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Good news: Sassone on the mend

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I get it everywhere I go when talk turns to the Blackhawks.

"Yeah, you're doing OK, whatever … but when is Tim Sassone coming back?"

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I told Tim that story when I visited with him this week, and he got a big kick out of it.

Not as big a kick as I got seeing how well he's doing as he continues his rehab. Amazing.

We talked Hawks and he told me he was a little ticked he couldn't watch Sunday's game against Nashville because the rehab facility doesn't have NBCSN.

I told him he didn't miss much.

Talking hockey with Tim, though, how great is that?

And btw, he truly appreciates all the cards and well wishes he has received while away and he wants to express his gratitude as he continues the road back.

Mission ... possible:

If you really think about it, it's almost impossible for a team to go without a shot on goal on nine straight power plays.

Almost.

Somehow the Blackhawks managed to pull it off this week.

Mission ... possible:

If you really think about it, it's almost impossible for a team not to lose two games in a row all season.

Almost.

Somehow the Bulls have managed to pull it off thus far.

Dateline -- drowsy:

Nothing gets the buzz of the Major League Baseball season going like … Seattle vs. Oakland … at 5 a.m. … on a Wednesday … in Japan.

Beg pardon?

News release from the Cubs:

"Chicago Cubs introduce Audi Legends Suite; new offering located on Nuveen Investments suite level of Wrigley Field."

Wait, the what now?

Skyrockets in flight ...:

Anchorman returns!

We could've had a G-8:

But we'll settle for the NATO summit kicking off the same day the City Series between the Cubs and the White Sox finishes up on the North Side.

Good times.

Question:

Did Tiger Woods get an oil change with that tuneup?

Suddenly the Masters just got a whole lot juicier.

Moving east:

The players won't have Cog Hill to kick around anymore when the 2012 BMW Championship moves to Crooked Stick Golf Club in Carmel, Ind. (Sept. 3-9), but I'm sure they'll find something about the course not to their liking.

Anyhoo, tickets go on sale April 1 and can be purchased online at www.bmwchampionshipusa.com.

Dang, darn, dang:

First Oprah. Now Rosie. Don't even joke around about us losing Windy City Live.

That would be too much to take.

Thinking outside the box:

Keeneland will be the first track in the country to introduce fractional wagering, and it sounds intriguing.

Available on all pools, it allows bettors to include more horses in their wagers while keeping the price of the wager affordable. For instance, a fan who has $5 to wager could bet a three-horse trifecta box for $4.80 -- with each possible combination costing only 80 cents. Typically, a $1 trifecta box would cost $6.

Yeah, I know, that's a lot of math.

Welcome aboard:

Bob Verdi.

Baseball talk? Book it:

Todd Hollandsworth, Jim O'Donnell and Elliot Harris talk baseball at the Arlington Heights Library on Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m.

Question:

How great is it that when bigwigs come to town for political events, it always seems to be during the evening rush hour?

Appreciate it!

mspellman@dailyherald.com

•Mike Spellman's Scorecard column appears Fridays.

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