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Why were those in room with Bieber not disturbed?

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  • Toronto's Maicer Izturis as Sox catcher Tyler Flowers tries to apply the tag during the Blue Jays' victory Tuesday. Flowers has been a disappointment in his first full season behind the plate, batting just .202 with 22 RBI.

      Toronto's Maicer Izturis as Sox catcher Tyler Flowers tries to apply the tag during the Blue Jays' victory Tuesday. Flowers has been a disappointment in his first full season behind the plate, batting just .202 with 22 RBI.
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By Mike North
The Rebel Inside

If you haven't heard, the Blackhawks brought Justin Bieber into their locker room.

Bieber, a Canadian and a big-time hockey fan, stepped on the Blackhawks logo as he was taking a picture of the Stanley Cup.

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He's taking a lot of heat for the mishap -- stepping on the logo is firmly off limits -- but oddly there are three executive types in the picture besides Bieber who don't seem too bothered by it. I'm just sayin'!

I predict:

I'm not Notredamis (or is it Nostradamus?), but the group thinking that catcher Tyler Flowers was worth letting A.J. Pierzynski go had to be pretty small.

I know the fans and media weren't part of that circle. Maybe the White Sox' front office of Rick Hahn, Kenny Williams and ownership thought Flowers would step up this year.

Instead, Flowers has been a huge disappointment and just reinforces something many of us knew: A.J. was the heart and soul of the ballclub.

Two amazing feats:

Two of the greatest sports moments in the last 50 years have taken place over the past month.

I had taken high-wire artist Nik Wallenda to task for his walk across Niagara Falls because he was attached to a safety device minimizing the danger to him and reducing the risk factor.

According to Wallenda, it wasn't his fault because ABC-TV made the decision in the eleventh hour. They had weeks to think about it and at the last second stopped him from walking on his own.

But the Discovery Channel was completely on board with his plan to walk across the Grand Canyon unprotected.

He walked a quarter-mile on the tightrope and was up as high as the tip of the Empire State Building, around 1,500 feet.

It was the most amazing feat I ever have seen. It took guts, focus and endurance.

Reportedly, 13 million viewers saw it. Social media played a huge hand, and for his next feat Wallenda plans to walk between the Empire State Building and the Chrysler building in New York.

N.Y. officials are saying no right now, but stay tuned.

As for the other feat, Andy Murray, the British tennis icon, got it done at Wimbledon.

The landscape of players he might have had to beat to win were guys such as Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal, but it came down to him competing against Novak Djokovic.

Murray looked frail and geeky with his baseball cap when he first appeared, but as he took the court a transformation must have occurred because he played a match for the ages.

The pressure to win at Wimbledon will eat you up, but Murray played like a true champion, and after 77 years became the first British man to win singles at Wimbledon.

His performance was absolutely phenomenal.

Programming note:

Watch me on "Mancow" on WPWR Channel 50 at 6:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

•Mike North's column appears each Tuesday and Friday in the Daily Herald, and his video commentary can be found Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at dailyherald.com. For more, visit northtonorth.com.

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