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The Pittsburgh Penguins take on the Chicago Blackhawks in the third period. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis /Getty Images)

Zawaski: Random Thoughts From Stadium Series Finale

People who cover sports often try to find larger meanings in 60 minutes, nine innings, or two halves. “Was that a statement game?” they ask. Grand conclusions are reached based on a single outcome. Over the last 12 hours or so, we’ve heard and read many opinions stating that the Blackhawks 5-1 win over the Penguins was some grand announcement to the NHL that the Blackhawks are the best team in hockey. Others proclaim that Jonathan Toews’ three point performance means that the Blackhawks’ captain is a better player than Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby, who was held without a point in the Stadium Series finale.

670 The Score–03/02/2014

Matt Lauer. (Getty Images)

Listen: Matt Lauer Feels Sorry For Bob Costas, Hopes He Comes Back Soon

Matt Lauer said he’s only been getting a couple hours sleep each night.

670 The Score–02/14/2014

Bob Costas

Bob Costas Out Of Primetime Coverage For 2nd Straight Night

Matt Lauer will again replace Bob Costas, who has an eye infection.

CBS Chicago–02/12/2014

Bob Costas. (Getty Images)

Bob Costas Drinks Vodka On Air, Then Gets Day Off Due To Eye Infection

Bob Costas will focus on recovering from an eye infection, at least for a day.

CBS Chicago–02/11/2014

Vladimir Putin. (Getty Images)

Bernstein: Twitter Challenges Putin, NBC

By Dan Bernstein- CBSChicago.com Senior Columnist (CBS) — There’s no hiding anything in Sochi. NBC knows it, and Russia will have to live with it. The 2012 London Summer Games were tabbed the “Twitter Olympics” […]

CBS Chicago–02/05/2014

Marc Trestman.  (Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Bears Dramatically Mediocre

The Bears are a mere middling football team, making stories.

670 The Score–12/11/2013

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Top Contenders Among ‘Outstanding Comedy Series’ Emmy Nominees

The Emmy race for Outstanding Comedy Series is a tight one this year, but it’s likely to come down to The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, and Louie for the top honor. Which show will Emmy voters choose for the prize?

08/22/2013

(Santa Monica Police Department)

Legendary Broadcaster Al Michaels Arrested For Alleged DUI

NBC Sports announcer Al Michaels was arrested over the weekend in Southern California on suspicion of drunken driving, authorities said Sunday.

CBS Chicago–04/22/2013

South Africa's Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius leaves the court room after his hearing on charge of murdering his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (Credit: Getty)

Bernstein: Oscar Pistorius And Inconvenient Truths

It sounds simple enough: before you decide to whip up the next inspirational sports legend to sell to the world, check to see if he’s already spent time in jail.

670 The Score–02/17/2013

Jovan Belcher.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Belcher Tragedy Has No Bigger Meaning

It makes us feel better when we can determine direct causes, identify means of prevention of similar acts, or categorize those involved as somehow different, distant or foreign.

CBS Chicago–12/05/2012

Jay Cutler takes a hit from Kareem Jackson. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Cris Collinsworth Spoke Irresponsibly About Concussions

And here I thought we had turned a corner in our understanding of the seriousness of brain injury, especially in what had appeared to be a newly enlightened – and legally threatened – NFL.

CBS Chicago–11/11/2012

Beaver Stadium. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Bernstein: No Culture Change As Football Continues

Beaver Stadium will roar this year, and soon. 106,000 Penn State football fans will chant “We are!!” as their white-helmeted heroes charge from the tunnel, united against all their perceived enemies.

670 The Score–07/23/2012

Kenneth Frazier. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Bernstein: Goodness Amid Evil At Penn State

The good guy in this story couldn’t prevent the human tragedy, only arriving on the scene after terrible things had already happened.

CBS Chicago–07/15/2012

Jonathan Toews, Jimmy Howard

Blackhawks Slated for 13 National TV Appearances

The NHL announced its national television schedule for the 2011-12 season Thursday and the Blackhawks are slated to appear in 13 games on either NBC or Versus.

CBS Chicago–08/18/2011

U.S. Open Scoreboard

NBC Apologizes For Omission In Pledge Of Allegiance Before U.S. Open

An omission in the Pledge of Allegiance had NBC issuing an on-air apology Sunday during the U.S. Open.

CBS Chicago–06/20/2011

Shaun White

AP: NBC Retains U.S. Olympic TV Rights

Officials with knowledge of the decision say NBC has retained the U.S. Olympic television rights in a four-games deal through 2020 worth more than $4 billion.

CBS Chicago–06/07/2011

Chicago Blackhawks vs Philadelphia Flyers - Stanley Cup Game

NHL Reaches New 10-Year Deal With NBC, Versus

In what Commissioner Gary Bettman is calling the most significant deal in league history, the NHL agreed to a contract that will keep them on NBC and Versus for the next 10 years.

CBS Chicago–04/19/2011

Blackhawks vs Flyers

Off Big Stanley Cup Ratings, NHL Eyes New TV Deals

Last season’s Stanley Cup Finals were great for the Chicago Blackhawks and their fans. It was equally as good for the NHL. The Cup Finals were one of the highest rated in NHL history, and thanks to that the league is optimistic for new TV deals.

10/27/2010

Blackhawks Invade California

The whirlwind tour for the Chicago Blackhawks continued last night as Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. The group got alot of face time […]

06/15/2010