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Spellman's Scorecard: Think before you tweet

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Remember the time, way back about five or six years ago, when if you had a problem and you were upset about something -- like Matt Forte is about the Bears signing running back Michael Bush -- you'd talk to a friend or your spouse about it?

Then you'd settle down a little.

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Then you'd work to solve the issue.

Yeah, those were good times.

A-Rod says Yes!

Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow.

Enjoy, New York.

Cold water on steel:

From Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: "The Chicago Blackhawks are leading the NHL in front-office soap operas this year. The word around is that Scotty Bowman isn't happy that coach Joel Quenneville isn't showing the appropriate respect to GM Stan Bowman, who just happens to be Scotty's son."

Hmm.

Confession:

A lot of people ahem were tough on Stan after his moves at the trade deadline. But the numbers don't lie: Since acquiring Johnny Oduya, the Hawks are absolutely rolling.

And the players love, love, love playing with the guy.

Star power:

Derrick Rose and Jonathan Toews have each missed 15 games with their respective teams.

The Bulls are 11-4 without Rose in the lineup, while the Blackhawks are 10-4-1 sans Tazer.

Not sure what that means, if anything.

Gotta say:

Our three cool/cold weather GMs are doing pretty well.

And that definitely includes Phil Emery, who's got me so excited about the upcoming draft that I just bought a Bears chelmet (chip helmet), a dry-erase board and an XL Revie Sorey jersey.

Stop making sense:

So I guess the things to remember about the new PGA schedule unveiled this week are that the 2014 season will actually kick off in late 2013.

Got it.

And that the Q in Q School now only applies to the Nationwide Tour, not the PGA Tour.

Um OK.

Same difference, really ... right?

While NASCAR will open its 2014 season with the Daytona 500, the PGA kicks off 2014 with the Frys.com Open in October of 2013.

What?

More annoying -- the quiz:

Jerry Newman and his driving issues, or the fact that there's someone in a Day-Glo vest carrying a bucket at every fourth major intersection making me feel guilty for staring straight ahead?

Been there, seen that:

A blue-ribbon panel has been assembled to help determine what has caused a spate of on-track breakdowns the past few months at Aqueduct in New York.

Why don't they just go ahead and install a synthetic surface, even though that may not be the best solution.

But that will make everything all better, right?

Right?

Question:

If Brent Morel or Ian Stewart were walking through Woodfield, would you be able to pick them out of the crowd?

Another question:

If Brent Morel leaves Cleveland traveling 65 mph and Ian Stewart is on a train departing Sacramento at 100 mph would that make them more recognizable?

Didn't think so.

King of Carmody:

I've come to this conclusion about Northwestern basketball: it's not just the coach.

Just remember:

It may be gorgeous weather right now, but you know for a fact it'll be 44 degrees with a 22-mph north wind howling for the Cubs' home opener.

mspellman@dailyherald.com

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