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White Sox-Cubs Crosstown Cup Round 2 coverage to air this weekend on CSN

White Sox-Cubs Crosstown Cup Round 2 coverage to air this weekend on CSN

Comcast SportsNet’s Crosstown Cup Round 2 coverage gets underway this Friday, August 14 LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field starting at 2:00 PM!

CSN to carry LIVE coverage of ALL THREE Crosstown battles this weekend with extensive coverage provided by

Kasper, Deshaies, Harrelson, Stone, Melton, Hollandsworth, Kaplan, Garfien, Crull, Boden, Mooney and Hayes

CSNChicago.com to also provide LIVE video stream of post-game press conferences, plus detailed “Crosstown Cup” analysis via ‘WhiteSoxTalk’ & ‘CubsTalk,’

along with numerous feature stories & in-game “Tweets” from CSN on-air/digital talent 

Cubs and White Sox fans can get interactive throughout the weekend by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #CrosstownCup

Chicago, IL (August 11, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox, is ready for Round 2 of the “Crosstown Cup” with expanded, LIVE coverage of ALL THREE GAMES this weekend and it all starts up this FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 as the White Sox host the Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field.  Plus - CSNChicago.com will be there to provide dedicated 24/7 coverage of this always-entertaining city series.

Comcast SportsNet’s Round 2 “Crosstown Cup” coverage gets underway this Friday, August 14 at 2:00 PM CT with an expanded, one-hour, U.S. Cellular Field remote edition of Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group (hosted by David Kaplan, analysts Todd Hollandsworth & Bill Melton, Cubs reporter Kelly Crull, and White Sox reporter Chuck Garfien), featuring a complete “Crosstown Cup” Round 2 series preview, interviews with players and coaches, special features, and much more.  First pitch coverage of this “Cubs telecast” on CSN begins at 3:00 PM featuring Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies with the game call.  Immediately following the game, fans can look forward to a complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences featuring manager press conferences, player interviews and much more on Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois.

Saturday’s (August 15) game at U.S. Cellular Field will be “White Sox telecast” on Comcast SportsNet featuring the announcing tandem of Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve StoneWhite Sox Pregame Live presented by Orland Park Toyota gets the viewing day underway at 5:30 PM LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field (hosted by Chuck Garfien featuring Melton, Hollandsworth as analysts, along with Cubs reporter Kelly Crull, and White Sox reporter Chris Boden); first pitch coverage begins at 6:00 PM, which will be followed by Subaru White Sox Postgame Live immediately after the game.  On Sunday, August 16, Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group will begin at 12:30 PM LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field (featuring the same coverage team as Friday); first pitch coverage begins at 1:00 PM, which will be followed by Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinoisimmediately after the game.

In addition, Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, will provide even more exclusive “Crosstown Cup” content including the following highlights:

  • Live stream of White Sox manager Robin Ventura’s post-game press conferences (sponsored by Xfinity) following every Crosstown game.
  • Complete coverage of the “Crosstown Cup” 24/7 from CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney), White Sox Insider Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes), plus - additional coverage provided by CSN “Pre/Post Game Live” hosts Chuck Garfien (@ChuckGarfien) and David Kaplan (@thekapman), along with Todd Hollandsworth (@hollytime28), and Kelly Crull (@Kelly_Crull).  CSNChicago.com digital baseball reporters Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) and JJ Stankevitz (@JJStankevitz) will also be providing game day reports, analysis and features, along with additional White Sox content via John Paschall (@John_Paschall).
  • “White Sox/Cubs Pulse,” a one-stop social media hub that reveals the latest trending topics and player buzz from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  Plus, “White Sox/Cubs Pulse” aggregates all White Sox/Cubs player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag #CrosstownCup. Fans can also get interactive on Twitter by utilizing hashtags #CrosstownCup, #WhiteSoxTalk, and #CubsTalk, plus – for the latest news, up-to-the-minute updates and more, fans are urged to follow @CSNWhiteSox and @CSNCubs.
  • WhiteSoxTalk & CubsTalk, CSNChicago.com’s high-velocity, real-time, comprehensive White Sox & Cubs news and opinion sections featuring original commentary, reporting and aggregation. WhiteSoxTalk & CubsTalk is under the banner of NBC SportsTalk, NBC’s successful digital franchise on NBCSports.com that includes ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProBaskteballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and GolfTalkCentral. SportsTalk was extended to CSNChicago.com through the creation of BlackhawksTalk, BullsTalk, CubsTalk, WhiteSoxTalk, ChiFireTalk, BearsTalk, PrepsTalk, IrishTalk and B1GTalk which contains interactive content and continually updated insights from the network’s digital and on-air talent.
  • CSNChicago.com’s state-of-the-art “AT&T U-Verse Lounge” to provide expanded White Sox & Cubs “Crosstown Cup” content throughout the week.
  • CSN Chicago’s White Sox & Cubs content will also be distributed via its digital network of partnerships including NBCSports.com, NBCNews.com, Yahoo! Sports and Xfinity.com.

Note Comcast SportsNet’s full coverage breakdown for the upcoming White Sox vs. Cubs “Crosstown Cup” series:

FRIDAY, AUGUST 14

2:00 PM – Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group – One-hour, expanded edition pre-game show LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field

3:00 PM – CUBS at WHITE SOX (L) – “Cubs telecast” featuring Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies

6:00 PM – Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

7:00 PM – Cubs at White Sox (game replay)

10:00 PM/10:30 PM/12:00 AM – SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – Cubs at White Sox (game replay)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15

5:30 PM – White Sox Pregame Live presented by Orland Park Toyota – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field

6:00 PM – CUBS at WHITE SOX (L) – “White Sox telecast” featuring Ken “Hawk” Harrelson & Steve Stone

9:00 PM – Subaru White Sox Postgame Live (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

9:30 PM/10:00 PM/10:30 PM/12:00 AM – SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – White Sox at Cubs (game replay)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16

12:30 PM – Cubs Pregame Live presented by Fields Auto Group – Special edition pre-game show LIVE from U.S. Cellular Field

1:00 PM – CUBS at WHITE SOX (L) – “Cubs telecast” featuring Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies

4:00 PM – Cubs Postgame Live presented by BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois (time approx.) – complete game recap/analysis, plus live post-game press conferences and player interviews

10:00 PM/10:30 PM/12:00 AM – SportsNet CentralFull Crosstown Cup recap, along with the latest news/highlights from the day in sports

12:30 AM – Cubs at White Sox (game replay)

ALL TIMES CENTRAL TIME

SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Rob Gronkowski 'highly unlikely' to play Sunday against the Bears

Rob Gronkowski 'highly unlikely' to play Sunday against the Bears

Sunday's game against Tom Brady and the Patriots will be a tough test for the Bears, but it looks like they're going to receive a big break.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski didn't travel with the Patriots to Chicago and is "highly unlikely" to play Sunday.

Avoiding Gronkowski, who is one of Brady's favorite targets, would be a huge break for the Bears' defense. In six games this season, the tight end has 26 receptions for 405 yards and a touchdown; in 14 games last season, Gronkowski had 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns.

Gronkowski has not officially been ruled out yet, though time is running out for the Patriots to make a decision.

Meanwhile, Khalil Mack appears set to play Sunday despite dealing with an ankle injury. Between having Mack on the field and Gronkowski off of it, good news keeps coming for the Bears' defense.

Final thoughts: Cody Parkey quickly moves on from missed game-winning kick

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Final thoughts: Cody Parkey quickly moves on from missed game-winning kick

There’s, probably, only one position in sports that can match the you-had-one-job scrutiny of a placekicker attempting a critical field goal late in a football game. As in: If you make the kick, it was expected; if you miss it, well, you didn’t do the one thing you were brought on to do. 

The comparison here is a closer in baseball. The expectation is whoever is called upon with a one-to-three-run lead in the ninth inning will convert the save and win his team the game. 

But when a closer blows a save and is in the spotlight during baseball’s regular season, there’s always a game the next day or, at worst, in two days. The immediacy and pace of a Major League Baseball team’s schedule lends itself to closers having to “flush” a bad outing and move on to the next one, since it might be tomorrow. 

For Bears kicker Cody Parkey, though, he’s had to wait a week until he gets his next “meaningful” chance at making a field goal after missing a game-winning 53-yard attempt last weekend against the Miami Dolphins. But moving on from a critical missed kick has never, and is not, a problem for the fifth-year veteran. 

“(It takes) five minutes,” Parkey said. “You kick the ball, and if it doesn’t go in you’re not going to sit there and cry on the field, you’re going to continue to move on with your life. I don’t think there’s really much to it other than knowing you’re going to have to kick another one sometime throughout the season, next game, in the next week, you never know. You stay ready so you’ll be ready for the next week.”

Not allowing those missed kicks to fester is an important trait for a placekicker to possess. What helps Parkey quickly work through his misses is focusing on having a good week of kicking in practice, and also an even-keel mindset that’s been instilled in him since a young age. 

“I think I’ve always been pretty mellow,” Parkey said. “At a young age, my coaches told me never let the highs get to high, never let the lows get too low. And I’ve kind of taken that to heart. If I miss a game winner, make a game winner, I’m going to have the same demeanor. I’m just going to be super chill and knowing it’s a game, it’s supposed to be fun, we’re supposed to go out there and try our best. I put in a lot of work and I try my best on the field.”

That’s something, too, that special teams coach Chris Tabor sees in Parkey. 

“He's always been like that,” Tabor said. “He hit a good ball, his line was just off. In his career going in he was 7-of-8 over 50 yards. I'll be honest with you, I thought he was going to make it. And next time we have that situation, I know he will make it.” 

Age is just a number

Sunday will mark the 6th time in Tom Brady’s career that the 41-year-old has faced a head coach younger than him, but the first time it’ll be a coach other than Miami’s Adam Gase (who’s 40). Brady is 3-2 against Gase’s Dophins. 

Matt Nagy, meanwhile, is also 40. Brady just missed playing Kyle Shanahan (38) and Sean McVay (32), facing the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams in 2016, a year before both those youthful coaches were hired. 

Meanwhile, the youngest player on the Bears — 21-year-old Roquan Smith — was three years old when Brady made his unassuming NFL debut on Nov. 23, 2000. 

They said it

A couple of amusing one-liners out of Halas Hall this week…

Nagy, when it was brought to his attention that Mitch Trubisky (105.6) has a better passer rating than Brady (98.2), chuckled: “You want to say that one more time?” 

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, when asked if he’d ever heard of “Baby Gronk” Adam Shaheen: “(long pause)… Sometimes.”