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Spellman's Scorecard: Hey, Fox, don't screw up U.S. Open

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I'm not sure how to take the news that the U.S. Open soon will be moving to Fox.

I like my Open coverage serene enough that a nap is never out of the realm of possibilities, but for some reason I just don't see that happening on Fox.

Plus, not having Johnny Miller on the broadcast will bum me out.

Just one request:

Please, please, please no FoxTrax trailing putts like it did pucks years ago.

I almost stopped watching hockey because of that contraption.

The new crew:

When it comes to Fox's future golf crew, why are the first two names that pop to mind David Feherty and Gary McCord?

Of course, Fox may prefer to go a different route and hire young whippersnappers such as Steve Melnyk, Ben Wright or Jack Whitaker.

Wait. What?

Laying low:

Anyone else surprised we haven't read or heard a lot more about local-guy-on-local-team Tom Zbikowski?

Wonder what the deal is?

Of course, all that may change Friday night if Tommy Z has a big game.

OK, I'll admit:

The first time seeing the Bears on the field for a game -- exhibition or not -- is borderline exciting.

And having Tim Ryan and Johnny Morris on the call makes it that much better.

Ah, memories.

That Manning brothers ad is:




It's right up there with some of those SNL digital shorts of recent vintage, including "Lazy Sunday" and a couple of others featuring Justin Timberlake that I cannot and will not discuss any further.

Million news:

After years of smaller-ish fields, how does about 12 or so horses heading to the gate for this year's Arlington Million sound?

It just might happen.

Random Million thoughts:

I still think the Million should have its own theme song.

And how about this one: If a European horse wins, the following year's Million should be run counterclockwise as a tribute.

Hey, I didn't say they were good thoughts, just random ones.

Oh, c'mon!!

During last weekend's broadcast of the Whitney Handicap from Saratoga, NBC cameras caught Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville chatting amicably in the paddock.

After pointing out Pitino, host Tom Hammond donned the butcher's smock, referring to the Hawks' coach as something along the lines of "Jo-ell Quin-ell."


Thrown for a loop:

Sad to hear that former Pirates outfielder Dave Parker is battling Parkinson's disease.

As a young guy with a still-forming enormous head, Parker, along with his cannon of a right arm, was one of my all-time favorite players of that era.

Parker may not have had the best arm ever, but Google 1979 All-Star Game and you'll see he puts up quite an argument to be included among the best.

Good luck, Dave.

Things you don't want to see:

Fox this week also announced its NFL broadcasting teams for the upcoming season.

Bottom line is if we see a lot of Sam Rosen, Heath Evans and Molly McGrath at Soldier Field, it's going to be/already has been a long season.

Missing/Not missing:

Alfonso Soriano/Matt Garza.


Tiger is ...

Going to miss out on yet another major, isn't he?

Pretty sure he is.

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