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White Sox TV Crew Learns Of Bears Draft Pick Through Stadium Cheers

Fans at Guaranteed Rate Field were loving the selection on Thursday night.

Russ Heltman

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Many Chicago Bears fans rejoiced on Thursday night when GM Ryan Pace pulled the trigger on a trade-up from pick No. 20 to No. 11 for quarterback Justin Fields. The south side heard a particular roar out of Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, following the Bears selection of the Ohio State signal-caller.

The White Sox were in a rain delay for part of the evening but that didn’t dampen the excitement for Chicago’s new franchise quarterback. It’s been a rough sports stretch in the city, especially for Bears and White Sox fans who haven’t tasted playoff advancement in over a decade.

“If you’re looking at your phone and you’re cheering it’s Justin Fields,” White Sox broadcaster Jason Benetti said. “Love it. Just random high fives at the ballpark in April.”

The south siders toppled the Detroit Tigers 11-0 in the second half of their Thursday doubleheader, capitalizing on the excitement in the stadium. Although, Bears fan may need to temper expectations a little bit for Fields in the short term if Pace’s comments to the media ring true.

“Matt [Nagy] has spoken to Andy Dalton tonight,” Pace said when he met with the media on Thursday. “That communication and clarity for us is really important. Andy is our starter, and we’re gonna have a really good plan in place to develop Justin and do what’s best for our organization and win games.”

The Bears signed Andy Dalton this offseason as their starting quarterback, a move that ruffled feathers in Chicago. Yet time was on the front office’s side and the board fell their way Thursday. Pace had a glowing review for his new young quarterback.

“When you see a guy with that kind of arm talent, with that kind of quarterback makeup that he has, with that kind of work ethic, that’s played in really big games and really big moments and performed in big moments, that’s extremely tough. . . Oh, and by the way, he runs a 4.44. You throw that all in together, and it just feels good.”

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Greg Olsen Believes He and Kevin Burkhardt Can Handles Games ‘On Any Stage’

“Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.”

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Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen are on tap to call Super Bowl LVII in February, and Olsen told Front Office Sports he has the confidence to announce the game with no hesitations.

“If you’re asking me, I think Kevin and I have shown that we can handle a game on any stage – on any day. We just did it on Thanksgiving. We’ll do it again around Christmas. And obviously throughout the [NFL] Playoffs,” said Olsen. “So whatever decision they make. Obviously, the bosses get paid a lot to make hard decisions. You have to obviously do what your bosses decide. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“But as of now, I anticipate Kevin and I, the two of us, with Erin and Tom down on the sidelines, the four of us, broadcasting the Super Bowl in February in Arizona. Until I’m told otherwise, that’s how we’re proceeding.”

Olsen also told FOS he has negotiated a new contract with FOX Sports, but declined to share details. He is slated to be replaced on the top broadcast crew once Tom Brady ends his playing career. Brady will then begin a 10-year, $375 million contract to serve as the network’s top NFL game analyst and brand ambassador.

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St. Louis Cardinals Announcer Dan McLaughlin Charged With Third DWI

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

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St. Louis Cardinals television play-by-play announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with DWI after being arrested on Sunday in Creve Coeur, Missouri.

According to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, police received at least two phone calls from concerned drivers that a white BMW was driving erratically, with one caller saying it was driving into oncoming traffic.

It is the third time McLaughlin has been charged with DWI. He was charged with the offense twice within 13 months in 2010 and 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the released a joint statement Monday.

“We have been made aware that Dan McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on Sunday night.. We are very disappointed to hear this, and are working to gather additional information before offering further comment.”

McLaughlin, 48, has served as the voice of the Cardinals for 24 years.

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NFL Flex Scheduling Forces ESPN To Change Bowl Schedule

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The NFL flex scheduling an upcoming Las Vegas Radiers game out of Sunday Night Football on December 18 has forced ESPN to make a slight adjustment with its college bowl season schedule. But the change was something the worldwide leader was prepared to make.

The Raiders were originally scheduled to play the New England Patriots in the primetime window a week before Christmas, but with both teams losing ground in terms of the AFC playoff picture, NBC opted to go with a different game that night instead. Now fans will be tuning in to see the rematch between the New York Giants and the Washington Commanders.

The shift out of the Sunday night window for the Raiders forced ESPN to swap kickoff times for the Las Vegas Bowl and the New Mexico Bowl the day before on December 17. Florida and Oregon State will play in Vegas at 2:30 p.m. eastern, with BYU and SMU facing off in Albuquerque at 7:30 p.m.

The switch allows workers at Allegiant Stadium in Vegas enough time to switch the venue over from college bowl game to Raiders home game.

“We are accustomed to flexibility and we anticipated having to maneuver our event schedules based on the possibility of the Raiders game being flexed,” said ESPN Events vice president Clint Overby.

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