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  • Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah (13) slaps hands with teammate Kirk Hinrich after sinking a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Chicago won in triple overtime, 128-125.

      Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah (13) slaps hands with teammate Kirk Hinrich after sinking a shot during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Orlando Magic in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. Chicago won in triple overtime, 128-125.

 
 

I'm torn about these Bulls.

Initially, like many, I was onboard the tank-it-the-rest-of-the-season train.

But …:

Even though it goes against what's best for the organization down the road, there's something refreshing about these guys.

Low-key, hard-working … and man, they never give up!

Gotta admit I'm digging it.

Sad day:

First came word Thursday that The Professor had passed.

Hours later it was Reuben Kincaid.

All I can say is that wherever you are right now Mr. Carlin from "The Bob Newhart Show," for crying out loud, be careful.

Hard-hitting journalism:

Actual back-and-forth with Bryan Bickell this week:

Me: Q really calls you Picklehead?

Bickell: He does.

Me: Really?

Bickell: Yup.

Me: During games?

Bickell: Yeah, when he calls out lines, for example, he'll go, 'Zeus … Steeger …. Picklehead.'

Me: Wow.

Fascinating:

I know.

Don't look now:

But Coach Q might have himself a Kentucky Derby contender in Midnight Hawk, winner of last weekend's Sham Stakes at Santa Anita.

The horse is co-owned by Q, Mike Pegram and former Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice, among others.

And yeah:

I checked, the Derby is May 3 and the Hawks' regular season ends April 27.

RIF … reading is fun:

Cute piece at Forbes.com titled, "What is it about the Blackhawks and Horse Racing?"

Absolute wordsmith:

Arlington's monthly newsletter continues to be a must read for any racing fan.

Among the many items that caught my eye in the latest edition was that officials at Gulfstream Park honored late trainer Danny Miller with a video tribute and by naming a race after him.

Well deserved for the former Palatine resident and all-around good guy.

Let's hope Arlington follows suit this summer.

Question:

Who's the khakiest of them all: Jim Harbaugh or Rick Steves?

Oh so close:

Well, my preseason Seahawks-Texans Super Bowl matchup isn't gonna happen, but I think a Broncos-Seahawks showdown would be amazing on so many levels.

Having said that, enjoy the 49ers and Pats in two weeks!

BTW:

Still can't believe they'll be playing for all the marbles at Giants Stadium.

It's not gonna sink in until I actually see it.

All couch, all day:

You better believe that'll be the case Sunday, starting with the Hawks-Bruins in the morning and then followed by the two NFL games.

The only question is the menu: Big sandwich(es) or Za?

Awkwwwwward unveiling:

I'm not seething about Clark, but I just don't understand why, when the Cubs announced their new mascot, they sent out photos of a cartoon Clark rather than the "real" thing.

Might've saved them lot of aggravation.

Somewhere:

Staley is laughing.

BTW:

Best Clark ever is Griswald.

Finish on a high note:

Winter is more than halfway over.

If that doesn't make you smile, try Googling Andy Reid, Punt Pass and Kick.

Always works for me.

mspellman@dailyherald.com

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