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CSN to air new edition of Bears program that looks at players lives off the field

CSN to air new edition of Bears program that looks at players lives off the field

Next episode of “Bears Life presented by Xfinity,” featuring a look into the private life of veteran Bears kicker ROBBIE GOULD, premieres Saturday, July 18 at 5:00 PM CT 

Chicago, IL (July 13, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Bears, will provide viewers with a new episode of its half-hour, documentary-style program entitled Bears Life presented by Xfinity, which takes viewers inside the private lives of some of the Bears most beloved players. 

The next edition of Bears Life will make its Comcast SportsNet debut on Saturday, July 18 at 5:00 PM CT, featuring a behind-the-scenes look into the personal life of Bears kicker ROBBIE GOULD, who is now just 36 points away from becoming the historic franchise’s all-time leading scorer. 

CSN gained exclusive access to capture Gould’s behind-the-scenes, dedicated efforts at his foundation’s annual golf outing for The Goulden Touch (gouldentouch.org), which has been instrumental in partnering with several Chicago-area charities to help raise funds and awareness in a number of key life initiatives, including education, social services, health and wellness, and medical research.  Among the interview topics Gould addresses include his life as a Chicago Bear (where he currently sits at the spot of being the third most-accurate kicker in NFL history), breaking legendary kicker Kevin Butler’s 23-year scoring record, his life as a father, along with his passion for sport of golf, which he hopes to parlay into a broadcasting career as an on-course analyst after his NFL career comes to an end.

In addition to Gould, Bears Life will feature interviews with a number of key individuals in Gould’s life, including Mark Rolfing (NBC/Golf Channel analyst), Patrick Mannelly (former Bears teammate), Pat O’Donnell (Bears punter), Chris Collins (Northwestern Head Men’s Basketball Coach), Jaren Allen (Bears defensive end), Joe Carter (former MLB standout/five-time All-Star), Kevin Butler (former Bears kicker/Super Bowl XX champion), and Grant Fuhr (five-time Stanley Cup champion goaltender) among others.

In addition, viewers are urged to check out Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com, for additional Bears Life content never before seen on TV.  Plus, fans will also be able to watch Bears Life online after its on-air debut.  Comcast SportsNet will also re-air Bears Life presented by Xfinity, featuring Robbie Gould, on the following dates/times: Sat, July 18 at 8:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Sun, July 19 at 4:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Fri, July 24 at 5:30 PM (on CSN+HD) - Sun, July 26 at 3:30 PM - Sun, Aug. 9 at 12:00 PM - Fri, Aug. 21 at 8:00 PM & Sun, Aug. 23 at 2:00 PM. (Schedule subject to change) 

Note the following quotes from the next edition of Bears Life presented by Xfinity, premiering Saturday, July 18 at 5:00 PM on Comcast SportsNet:

GOULD on entering his 11th NFL season:

“The fact that this is going to be 11 seasons for me is unbelievable. To go through a Super Bowl, to be at a Pro Bowl, to go through some seasons that weren’t so great, some that were on the cusp of being good…all life lessons, all learning lessons, all things that for me I will have stories to tell for years. If you told me I was going to play for 11 years, I would’ve told you that you were crazy.“

“To have the ability to play in one city for this long is pretty special. Chicago will always hold a special place in my heart. This is where my family is going to be raised. For me, it’s pretty special to be in one place.”

GOULD on Kevin Butler and being just 36 points from breaking the team scoring record:

“To have Kevin Butler here and to be able to listen to his stories and how he kicked at Soldier Field and talk about the record that he’s held for, I don’t want to date him at all, but think about it. In ’85, he had the rookie scoring record. He kicked 243 field goals. It’s pretty special to have him around and I’m looking forward to sharing that moment with him.”

BUTLER on Gould breaking his scoring record:

“Chicago Bears, that’s what we’re about. Honestly, to do what he’s done and to do it at the level he’s done, it’s just incredible. I’ve enjoyed watching him. I know how hard it is, that’s why I have a great appreciation for it. Anytime that you can witness somebody break a record that you were able to set, it’s a triumph for the whole organization, it’s an individual triumph for Robbie. He should be very proud of it and I know he is. It doesn’t come easy.“

MANNELLY on Gould’s work ethic:

“To watch him become as good as he is and then how hard he works to be that good, well, it made me work harder.“

ROLFING’s on Gould’s promising future as a golf analyst:

“When his kicking days are done, I don’t see him going back on a football field again because he’s a natural. When I’m sitting up there, I’ll get texts from him. I mean he’s got the analysis down. He can sit at home and he knows exactly what’s going on at Chambers Bay and what’s going on out there. He’s got a great eye and people obviously really like him.“

NOTE: New episodes of Bears Life presented by Xfinity will be announced at a later date.   

'Season-defining win'? Cubs are here for it

'Season-defining win'? Cubs are here for it

Smiling came easy for Anthony Rizzo as stood at his locker and fielded questions in a robin-egg blue T-shirt that read: "positive vibes."

This was roughly a half-hour after he went through the high-five line telling all his teammates the 12-11 victory was a "season-defining win" for the Cubs.

Who knows if it will really be that big of a "W" for this ballclub in the midst of what has been an up-and-down season to this point, but there has certainly been no shortage of positive vibes around the clubhouse lately.

One thing's for certain: The Cubs will wake up Thursday morning in sole possession of first place again as the Cardinals lost to the Brewers in a rain-shortened game in St. Louis.

Yu Darvish and the Cubs bullpen squandered a 6-2 lead and then a 10-9 lead. Yet the offense picked up the slack, smacking 14 hits, including Kris Bryant's game-winning two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth inning.

"We haven't won a game like that really all year, I don't think," Rizzo said. "They scored 9 runs in the fifth to seventh innings. Teams don't really win when that happens. Just a good, hard-fought, never-quit win."

Rizzo is right: The Cubs haven't won a game in which they allowed at least 11 runs since Sept. 2, 2017 when they beat the Braves 14-12.

The Cubs have claimed 14 of 17 games at home since the All-Star Break and are now 43-19 at Wrigley Field this season - a winning percentage approaching .700 to combat the .390 winning percentage on the road.

So is it a season-defining victory?

"That's what Rizz told me," Bryant said. "We were high-fiving there and Rizz told me this is a season-defining win. I mean, I can't disagree with him. It's one of those games where you don't feel like you're gonna win just because you take a lead and then you're giving it back, but we came out on top. 

"Definitely some good momentum. We're playing good at home here, obviously and just gotta roll with the records at home and on the road."

Early on, it looked to be a night where the Cubs would cruise to victory behind Darvish, who came into the game red-hot and had settled into a rhythm after serving up a two-run shot to the third hitter of the game.

But that wasn't the case, as Darvish served up four homers overall and Derek Holland and Tyler Chatwood combined to allow 4 runs while notching just two outs as the first arms out of the bullpen.

Before the game, Joe Maddon talked again about how he felt like the only way the Cubs would be able to pull away in a tight NL Central race would be if the offense got into a groove and for one day at least, they were certainly firing on all cylinders.

The only starter who didn't reach base safely at least twice was Kyle Schwarber, and he drove in 3 runs on a homer and a groundout in which he hustled down the line to avoid a double play. Darvish even chipped in with an RBI single in the second inning.

Yes, it was a good win. Yes, the Cubs can go to sleep feeling content and wake up feeling hopeful.

But the only way this becomes a "season-defining win" is if the next five weeks play out like they hope. There have been several wins before Wednesday that seemed like they could propel the Cubs - including the finale in Cincinnati on the last road trip where Bryant once again came through with a clutch late homer. And every time, the team failed to keep the good times rolling for an extended period.

This is all a moot point if the Cubs come out and look flat this weekend or fail to carry any momentum onto the road.

"We'll find out," said Maddon, who has been in this game for nearly four decades. "I mean, I've been involved in those seminal moments and all of a sudden, things switch. 

"I'll tell you one thing though - I liked the method at the plate. Nobody was grinding sawdust; everybody was up there nice and chill and were getting good hacks on good pitches. ... I liked that. That's what we need to get to that point."

Bulls Talk Podcast: Rookie survey surprise, Joakim will double-team anyone

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Rookie survey surprise, Joakim will double-team anyone

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Sean Highkin and Michael Walton join Kevin Anderson.

1:00 The great Chicken Sandwich Wars- believe the hype

5:15 Judging the Bulls missed free throw promotion with Chick-fil-A

9:25 The story of Michael Jordan betting with teammates on the Dunkin Donuts race

11:45 The myth of the special NBA Jams version with Michael Jordan

17:00 How Jordan would have used twitter in the 90’s

18:00 Which player in NBA history would have had the best twitter account

22:20 Are you with Devin Booker or Joakim Noah in the double-team debate?

25:37 On the NBA rookie survey and Cam Reddish winning ‘best career’ vote

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