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  • Wrigley was rocking when the Cubs made the playoffs in 2003 (above), and many Cubs fans believe Theo Epstein will help the team end its 103-year drought for a World Series title. But when?

       Wrigley was rocking when the Cubs made the playoffs in 2003 (above), and many Cubs fans believe Theo Epstein will help the team end its 103-year drought for a World Series title. But when?
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer/file

 
 

Heavy meddle:

Usually a meddling boss is the last thing you'd want in the workplace.

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But if Theo Epstein is named president of baseball operations for the Cubs on Friday as expected or even later, and Jed Hoyer is brought in as general manager, all Cubs fans can hope for is that Theo meddles and meddles and meddles and ...

Epstein's handprints all over everything baseball in that organization is an absolute must.

Burying the lede:

Wasn't the most interesting part of Jay Cutler's news conference -- other than not apologizing for zinging Mike Martz -- the revelation that a pair of beat writers got into a fight at Halas Hall?

Toot, toot:

The Chicago Express is handing out train whistles at its home opener Saturday at the Sears Centre Arena in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most train whistles used at one time.

Yeah, that's not going to be too annoying when the guy next to you is still tooting his caboose off midway through the second period.

Reluctant kudos:

Not a fan, but gotta say Tony LaRussa is pretty good at his job.

Overdue kudos:

If it were possible for someone to smile for five straight hours, my money would be on Bobby Hull this Saturday when he and fellow Blackhawk great Stan Mikita are immortalized in bronze during a ceremony at the United Center.

Rest in peace:

Don't know why, but I tuned into the IndyCar race at Las Vegas on Sunday, just minutes after the multicar wreck that cost Dan Wheldon his life.

Riveting coverage. Truly. And so, so sad.

BTW:

How in the world did they get a field of 34 drivers for the Las Vegas race when they've seemed to struggle lately just to fill the 33 spots at Indianapolis for the 500?

Be prepared:

The Sprint Cup Chase continues this weekend at Talladega.

Talladega, where the "big one" is always lurking.

Quick quiz:

Who was the Bulls top draft pick in the 2011 Draft?

Tiger shots:

Greg Norman and Geoff Ogilvy are probably right when they say Tiger Woods doesn't deserve to be on the Presidents Cup team this year. But it's the fact that fellow competitors have gotten the nerve to say such a thing about Woods that is the new twist. Such comments wouldn't have come out a few years ago.

And don't think Tiger will just slough them off -- that's just not part of his DNA … and suddenly we have a Presidents Cup that is must-see TV.

Bulls quiz answer:

Nikola Mirotic

Time travelers:

I don't like the way things set up this weekend for the Bears.

While Tampa Bay left for London early in the week and got a few days to acclimate themselves to the time change, the Bears didn't leave until late Thursday.

Anyone who has made that trip knows the players will be in a jet-lag haze Friday and part of Saturday and maybe, just maybe will finally be back to normal by Sunday.

That's kind of risky planning, isn't it?

Blackhawks vs. Canucks:

AHL-style, Friday night, Allstate Arena.

Should be fun.

He texted it:

"Not interested."

-- White Sox GM Kenny Williams to DH beat writer Scot Gregor, when asked to respond to the latest fuss between Ozzie Guillen and Don Cooper.

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