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Article posted: 11/9/2012 5:30 AM

Will Bears' Peppers produce special prime-time show

By Mike Spellman

Now back to our regular programming:

Finally. Geesh.

Now we can go ahead and ignore Ohio for three-and-a-half more years.

'Pep' rally:

All this talk about Houston's J.J. Watt, though legit, has me thinking we're in for a special prime-time performance by Julius Peppers.

Memories:

Watching Brian Urlacher's 22-minute or so rumble to the end zone Sunday got me thinking: The guy has morphed into Dick Butkus circa 1971.

Ballot initiative:

What's with the poster board-sized ballots on election day?

Jumper ,,, good:

The arrival of Artis Gilmore really got me into the Bulls.

Jim Durham kept me there.

He was, by far, the best in the business.

The schedule:

A memorial service for Durham will be held Tuesday morning at Holy Name Cathedral.

The Zamboni-o-meter:

Has moved up to 4 on a scale of 10 for an actual NHL season to take place.

Secret talks between any league and its union are usually a good sign.

In other news:

Courtesy of CSN, Rockford's Brian Shaw was suspended six games for leaving the bench to start an altercation.

Surprised?

Question:

Is this the quietest baseball general managers meetings ever?

Need some trade rumors ... quickly.

Get moving:

If the Cubs are going to be as bad as it appears they will be the next couple of years, now is absolutely the time to get going on renovating the old ball yard.

Tom Ricketts needs to do whatever it takes to have a rebuilt Wrigley up and ready for the 2015 season, and Theo Epstein needs to do whatever it takes to field a competitive team for that unveiling.

Question:

What's with all the tough guy squirrels out there?

If they're no longer scared of us, that cannot be good.

Ex-bench mob update:

Ronnie Brewer (Knicks) is getting about 26 minutes of playing time per game and averaging 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds.

Omer Asik, meanwhile, is averaging 14 rebounds and 6.5 points for the Rockets..

Not that any of this means anything.

The results:

Questing, my pick in the BC Ladies Classic, was pulled up during the race because of an eye injury. Meanwhile, Mucho Macho Man fell about a half-length short in Saturday's Classic.

Dang.

BTW:

If I had one big race to win, Mike Smith would be my jockey.

Classy:

Ailing Colts coach Chuck Pagano's postgame speech to his team on Sunday.

Tough not to get emotional watching it.

Just as classy:

Colts players shaving their heads this week to honor Pagano.

Going deep:

"Yeah, don't do it. Use your head. It's a mistake that I have to live with for the rest of my life. I have to deal with never, ever getting into the Hall of Fame. ... If any ballplayer ever came up to me (I'd tell them) run away from it."

-- New Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire to Fox Sports Radio.

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