Gonna be all over the place today, so bear with me.
To start with ...:
A New Year's wish.
May we never experience a polar vortex like that again.
55's the Mike!
Let's set the record straight: I like Peyton Manning.
He's a great quarterback and a pretty darn good actor who totally set the bar for athletes hosting "Saturday Night Live."
There's one thing I can't stand about him: His pre-snap routine.
He's yakking, he's pointing, he's walking over here, yelling over there.
C'mon, snap the ball!
Just a thought:
How about cutting down the time on the play clock?
Theatrics by Manning and others only prove that QBs obviously have about 5-8 seconds too much clock to work with.
Plus, defenses need all the help they can get, and cutting the clock would be a small step in that direction.
Enjoy the games this weekend.
Oh, and go Chargers.
The book of class:
Marian Hossa, Paul Konerko and Luol Deng.
Seems like the only people upset about the Deng trade are his former coach and teammates.
But the bottom line is it was absolutely the right move.
I dare ya:
To find a creepier ad than the Old Spice spot with all those moms bemoaning the fact their boys have become men.
Bet ya can't.
Good timing dept.:
Has any middling baseball player ever received more mentions for calling it a career than Ryan Theriot did this week?
I certainly don't recall Bump Wills getting that much pub.
Never too late:
Alshon Jeffery is right where he belongs -- in the Pro Bowl.
Think there's any chance Phil Emery might recruit Jerry Angelo to help select safeties the Bears will never use in Rounds 5 and 7 of the draft?
Did ya notice:
How good the Maple Leafs and Red Wings looked wearing their traditional colors in the Winter Classic?
Interesting note from Comcast's Nina Falcone:
Throughout the 2013-14 season, 15 NHL markets (including the Hawks) have averaged at least 100 percent capacity for home games, while only eight NBA teams have garnered such gaudy numbers.
Three weeks until we find out exactly what the Illinois 2014 horse racing schedule is actually going to look like.
To Marcus Hersh and Marty McGee of DRF for winning Eclipse Awards. Two interesting, talented cats and two of the hardest workers in the game.
Sorry to hear about the passing of former Sportsman's Park executive Ed Duffy, a man who was always very kind to me.
In the late '90s when I first started covering racing, I found myself sitting across a table from Ed and car owner Chip Gannasi as the pair were explaining how the conversion of Sportsman's into Chicago Motor Speedway was gonna work.
As we all know:
It didn't work out, but you can't say they didn't think outside the box on that one.
One lasting memory:
I'll never forget my encounter with actor Anthony Edwards at the inaugural Target Grand Prix at Sportsman's.
While looking for notebook fodder, I spotted Edwards, the grand marshal of the race, and walked up to him with my recorder and notebook in hopes of a quick interview.
It went a little something like this:
Me: So, you're a big car racing fan, huh?
Him: What do you think?
Click. Good times!