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Ozzie last of a vocal, charismatic breed

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  • The firing of Ozzie Guillen marks the end of an era. Spellman's Scorecard discusses, Guillen, FOX's super slo-mo and even the Cubs and the White Sox - along with the usual nonsense.

    The firing of Ozzie Guillen marks the end of an era. Spellman's Scorecard discusses, Guillen, FOX's super slo-mo and even the Cubs and the White Sox - along with the usual nonsense.
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End of an era:

Ozzie Guillen is the last of a dying breed in professional sports: the charismatic leader who always spoke his mind.

It was a fun ride in Chicago the past few decades starting with Mike Ditka and then Ozzie and then getting a little Lou Piniella thrown in for good measure.

But those days are gone. Probably long gone.

Now it's low-key, low-wave guys who let the players be the stars.

That's not so bad, either ... just not as interesting.

Real news:

David Stern to retire in 2014.

Wish it were real news:

Gary Bettman to retire in 2012.

Very cool, yetvery yucky:

That super slo-mo Fox is using during the playoffs is fantastic, especially when it shows the ball hitting the bat -- Hunter Pence's broken-bat double being the gold standard.

But every time it shows exactly what a pitcher's arm goes through on each delivery ... man, it makes me wince.

Rule proposal:

How about only going to TV sideline reporters when there is actual news and not just anecdotes that could have been used on the pregame show?

While we're at it, how about not going to them at all?

Planet Girth:

Don't the Tigers look like a softball team out there?

The picks:

If it can't be Mark Grace, and it sure looks like it can't be now, how about Doug Glanville joining Len Kasper in the Cubs TV booth?

Only a few more weeks:

Until those incessant campaign commercials go bye-bye.

Good riddance.

I'm Mike Spellman and I approved this message.

Good sign:

News of the Bears and WBBM radio re-upping for a few more years got me thinking how lucky we are to hear Tom Thayer every game day. Man, does that guy know his football.


The last time the Bears had a noon start on a Sunday, the Cubs were falling 6-3 to the Cardinals while the White Sox were dropping a 4-1 decision to the Angels.

Yes, it's been that long, and so sorry for dredging up those memories.

The number:

Approximately 115,000.

That's how many people are on the waiting list for Cubs season tickets.

Can that really be right?

Only Bozo's Circus during the Bob Bell could compare in popularity.

Dunn did it again:

Loved, loved, loved what Adam Dunn had to say about winning TSN's Comeback Player of the Year.

It's exactly what White Sox fans want to hear.

Bleeding Cubbie blue:

Quick, can you name the Cubs hitting coach who just went from interim to full-time the other day?

Neither can I.

Borderline fascinating:

Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones is now a member of the U.S. bobsled team.

Upside-down world:

I'm not a good flier to begin with, and those commercials for the new Denzel Washington movie certainly aren't helping ... at all.

In other news:

Argo is fantastic.


That I didn't get to see what happened to that doof who ran out onto the field during play in the Florida State-Miami game.

Until this week, that is -- thanks, You Tube!

I'm happy to report he was taken down by security with a perfect tackle in the back of the end zone.

Good luck:

Patrick Kane.

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