Producer Alley


Less than 24 hours after the Bulls’ 97-93 loss in South Beach, WCRX Sports producer Jon Bregman spotlighted the foundation and growth of the Chicago-Miami hoops rivalry. Starting with the Bulls’ first three-peat and culminating with the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, JB re-examines the Michael Jordan-Alonzo Mourning days, Miami’s resurgence with Shaq and D-Wade, the 2008 NBA Draft and the infamous “Decision” in Summer 2010.


Deep Dish Sports was desperately in need of a theme song. So when loyal listener and newly anointed Deep Dish musician the “Cheech” took a stab at it, Sam and Shane were all ears. The song became an instant show favorite and Cheech claims to be focusing on new tracks for the not-so-distant future. Take a listen…


With college football bowl season on the horizon, Jon Bregman joined the guys to share his mock bowl games and stipulations. Rather than break down the absurd amount of bowls (35 in total), JB brought an irreverent list of brand new bowl game ideas to the table. Don’t miss the implications for the “Double or Nothing Freedom Bowl,” “Toilet Bowl,” “Beer League Softball Bowl” and “LeBron James Bowl.”


Somehow, someway, Tim Tebow is 5-1 as an NFL starting quarterback. Despite subpar passing numbers, accuracy problems and doubt from many football analysts, Tebow continues to silence his critics and take over in the fourth quarter. Sam, Shane and Danny Pasquerelli went around the horn on the state of the Broncos and whether or not #15 can keep delivering in the clutch. Don’t miss this “Trash or Treasure” debate, Tebow style.


Sam, Shane and Joe Lundstrom share their two cents on the Penn State saga. How will the scandal affect the reputation of Penn State University? What will the perception be on Joe Paterno’s legacy? And with Jerry Sandusky and Mike McQueary having made public statements, why has the Paterno camp been silent? Plus, the guys weigh in on whether or not the Nittany Lions can block out distractions and move forward this season.


In his Oakland Raiders debut, Carson Palmer looked noticeably rusty, throwing three interceptions against Kansas City. What seemed to be more shocking, though, was the fact that Palmer somehow managed to gain about 30 pounds in the offseason. WCRX Sports producers Jon Bregman and Joe Lundstrom broke down Palmer’s offseason workout plan on “The Deep Dish.” The duo somehow got a hold of Palmer’s diary, which includes hilarious tales of fast food trips, eating contests, drinking binges, trophy store visits, trade requests, weight training regimens and more eating conquests.


Theo Epstein, meet Cubdom. The supposed savior has been named the President of Baseball Operations for the Chicago Cubs and optimism is an at ultimate high. Epstein embarks on arguably the biggest challenge in sports says WCRX’s Joe Lundstrom, who breaks down the 103-year championship drought on the North Side. With the Curse of the Bambino already behind him, will Theo soon end all the Billy Goat pain and suffering?


Many North Siders believed when Lou Piniella retired near the end of 2010 that Ryne Sandberg was a shoe-in for the managerial opening. WCRX’s Joe Lundstrom examines Sandberg’s coaching journey from the Cubs organization to his current position atop the Phillies minor league system, Joe argues that Ryno is the best candidate and debates with the guys whether Ryno or Robin Ventura has a tougher path out of the gate.


Restore the roar. The Detroit Lions are 5-0 for the first time since 1956 and hype around the Motor City is rapidly picking up. WCRX’s Joe Lundstrom opens up the history books and delivers a look back into Lions lore. Starting with the team’s inception in 1929 to the days of Billy Sims and Barry Sanders, through the pitiful Matt Millen era all the way up through the new Jim Schwartz regime, Joe gets you up to speed with all things silver and blue.

Big Ten play kicks off this weekend and there’s no questioning where Chicago’s college sports fans will be focusing. Last season at Wrigley Field, Illinois bulldozed Northwestern 48-27 to capture the inaugural Land of Lincoln Trophy. WCRX’s Joe Lundstrom dives into the in-state rivalry between the Fighting Illini and Wildcats, who have battled for hardware once a year since 1945. Joe spotlights the recent bad blood between the two teams, the build up to Saturday’s contest in Champaign and the ongoing fight to become Chicago’s true Big Ten team.

With the Bears and Packers just days away from an NFC Championship re-match, WCRX’s Joe Lundstrom breaks down the storied rivalry between the two teams and their founding fathers, George Halas (right) and Vince Lombardi. Chicago and Green Bay have combined to win 22 championships and over 1,400 games. Joe dusts off the history books for a lesson on football’s most historic organizations.


From his record setting high school career at T.F. South, to re-inventing his running style at the University of Illinois and becoming a vital player during the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl run, Pierre Thomas has continuously overcome obstacles. WCRX’s Joe Lundstrom examines Thomas’s career from his first game in middle school to this weekend’s game against the Bears.

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