Expanding its documentary programming roster, CSN Chicago next month will kick off a new franchise around some of the Chicago Bears most memorable contests.
Bears Classics bows on Nov. 27 at 9:30 p.m. (CT) with Chicago’s Oct. 16, 2006 come-from-behind win on MondayNight Football against Arizona that spouted Cardinals’ coach Dennis Green’s infamous post-game press conference rant of “They are who we thought they were!”
Bears Classics builds on the RSN’s relationship with the famed NFL franchise that includes Bears Pregame Live and the live stream of “Bears Halftime Live,” United Bears Recap, Bears Blitz and Bears Huddle, as well as its acclaimed Chicago Cubs doc, 5 Outs…
Narrated by Peabody and Emmy Award winner Bill Kurtis, the first installment of Bears Classics – new episodes are slated to debut in Decembers, January and Septermber 2014 -- entitled, “Night of the Ridiculous" takes viewers back to the Super Bowl XVI team that was off to a 5-0 start that season, despite a wobbly offense saddled by inconsistent QB Rex Grossman. These struggles were exposed in primetime as the Cardinals led 20-0 at intermission. However, thanks to some highly motivational halftime speeches, the Bears defensive and special teams units came up big, highlighted by Brian Urlacher’s 25-tackle showcase, a forced fumble that led to a score, and then rookie Devin Hester’s 82-yard punt return TD that lifted Chicago to a 24-23 victory. The devastating loss prompted Green’s notorious tirade.
CSN Chicago's Chuck Garfien is the documentary series writer/director and Willie Parker is the series producer. The RSN will encore "Night of the Ridiculous" on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. and on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 11 p.m. Details regarding December’s premiere episode of Bears Classics will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We couldn’t be prouder of our expanding partnership with the Chicago Bears and we feel this brand new documentary series will be exciting ‘appointment television’ events that both old and new Bears fans will truly appreciate,” said Phil Bedella, vice president, general manager of CSN Chicago in announcing Bears Classics.