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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...

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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Chicago Buildings, Skyline Dressed up in Blackhawks Regalia

Chicago Buildings, Skyline Dressed up in Blackhawks Regalia
(UPDATE: With the Hawks big win last night, I updated the post with more photos and videos from downtown. I went into Ground Zero of the celebration- Rush and Division- and somehow returned in one piece. Without injury even. The Gold Coast, Streeterville, River North, the Viagra Triangle were all relatively peaceful and quiet. I interviewed a few Chicago Police and they all said that it was a nice, uneventful evening for them. So kudos Chicago for acting like you've been there before (you have, just three years ago). Up in Wrigleyville/Lakeview, some people did not act with as much class and esteem. There were a few nasty incidents. Here's video I shot of fan reaction last night in the Gold Coast. Chicago is alive with Blackhawks regalia. It’s not just jerseys, t-shirts and hats on the citizens. You can see the skyscrapers lit up in red; like Christmas in June...

Chicago Sun-Times Guild sending message to Rocky Wirtz before Game 5

Chicago Sun-Times Guild sending message to Rocky Wirtz before Game 5
Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz has done a tremendous job turning around his hockey franchise. Yes, he says they’re still not turning a profit, but their rise from obscurity to local front-runner franchise is quite astounding. How many of you were actually Blackhawks fans in 2008? Wirtz has increased revenue, visibility and interest remarkably these past five years. As a Chicago Sun-Times investor, can Rocky Wirtz do a similar job with the newspaper? The Sun-Times Guild is taking action Saturday night at Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in hopes that he will. The Guild, along with volunteers of Firefighters Union Local 2, will be leafleting outside the United Center between 6:15 and 7:15 p.m. The protestors want Rocky Wirtz to convince Michael Ferro and Tim Knight to rehire all the fired and award winning Sun-Times photographers, and sign a fair contract with the Guild to restore wages and working conditions for professional journalists who care about journalistic integrity. I talked with Chicago Newspaper Guild spokesperson Craig Rosenbaum last night...

Rebecca Haarlow, Rafer Weigel, Natalie Martinez join in Blackhawks Media Cheerleading

Rebecca Haarlow, Rafer Weigel, Natalie Martinez join in Blackhawks Media Cheerleading
You could say the Chicago Blackhawks receive some soft media coverage in this town. You’d be making a tremendous understatement. Just last week I called out Comcast SportsNet Chicago for their overt Blackhawks cheerleading. The team does own 20% of CSN Chicago, so the network was in fact partially created so that the teams owning them (the Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox) could have editorial control over the game broadcasts. Therefore, you can understand why CSN Chicago acts as overt Blackhawks cheerleaders. However, they still don’t go so far as to actually wear Hawks regalia during broadcasts. The local ABC and NBC affiliates do in fact go that far...
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Q101 Tweets Rape Joke During Stanley Cup Final

Q101 Tweets Rape Joke During Stanley Cup Final
Chicago alternative radio station Q101 made a rape joke during game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. Now for $1,000 guess the medium in which Q101 made this horrible insensitive gaffe... ...Twitter?? Correct!!! Tell Q101 what they’ve just won: lots of listeners lost, a deeply offended audience, corporate sponsors aghast (they might bail too possibly), a public relations nightmare, an inevitable upcoming public apology, and maybe even a fired social media manager. Didn’t we learn from the film Borat that rape jokes aren’t ok? Well, it has been 8 years since that movie came out. Didn’t WE JUST LEARN, in this exact NHL postseason, that tweeting sexual assault jokes during hockey games isn't cool? The LA Kings Twitter account just made that mistake a few weeks ago when they let a local shock jock sports talk radio guy take over their Twitter feed for a period of a Stanley Cup Playoff game...

Michelle Beadle show to go all Stanley Cup Final

Michelle Beadle show to go all Stanley Cup Final
Michelle Beadle left ESPN awhile ago to host The Crossover, a daily sports and entertainment show on NBC Sports Network. The program, hosted solely by Michelle Beadle (unlike Sports Nation on ESPN in which she had a co-host) will go all in Stanley Cup Final content on Monday with a one-hour extended episode prior to game 3 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins. It airs at 5 p.m. CDT. There will also be special NHL edition of the Michelle Beadle talk show after the game). For whatever reason, game 3 tomorrow night will only be on NBC Sports Network, not NBC (game 2 was demoted to cable as well)...

CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Biggest Cheerleaders

CSN Chicago: Blackhawks Biggest Cheerleaders
I really do love the Chicago Blackhawks “hit the ice” introduction video. The CGI effects are top notch. However, the very first thing I noticed in the vid is Coach Quenneville’s faux “media session.” There are only three microphones placed under Coach Q: WGN TV, WGN Radio and Comcast SportsNet; the Blackhawks three broadcast partners. Now why would a front-runner franchise even bother doing this? Why have any corporate media logos? Or instead throw in more media outlets and make the fake presser look genuine? Still, this is ultimately meaningless minutia; at least compared to the more important thoughts that it provokes. If you’re a media outlet who also broadcasts a team regularly, you are no longer a true news-gathering agency. At least not in regards to that specific team. You are beholden to that franchise and your on-air talent are de facto PR representatives; not reporters or journalists...
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Stanley Cup Final Tweeters: 5 Ways You'll Lose Followers

Stanley Cup Final Tweeters: 5 Ways You'll Lose Followers
With the Chicago Blackhawks taking on the Boston Bruins in game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight, a lot of people will be tweeting about it. Some will be hockey mavens and NHL experts. On the other side, you’ve got meathead bandwagon idiots who don’t even know what a power play is, believe "Chelsea Dagger" is not Amstel Light commercial crapola and use the games as an excuse to get blasted. These five Twitter habits are a decent litmus test to see who's worth following and who isn't. Avoiding these habits doesn't mean you'll gain followers. (I'll probably anger some of you here and you'll defollow me for it). These rules apply tonight to the Blackhawks game, but also apply to every big sporting event. We’ll use the Stanley Cup as an example, but this knowledge carries over to tweeting all live sporting events...
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