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Spellman's Scorecard: Just believe in Hossa

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  • The Blackhawks' Marian Hossa checks Boston's David Krejci during the second period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

    The Blackhawks' Marian Hossa checks Boston's David Krejci during the second period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.
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Tony Amonte insinuates that Marian Hossa is soft for missing Game 3.

OK, whatever.

But some Blackhawks fans jumping on that bandwagon, too?


The same Hossa who has been a steady force all season, and since he got here, for that matter?

The same Hossa who, along with Jonathan Toews, has been the most reliable two-way player on the team?

The same Hossa who has spent the second half of his career doing nothing but chasing the Stanley Cup?

Hoss is a beast.

If he's not playing, there's a reason.

It's amazing:

How fast some people will turn.

The list:

Jay Cutler, Derrick Rose and now Hossa.

Who's next?

Paul Konerko?

Not quite right:

Just watching Hossa in Game 4, he was, as usual, in all the right places, but you could see he wasn't even close to 100 percent. Looked more like about 50 percent to me.

Still he was noticeable and a comforting presence out there.


What percentage of sports fans are ever actually happy with their teams?

Not all lollipops and rainbows happy, just upbeat after a win or at some point willing to admit that their team is actually doing well?

Five percent?

Ten percent?


Enough of the cranky.

Dreaming of San Diego:

"Anchorman 2" approaches.


English Rose:

If it couldn't be my guy Steve Stricker, I'm glad another good guy, Justin Rose, was able to outlast the rest to win the U.S. Open.

But honestly:

Wasn't that the longest, sloggiest major you've ever seen?

I'm not sure, but I think I napped three separate times while trying to just hang with it.

Postcard from Glenview:

Perfect weather, beautiful course and a strong field of players -- including Freddie Couples -- just out there playing hard and loving life.

If you're a golf fan and you can't make it out to the Encompass Championship this weekend at North Shore Country Club, well, you're missing out on a good time.

Commercial appeal:

Talking camel not bad.

Tena Twist? OMG.


The NBC intermission report: OK, you've got Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and?


After further review:

I know it's being billed as a safety issue, but banning women's purses at NFL games ain't gonna fly.


Less than a week until the Cubs and Sox finally get the spotlight.

Countdown, Part 2:

Less than five weeks after that 'til they lose the spotlight thanks to the start of Bears training camp.

Honestly, this summer is flying.

Quiz answer:

Yeah, I had to look it up.

It's Liam McHugh.

He said it:

"I don't really care what Tony Amonte says."

-- Marian Hossa

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