I fell for it, I admit.
I loved the saga of Oscar Pistorius. I loved how he seemed to be uniting his country, how he was fighting to overcome his disability despite constant obstacles, and how he had become an inspiration to millions around the world.
He was the Blade Runner and, honestly, the only Olympian I can remember actually rooting for in eons.
Now comes news that Pistorius has been charged with murdering his girlfriend.
Iím disappointed in myself for buying the hype and sad for all those who saw him as a hero.
Charles Barkley is still right.
On a much more upbeat note:
Isnít it nice that the shootout order is about the only controversy surrounding the Blackhawks these days?
Sure, that might change when Daniel Carcillo returns full time, but for now letís just enjoy the ride.
No, youíre out of order:
Hereís my pick for the third guy Coach Q ought to send out for shootouts: Brandon Saad.
How are all those snapped-up Twinkies selling on eBay these days?
Petal to the metal:
I guess itís appropriate that during Valentineís week weíve been hearing so much about Flowers and Rose.
One needs to bloom quickly, but the other can ó and should ó wait ítil fall to re-emerge if thatís whatís best for him and his ailing knee.
Michael at 50:
That shot of Michael Jordan on the cover of this weekís SI took me back.
So many great memories.
Unfortunately, the one I canít erase is that of M.J. delivering that snarky Hall of Fame speech.
Oh for a do-over on that one.
Remember that one time?
The only other year the Bears have had the 20th pick in the NFL draft was 1974, when they selected defensive lineman Dave Gallagher out of Michigan.
Yeah, I donít remember him either.
What may lie ahead:
For an idea of what caliber of player might be available at the No. 20 spot, here are the Bears picks in the 18-22 range over the years:
Otis Wilson (19th, 1980), Willie Gault (18th, 1983), William Perry (22nd, 1985), Stan Thomas (22nd, 1991), Alonzo Spellman (22nd, 1992), Rashaan Salaam (21st, 1995), Rex Grossman (22nd, 2003) and Shea McClellin (19th, 2012).
Sooo glad theyíre not picking 22nd this year.
Too close for comfort:
That asteroid thatís passing awfully close by today isnít going to hit us, right? Right?
BTW, is there a plan in place if one was actually coming straight toward us?
Tell me someoneís on this!
In a shortened season like this one, does the winning NHL team hoist the Stan Cup?
Yeah, that was stupid.
For your viewing pleasure:
If you havenít seen it yet and have a minute of free time, check out the video of the condor getting loose before a hockey game.
Typical horse racing calendar:
Hawthorne opens its spring meet Friday, while Arlington and the ITHA continue on their year-round squabble.
When I was in grade school at St. James ó wearing a uniform straight out of the Ďhuskyí section at Crawfordís ó Father Bill Zavaski was always known as the cool priest.
Now the pastor at St. James, Zavaski this week was honored by the village of Arlington Heights for all his hard work and dedication.
Obviously, still a cool dude.
Part of the selling point of the Bearsí upgrade to Halas Hall was that it would enhance the fan experience.
My first reaction: Bears fans go to Halas Hall? I did not know that.
Sounds like itís for Bears fans who also just happen to be corporate sponsors.
Nothing but good wishes:
To Johnny Knox.
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