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  • Mike Spellman says Ozzie Guillen was always interesting and good for the White Sox but it was time for him to move on.

      Mike Spellman says Ozzie Guillen was always interesting and good for the White Sox but it was time for him to move on.
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Miami Sound Machine:

Ozzie Guillen.

But ...:

The guy is always interesting, and he did do a lot of good things for the White Sox ... but man, it was definitely time for him to move on.

Fun, yes ... but games?

The Blackhawks have a lot of cool things on the agenda this weekend for the team's fifth annual convention.

Among the highlights are 16 -- count 'em 16 -- Q&A sessions and a chance to see Marian Hossa for the first time since he took that brutal hit in the playoffs.

The weekend will definitely get a lot of people thinking hockey.

But, after reading initial reports about the opening rounds of negotiations between the league and players over a new collective bargaining agreement, the big question is will there be actual games anytime soon?

Compare and contrast:

What the Blackhawks have gone through the last two seasons with what the Bulls will be going through the next two seasons.

And btw:

May we never hear the phrase "our core" again.

Trade proposal:

Yeah, um, how about Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza for Ditka?

I'll hang up and listen for my answer.

All set:

The Olympics may be a week away, but I feel like I'm way ahead of the pack after ordering the Blue Channel as part of NBC's Triplecast.

Wait, what?

Good call:

After watching what London has been going through in the name of the Olympics -- strikes, congestion, airport headaches, security staffing ... you name it -- I have but three words to say about Chicago's failed bid: Thank you IOC.

More our speed:

Now, hosting an IndyCar race on the streets of Chicago, showing off our shimmering skyline on a cool, crisp Sunday morning ... now you're talking.

Is it wrong:

To be seeing armadillos and tumbleweed this far north?

Looking out for No. 1:

I didn't remember his name until I looked it up, but the one fact I'll never forget about British Open starter Ivor Robson (thanks Google!), is that he never leaves his post at the first tee until the final group has gone off.

That's never, as in even if nature is calling never.

Think about that today when you watch him announce the final group -- ten hours after the second round began.

Kinda eww.

The equation?

Kevin Youkilis 2012 = Rick Sutcliffe 1984.

No way to go:

Quietly, veteran local jockey Jerry LaSala rode the last race of his career Saturday at Arlington Park.

Unfortunately, his send-off almost ended with him and his mount being sent over the inner rail after being squeezed along the pipes in the stretch by the eventual race winner.

Incredibly, the inquiry light was never lit, although I was told the following morning that the stewards met with the two other jockeys who were involved in the incident.

Bottom line: LaSala deserved better.

Mark your calendars:

One month until the Arlington Million.

Warming up to Jay:

If this were just a couple of years ago when he wasn't half as popular as he is now, people would have been all over Jay Cutler for his recent seventh inning performance at Wrigley Field.

Mark your calendars, Part II:

Two months until the Ryder Cup.

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