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Spellman's Scorecard: Minor red flag on Trestman

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  • Can it really be that Bears coach Marc Trestman has no idea who Willy Wonka is?

    Can it really be that Bears coach Marc Trestman has no idea who Willy Wonka is?
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There's a lot to like about Marc Trestman thus far, and high on my list is the fact that he's not a coachy coach, which is way beyond refreshing.

But …

This week the first red flag flew.

I said good day, sir:

How in the world does Trestman not know who Willy Wonka is?

How is that possible?

What else is he unaware of?

That Fletch is 6-5, but 6-9 with the Afro?

That what's-his-name sees dead people?

That the park's closed, and the moose out front shoulda told you?

That they killed Sonny on the causeway?

I know:

I'm really nitpicking here, but it's kind of weird, isn't it?


Bears by 13 points … and the stars of the game will be the D-line.

They've had enough of the complaining.

Little known fact:

I'm one of only six registered storm chasers who specialize in waterspouts, so, yeah, last week was a bonanza for me.


He gone:

After a week of covering the rain-delayed BMW Championship, the one thing I was really looking forward to by Monday evening was hopping on the shuttle bus to the media parking lot and heading home.

Too bad the driver of the last shuttle decided at about 5 p.m. that he had had enough and just took off, never to return, leaving a handful of us stranded.

That was a first.

The more I think about it:

The funnier it is, though that was far from my initial reaction.

BMW Championship thoughts:

For a course hosting a big-time event for the first time, I think Conway Farms performed admirably.

The course itself looked fantastic, the players seemed to love it, and, minus a few fixable snafus, it seemed like the fans did, too.

Things to work on:

•Rethinking having remote parking in fields that can get awful soggy in the rain.

•The clustery 18th green/driving range complex.

•And, finally, the mazelike route required to get from the course proper to the shuttle buses.

Other than that:

Well done and looking forward to the event returning in 2015.


I know Tiger has won five tournaments, but if Adam Scott wins the Tour Championship this weekend, he's Player of the Year, right?

Potentially a great Hire:

If Dale Sveum isn't brought back next season I vote for Ron Gardenhire.

Love that guy.

Random thought:

If they ever shoot a post-apocalyptic movie in the suburbs, they should absolutely incorporate that mile or so stretch of Palatine Road just west of Chicago Executive Airport.

The final countdown:

Including today, only seven more racing days at Arlington Park.


Spinning out of control:

Michael Waltrip is in full damage-control mode, and he should be.

And good for NAPA for pulling their sponsorship.

Reading between the lines:

Hard to decipher Coach Q-speak, but it sure sounds like Jimmy Hayes will break camp with the team, and it's likely Ben Smith will as well.


Still gonna miss my man Michael Frolik.

The faceoff:

Better video: Patrick Kane's amazing stickhandling or Jonathan Villars' caboose-crashing slide?

And the winner is:


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