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Owner of Breeders' Cup Sprint favorite has savoir-faire

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Miss me?

I was on the road visiting family and they all said to say hi.

Actually, no they didn't.


Now back to business, starting with pucks and ponies.

How cool is it:

That Joel Quenneville sent a text to Denis Savard this week that read, "Savvy, good luck with the fave"?

How cool is it:

That the Blackhawks legend has the favorite -- Private Zone (3-1) -- running in the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Saturday?

Savard is among the many partners in Good Friends Stable, an ownership group that includes Rene Douglas, the six-time Arlington International jockey champion.

This is how cool:

"This is just such an amazing story and so much about Rene, who discovered this crazy Canadian-bred in Panama," Savard told the Arlington Post Times newsletter. "I've been telling everybody, treat it like getting to the Stanley Cup Finals -- you never know if you'll be back."

No-lose proposition:

With two days of the best of the best in horse racing facing off at Santa Anita, it'll definitely be a big sandwich weekend.

It's official:

I cannot watch Erin Andrews anymore without thinking probiotics.

A fond farewell:

I know it's hip to rip Tim McCarver, and that pre-recorded farewell message following Game 6 of the World Series was a little hokey, but when FOX went back to a final live shot in the booth with McCarver and Joe Buck, well, I have to say it was pretty darn touching.

Maybe I'm just an old softy.

OK, Cubs:

You're on the clock.


Is this like the least exciting managerial hunt in history?


Of the four major sports, which GM has the easiest job?

Gotta be in the NBA, right?

No minor leagues to oversee, no constantly rotating 53-man roster basically it's all about the draft and the cap.

Doing it right:

You had to know the Blackhawks would come through.

After it was mentioned here how ridiculous it was that there was no DVD of their magical Cup run available, weeks later the organization released "17 Seconds," an in-depth look back on their run, including a ton of behind-the-scenes coverage.

Three words: way to go.

The showdown:

Really looking forward to seeing the Hawks take on Winnipeg -- and old friend Michael Frolik! -- on Saturday.

Yeah, that was great:

Remember that one time when the Bears beat the Packers courtesy of about 28 Green Bay penalties?

Probably gonna need to see that number doubled Monday night in order to have a chance.

The numbers:

Aaron Rodgers is 9-2 against the Bears.

After further review:

So, now Marc Trestman admits the Bears-Pack game is indeed a rivalry game.


Did someone have a little talk with George McCaskey?.

What might have been:

Wasn't it just about a month ago that Northwestern was feeling real good about itself heading into a showdown with Ohio State in Evanston?

What in the name of McLean Stevenson happened?

Soaring high:

When Jaxon Stout of Palatine was elevated to Eagle Scout, his parents touched all the bases -- and nets and goalposts too.

Jaxon received Letters of Congratulation from Jerry Reinsdorf, George McCaskey, Tom Ricketts and Rocky Wirtz.

Of course, mother Cheryl Raye-Stout, the awarding-winning sports reporter for WBEZ-FM, had a few ins.

Kudos to all.

Think spring:

According to, the Dodgers are the early 5-1 favorite to win the 2014 World Series.

The White Sox are 40-1 and the Cubs are 60-1.

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