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Spellman's Scorecard: Super Bowl in Chicago? Yeah, sure

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How NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell probably responded Thursday to Mayor Emanuel's pitch for a future Super Bowl in Chicago:

"Uh huh."

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"Oh, really? Interesting."

"I hear you on that one buddy (laughs)."

"OK, tell you what, I'll get back to you on all this."

How Goodell's inner Hawk probably wanted to respond:

"You gotta be bleeping me!"

Not gonna happen:

I know New York will be hosting the first outdoor Super Bowl in a cold-weather city in 2014, but the only reason they are is because they spent gazillions to build a huge new state-of-the-art football stadium with a seating capacity of 82,5000.

The Bears, in relatively tiny Soldier Field (63,000), just don't have a chance.

The next outdoor Super Bowl held in a cold-weather city will be a few years after the next outdoor stadium in a cold- weather city is built.

Early and often:

The next update on all-star voting better show Paul Konerko leading all American League first basemen.

That's all I'm saying.

Wait, what the?

If you're like me, you just kinda scan the Scoreboard page, checking the standings and money leaders, and maybe once in awhile venturing down toward the "AP Sportlight" feature to find out what happened on that day in sports history.

If you did Wednesday, you were in for a treat, because here's what happened on that day in 1912:

"Joe Dawson wins the second Indianapolis 500 in 6:21:06. Ralph Mulford is told he has to complete the race for 10th-place money. It takes him 8 hours and 53 minutes as he makes several stops for fried chicken.

"The finishing rule is changed the next year."

Honestly, does it get any better than that?

BTW:

How good of a race was that?

Reason No. 17:

To love L.A. Kings coach Darryl Sutter: He appears to despise in-game interviews as much as I despise watching them.

Although ... :

I am finally warming a bit to Pierre McGuire, which I never thought would happen.

Chasing a record:

As I made the turn at the lovely layout at Traditions at Chevy Chase earlier this week, the word was spreading: Ryan Starkman from Mount Prospect, who played high school golf at Hersey, had gone out and shot a course-record 66 from the back tees. Amazing.

I knew what I had to do to tie Ryan: Shoot a 19 on the back nine.

Didn't get him this time, but you better believe I'll keep trying.

Love the one you're with:

If it can't be the Bulls, then let's make it the Spurs.

Am I wrong?

I probably am, but it looks to me like Reed Johnson's batting helmet is a couple of shades darker than everyone else's.

Why does that bother me?

I have no idea.

He is legend:

Daily Herald hockey contributor Bob Verdi will receive the 2012 Memorial Golf Journalism Award this week at the tournament hosted by Jack Nicklaus.

Talk about a guy who can do it all well done, Bob.

Going out on top:

Yeah, Blackhawks fans are supposed to hate the Red Wings, but it was always hard for me to hate defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom. The guy was just so good for so long.

Keeping track:

If the first installment of Arlington Park's weekly web series "Behind the Silks" is any indication, they certainly picked the right person -- jockey Tim Thornton -- to focus on. The kid's got "it."

mspellman@dailyherald.com

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