhawks do this summer?

On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Charlie Roumeliotis is joined by Scott Powers of The Athletic to discuss Stan Bowman's comments following the Marian Hossa trade and debate whether they're finished making moves this summer.

They also provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks' top prospects and which players have caught their attention as development camp winds down.

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