On Monday, February 10th David Kaplan will host as some of Chicago’s current and former professional athletes receiving honors at the 26th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards. The Live Awards Ceremony will be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet (7:30 PM) from the Hilton Chicago (International Ballroom).
The honorees chosen are top athletes from Chicago’s professional teams who have made considerable contributions to their teams and the Chicago community. The proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes
This year’s honorees include:
(Bear of the Year) Patrick Sharp (Blackhawk of the Year)
Nazr Mohammed (Bull of the Year) Welington Castillo (Cub of the Year)
Nate Jones (White Sox
of the Year) Mike Magee (Fire of the Year)
Stan Mikita (Lifetime Achievement) Alyssa Gialamas (Inspirational Athlete Award)
Tickets are $400 per person. To purchase tickets to the 26th Annual Comcast SportsNet Sports Awards, please call Kate Adams at (312) 596-4721 or visit CSNChicago.com/sportsawards26
Now we move on to an exclusive discussion of sports media and sports that David Kaplan and I had by phone recently...
David Kaplan is certainly a local sports media figure who truly needs no introduction.
He's a columnist, radio and television personality who hosts The David Kaplan Show on WGN Radio (weekdays 7 to midnight) and Sports Talk Live, a daily sports roundtable discussion show on Comcast SportsNet in Chicago (Monday-Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m.) He also co-authored the award winning Around Town column in the Chicago Tribune with Fred Mitchell from 2009-2011.
David Kaplan is also the pre and postgame host for CSN's Chicago Cubs broadcasts where he partners with former Chicago Cubs outfielder and 1996 National League Rookie of the Year Todd Hollandsworth.
Kaplan grew up in Skokie and is a graduate of Hamline University.
He formerly was a basketball coach at Northern Illinois University, and a scout for two NBA
teams: the Indiana Pacers and the Seattle SuperSonics.
Kaplan worked at WMVP-AM before joining WGN's sports staff as a reporter in 1995.
In part one of this three part series, The Kapman and I discuss the biggest trending Cubs topics right now. Off the heels of the annual Cubs Convention, there are some important Cubs topics making the news. Look for part two next week discussing: media, media criticism, balancing being a journalist and being a fan, and how players and coaches react to criticism...
Pat Hughes has a voice that is so beautiful, he could be talking for three hours about aluminum siding, and I'd be captivated the whole time. You don't have to like Chicago Cubs baseball to enjoy the work of Pat Hughes. Which is fitting I guess because the Cubs, the 4th most valuable brand in Major League Baseball, are the team of choice for so many people who don't actually like baseball and don't actually care about watching the games.
Yesterday, at the second day of Cubs Convention, when discussing a possible move from WGN radio, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Crane Kenney said Pat Hughes "is coming with us."
So that makes a lot of Cubs, and Pat Hughes fans, happy.
But there was more Cubs media rights news/discussion, beyond Pat Hughes...
(UPDATE: Garza sort of apologizes
): "I appreciate the love baseball fans, sorry I let my competitive edge out, guess people thought athletes don't care. Don't like me don't follow."
If 1967 was the "Summer of Love," 1977 the "Summer of Sam" and 2001 the "Summer of the Shark," we still need a nickname for 2013. I'll suggest "Summer of Cubs Twitter Idiocy."
, Ian Stewart
and now Matt Garza.
Ok, that's admittedly a bit of a stretch.
Sappy Sappelt did his terrible 1950s era women drivers' comedy routine
on Twitter in the preseason, Stewart
was not with the parent club when he had his pity party melt down, and Matt Garza
is a couple weeks removed from the Chicago Cubs
now. Still his Twitter rant makes himself a prime candidate for future sensitivity training. And a social media apology.
So I guess we can call this the "Year of Very Recent Cubs Making Social Media Missteps." Which is nowhere near as catchy.
is the latest to do something that will inevitably spur the "My Twitter account was hacked" excuse later. Let's take a look at what exactly went down. This happened just hours ago. The tweets of Matt Garza are protected, and I don't have access. Luckily, "The Outside Corner" does...
Ever since I broke the news about Colleen Kane
becoming the new Chicago White Sox
beat writer, I’ve been getting a ton of questions about the fate of former Chicago Cubs
beat writer Paul Sullivan. With Mark Gonzales replacing Sully on the Cubs beat, I’ve gotten a few emails and texts about what’s going to happen to Paul Sullivan.
He has both his fans and his critics; and they can get rather loud on Twitter
. Of course, that comes with the territory of being a beat writer for a very high profile team at a big city paper. Polarization is just natural. And certainly, it’s always the malcontents that will be louder and more assertive than the admirers.
So Paul Sullivan is gone from the Cubs beat, and he will now be……...
In the words of the Dixie Chicks: “I’m not ready to make nice, I’m not ready to back down.”
As of this afternoon, the zeitgeist of that song no longer applies to the Wrigley Rooftops Association. Today, the Wrigley Rooftops released a statement. It appears the acrimony between the Chicago Cubs
and the Wrigley Rooftops is over.
Just in time for the crosstown series between the Cubs
and White Sox
that NO ONE CARES ABOUT
. Nevertheless, detente is here and we truly have peace in our time...
ESPN and ABC reporter Darren Rovell
is coming to Chicago Cubs
Social Media Night on August 21st.
*Faceplant* (credit Julie DiCaro @JulieDiCaro
) And may I add #letdown #epicfail #pleasedon't.
Obviously, this grants the ballclub a Darren Rovell
award. All national sports media
and local Chicago media
are eligible for the Darren Rovell
award. Of course, priority will be given to Chicago sports media
candidates. With Darren Rovell
being a Northwestern
alum, this award is both local and national.
The Darren Rovell
award will be given to the entity who either a.) gives us obvious product placement in their journalism or b.) engages in prodigious self-promotion. The Cubs
are guilty of both because they are now adding gallons of gasoline to the Rovellian fire.
If you have a candidate for the Darren Rovell
award, email email@example.com...
baseball ended up being a very bright spot in an otherwise awful day for Chicago sports. April 20th was a rough one for the local sports fan. First of all, pretty much every event took place at night, and around the same time. So as a sports media
consumer you had tough choices.
And then the local teams were as hot as the weather. The Bulls
got utterly DESTROYED by the Brooklyn Nets in game one of their NBA
playoff series. The Blackhawks
and White Sox
both put up a fight, but lost in extra time.
And the Cubs
were just the Cubs
; doing Cubs
like things. But back at the home of the Cubs
, the Friendly Confines, a redeeming story emerged...
Aly Bockler is an On-Air misfit/reporter for You & Me This Morning
on WCIU, the U. It airs weekdays from 6-8am.
Here's where you can follow Aly Bockler on Twitter, her official website
Here's her profile from The U.'s website
Let's get to our exclusive interview...
It’s the Cubs
home opener! Baseball opening day is always a wonderful experience for tourists, bandwagon types and raging alcoholics. However, the buzz around Wrigley Field isn’t about baseball (and why should it be have you seen
what this team looks like?) but business operatons and local politics instead. A deal to renovate Wrigley Field is likely to be announced sometime this afternoon.
CBS 2's Jay Levine broke it first saying the Chicago Cubs
and city officials have reached a deal to make changes to the landmark stadium.
Since Chicago Cubs
Chairman Tom Ricketts is BFF with Wrapports Chairman Michael Ferro (who own the Chicago Sun-Times)
I thought the Bright One would break this first.
Maybe when the ink dries they still will. The hold-up now is with Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Ricketts is waiting for Rahm to be ready so both he and Ricketts can make the announcement together. And knowing what I know about MLB and their history with issuing press releases- we'll get the official word from the baseball club about 2 days after the news is published at every major outlet.
There is a huge public relations battle
being fought right now between the Wrigleyville rooftop owners and the Chicago Cubs
. In their last press
release, the rooftops association looked desperate and defensive.
It wasn't just Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts making the media rounds today. A few members of the Ricketts family did the local media circuit. I just embedded the tweets, because the links are there if you want to watch/listen to the Ricketts get their message out there. Basically, the Ricketts family was to Chicago media
this morning what the Plumlee
family is to Duke
basketball- you can’t escape them...