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Oh, what a sports week it was

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  • Bears head coach Lovie Smith was in the middle of much of the news last week, a busy one indeed for Chicag sports.

    Bears head coach Lovie Smith was in the middle of much of the news last week, a busy one indeed for Chicag sports.
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Random observations following a wildly eventful week in Chicago sports:

•Jed Hoyer was with the Red Sox when they drafted Anthony Rizzo, the Padres when they traded for Rizzo and the Cubs on Friday when they traded for Rizzo.

Young Mr. Rizzo better hope that Hoyer's next stop isn't as commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan.

•Bears fans have been so lobotomized by their darlings that they'll settle for anything other than what they just had.

Like, the new Soldier Field was OK because it wasn't the old Soldier Field, George McCaskey is OK because he isn't Mike McCaskey, and Mike Tice is OK as offensive coordinator essentially because he isn't Mike Martz.

•Can't wait for the Fire's home opener. Me? Soccer? Yes, but why you ask? Because maybe by March 24 we'll be able to quit thinking Mother Nature is going to drop the other snowshoe as payback for the current mild weather.

•Bears head coach Lovie Smith prefers to say his team made the playoffs one of the past two years rather than one of the past five.

Made me think, "Come on, Lovie. Stop the silliness. The history of the world didn't begin two years ago."

If Smith were correct nobody would have discovered America, there wouldn't be a Declaration of Independence, Al Gore wouldn't have invented the Internet, Elvis never would have been born, and reports of his death wouldn't have been exaggerated.

•DePaul's victory over Pittsburgh the other night made me realize that, with all due respect to the Bulls, the three most exciting basketball games I have seen this season involved the Blue Demons.

Somebody else might notice if DePaul keeps this up, like Sunday at Villanova.

•Miami outfielder Logan Morrison tweeted about Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, "I really hope Ozzies on-field instructions r easier to understand than his tweets. I literally have no idea what this dude is talking about."

Expect White Sox general manager Kenny Williams to trade for Lo-Mo as his designate soul mate.

•It was surprising to hear that Michael Jordan is engaged to a young Cuban-American model. I thought for sure His Airness' next wife would be a middle-aged cashier at Piggly Wiggly.

•Bears president/CEO Ted Phillips is allowing Lovie Smith to help interview candidates for the position of general manager.

Many believe this is a bad move, but it's pure genius.

The process enables each candidate to grill Smith about his dubious player evaluations and inability to put together an enduring staff of assistant coaches.

Meanwhile, a candidate also can ask Phillips what exactly it is that he admires about Smith's coaching, how much power Smith wields within the organization and whether the GM will have the authority to fire Smith after next season.

•In theory, it seems like a good idea that the Cubs combined some members of the club's previous front office with those brought in by new president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.

Just wondering, though, how in reality everybody is getting along now that the new guys traded old-guys' favorite Andrew Cashner.

•Every Blackhawks-Red Wings game is huge. But with the Hawks on a three-game losing streak and first place on the line, Sunday night's matchup might be as huge as Joel Quenneville says it is.

•Bye-bye, Big Z. I'm probably the one person in town who hates to see you go.

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