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From rioting fans to Ricketts, people missing the point

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  • Cubs owner Tom Ricketts told reporters this week that he has confidence in general manager Jim Hendry and manager Mike Quade.

    Cubs owner Tom Ricketts told reporters this week that he has confidence in general manager Jim Hendry and manager Mike Quade.
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Mavs win, Bruins win:

Absolutely perfect.

But which outcome is more delicious?

C'mon, really?

Rioting in the streets of Vancouver after losing Game 7?


You didn't see that here after the Cubs fell to the Marlins in the NLCS or when the Bears lost to the Colts in the Super Bowl.

Reason No. 896 to be proud to be a Chicagoan.

Tone deaf:

Cubs owner Tom Ricketts:

"(I) never bought into, 'I should have a baseball guy to watch my baseball guy and his baseball guys. Then what do you get, a baseball guy to watch the baseball guy who's watching your baseball guys?"

Cubs fans:

"Um ... YES!!!"

Woulda, coulda:

In a way you can kind of understand the reaction of Canucks fans because a Stanley Cup victory would have been the biggest thing to hit Vancouver since The Captain and Tennille played an acoustic show at the Pacific Coliseum in 1976.

Hopeful rumor:

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom shipping to Arlington Park to compete on Million Day.


Item: The Angels release struggling lefty Scott Kazmir and swallow the $14.5 million they still owe him.

Reaction: Oh, so it can be done? Even here in Chicago? Interesting.


Even while the rioting in Vancouver was ongoing, groups of concerned and embarrassed citizens -- via Facebook -- were already organizing cleanup crews.

Very cool.

Buzz Killman:

The Yankees are in town to play the Cubs this weekend. Then the White Sox and Cubs go at it for three games beginning Monday.

Where is the buzz? Seriously?

In the running:

Maurice Cheeks was reportedly among the contenders for the head coaching job with the Raptors.

Whether he gets it or not, he still provided my absolute favorite non-sporting sports moment -- whatever that means.

Google Maurice Cheeks and national anthem. I think you'll agree.

Radar Oh Really?

There's no bigger fan of weather than me, and no doubt there was some nasty stuff in the area Wednesday night, but c'mon, NBC had to put up the radar and scroll warnings right as they were showing the replay of the first goal of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup? Couldn't have run it earlier when there was a stoppage in play or heaven forbid, during a commercial?

U.S. Open sleeper:

Jason Day.

Nice and tidy:

The good news is that Saturday's Cubs-Yankees tilt is a 3 p.m. starter on Fox, so it should wrap up somewhere between 9 or 9:30 p.m.

Daily double for Dad:

Father's Day at Arlington Park will include Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Jim Peterik from the "Ides of March" and Lake Villa resident Mallory Simmermon singing the national anthem.

Name game:

This week's Sprint Cup race at Michigan International Speedway is the "HELUVA GOOD! Sour Cream Dips 400."

Thought you'd like to know.

Final LeBron James thoughts:

Nah, forget it. Let us agree not to speak his name for as long as possible.

Couldn't say it any better:

"Dad has always been such a great example for me. He tries very hard to be successful at what he does and he is successful because he puts his mind to it. He always tells me to love what you do and to work hard at it. That's why he's such a great example, and not only for his family."

-- Shelbi Catalano, student at North Central College in Naperville and daughter of Arlington-based trainer Wayne Catalano

And finally:

If you're lucky enough to have him around, go ahead and give your dad a big hug.

Happy Father's Day!