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posted: 8/17/2012 6:00 AM

Spellman's Scorecard: What's with all these injuries?

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Adidas says:

D. Rose will rise.

Kinney Shoes says:

Nazr Mohammad will play nine minutes a game and average 3 rebounds and 5 fouls.

Not the first ... interesting:

CSN Chicago reported Wednesday that Brian Urlacher's knee surgery this week may not have been the first he's had performed on it this year.

My first reaction: If that is indeed the case, good. Glad they're doing what they can to heal it up.

My second reaction: For crying out loud, what's with the Breshnev-era secrecy from this organization?

Par-a-noid.

The fabled disabled:

Could more Chicago superstars go down in a shorter period of time?

Rose, Toews, Hossa, Cutler, Urlacher, Konerko and um, Ian Stewart?

Who needs Power Ball?

When you've got Million Day at Arlington Park.

Talk about great betting opportunities. Geesh. Except for maybe one of the four big races on the card, these babies are wide-open affairs.

Start studying the Form now.

And remember:

There's a good chance, thanks to a rainy, damp Thursday, that the Arlington turf course won't be firm Saturday.

Might be a good angle to consider.

"NHL lockout, straight ahead!"

I fear.

Na, na, na, na, na. Bettman!

I don't know how he does it, but somehow NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman manages to become even less popular every single time he opens his mouth.

Is it even possible for him to be less popular?

This time it's different, though:

Donald Fehr is not going to back down and the storm clouds are brewing.

Wait, please rise ... when?

When I first heard the plan by the folks at Arlington Park to perform the national anthem after each day's third race I thought there was no way it would work.

People have become too accustomed to hearing the anthem before sporting events start, right? Wouldn't it throw them off?

Well, I'm here to tell you it works.

Not sure why, but it works.

How cool is that?

Earlie Fires listed to ride in Friday's eighth race at Arlington.

I'll admit it:

I felt like a wuss when I shook the 65-year-old retired jockey's hand earlier this week.

Strong. As. A. Bull.

Yeah, I was just wondering:

Are the Bears going to go 0-16 if they lose Saturday to Washington?

I'll hang up and listen for my answer.

Seriously, though:

They don't need to win, but just looking like they know what they're doing out there would be comforting.

A little help, please:

I'm looking for car dealerships where employees and customers randomly dance all over the lot while uplifting 1950s music plays in the background.

TV says they exist, but so far I can't find one.

He said it:

"She's 6 years old and has legs like a 2-year-old."

-- Trainer Danny Miller on Romacaca, who will run in the Grade I $750,000 Beverly D. Saturday at Arlington Park.

mspellman@dailyherald.com

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