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Article posted: 12/21/2012 5:30 AM

Spellman's Scorecard: Survival kit full of food for thought

By Mike Spellman

If you're reading this:

We did it. We survived.

The world didn't end.

And, best of all, none of us has to miss Friday night's Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.

I know! Can you believe it!

But that's not all:

We also survived the first winter storm of the season.

BTW, bonus points to anyone who knew Thursday's windfest was named "Draco" by the folks at the Weather Channel.

Actually, maybe you should get bonus points for not knowing that.

The equation (Bears style):

Off the field nonsense = On the field deterioration.

Discuss.

Careful what you wish for:

If things continue to spiral for the Bears, and Lovie Smith does eventually get fired, don't assume the next coach will be any more open or forthright.

But less condescending sure would be nice, wouldn't it?

Sometimes I dream:

Jabari Parker at DePaul -- even for one season -- would've been an absolute program turner-arounder.

Bizarro Bears:

Right now that would be the folks at NIU.

It's so nice to see a team and a university so genuinely excited by what has been accomplished and what lies ahead.

A.J., Texas Ranger:

He may not have been the most endearing guy, but A.J. Pierzynski sure played the game hard and had a baseball IQ that was through the roof.

Speaking of high IQs:

"The Voice" concluded its season this week. Next up: "X-Factor" and "Idol."

Wouldn't we all be better served if we had more shows like "America's Got Scientists!" instead?

Just asking.

Heard it but don't believe it:

Pete Carroll at 61 is the second-oldest coach in the NFL behind Tom Coughlin (67).

There's no way. With that hair?

I'm thinking:

Brian Urlacher won't hear any more boos at Soldier Field as a Bear, that is.

Here we go again:

So now the NHL has canceled games through Jan. 14.

How much longer will we continue to get these uplifting updates?

Actual live hockey:

A pair of top-25 teams at the AA level -- the West Dundee Leafs and the Romeoville Huskies square off Friday in Evergreen Park.

Thought you should know.

Can't wait:

To see Chuck Pagano return to the sidelines in a few days.

Moral victory:

Yeah, the Bears may have lost to the Packers, but at least they didn't make perhaps the dumbest play in history.

And then ... :

The Packers follow that up by deciding to keep kicker Mason Crosby on the roster.

What??

All I want for Christmas:

Is mainly temperate weather and the return of D-Rose and Tazer.

Counting the days:

Only one year until the return of Ron Burgundy.

All I really want for Christmas:

It's simple: for you and yours to have a great holiday!!

mspellman@dailyherald.com

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