But unlike HBO and “Game of Thrones,” WGN and the Cubs aren’t hyping their final season together after 72 years.,In my first year as Cubs beat writer in 1997, WGN televised 144 games.,The following January, the Cubs owners — Tribune Co. — decided to reduce the WGN schedule to 92 games, placing 62 games on CLTV, the company’s local cable news channel.,Fans gradually grew accustomed to watching more games on cable, and in 2003 the Cubs, White Sox, Bulls and Blackhawks began their own sports channel, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which is now NBC Sports Chicago.,WGN will televise the Cubs' season opener — likely for the last time »

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The Saints clinched homefield advantage throughout the conference championship game with a wild 31-28 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers last week, and that could ultimately be the determining factor in which team represents the NFC in the Super Bowl.,Things are even more volatile in the AFC where four teams — the Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers, New England Patriots and Texans — have punched their playoff tickets, but no seeds have been clinched.,Four teams — the Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans and Steelers — are fighting for the final two playoff spots.,The Colts and Titans will play the final game of the regular season Sunday night with the winner earning a playoff berth.,Considering both Indy head coach Frank Reich and Tennessee’s Mike Vrabel have lost games this season when they gambled instead of accepting likely ties, I don’t like Pittsburgh’s chances.