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CSN to replay all 16 Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff victories along with the Championship Parade/Rally celebration!

CSN to replay all 16 Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff victories along with the Championship Parade/Rally celebration!

Relive the “Journey” beginning Sunday, July 12 at 7:00 PM CT

Chicago, IL (July 2, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, will provide its viewers with a special programming gift this summer entitled Chicago Blackhawks: A Championship Journey presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com and Your Chevy Dealers. 

Beginning Sunday, July 12 at 7:00 PM CT, this extraordinary, five-day (July 12-16) summertime journey will give viewers the opportunity to relive (and DVR) all of the excitement and glory of the Blackhawks amazing Stanley Cup championship run with complete game replays of every Blackhawks Stanley Cup Playoff victory in the Western Conference Round 1 series vs. Nashville, Round 2 vs. Minnesota, the Western Conference Final vs. Anaheim – plus, the heart-pounding 2015 Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which earned the Blackhawks their third Stanley Cup Championship in just six years. 

Comcast SportsNet will televise the first of its 16 Stanley Cup Playoff game replays on Sunday evening, July 12 at 7:00 PM beginning with Game 1 of the Blackhawks opening round series at Nashville, which featured the Blackhawks storming back from a 3-0 deficit to win the game 4-3 in double-OT.  The remaining three wins from this series will air on the following dates/times: (Round 1/Game 3 vs. Nashville – Sun, July 12 at 11:00 PM), (Round 1/Game 4 vs. Nashville – Mon, July 13 at 2:00 PM), and (Round 1/Game 6 vs. Nashville – Mon, July 13 at 7:00 PM).  NOTE: All games from this series were original Comcast SportsNet Chicago telecasts.

Over the course of the following four days/nights (featuring the original “NHL on NBC” telecasts), Comcast SportsNet will air all four wins from their Western Conference/Round 2 sweep against Minnesota (starting Tuesday, July 14 at 1:30 PM) and all four wins from their thrilling, seven-game Western Conference Final series against Anaheim (starting Wednesday, July 15 at 12:30 PM).  Then -- on Thursday, July 16 beginning at 12 NOON -- Comcast SportsNet will carry all four Stanley Cup Final victories against the Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning, including the Stanley Cup championship-clinching Game 6 home ice victory at 6:45 PM, which will feature the post-game, on-ice presentation of the Stanley Cup and Duncan Keith’s reception of the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.  Additional coverage from Comcast SportsNet’s Blackhawks Postgame Live presented by Hawk Ford will also be included, which features expanded championship celebration coverage from the United Center.  Also on Thursday, July 16, CSN will replay its acclaimed, exclusive-access coverage of the 2015 Blackhawks Stanley Cup Championship Parade & Rally at 9:00 PM.  (NOTE: The entire schedule for Comcast SportsNet’s Chicago Blackhawks: A Championship Journey is included in this announcement.  Game replays will only be made available within Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s regular NHL viewing territory.)

From a digital standpoint, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s “BlackhawksTalk” section (csnchicago.com/blackhawks), which includes numerous Stanley Cup game highlights and exclusive interviews, along with a look back at the team’s amazing playoff journey, round-by-round, with game recaps provided by Blackhawks “Insider” Tracey Myers. Fans can also get interactive during all games of Comcast SportsNet’s special marathon presentation of Chicago Blackhawks: A Championship Journey by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #HawksTalk.

 

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS: A CHAMPIONSHIP JOURNEY

presented by ChevyDrivesChicago.com and Your Chevy Dealers

Sunday, July 12

7:00 PM – Round 1/Game 1: Blackhawks at Nashville (4-3 double-OT win -- Blackhawks erase three-goal first period deficit; eventual Conn Smythe Trophy winner Keith scores game-winner)

11:00 PM – Round 1/Game 3: Nashville at Blackhawks (4-2 win -- Darling starts in net for first time in career; Toews w/goal & assist in victory)

Monday, July 13

2:00 PM – Round 1/Game 4: Nashville at Blackhawks (3-2 triple-OT win -- Darling w/50 saves; Seabrook scores thrilling game-winner)

7:00 PM – Round 1/Game 6: Nashville at Blackhawks (4-3 series-clinching win -- Keith scores game-winner late in third period)

Tuesday, July 14

1:30 PM – Round 2/Game 1: Minnesota at Blackhawks (4-3 win -- Wild erase three goal deficit, but Teravainen scores game-winner late in second period to cap win)

3:30 PM – Round 2/Game 2: Minnesota at Blackhawks (4-1 win -- Kane w/two goals; Crawford 30 saves)

7:00 PM – Round 2/Game 3: Blackhawks at Minnesota (1-0 win -- Crawford w/30 saves in shutout win; Kane scores)

11:00 PM – Round 2/Game 4: Blackhawks at Minnesota (4-3 series-clinching win -- Seabrook, Shaw, Kane, Hossa score; Blackhawks hold off late third period flurry by Wild)

Wednesday, July 15

12:30 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 2: Blackhawks at Anaheim (3-2 triple-OT win -- longest game in Blackhawks franchise history; Crawford w/60 saves; Kruger scores game-winner)

4:00 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 4: Anaheim at Blackhawks (5-4 double-OT win -- six total third period goals, three each by Blackhawks & Ducks; Vermette scores game-winner)

9:30 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 6: Anaheim at Blackhawks (5-2 win -- Blackhawks force a Game 7 thanks to three, key assists from Keith; Kane w/goal & assist in second period)

11:30 PM – Western Conference Final/Game 7: Blackhawks at Anaheim (5-2 series-clinching win -- Blackhawks head back to Stanley Cup Final thanks to two first period goals from Toews; Kane w/three assists)

Thursday, July 16

12 NOON – Stanley Cup Final/Game 1: Blackhawks at Tampa Bay (2-1 win -- Teravainen w/game-tying goal in third period and notches assist on Vermette’s game-winner)

2:15 PM – Stanley Cup Final/Game 4: Tampa Bay at Blackhawks (2-1 win -- Crawford w/24 key saves; Saad scores game-winner in third period)

4:30 PM – Stanley Cup Final/Game 5: Blackhawks at Tampa Bay (2-1 win -- pivotal Game 5 victory featured Vermette’s game-winner early in third period; stellar defensive showcase for Hjalmarsson; Crawford w/31 big saves)

6:45 PM – Stanley Cup Final/Game 6: Tampa Bay at Blackhawks (2-0 Stanley Cup Championship-clinching shutout win!…first time Blackhawks win title at home since 1938!...Keith wins Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP!  Highlighted by goals via Keith and Kane, along with 25 saves for Crawford, Blackhawks earn their third Stanley Cup title in just six years!)

9:00 PM – Chicago Blackhawks 2015 Stanley Cup Championship Parade & Rally (replay of Comcast SportsNet’s acclaimed, behind-the-scenes coverage of the historic downtown parade celebration on the streets of downtown Chicago and rally at Soldier Field)

All times Central Time

Schedule Subject to Change

White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: A.J. Pierzynski rips Manny Machado

Former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski comes on the podcast and tells Chuck Garfien why he’d sign Nolan Arenado over Manny Machado (6:15).

Pierzynski criticizes Machado for saying that he doesn’t play hard everyday (7:08). Would he make Machado the face of the White Sox franchise? (12:30)

He also talks about how bullpenning cost the Milwaukee Brewers a spot in the World Series (14:45).

He reveals the former White Sox player who had a gift for recognizing players who tipped their pitches (21:00).  Pierzynski tells behind the scenes stories about former teammates Nick Swisher, Bartolo Colon, Gavin Floyd and more (28:00).

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

It's time for the Bulls to spin the point guard roulette wheel

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It's time for the Bulls to spin the point guard roulette wheel

Over the last couple seasons we've had some fun on our Bulls Pregame Live shows with the ever-changing cast of characters at the point guard position. We even brought the point guard roulette wheel to the show a couple years ago when Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Canaan, Jerian Grant and Cameron Payne all saw significant time at the position.

Grant began last season as the starter, followed by Kris Dunn and Payne with a little Ryan Arcidiacono mixed in.

But this season was supposed to be different. Dunn showed enough in his 52 game stint (13.4 points, 6 assists per game) in 2017-18 that he entered training camp as the unquestioned starter, with Payne and Arcidiacono as backups. The front office and coaching staff expected the 3rd year guard out of Providence to establish himself as a quality starter with elite skills at the defensive end.

Now, after playing just one regular season game, Dunn has been sidelined again, this time with a sprained left MCL suffered in his debut at Dallas Monday night. He's expected to miss 4-6 weeks of action, which should get him back on the court sometime in early December, right about the same time Lauri Markkanen is expected to return from his elbow injury.

So, what does Fred Hoiberg do now? Initially, you can expect Payne to replace Dunn in the starting lineup, with newly signed Shaq Harrison getting a look in the backup role. In case you don't know much about Harrison, he's an undrafted four-year player out of Tulsa, who spent most of the last two seasons in the NBA G-League. Like Dunn, Harrison is a physical 6'4" defense-first player who should be able to pressure some of the elite point guards the Bulls will face in the coming weeks. The front office showed their level of interest in Harrison's potential by signing him to a two-year NBA contract which includes a guaranteed salary for this season.

The Bulls also signed former Marian Catholic H.S. star Tyler Ulis to a two-way contract after he was released by Golden State in the final cutdown. Ulis started 58 games for Phoenix over the last two seasons, and is lightning quick in the open court. Problem is, he's generously listed at 5'10" which could create some serious issues at the defensive end.

And then there's always Arcidiacono, a Hoiberg favorite who's fundamentally sound, a solid defender and a decent outside shooter. Arcidiacono didn't play in Dallas Monday with Dunn back as the starter and it will be interesting to see how he's used with the coaching staff searching for answers at the position.

From my perspective, the Bulls' best option might be not going with a point guard at all in the starting lineup. Zach LaVine is on the hottest offensive streak of his young career, and he's most effective with the ball in his hands. LaVine played a lot of point guard during his rookie season in Minnesota, and he's more than capable of pushing the ball in transition.

Yes, I know having LaVine defend some of the high-scoring point guards around the league is not an ideal formula for success. The Bulls could move Justin Holiday to the shooting guard position, and see if he can match up defensively against opposing point guards. Again, not ideal.

The Bulls will be facing the likes of Kemba Walker, Trae Young, Steph Curry and Chris Paul over the next week and a half, and going without a true point guard might create defensive issues that are impossible to overcome. That's why you should expect to see Harrison take on a significant role in the upcoming games, since he's the only point guard currently available on the roster that has the physical skills to replicate in some fashion what Dunn brings on the defensive end.

Any way you look at it, the Bulls will be in survival mode over the next six weeks, trying to scratch out as many wins as they can until Markkanen and Dunn are healthy enough to get back on the court.