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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...

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...

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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WLS's Bruce Wolf, Susannah Collins & Meta Twitter Convos (UPDATE)

WLS's Bruce Wolf, Susannah Collins & Meta Twitter Convos (UPDATE)
Twitter is a wonderful and strange place. Public figures make very public statements. Some are meant prima facie, some are not. WLS radio host (and part-time practicing attorney, hence my usage of a legal term in the opening graph) Bruce Wolf seemingly took a social media shot at former Comcast SportsNet employee Susannah Collins this past weekend. If you take the tweet at stand-alone and face value, it looks like an attack on the relevance of another media professional. And ill-timed as it's published exactly one month to the day she was fired too...

Blackhawks Front Office: Reader Mail Reaction

Blackhawks Front Office: Reader Mail Reaction
(UPDATE 5-7-13 11:50 A.M.: Susannah releases public statement on her own home page) You and I love our hockey. We’re excited about the Chicago Blackhawks playoff series. However, one must separate the product on the ice from the corporate suits micro-managing it in a dictatorial way. The team is great; they’re kicking butt. The front office? Well, I’ve said enough about that lately. Here’s where I pass the microphone to you guys. The fact that they just raised ticket prices for the fourth time in six years isn't making them any friends. And Chicago has spoken, I’ve received a lot of great emails, tweets, texts, post comments etc. Here are some of the best. Finally, if you want a review of the best Sports Nutz videos, and a place to view them, see my Chicago Now teammate. The Mayor Daily does good work. Hopefully, one day as a society we can progress to a point where we no longer use a "z" to pluralize nouns. We’ll reach that mountain top! On to the mailbag:...

Chicago Blackhawks games to watch? Yes CSN has some

Chicago Blackhawks games to watch? Yes CSN has some
Desperate for hockey? Chicago Blackhawks hockey? Well there are rumors the NHL lockout will end soon. But those are still rumors at this point. In the mean time, Comcast Sports net Chicago has some classic games for you to watch.   “Chicago Blackhawks Classics” will be hosted by Comcast SportsNet’s Pat Boyle, who will be... Read more »
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