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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.



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.


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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