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Naming any sport's Mount Rushmore not easy task

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I'll say Michael, Magic …:

Why doesn't every sports Hall of Fame just go ahead and build its own version of Mount Rushmore; then we can end this whimsical, nonstop nominating process once and for all.

Marsha, Marsha, Marsha:

Think the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument and the other U.S. memorials hear all this Mount Rushmore talk and are like, "Hey, what do we have to do to get some pub of our own around here?"

Yeah, I don't either.

Mainly because memorials neither hear nor speak.

Did you know?

Mount Rushmore was named after Charles E. Rushmore, who according to, was a New York lawyer investigating mining claims in the Black Hills in 1885.

You're welcome.

Shea what?

McLellin at linebacker?

Why not at least try?

Can't be any worse, right?

No, Eddie O!

From a totally selfish standpoint, I'd hate to see Eddie Olczyk leave the booth for the bench.

The guy is just an absolute treat to listen to -- by far the best color analyst around.

But I guess when you have an itch, you've got to scratch it. And it sounds like he has quite the itch to coach.


He can hang out in the booth until Coach Q picks up a few more Stanley Cup rings and then make the seamless transition.

Yeah, that's probably wishful thinking.

Bottom line:

Whether it's here, Nashville, San Jose ... or wherever, I'm betting he'll kick rumpus.

That's right, I said rumpus.

Hey kids, are you ready for …

Arli, the new Arlington Park mascot?

You should be.

Just wondering:

What were the other names in the running?

I'm thinking:

The happy-go-lucky Arli might not go over too well should he happen to cross paths with the guy who just lost his last $20 to a photo finish.

Perfect timing:

The folks at NASCAR will never admit it, but they've got to be loving this feud between seven-time series champion Richard Petty and Danica Patrick … and her team owner Tony Stewart.

Stewart reached his boiling point the other day, suggesting the 76-year-old Petty ought to back up his words by hopping in a car and taking on Patrick in a match race.

Two words:

I'd watch.

Somehow, some way:

After a pedestrian start, John Anderson has the Chicago Wolves on the cusp of first place in the Midwest Division.

That cat can coach.

I'll admit it:

Thursday's gold-medal game between the U.S. and Canada was the first time I've ever watched an entire woman's hockey game.

And man:

I'm glad I did.

If today's men's showdown between Team USA and Canada is as compelling as that was, we're all in for an absolute treat.

One little nitpick, though:

Didn't like the no-look, skate-by handslaps after the game.

Slow down, shake hands, look each player in the eye.

The prediction:

Team USA 4, Canada 2.

Email of the week:

A side-by-side picture of Kaner in USA colors and Tazer in Team Canada red, with a caption reading: "Game on Friday. Loser keeps Bieber."

The Soldier Field question:

Which will be colder: the final Bears game of last season or the Hawks-Penguins showdown on Saturday, March 1?

And finally:

My Mount Rushmore of Mount Rushmores would be …


I'll stop with the Rushmore stuff.

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