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

United they (don't) stand in track brouhaha

By Mike Spellman

Just don't get it:

At a time when the horse racing industry needs a united front -- or at least needs to project one -- what with the possibility of slots at racetracks on the line, it seems like an odd time for Arlington to be stirring the pot with a lawsuit against the IRB.

Maybe it's just me.

In with the ... young:

The Cubs new director of baseball operations, Scott Harris, is 25 years old.

Let that marinate for a while.

Fine and dandy:

The $21,000 fine levied against Jared Allen for his season-ending hit on Lance Louis is well, fine, but I still don't get people claiming the hit was a "football" play.

It was if he didn't leave his feet to make it. But he did.

Picture that:

How nice was it to see a photo of an actual hockey game in this week's Sports Illustrated?

And how nice was it that it was a shot of the Chicago Wolves taken by ace team photographer Ross Dettman, who has been with the organization since Day 1?

A nice honor for a good guy.

Gets me every time:

The dude who's a French model ... at least according to the internet.

Bon jour!

Seeing red:

In the battle of red-and-white color schemes, you have to go with Nebraska over Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, right?

Webb feet:

Lost in the shuffle of Jay Cutler tying J' Marcus Webb's shoe was the revelation that Webb has size 22 feet.

And here I thought Bob Lanier's size 22 sneakers, displayed on the American Freedom train's stop in Rockford in the summer of 1975, would be the biggest shoes I'd ever see.

Why do I remember obtuse things like that?

A tough listen:

Is there any more painful radio than a weekly coach's show? Especially a weekly local college basketball coach's show?

Pretty sure there's not.

Of course:

We were spoiled around here with the all-time best coach's show, albeit one that was on TV.

It went a little something like this ... :

Fan: "Yeah Coach, I was just wondering, when you guys dominate the Lions on Sunday, how much are you going to dominate them by? I'll sit down and wait for my answer."

All: "Woof."

Tis' the season:

Favorite image this week was that of an NYPD officer helping a barefoot homeless man into a new pair of socks and shoes the officer had purchased for the man ... just because he wanted to.

Nice.

Kudos:

To one fearless jockey -- Seth Martinez -- on recently collecting career win No. 2,000.

Yip, yip hooray:

Good job by golf's Council of Elders in deciding to phase out those belly putters.

If I have to doink 4-foot putts all day, so should everyone else.

Hare raising:

Watched the first installment of "The Dust Bowl."

Why is my lasting impression not necessarily of the dust, but of the jack rabbits?

Paging Mr. Fix-It:

When you're done with Scott Baker, the Cubs have another one to add to your to-do list: Scott Feldman.

Mighty matchup:

Notre Dame vs. Alabama just sounds better than Notre Dame vs. Georgia.

No scientific reasoning behind it, just sounds better.

Wizardry:

That's one wild trailer for the movie "Oz The Great and Powerful."

The farewell and adieu quote:

"After spending several hours with both sides over two days, the presiding mediators concluded that the parties remained far apart, and that no progress toward a resolution could be made through further mediation at this point in time."

-- NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.

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