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  • Former Bulls player Dennis Rodman tells the media before Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the United Center on Wednesday that he loves how Joakim Noah plays the game.

      Former Bulls player Dennis Rodman tells the media before Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals at the United Center on Wednesday that he loves how Joakim Noah plays the game.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Former Bulls player Dennis Rodman, who appears to be in great shape at age 50, says he doesn't want to be a "fat guy" as he gets older.

      Former Bulls player Dennis Rodman, who appears to be in great shape at age 50, says he doesn't want to be a "fat guy" as he gets older.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

 
 

Still the same:

Dennis Rodman was at the UC for Game 2 and told reporters he didn't want to be a "fat guy" when he got older.

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Um, not a problem there for the just-turned 50-year-old. The guy looks the same as when he played for the Bulls back in the day. In fact, he probably could've slipped on a jersey Wednesday night and grabbed 17 rebounds.

And the Bulls sure could've used it seeing how Miami won the battle of the boards .... and the game.

What??

Udonis Haslem?

Really?

Oh, it's on now:

The Heat certainly made a statement in Game 2. If the Bulls hope to make it to the Finals, they know it's gonna be one rough road. Maybe not as rough as that stretch of New Wilke Road between Golf and Algonquin in Rolling Meadows, but rough nonetheless.

Hold-your-breath time:

Not that he should bring a display case featuring a variety of assorted fresh meat products out with him to left field, but man, Sam the ... I mean Alfonso Soriano, is something else out there.

Out in left field:

Speaking of Soriano, how do he and Juan Pierre compare defensively in left field with the 1978 crosstown combo of Dave Kingman and Ralph Garr?

Horsing around:

Even though Dialed In is due for a big showing, and despite the fact that Derby winner Animal Kingdom ran the first race of his career at Arlington Park, Mucho Macho Man is the pick to win Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

And it's not just because he was purportedly named after me.

And it feels so good:

The reunion of Hawk and Wimpy in the booth over the weekend was just a plain comfortable listen.

Explain again why that pairing broke up in the first place?

The equation:

2011 Zydrunas Ilgauskas = 1986 Granville Waiters

Question:

Why in the world did the Cubs and Giants play Saturday night in gale-force winds, 40-degree temperatures and continuous rain?

Answer:

Paid attendance: 39,706.

Classy dude:

Sure, K.J. Choi won the Players Championship, but how about the sportsmanship displayed by Elmhurst's Mark Wilson?

In the second round, Wilson's ball was up against a tree and he was forced to try to play it left-handed. On the ensuing swing, he wasn't sure, but he thought he hit the ball twice and called a two-shot penalty on himself

A check of the replay with PGA officials proved inconclusive, so the final call was up to Wilson.

"You never know for sure," he said. "If 1 percent of me thinks I double-hit it, then I have to take the penalty."

Wilson took the penalty and missed the cut by 1 stroke.

Just asking:

Who do you want Jim Hendry to hug next?

Steve, Allison, back to you:

Our Frank Wachowski reports that Tom Skilling will be at the Walgreens store on Palatine Road in Arlington Heights on Saturday.

Nothing to do with sports, but Skilling's the man.

BTW: This marks only the third time in the last six years that Skilling has been to a Walgreens in May when the temperature has been 70 or above.

Tazer and Boozer:

Jonathan Toews and Carlos Boozer were among those in attendance Tuesday at the UC for Oprah's surprise salute to herself.

You gotta be bleeping me:

By dropping a few well-deserved F-bombs following a debacle of a game in Cincinnati this week, Cubs manager Mike Quade now trails Ozzie Guillen by only about a gazillion in that department.

He said it:

Dennis Rodman on Bulls center Joaqim Noah: "He runs around with his head cut off sometimes, but I love the guy."

• Mike Spellman's Scorecard column appears Fridays.

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