We're now less than two weeks away from John Fox's first Bears training camp, so it's only fitting that Comcast SportsNet starts ramping up its Bears coverage ahead of the daily updates from Bourbonnais. In addition to Friday's debut of "Inside Look: Jim McMahon," this weekend's unveiling party also includes the season's first edition of "Bears Life, Presented by Xfinity." If we wanted to lengthen the title to give you a better idea of the concept, it's be "A Day in a Bear's Life," in which we follow around one member of the team for a day.
In the videos below, you can follow around kicker Robbie Gould on the day he recently hosted his golf tournament benefiting his charitable organization, "The Goulden Touch Foundation."
CSN special projects WizKid Ryan McGuffey mic'd up Gould, we followed his every step with a camera and our 14-time Emmy-winning Executive Producer/Editor Sarah Lauch makes it all move seamlessly as Robbie shares thoughts on his continuing relationships with the likes of Patrick Mannelly and Brian Urlacher, taking punter Pat O'Donnell under his wing, embracing the toughest conditions in the league at Soldier Field, and shows us how he managed to outdrive former teammate Israel Idonije off the tee.
The 10-year veteran also expresses his passion for helping out (GouldenTouch.org), as when he assisted the Bears organization in recovery efforts following the 2013 tornado in downstate Washington.
"A lot of what being a dad is...you look at kids and situations a lot differently. I can't imagine my 18-month-old son having cancer. You'd never know how to handle it. So to be able to help families through a tough time or do things to lighten that pain is something special," Gould says. "You always do clinics, camps, and visit elementary schools - kids are the foundation of what this country's going to be about down the road. To give them an opportunity that was given to me, or inspire them a little bit means a lot."
Besides Mannelly, among the other celebrity guests we hear from at Gould's tournament are Chris Collins, Joe Carter and NBC/Golf Channel analyst Mark Rolfing, who explains why Gould will have a job like his once his playing days are over. And then there's Kevin Butler, the Bear he's currently tied with for most field goals in franchise history (243), and trails (by 37) for most points scored in franchise history.
"To be able to listen to his stories, and how he kicked at Soldier Field, and the record he's held for 30 years, it's pretty special to have him around and I'm looking forward to sharing that (record-breaking) moment with him," says Gould. "He's been a mentor to me. We talk a lot about what the game means and what it means to be a Chicago Bear."
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And Butler was shown how to react to the imminent record book change by perhaps the greatest Bear.
"I remember the day I broke Walter's record (Payton's, for points scored in franchise history), he was right there and congratulated me, and that was a great thing. That's what Chicago Bears are about. To do what he (Gould) has done, and the level he's done it, it's incredible. I've enjoyed watching it. I appreciate how hard it is. It doesn't come easy, there's no doubt about it. I don't know of too many other positions in any other sport, with exception of a hockey goalie, that demands an 85 percent success rate. You want somebody like this to break your records, because you know that they've worked hard and achieved what you've done before."
**Following the debut of "Bears Life: Robbie Gould" Saturday at 5 p.m., CSN-Plus will re-air the episode Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, July 19th (4:30 p.m.), and Friday, July 24th (5:30 p.m.). It will also re-air on CSN's main channel Sunday, July 26th (3:30), Sunday, August 9th (noon), Friday, August 21st (8:00 p.m.), and Sunday, August 23rd (2:00 p.m.). Schedule is subject to change.**