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CSN to air documentary on Miles Boykin's unlikely journey to Notre Dame

CSN to air documentary on Miles Boykin's unlikely journey to Notre Dame

 

Comcast SportsNet to air documentary special chronicling Providence Catholic superstar wide receiver Miles Boykin's unlikely journey to Notre Dame.

 

“Play Like a Champion: Miles Boykin’s Journey to Notre Dame presented by U.S. Marines,” narrated by Chuck Garfien, premieres Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 PM CT on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com

 

Chicago, IL (August 31, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com, the regional television and digital home for the most comprehensive coverage of Notre Dame Fighting Irish Football, will provide viewers with a special, half-hour, documentary-style program entitled Play Like a Champion: Miles Boykin’s Journey to Notre Dame presented by U.S. Marines, which chronicles the Providence Catholic standout wide receiver’s journey from being a part of a state championship team to joining one of the nation’s most-esteemed college football programs. 

Narrated by CSN anchor/reporter Chuck Garfien and produced by CSNChicago.com multimedia producer/editor Scott Changnon, along with CSNChicago.com digital producer Mark Strotman, Play Like a Champion: Miles Boykin’s Journey to Notre Dame will make its Comcast SportsNet TV debut on Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 PM CT and will immediately be made available for online viewing on CSNChicago.com following its on-air premiere, along with an accompanying long-form feature story written by Strotman.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air the special on Saturday, September 5 at 5:00 PM prior to #11 AP pre-season ranked Notre Dame’s home/season opener vs. Texas on NBC (6:30pm CT).

Filmed over the course of the past year, CSNChicago.com captured Providence Catholic’s triumphant state championship season in 2014 in its featured, behind-the-scenes high school series, “DRIVE.”  Boykin’s senior season with the Celtics was nothing short of amazing as he compiled 65 receptions for 1,035 yards and 19 touchdowns, which ultimately earned him the coveted “Chicago Tribune Prep Athlete of the Year” honor, joining the ranks of fellow area preps standouts such as Cliff Floyd, Tai Streets, Candace Parker, Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor. 

Play Like a Champion not only relives that historic season in Boykin’s life, but takes it a step further with new footage focusing Boykin’s family life, along with fascinating stories of the college football recruitment process, which led him to joining the Fighting Irish…a team in which he did not intend to join when the entire process began.

In addition to Boykin, Play Like a Champion includes numerous additional interviews featuring Boykin’s parents (George Jr. & Felicia), his older brother George III, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, ND associate head coach/Boykin’s recruiter Mike Denbrock and Provide Catholic head coach Mark Coglianese, among others.

Note the following quotes from Play Like a Champion: Miles Boykin’s Journey to Notre Dame presented by U.S. Marines, premiering Thursday, September 3 at 7:00 PM on Comcast SportsNet & CSNChicago.com:

MILES BOYKIN on winning the IHSA State Championship with Providence Catholic:

“I would picture it, but the funny thing I would never watch whatever class we were playing in…I would never watch that game because I’d get too mad, like we could beat either of these teams, I’m not watching this.  At that point you just dream about it and words can’t describe what it actually feels like.  Your biggest goal and you actually reach it?!  Words can’t do that justice on how that feels.  Four years of basically year-round training for the same goal and you ultimately reach it with your friends, they’re brothers at this point, you spend sometimes eight hours a day with them on football alone. ‘I love you, I love you’…that’s how much we showed we loved each other.”

MILES BOYKIN on why he ultimately chose to attend Notre Dame:

“The only real reason I (initially) took the Michigan State visit was so I knew Notre Dame was the right place for me, and that’s what happened.  I called Coach (Brian) Kelly and told him I wanted to be part of the Shamrock Soldiers and he was happy to invite me in. The first few times I called, he was doing something…we couldn’t get a hold of him. I think we tried again, then two minutes later we tried again and we told him and let him know I wanted to commit and he accepted me and that was the best part about it.”

GEORGE BOYKIN JR. on Miles looking up to his older brother George:

“George was always the example.  I put a lot of pressure on George because he was the oldest.  Anybody who knows about being the older sibling knows a lot of pressure comes with that.  So George was always taught to go and set the example.  Miles would blaze the example.  So that was fine.  He had someone to look at, someone to pattern himself after, and then you let your ability take you as far as it will take you.”

GEORGE BOYKIN III on his hopes for his younger brother Miles:

“It makes me really feel like I did my work.  Even though I may not have thought I was the best brother, it makes me feel like I was.  It gave me the ability to become a pilot, do all these things and it’s not hard growing up when you have a little brother that’s always there with you.”

FELICIA BOYKIN on her recruiting trips with Miles and their special bond:

“With the questions he would ask, I was like, ‘OK, that was a very mature question’…the way he would just handle himself with the coaches, but as soon as he got in the car, he was being silly again.  I learned a lot about Miles and his personality and how mature he was and how well-spoken he was, because as teenagers, parents don’t see their kids like that because they’re always gone.  But spending that time in the car with him, I learned a lot about him.  I taught that, I heard people tell me that but I never really saw it for myself because once you’re in the house you’re totally different.”

BRIAN KELLY on his new freshman wide receiver, Miles Boykin:

"Big, strong, physical, and he can run surprisingly well for such a big body.  When you see him, if he walked in here right now, you'd swear he's a tight end.  But he's not.  As much as we were recruiting him, maybe one eye was toward a future tight end, he's not a tight end, he's a wide receiver.  He's got extremely good ball skills down the field, adjusts well to the ball, he doesn't play stiff to the ball at all, and he can run. We’re really pleased in terms of what his future looks like as a wide receiver.” 

MIKE DENBROCK on why he recruited Boykin to join Notre Dame:

“You love winners; everybody wants to surround themselves with winners.  If you look at what he was able to do not only on a football field, but with his basketball team.  Fighting through injury, showing the toughness, showing the determination to make sure that success was headed his way and for his teammates.  You like to surround yourself with as many of those guys as you can.

“Being from Providence Catholic, a profile high school, you know the type of football team that they had and the way that the coaches deal with the players.  It was just such an easy fit for here knowing that the background that he experienced in high school was an easy transition and carryover to the University of Notre Dame.”

MARK COGLIANESE on Boykin’s character:

“As a person you won’t find a nicer young man.  Very humble and very outgoing, he will talk to anybody.  Around school, he’ll talk to a freshman, as well as a senior.  As an athlete, he’s very competitive, but also one of the most gifted athletes having the whole package: the size, the speed, the athleticism, the great hands…definitely a special person, special player.”

 

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 18th homer of June and 31st of the season came off the Tigers in the Cubs' brief 2-game Interleague series in Detroit. 

Sosa connected in the first inning off Tigers starter Seth Greisinger, going back-to-back with Mickey Morandini. 

The Cubs wound up getting out to a 5-0 start in the game but still lost 7-6 on a Gabe Alvarez single in the bottom of the 11th.

The aforementioned Morandini homer was only the 3rd of the season for the Cubs second baseman. He finished with 8 homers on the year and 224 total bases on 172 hits in what was a very good offensive season. Yet it paled in comparison to Sosa, who had nearly 200 more total bases (416) and a slugging percentage nearly 200 points above Morandini's (.647 to .471), a testament to how truly incredible Sosa's season was.

Fun fact: Tony Clark was the Tigers' cleanup hitter that day. Clark is now the head of the MLB Players Union.

Fun fact No. 2: Paul Bako was the Detroit catcher in the game. He later became the Cubs backup catcher in 2003 and 2004, when he posted a .611 OPS in 119 games over the two years.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.