Posts in category "Blackhawks"

CSN Chicago broadcasting 3 Games in 1 Night; also how to be on "Beer Money"

CSN Chicago broadcasting 3 Games in 1 Night; also how to be on "Beer Money"
Comcast SportsNet Chicago, or CSN Chicago has a very rare scenario on Friday, April 25. The network will be airing three live professional events simultaneously at 7:00 PM on three separate channels…with games being produced in three separate cities. “Friday night will most definitely be a unique experience for both our network and our viewers with three live games airing simultaneously on three separate channel locations, but we are certainly ready for this exciting challenge,” said Phil Bedella, VP/GM of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. “I’d also like to thank our sister station NBC 5 and their President/General Manager David Doebler for their assistance in making their digital channel, ‘Cozi TV,’ available for our CSN+2 Cubs telecast.”...

Sarah Kustok to Testify Tomorrow on Behalf of Her Father's Defense

Sarah Kustok to Testify Tomorrow on Behalf of Her Father's Defense
Yes Network reporter Sarah Kustok is back in her hometown of Orland Park, Illinois today. She will be at the courthouse in Bridgeview Thursday morning as the state of Illinois' case against her father, Allan Kustok continues. He is on trial for murdering his wife Jeanie Kustok; Sarah's mother. Sarah Kustok is a current Brooklyn Nets television presenter formerly of Comcast SportsNet Chicago. She has been subpoenaed by the court and will testify on behalf of her father's defense. Sarah was back in Chicago when jury selection began in the murder case against her father, but in between the start of the trial and her testimony, she flew back to New York and resumed her duties with the Brooklyn NBA team. This past Saturday, Sarah Kustok even called the women's game between DePaul and Marquette on Fox Sports 1. It's amazing and extremely commendable that she can focus on work at an extremely trying time such as this...

Stadium Series Blackhawks vs Penguins: Local and National Media View

Stadium Series Blackhawks vs Penguins: Local and National Media View
Stadium Series is here. The Chicago Blackhawks versus the Pittsburgh Penguins at the home of the Chicago Bears. It's a hockey game that's both local and national in it's magnitude. So it's fitting that we have two local Hawks icons involved in calling/previewing the game. Also, the NHL's primary broadcast partner, NBC, is parent company to the Blackhawks primary local broadcast partner, Comcast SportsNet Chicago. It's the first outdoor NHL hockey game to be ever broadcast in prime time. So I enlisted the help of some Blackhawks and hockey experts to preview the Stadium Series. Throughout this preview, you'll be hearing from: Blackhawks legend and NBC hockey Analyst Jeremy Roenick, NBC NHL Analyst Mike Milbury,  Scott King, Contributing writer for The Wall Street Journal, RedEye Chicago (Facebook Hawk Crazy) Penguins star Sidney Crosby, icon of the NHL and Team Canada, His Olympic teammate and Blackhawks star Patrick Sharp, and Kevin Cross Comcast SportsNet Chicago News Director...
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Jeremy Roenick made "Slapshot" reference during his Olympic Broadcast

Jeremy Roenick made "Slapshot" reference during his Olympic Broadcast
Chicago Blackhawks icon Jeremy Roenick made a funny joke/reference while calling Team Canada's preliminary round victory Norway today. Roenick made an allusion to the 1977 film "Slap Shot" which is widely regarded as the most famous hockey film of all time. It's been 36 years since the movie was released, and we've had Hanson brothers inspired Halloween outfits and Chiefs jerseys at NHL arenas ever since. People think Team Canada didn't live up to the hype today, the first day of men's hockey action. But that's only because Team USA was so utterly dominant by comparison versus Slovakia. So what did Jeremy Roenick say...

Top Ten Local Sportscasters

Top Ten Local Sportscasters
The top ten least favorite sportscasters list was so “discussion-provoking” that I decided to do a ten best sportscasters list. The one mistake I made on the worst list was not dividing it up into two parts: local sportscasters and national sportscasters. There were too many omissions. Even with this list now broken into two installments, there will still be plenty of omissions. So feel free to add in those who you believe were left out in the comments section. And of course, the sportscasters list is broken down as if it were a basketball team format. Basketball being the second best game ever invented. No broadcast reporters who work for a network owned by a team or a league are eligible for this list, as those people are not journalists. You can’t be a journalist when you report on the very same entity that pays your salary. However, play-by-play and color analysts are eligible. The national sportscasters list will hopefully be published by the end of the week...

Blackhawks Icon Chris Chelios Joins Fox Sports 1

Blackhawks Icon Chris Chelios Joins Fox Sports 1
Chicago Blackhawks legend Chris Chelios is the latest addition to the FOX Sports 1 on-air staff, joining the new network as an NHL and Olympics hockey analyst. He provides commentary on the NHL and the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, across all Fox Sports platforms, including Fox Sports 1, America’s new sports network launching August 17, FOXSports.com and Fox Sports Radio. Chelios joins Michelle Kwan and Picabo Street, who were previously announced as FOX Sports Olympic analysts. Fox Sports 1 is basically the Rebel Alliance launching a legitimate offensive on the ESPN empire. Therefore, Bristol is the DeathStar, and I’m not not sure what network=Ewoks? Turner maybe? And that analogy is not an insult to ESPN; it’s a compliment...
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Sportswriting Sharknado: Sun-Times John McDonough Column

Sportswriting Sharknado: Sun-Times John McDonough Column
There has been a lot of terribly obsequious coverage of Chicago Blackhawks Vice President John McDonough recently. We’ve also seen interest in the Chicago White Sox reach nadir this summer. And I’m always one to point out when people are gushing too much over John McDonough, and the Waylon Smithers to his Mr. Burns, Jay Blunk. Therefore, Dan McGrath’s Sun-Times column July 8th suggesting the White Sox hire McDonough to turn them around was quite possibly the perfect storm or horrific writing. Coincidentally a movie about a monster storm, and sharks flying around in it, took Twitter, yes you guessed it "by storm" last night. If this column about McDonough taking over the Sox were a movie, it would be right down there with “SharkNado,” “Leonard Part 6,” “Ishtar,” “Howard the Duck,” “Water World,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter: and “Dude, Where’s My Car?” In this write-up, McGrath is to missing the point what Tara Reid is to drinking...

ABC 7's Rafer Weigel talks Television, Media, Blackhawks (Exclusive)

ABC 7's Rafer Weigel talks Television, Media, Blackhawks (Exclusive)
You know Rafer Weigel as the iconic weekend WLS-TV sports anchor/reporter. His “Rafer’s Recap” segment on ABC 7 appears on the Saturday night 10 pm news. It’s must see television. Rafer Weigel was the sports anchor for CNN HLN’s Morning Express with Robin Meade. Weigel grew up in Evanston, with journalism as the family business. He’s the son of iconic Chicago sports anchor and newspaper columnist Tim Weigel and former WGN Radio news anchor Kathy Worthington. Rafer is also the grandson of Weigel Broadcasting founder and former Lawrence Welk radio announcer, John Jacob Weigel. Like this author, he’s an Illini; graduating from the University of Illinois in 1992. Weigel has written extensively for the Chicago Sun-Times and L.A. Times. In addition to his work in journalism, he has done quite a bit of acting. Rafer Weigel has has starred in television shows and movies opposite Jenny McCarthy and William Shatner. He’s even been the voice of a Star Wars video game. In this exclusive, we talk sports media, the future of journalism, Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago Bears and more Follow Rafer Weigel on Twitter here...

CSN Re-Airing Blackhawks Championship Run; Better than Live Baseball

CSN Re-Airing Blackhawks Championship Run; Better than Live Baseball
The Chicago Blackhawks championship run is over. So, who’s ready to proceed full speed ahead to Cubs and White Sox season? NOBODY! Chicago baseball apathy is at record setting levels. So I think it’s pretty smart what Comcast SportsNet Chicago is doing. They’re re-airing all the top moments from the Hawks championship moments this summer. Therefore, at least you have something to watch this summer. CSN Chicago is also airing live Cubs and White Sox games too; for reasons I just cannot fathom. Did you see the crowd at the White Sox game tonight on the television? They must have had 8 maybe 9,000 people there. Pathetic! Remember that stupid color-coded terrorist warning system? It was a meaningless charade ripped off from the old Defcon system and re-installed for supposed terrorist threats by former Director of Homeland Security Tom Ridge. It only stayed at red or orange, the two “scariest” levels, the entire time and never moved down to blue or green. If you applied the complete farcical five color levels to Chicago Baseball measurements of “dooooooooooonnnnnn’ttttt caaaaaaarrrrrreeee,” we hit red during the crosstown series after Memorial Day. Right now, we’re OFF THE CHARTS. People will break into your house to give you White Sox tickets. The only headlines to pay attention to this baseball season are the trades between now and the deadline on July 31st. So I’d much rather watch a replay of a past  hockey game right now than a live baseball game. I’m excited to re-live some of the greatest Stanley Cup moments from 2013 on CSN Chicago. However, “Chelsea Dagger” by the Fratellis is still one of the dumbest and most awful songs in the history of music; and it’s actually a song about doing cocaine with a prostitute. I've tried dumbing myself down enough to appreciate that horrible excuse for a song, at least on an ironic level, as kitsch, or a cautionary example. But that song is just tooooooooooooooooooo horrific and simplistic for words. Anyone who knows two chords could play that crapola. I just can't do it...
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Jen Patterson and Nick Boynton welcome their first child

Jen Patterson and Nick Boynton welcome their first child
Remember Jen Patterson? The former Comcast SportsNet Chicago and 670 The Score personality? She, along with husband and former Chicago Blackhawks player Nick Boynton, welcomed daughter their Harland Grace Boynton to the world three weeks ago on June 11th. Harland is Boynton’s third daughter; he has two children from a previous relationship. Jen Patterson achieved local fame a few years ago as “Jen-Jen the engine” on WSCR as a producer/sometimes on-air personality. She left 670 The Score for Comcast SportsNet Chicago where she covered high school sports and was an integral part of “Monsters in the Morning” with Mike North and Dan Jiggetts. Eventually, her relationship with Boynton surfaced and it (unofficially) got her fired from Comcast Sports Net Chicago in October 2010. Neither CSN Chicago nor Patterson ever confirmed that the relationship was the reason she was terminated; but the entire city believes it's the truth, so we’ll go with that. Here’s what Jen Patterson is doing today...