Published on Tuesday, 28 August 2012 15:43
The 2012 NFL season, and more specifically, the 2012 Chicago Bears season, kicks off in less than two weeks. As they did heavily for the last few years, Comcast SportsNet Chicago is going all-out in Chicago Bears coverage this season. Being added to CSN Chicago's schedule this fall and winter are live post-game shows, preview shows, recap shows, and much more -- all covering the Bears game that just finished and/or the game coming up.
Even though the Chicago Bears are the only major Chicago sports franchise that is not a part owner of Comcast SportsNet Chicago and no Bears games are ever broadcast on the station, the local all-sports channel is still making sure it covers the Chicago Bears as much, if not more than any other television stations in Chicago.
Comcast SportsNet Chicago is preparing to cover Chicago's favorite team and the NFL in numerous ways beginning this month. The shows all coming back for a new season are...
BEARS POST GAME LIVE --
CSN will air the live post-game show following every Bears game beginning Sunday, September 9th* following the Chicago Bears season opener. Some post game shows will air immediately after the end of the game, while some may be staggered slightly later due to baseball commitments for the next few weeks. This year, the 90-minute show will hosted by SportsNet Central's Chris Boden (taking over from the previous host, Pat Boyle). Joining him will be a team of expert analysts, including former Bears offensive lineman/veteran Chicago sports media personality Dan Jiggetts, former Bears quarterback Jim Miller, and making his Post Game Live debut this season, former Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer. "Bears Post Game Live" will also feature live post-game press conferences, as well as interviews with coaches and players from both teams with CSN Chicago's Kip Lewis and John "Moon" Mullin. Those who miss the live post-game show can catch repeat airings on most Sunday nights and Monday afternoons. (*Note: The season premiere of BPGL on September 9th will be delayed until around 4:30pm, when the live White Sox Post Game show is expected to end.)
UNITED BEARS RECAP --
Each Monday at 4:30pm throughout the season, this show will air highlights from the previous game, as well as will travel to Halas Hall in Lake Forest to the official team press conference with head coach Lovie Smith, along with additional Bears players/coaches interviews. This year, the 60 minute show will have a new host in Chris Boden (replacing last year's host, William Jackson). He will be joined by analyst Dan Jiggetts, the former Bears offensive lineman who is also part of the post-game show. The "Bears Recap" show will make it season debut on Monday, September 3rd at 4:30pm with a special "season preview edition" of the program.
THE LANCE BRIGGS SHOW --
While the name of the show is new, the show itself is returning for a third season. The previous name was "Countdown To Kickoff." The show is also moving now to Tuesday nights, instead of its previous time on Thursday nights. "The Lance Briggs Show" is another CSN Chicago program that analyzes the upcoming Bears contests. Just like last season, the 30 minute program is hosted by Pat Boyle, who is joined by Bears Super Bowl Champ & WBBM-AM Bears analyst Tom Thayer, and of course, by the show's namesake, Bears linebacker and seven-time Pro Bowler, Lance Briggs. The show will feature discussions about all the key plays from the Bears' previous game and preview the next game. Highlights of the show include emails answered by Briggs, and the "Hurry Up" segment with Boyle firing off as many questions as he can to Briggs within 120 seconds. It will air each Tuesday night at 11:00pm, with repeats being shown on Wednesday mornings at 11:00am. The season premiere of "The Lance Briggs Show" will be on Tuesday, September 4th.
BEARS HUDDLE --
This is a new show with a familiar name, not to be confused with CSN Chicago's "Chicago Huddle." "Bears Huddle" will preview the Bears' upcoming game from the perspective of the Offense. Chris Boden will host the 60 minute program, joined by former Chicago Bear Dan Jiggetts (who is also part of the similarly titled "Chicago Huddle"). Along with Boden & Jiggetts, the show will feature insight/commentary from ChicagoBears.com writer Larry Mayer, as well as key interviews from CSN Chicago's Bears reporters Kip Lewis & John "Moon" Mullin with Bears head coach Lovie Smith and additional player/coaches interviews. Jiggetts will also answer fans' pre-submitted questions live on the show. "Bears Huddle" will air each Wednesday afternoon at 4:30pm, with the season premiere on Wednesday, September 5th.
BEARS BLITZ --
Every Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm, "Bears Blitz" will take an in-depth look at the next Bears game and of the team's upcoming opponent, only this time, from the perspective of the Defense. Like "Bears Huddle," this 60 minute show will again be hosted by Chris Boden and Dan Jiggetts. It will also feature insight/commentary from ChicagoBears.com writer Larry Mayer, as well as key interviews from CSN Chicago's Bears reporters Kip Lewis & John "Moon" Mullin. The first show will be on September 7th. Jiggetts will also answer fans pre-submitted questions live on the show. "Bears Blitz" will air each Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm, with the season premiere on Thursday, September 6th.
Last year, "Bears Blitz" aired on both Wednesday & Thursday afternoons. This year, they split those two-day shows into two mostly separate shows, with one getting a new name and focusing on the offensive side of the game, and the other focusing on the defensive side of the game.
"United Bears Recap," "Bears Huddle," and "Bears Bltz" are all produced by the Chicago Bears organization themselves, via their Chicago Bears Network.
CHICAGO HUDDLE --
Yet another CSN Chicago program covering the Bears is "Chicago Huddle," returning for its third season. This program is hosted by Dan Jiggetts, who is joined by Bears running back Matt Forte, Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, plus additional Bears players as rotating guest co-hosts. Also returning to the show is former Loop Rock Girl/model/Maxim cover girl/actress/media personality April Rose. The show will be a more of a fun preview of the game coming up. Each show will be pre-recorded at Chili's in Vernon Hills (371 W. Townline Road). "Chicago Huddle" will air on Friday nights at 11:30pm, with replays at various times on Saturday and again on Sunday mornings at 9:30am. The season premiere will not be until Friday, September 21st, however.
PRO FOOTBALL WEEKLY --
This long-running show is about to start its 25th season on television this year. As it was last year, the half-hour program is hosted by Pat Boyle, who is joined again by a true panel of experts: NFL Hall of Famer Dan Hampton, former Bears great & WMVP-AM host Tom Waddle, and Pro Football Weekly Magazine Publisher & Editor Hub Arkush. While the show will discuss the Chicago Bears, its focus will be on thorough coverage of the entire NFL. The program will air each Friday at 4:30pm throughout the entire football regular & post season, with repeats on Sunday mornings at 9:00am and at various times on Saturdays. "Pro Football Weekly" makes its season premiere on a special day & time, though: Wednesday August 29th (tomorrow) at 11:00pm.
Of course, in addition to all of the above, Comcast SportsNet Chicago still has their two daily shows: "SportsNet Central" and "Chicago Tribune Live." The team of anchors & reporters on "SportsNite" will have all of the latest Bears & NFL updates each night at 6:30pm, 10:00pm, and 10:30pm. Additionally, on Sunday nights at 10:30pm throughout the 2012-13 NFL season, "SportsNet Central" becomes a slightly different show, "SportsNet Central: Sunday Night Slant." This half-hour program is a weekly wrap up to that day's Bears game (assuming they played that particular Sunday), along with full highlights from all the day's NFL games. "Chicago Tribune Live" airs each weeknight at 5:30pm. Host David Kaplan will have a rotating panel of football experts with him breaking down the day's Bears news, as well as reviews & previews of NFL games.
If that wasn't enough, the local sports television station's website, CSNChicago.com
will have 24/7 Bears coverage all season long with Bears "Insider" John "Moon" Mullin, game insight by by former Bears quarterback Jim Miller and fomer NFL cornerback Matt Bowen, on-demand "Bears Talk" daily digital shows, live streaming of press conferences and post-game shows, live game-day scoreboard, fan message boards, social media interaction, and many online video features.