CSN announces association with Jake Peavy

CSN announces association with Jake Peavy

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES ON-AIRONLINE ASSOCIATION
WITH WHITE SOX PITCHER JAKE PEAVY

Network producing exclusive, behind-the-scenes, weekly webisodes entitled Jakes Take shown on both CSNChicago.com

and Comcast SportsNets SportsNet Central & White Sox PrePost Game Live;

Peavy to also provide a weekly CSNChicago.com journal on the current season and life in the big leagues

Chicago, IL (September 1, 2011) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago White Sox and their stretch-drive quest for an AL Central Division title, has announced an on-aironline association with three-time All-Star and Cy Young Award winning pitcher, JAKE PEAVY from the Chicago White Sox, one of the most entertaining personalities in all of Major League Baseball.

Effective immediately, the network will work exclusively with Peavy to produce weekly webisodes (to be showcased on the networks 247 website CSNChicago.com and over the air on Comcast SportsNet) entitled Jakes Take, which will be a video diary featuring Peavy interviewing White Sox teammatescoachesstaff, along with many other players from opposing teams. In addition, Peavy will provide candid discussion on the current MLB season as it progresses, along insightful and entertaining commentary on life in the big leagues focusing on his personal work and his community-related activities off the field.

I enjoy working with the folks at Comcast SportsNet and being able to offer our fans a glimpse into the inner workings of baseball from how we prepare for a game, the personalities on this team, how determined we are to bring another championship to the southside of Chicago and, of course, - well talk some country music, said Peavy. I do hope people will ask me questions and send in their suggestions on what theyd like to see on the next Jakes Take to my Twitter @JakePeavy_44. Were doing some cool things with social media too, so stay tuned.

Without question, Jake Peavy is one of baseballs most popular players and continues to grow a massive fan base in the Chicago area each day, added T.K. Gore, Director of Digital Media for Comcast SportsNet Chicago. We want to showcase Jake at his very best off the field with engaging, exclusive, behind-the-scenes content that will only perpetuate the adoration that fans have for him already.

The weekly Jakes Take webisodes can be found on CSNChicago.com at the following link: (http:www.csnchicago.compagesjake_peavy). The special Peavy page on CSNChicago.com also includes his up-to-the-minute Tweets via @JakePeavy_44, plus links to Peavys Facebook page and the Jake Peavy Foundation (www.jakepeavy44.com). In addition, Comcast SportsNet will also air Jakes Take at various points throughout the week on SportsNet Central and on White Sox PrePost Game Live.

Note the following additional highlights as part of Comcast SportsNetCSNChicago.coms agreement with Peavy:

Weekly Journal: Peavy will also write a weekly journal exclusively for CSNChicago.com, which will include his thoughts on his starting performances, a break-down of specific match-ups, series previews, behind-the-scenes happenings and more.

Social Media: Peavy and Comcast SportsNetCSNChicago.com will collaborate around social media utilizing his @JakePeavy_44 Twitter account and via Facebook (facebook.comJakePeavy44) to solicit fan questions for a special Q&A mailbag as part of his weekly journal, along with promoting the networks on-aironline content.

Kyle Baun healthy, ready for another chance with Blackhawks

Kyle Baun healthy, ready for another chance with Blackhawks

Kyle Baun couldn’t have asked for a better start to his second NHL season as he made the Blackhawks roster out of training camp.

It didn’t last long, however, as Baun was back with the Rockford IceHogs after two games with Chicago. As for that season in Rockford?

“That was a whole other story,” said Baun.

Indeed, Baun lost a good portion of his Rockford season when his right wrist was sliced twice by another player’s skate in mid-November. That, however, is all behind him. Now Baun hopes to replicate his 2015 camp performances and latch on with the big club longer.

Baun will play in his first preseason game this fall when the Blackhawks face the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night. The 24-year-old skated is expected to start on a line with Tyler Motte and Tanner Kero, with whom he skated on Friday morning.

“I just want to simulate what I did last year, and it went well at the beginning,” Baun said. “I want to keep working hard, do what I did last year in the exhibition season and hopefully I can stick again.”

[SHOP: Gear up, Blackhawks fans!]

Baun’s stint was short lived last fall; he was reassigned to Rockford on Oct. 16, and was looking to have a strong season there. Less than a month later, however, he suffered his right wrist injury that sidelined him for more than three months. Baun said he still wasn’t quite right even when he returned.

“I was trying to get back with the wrist and stuff, and I’m not sure it was 100 percent by the time I came back,” said Baun, who now wears Kevlar guards on his wrists. “So it was good to get a summer of training back in and get my legs under me.”

As for that wrist, Baun said it’s definitely “much better now.”

“The strength and dexterity is back,” he said. “It’s a small muscle, so to get the dexterity back was kind of tough.”

Baun is looking for another opportunity. Considering the opportunities for forwards this season, a good showing could lead to some more time in Chicago.

“I’m just trying to focus on my own game like last year. I think that worked for me, trying not to look too, too much into what everyone else is doing,” he said. “Consistency is the biggest thing here. They’re just looking for a guy who can come in, game in and game out, and improve.”

BRIEFLY

- Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Corey Crawford, who just wrapped up their World Cup of Hockey play on Thursday night, will probably get “three or four days off” before joining camp, assistant coach Mike Kitchen said. “They’ve been going for a long time,” Kitchen said. “We’ll give them some time off.”

- Coach Joel Quenneville flew to Pittsburgh with the team.

Three keys and prediction: Notre Dame - Syracuse

Three keys and prediction: Notre Dame - Syracuse

Here are three keys and a prediction for Saturday's Notre Dame-Syracuse game in New Jersey.

1. Make a play on Amba Etta-Tawo: Orange quarterback Eric Dungey targets Etta-Tawo, college football’s leading receiver through four weeks, an average of 13 times a game. Covering Etta-Tawo well is one thing, but that won’t necessarily mean Dungey will look elsewhere to throw the ball. Senior Cole Luke will probably get the first crack at guarding Etta-Tawo, and he’ll have to make a few plays on the ball (a tipped pass, an interception, etc.) to force Dungey out of his comfort zone. If Luke can’t do it, look for an underclassmen — Donte Vaughn, who picked off a pass against Duke, would have to lead that next group — to step in. Stopping Etta-Tawo would go a long way toward keeping the points down against Syracuse’s going-to-plaid offense. 

2. Meet “the standard” on offense. DeShone Kizer has been somewhere between very good and great this season, but it hasn’t been enough for Notre Dame to avoid any of their three losses. Syracuse’s defense is prone to allowing explosive plays and has struggled against the run, so triggering Josh Adams, Dexter Williams and/or Tarean Folston on the ground could allow Kizer to pick apart the Orange secondary as the game goes on. Most importantly, Kizer and his teammates need to avoid carelessly turning the ball over, as they did a few times against Michigan State and Syracuse. 

3. Effective play from the young guys. Kelly said one of the defensive changes we’ll see going forward is a lot more younger, talented players getting on the field in situations in which they weren’t equipped to in Brian VanGorder’s complex defense. Maybe that means defensive end Daelin Hayes using his elite pass rushing trait to pressure Dungey, or linebacker Asmar Bilal using his excellent speed trait to run with a crossing route and break up a pass. No matter how it happens, it has to happen — with that “it” being making defensive plays. Without sacks, TFLs, fumbles and/or interceptions, all that talk of Notre Dame having more “fun” this week will ring hollow on Saturday.

 

Prediction: Notre Dame 45, Syracuse 42. Adams and Williams both have big games on the ground and Kizer leads an offensive oscillating between explosive and efficient to, for the first time this year, enough points to overcome a shaky defensive performance.