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posted: 11/8/2013 5:30 AM

We have a manager, but what about the radio booth?

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You know things are kinda screwy when the search for the next Cubs radio analyst is going to create way more buzz than the never-ending hunt for a manager did.

We got him! We got him!

Have to say, Rick Renteria seems like a quality dude and a solid choice.

Of course I said the exact same thing about Jim Essian, Preston Gomez and Whitey Lockman.

Hey, doesn't he ... ?

I may be crazy, but depending on the angle of the picture you're looking at, isn't Renteria a dead ringer for John McCain, albeit with just a little fuller face?

Yeah, it's probably just me.

And now back to our broadcast:

I know Kerry Wood falls into that Ryne Sandberg stratosphere -- the one in which fans simply go ga-ga over the guy -- but that doesn't mean he'd be a perfect fit as the next WGN radio analyst.

In fact. I think he'd be a bad choice.

But ...:

If all the powers that be want is a "name" guy, then yeah, Wood's your guy.

But if they want a seasoned, experienced broadcaster who can fit in seamlessly with Pat Hughes and provide all that is required of an analyst, then there are plenty of better options out there.

Gotta be a bummer:

Heard Hughes interviewed Thursday and he said he felt like he and Keith Moreland had finally hit their stride as a broadcast team this season.

Now the poor guy has to start all over with a new sidekick.

Just saying:

Hughes solo in the booth?

He could do it for sure.

I feel bad:

I know it's wrong, and ridiculous, and dangerous, but I couldn't help but chuckle seeing that Hawks fan just standing there wearing the helmet of Winnipeg's Adam Pardy after the defenseman had crashed through the glass at the United Center.

Have to say:

The good-natured way Darby handled the situation afterward now makes him my third favorite Jets player, behind Andrew Ladd and, you guessed it, Michael Frolik.


Kudos to Hawks fans for the standing O they gave Frolik.

Looks like he absolutely loved it.

My bad:

I really thought that Ray Emery melee last week was gonna spur more talk about abolishing fighting in hockey.

Guess not.

The Miami irony:

This Incognito guy is anything but.


As well as Josh McCown and the Bears' offense looked Monday night, what would the score have been had Aaron Rodgers not got hurt?

I'm thinking somewhere in the 41-24 range.

Cutler 1, Rodgers 0:

Jay Cutler totally outperformed Rodgers in sideline "into-the-gameness" Monday night.

Too soon?

Cutler says it's not.

Trestman says it's not.

The doctors say it's not.

So why do I have a bad feeling about Sunday?

How to stop Reggie Bush musically:

Ground control to Major Wright.

Oh c'mon:

I tuned into NBC on Saturday night to watch the Breeders' Cup Classic and instead I got 20 straight minutes of Access Hollywood at Santa Anita with host Billy Bush.


But ...

I can see why the network felt it needed all those interviews with chefs and C-listers instead of concentrating on, heaven forbid, actual horse racing.

Because there just weren't any good storylines.

Like eventual winner Mucho Macho Man being ridden by 50-year-old comeback kid Gary Stevens and trained by the first woman to win the Classic, Kathy Ritvo, who just so happens to be a heart transplant recipient.

Nah, no good storylines.

And finally:

Condolences to Joe Kristufek and his family on the passing of patriarch Joseph Sr.

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