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A Golden derby pick that makes 'cents'

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With the size of the melon that floats at the top of this column, you'd think that picking a horse named Orb in the Kentucky Derby would be a no-brainer for me.

And you'd be right. Sort of.

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Orb is actually my second pick, just a titch behind Goldencents. Team O'Neill did it last year with I'll Have Another, so why not a two-fer with GC?

Throw in Revolutionary and Vyjack and you've got yourself a nice exacta box.

Now that I've said that:

Watch Verrazano crush 'em all.

Either way:

Enjoy the Derby.

Hey, speaking of orbs:

Maybe my favorite headline of all time:

"Crew team finds giant head floating in river."

Renovating Wrigley:

First of all, yes, do it. The renderings look fantastic.

My worry/question is when they finally (re) build it, will they come? In droves? Like they used to?

I'm not so sure.

Sure it's going to be way more modern and way more comfortable and way more everything, but it's also probably going to be way more expensive.

Question:

Whom do you trust more with the future of your team: Theo or Phil?

OK, I gotta say it:

If I see those three people talking to their couch one more time I'm gonna lose it.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain:

We've heard from Derrick.

We've heard from Reggie.

Now it's time to hear from B.J.

Please, B.J., just tell us what in the world is really going on.

Farewell and adieu:

To one of my favorites in the business: Dave Van Dyck.

The poor guy was a victim of proximity many weekends at Wrigley Field, forced by the dreaded seating chart to sit there and listen to my blather.

What a patient guy.

Enjoy your retirement, Vandy.

Observation:

They play a different game for sure, but watching and talking to Brandon Saad reminds me so much of Jonathan Toews.

BTW:

How good does Stan Bowman look right now?

Compare and contrast:

Is football going the way of smoking?

You know, despite all the inherent dangers associated with it, some people are still gonna play it ... that is as long as they do it at least 15 feet away from any entrance to a building.

What?

Worth repeating:

Now that Arlington's season has begun, it's a perfect time to stop by one morning to watch the horses work out.

There is nothing more beautiful.

Well said:

Simply loved Paul Konerko's take on the use of advanced statistical analysis in baseball:

"There are some things that are useful, but the manager of the team, he knows his players, he knows the personality of the players and he knows the current mood of the team and the mood of the players.

"But I see the other side, too. Information's always good. There are a lot of repetitions out there, a lot of patterns. You'd be stupid not to look at some of them."

I salute you:

I've never done the flag-waving-out-the-window-of-a-car thing, but I have to say it's pretty cool driving to a game and seeing all those Blackhawks flags flying proudly.

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