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Spellman's scorecard: If BMW goes to Conway, get ready for a treat

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  • Kyle Stanley holds the championship trophy after winning the Phoenix Open golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Kyle Stanley holds the championship trophy after winning the Phoenix Open golf tournament Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
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One of the worst-kept secrets over the past year was that if the BMW Championship returned to Chicago in 2013, the front-runner to host the event would be Conway Farms in Lake Forest.

Now it finally appears to be a reality, though there's been no announcement.

If and when they do make it official, though, golf fans who haven't seen the CF layout are in for a real treat. It's a beauty.

Beauty can be a beast:

I don't remember which hole it is at Conway Farms, but the one thing I do remember is that it featured one of the angriest, most protective swans I've ever seen.

If you walked anywhere near the water line on the hole, that thing would high-tail it right toward you.

Kind of unnerving.

Feeling bad:

For the Jemsek family over at Cog Hill. All that money poured into renovating Dubsdread and now what are they left with?

Here's an idea: How about an LPGA event?

Gallery is growing:

If he does nothing of note the rest of the year, golfer Kyle Stanley won himself a lot of new fans over the past two weeks.

First he suffers a heartbreaking collapse in the final round at Torrey Pines. Then he rallies from way behind on Sunday to win at Phoenix.

And the best part is he handled both circumstances with class.

Thibs in search of ... wins:

Love Tom Thibodeau, just disagree with his philosophy on playing his superstar, regardless of nagging injuries.

And especially against cupcakes like the New Orleans Hornets.

Just dreaming:

Dwight Howard's line against the Heat on Wednesday: 25 points, 24 rebounds.

Super cold steel on ice:

To snap out of the malaise they're in, the Blackhawks need an absolute crazy game Friday against San Jose -- and right from the get-go.

Crazy like they're not going to get outhit. Crazy like they're not going to get outfought.

Crazy like they're playing for their postseason survival.

Is it possible:

Rob Lowe was right about Peyton Manning?

Just can't get enough NFL:

That's why people are still talking about quotes by Rodney Harrison, Gisele BŁndchen and Jalen Rose.

You have to admit, though, they're way more interesting than anything that came out of the locker room after the game.

What the Wallenda?

That tight rope guy from halftime at the Super Bowl is still kinda freaking me out.

Fun with Hornets:

We have just witnessed the most pub -- and fun -- the New Orleans Hornets will enjoy the rest of the season, and it's all courtesy of Will Ferrell's pregame introductions Wednesday.

Ferrell poked fun at all the starters, including Ronnie Brewer, who he said "once ate 20 hot dogs in an hour."

That led Brewer to tweet the following after the game: "And to those whose asked I've never ate 20 hotdogs in an hr thanks Will Ferrell for the lies lol."

Ha cha cha cha:

I found it interesting that officials at Del Mar racetrack have let everyone know that they're interested in hosting a future Breeders' Cup.

I found it even more interesting that the track's grass course is called the Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

How great is that?

Hey, Arlington Park:

The Earlie Fires Turf Course. Has a nice ring to it, huh?

He said it:

"OK ... what does that mean?"

-- Veteran NASCAR driver Mark Martin, after being informed that his race team had signed him up on Twitter.

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