WBEZ | NFC championship http://www.wbez.org/tags/nfc-championship Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Any Given Sunday: Chicago Bears pep talk from Carl Kasell? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/any-given-sunday-chicago-bears-pep-talk-carl-kasell <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Carl-Kasell.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-21/Carl-Kasell.jpg" style="width: 490px; height: 363px;" alt="" title="" /></p><p>As the media hype surrounding Sunday's NFC&nbsp;Championship between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers hits fever pitch, we here at WBEZ&nbsp;have been having a hard time figuring out how to get in the mix. Sure we can talk to fans, preview the game, give historical context, but what could we do to stand out in the chorus? Well, worry no more.</p><p>This download isn't for you. It's for the Bears players. It's a motivational piece of audio for them to load up on their iPods pre-game. Each player has their pump-up music or motivational speech to get them in the right football mindset. But maybe they need something more. Something bigger for the biggest game of their lives.</p><p>Enter Carl&nbsp;Kasell. The Hall of Fame NPR&nbsp;broadcaster and scorekeeper for <audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1328072932-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/ChicagoBears_CarlKasell.mp3">&nbsp;</audio><br />&nbsp;</p><p><em>(Photo of Coach Kasell by <span class="rg_ctlv">Chion Wolf) </span></em><span class="rg_ctlv"><br /></span></p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 17:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/any-given-sunday-chicago-bears-pep-talk-carl-kasell NFC Championship preview: Bears-Packers showdown http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/nfc-championship-preview-bears-packers-showdown <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//rodgers cutler_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bears fans, want the secret to winning Sunday&rsquo;s NFC Championship? &quot;It&rsquo;s really all about the fat guys. If you think about it, the first line of defense is usually fat guys, and the first line of offense is fat guys. You know, that&rsquo;s a bonus. You can move, and you got a big belly.&quot; That's according to Bears defensive tackle Anthony Adams--it's not about touchdowns or turnovers; it's about the fat guys.<br /><br />So here&rsquo;s to downing that deep dish fellas!<br /><br />But seriously, with all the anticipation surrounding Sunday&rsquo;s NFC Championship, this is a game with story lines on top of story lines. You&rsquo;ve got your players, the coaches, the turf itself &ndash; talk about a deep dish!<br /><br />To serve up a steaming hot slice, host Alison Cuddy spoke with &quot;Eight Forty-Eight's&quot; sports contributor&nbsp; Cheryl Raye-Stout. The NFC Championship game kicks off at 2:00 p.m. Sunday: Go Bears!</p><p><em>DJ&nbsp;AMPM Music button:<br />Jadakiss, &quot;We Gonna Make It&quot; (instrumental)<br />Luniz, &quot;I Got 5 On It&quot; (instrumental)<br /></em></p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 14:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/nfc-championship-preview-bears-packers-showdown Chris Harris: "I'm 100 percent certain I'll play" http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/chris-harris-im-100-percent-certain-ill-play <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//AP101226044630.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="341" width="512" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-20/AP101226044630.jpg" /></p><p>The Bears held their regular practice on&nbsp;Thursday, but Safety Chris Harris was not on the field. This is the second day in a row that Harris has sat out practice due to a hip pointer. Bears fans are hoping the veteran safety will be healthy enough to play in the NFC&nbsp;Championship on Sunday against the Packers.</p><p>WBEZ's Cheryl Raye Stout caught up with Harris in the locker room for a quick one-on-one interview. Harris says he's &quot;100 percent certain&quot; he's playing.</p><p>Harris was a starter on the 2006 Chicago Bears.&nbsp;He was traded to the Carolina Panthers after the Super Bowl. This past off-season, Harris was traded back to the Bears where he has become a leader of the dominating defense.</p><p>Harris talks about his relationship with the team, his relationship with the coach and what its like to be back in the frozen tundra of Chicago:</p><p><a href="/sites/default/files/Cheryl-ChrisHarris.mp3" id="filefield_audio_insert_player-86557" class="filefield_audio_insert_player" player="Default" file_id="86557"><img style="height: 38px; border: medium none;" src="/sites/default/files/filefield_audio_insert/wbez_logo_1.jpg" alt="" /></a></p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 21:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/chris-harris-im-100-percent-certain-ill-play Best bars for the Bears-Packers showdown http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/best-bars-bears-packers-showdown <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//bears beer.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>To truly enjoy a football game you need a beer in one hand and a brat in the other! ESPN's Lester Munson told &quot;Eight Forty-Eight,&quot; the Bears-Packer meet up is the biggest sports event in Chicago history. So if you&rsquo;re not hosting a party, you should probably figure out what bar stool or booth you&rsquo;ll be sitting in this Sunday afternoon.</p><p>To help you choose, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; spoke to the man who wrote the book on Chicago bars, Steve Parnell. Parnell is author of &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Historic-Bars-Chicago-Sean-Parnell/dp/1893121828">Historic Bars of Chicago</a>.&quot; <br />&nbsp;<br />Some of Steve's choices. Also, check out WBEZ food blogger <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/steve-dolinsky/top-5-places-celebrate-bears-win">Steve Dolinsky's ideas for what to eat on Sunday</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Stanton Moore, &quot;Squash Blossom&quot;, from the CD Groove Alchemy, (Telarc)</em></p><p><iframe scrolling="no" height="350" frameborder="0" width="500" src="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=216616006640245253780.00049a353b254c3f27729&amp;ll=41.910098,-87.652182&amp;spn=0,0&amp;output=embed" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0"></iframe><br /><small>View <a style="color: rgb(0, 0, 255); text-align: left;" href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;msa=0&amp;msid=216616006640245253780.00049a353b254c3f27729&amp;ll=41.910098,-87.652182&amp;spn=0,0&amp;source=embed">Best Bars to Watch Bears/Packers game</a> in a larger map</small></p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/best-bars-bears-packers-showdown Halas and Lombardi loom over Bears-Packers title game http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/halas-and-lombardi-loom-over-bears-packers-title-game <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//lombardi-halas1 getty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sunday the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers will meet to decide who will represent the NFC in the 2011 Super Bowl. But there&rsquo;s a whole lot more at stake in this game: The teams haven&rsquo;t met in the post-season since 1941. And hands down, football&rsquo;s greatest rivalry is between the Bears and the Pack.<br /><br />In part, that&rsquo;s because it goes way back, to the early days of the NFL. And it was cemented by two long-standing leaders of the Bears and the Packers - <a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/tradition/hof-halas.asp" target="_blank">George Halas</a> and <a href="http://www.vincelombardi.com/" target="_blank">Vince Lombardi</a>. They also helped define the NFL &ndash; the NFC trophy is named for Halas and the Super Bowl trophy is named for Lombardi.<br /><br />To find out more about this ancient bitter history &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; turned to two experts. <a href="http://www.davidmaraniss.com/" target="_blank">David Maraniss</a> is a Pulizer-prize winning journalist, associate editor of the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/" target="_blank">Washington Post</a> and author of the book, &quot;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/When-Pride-Still-Mattered-Lombardi/dp/0684870185" target="_blank">When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi</a>.&quot; <a href="http://www.lestermunson.com/" target="_blank">Lester Munson</a> is a writer and investigative reporter for <a href="http://espn.go.com/" target="_blank">ESPN</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Sam Spence, &quot;Industrial Giant&quot;, from the CD NFL Films Music Library Vol. 1, (NFL Films)</em></p></p> Wed, 19 Jan 2011 14:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/halas-and-lombardi-loom-over-bears-packers-title-game