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Former Bears QB Jim McMahon to be the next featured guest on Inside Look

Former Bears QB Jim McMahon to be the next featured guest on Inside Look

“Inside Look presented by Cadillac,” hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Chris Boden, featuring Jim McMahon to debut Friday, July 17 at 4:30 PM CT

CSNChicago.com to provide additional web-exclusive coverage of ‘Inside Look,’ including extended video clips

Chicago, IL (July 9, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, continues to delve into the lives of some of the biggest names in Chicago sports with its candid, monthly, one-on-one interview series Inside Look presented by Cadillac

Debuting Friday, July 17 at 4:30 PM CT, Comcast SportsNet’s Chris Bodenhosts an exclusive one-on-one interview with former Chicago Bears quarterback and Super Bowl XX champion JIM MCMAHON.  McMahon discusses everything from his college days at BYU, the rise and fall of the Bears in the 1980’s, his tense relationship with Mike Ditka, his post-career health issues, his thoughts on Jay Cutler and the current-day Bears, and much more.  

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional interview content never before seen on TV.  Fans will also be able to watch every Inside Look guest interview online after it debuts on Comcast SportsNet.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Inside Look with Jim McMahon on the following dates/times: Sun, July 19 at 12 noon - Mon, July 20 at 1:30pm - Sat, July 25 at 5pm - Sun, July 26 at 4pm - Mon, July 27 at 10:30pm - Wed, Aug. 5 at 4:30pm 5pm - Tue, Aug. 11 at 1pm - Thu, Aug. 13 at 7pm - Sun, Aug. 16 at 4:30pm and Fri, Aug. 21 at 7pm.  Schedule subject to change.

Note the following quotes from Inside Look with Jim McMahon presented by Cadillac premiering Friday, July 17 at 4:30 PM on Comcast SportsNet:

McMahon on life as a student/athlete at Brigham Young University

“It just wasn’t what college life was supposed to be like.  I talk to all these other guys, they talk about their schools all the time, how much fun they had, but the only fun we had pretty much was on Saturdays or Friday nights.  That was game day.  Other than that, it was a tough place to go to school.”

McMahon on his tense relationship with former Bears Head Coach Mike Ditka:

“I would've loved to have played with Mike, he was a great football player. And had he ever been in my huddle, he would have understood me, I think.  We would have gotten along a lot better as players.”

McMahon on the ‘85 Bears and their high level of confidence:

“Our expectations were we were going to win it all.   We had that feeling the year before, we felt that we got cheated, or not cheated, they beat us.  But we felt that if we put in the time and just stay healthy, we got a chance to win this thing…and we did.” 

McMahon on why the ‘80’s Bears teams didn’t win more championships:

“I think we just got tired of beating each other up, and that takes its toll after a while.  Then (Washington Redskins Head Coach) Joe Gibbs figured out how to beat us, or beat our defense.  Our offense was so predictable.  Unless I changed the play, everybody knew what we were going to run.  Things just caught up to us.”

McMahon on his post-career health troubles of suffering from dementia and chronic headaches:

“Some days are better than others…as long as I keep my neck in line, keeping the fluid in my head, I can function pretty normally.  When it’s out of whack, it’s just like…I couldn’t do this interview or I couldn’t even get out of bed for a while.”

McMahon on Jay Cutler and the current-day Bears:

“I’ve never played with Jay, I’ve never been in a meeting.  From things I hear from other people, they say he does the right things, says the right things in the meetings, this and that, so I don’t know anything about him.  I’m just perplexed like everybody else around, with the weapons that they have, why they’re not scoring 40 points a game is beyond me.  It’s not like the o-line’s bad.  I’d loved to play in this offense.”

Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

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Podcast: Dylan Cease raves about the White Sox farm system

Coming to you from Washington DC, we speak with Dylan Cease who competed in the MLB Futures Game along with his Birmingham Barons teammate Luis Basabe. 

Cease talks about the White Sox loaded farm system, what players have impressed him the most, where he gets his composure on the mound and more. 

Check out the entire podcast here:

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

Fernando Tatis Jr. is the prospect who got away: White Sox fans, read this at your own risk

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Fernando Tatis, Jr. is one of the brightest future stars in the game. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball, one spot behind Eloy Jimenez.

He’s a five-tool shortstop slashing .289/.359/.509 at Double-A San Antonio with 15 home runs, 42 RBIs and 15 stolen bases in 85 games. He’s bilingual, charismatic, the kind of guy who could be a face of a franchise.

And two years ago, he was property of the White Sox.

That was until they traded Tatis, who was only 17 at the time, to the Padres for James Shields. Tatis had yet to play a single game in the White Sox farm system, so it was tough to predict his future. However, speaking with Tatis before he competed in the MLB Futures Game on Sunday, the trade was definitely a shock to him.

“I was surprised. It was weird. For a kid that young to get traded, I had never heard of it. When they told me that, I couldn’t believe it. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’” Tatis said in an interview with NBC Sports Chicago.

No front office is going to bat 1.000, and when it comes to Tatis, this is a trade the White Sox would love to have back.

But first, more perspective.

In June of 2016, six months before the White Sox started their rebuild, they were 29-26, a game and a half out of first place. With Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and a healthy Carlos Rodon anchoring their rotation, they felt that with the addition of Shields, they could compete for the division.

Unfortunately, perception didn’t meet reality. Shields struggled on the mound with the White Sox in 2016 and 2017. His numbers have improved considerably, and he could return the White Sox another prospect if he’s dealt before the trade deadline. However, it’s unlikely they’ll receive a player with the potential that Tatis has right now.

“(The trade) was about getting a good starter so they could get to the playoffs. I understood. I know this game is a business,” Tatis said.

Before the trade occurred, Tatis looked into his future and saw a day when he’d be the White Sox starting shortstop.

“Yeah, that was my goal when (White Sox director of international scouting) Marco Paddy signed me,” Tatis said. “We talked about it when I started and that was the goal.”

His goal now is to make it to the major leagues with the Padres.

“I’m pretty close. I want to keep working. When they decide to call me up, I’ll be ready.”

As for his former team, he’s impressed with the talent the White Sox have assembled.

“They’re building something special. They have really good prospects. I wish the best for them.”

You can’t help but wonder what the rebuild would look like if Tatis was along for the ride. He’s the one who got away.