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Coach Q would love to go for the gold someday

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  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

      Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
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Joel Quenneville would be a great choice to coach Canada's Olympic hockey team.

Unfortunately for him, Mike Babcock is a great coach, too, and is 2-for-2 in his recent quests for gold.

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I was at Blackhawks practice this week when Q was asked if he'd like to coach in the Olympics some day, and he couldn't have answered in the affirmative any quicker.

OK, so, if Q can't be the head coach of the team, at least the guy should have a spot behind the bench in some capacity, right?

More than deserves it.

BTW:

If you're lucky enough to have tickets to Saturday night's Hawks-Penguins game but haven't been to Soldier Field in a while, a piece of advice: Double-check what you're allowed to bring into the stadium.

The rules have changed since you were last there.

NFL Combine ... Week 3

"And now for the talent portion of our competition!"

Make. It. End.

Center of attention:

Item: Bears sign Roberto Garza to a one-year contract.

Thought: This better be the last move general manager Phil Emery makes on the offensive side of the ball until after the draft.

Lazy Sunday:

No, I'm not talking about the brilliant "SNL" digital short from a few years back.

I'm talking about being able to sit back Sunday and witness two of the best finishes I've seen in quite a while.

It began with my man Jason Day surviving the Houdini-like play of Victor Dubuisson in the gloaming to win the Accenture Match Play Championship, and then it was right over to the rain-delayed Daytona 500, where Dale Earnhardt Jr. held off the field in the always-wild final laps to win the big one for the second time.

What a day.

The comparison:

Listening to Dale Jr. after the race, I couldn't help but think of Patrick Kane.

Here you have two stars who were thrust into the limelight at a young age and handled it well, save for a few struggles early on, but who are now so completely comfortable in their own skin.

It's awesome to see.

Random radio thought:

After listening to the final minutes of the DePaul-Marquette game, I've concluded that the two growliest play-by-play guys on Chicago radio when they get excited are Jeff Joniak and Zach Zaidman.

Kinda sad:

It'll be four long years before we talk bobsleds again.

It's in the angle:

All the talk about new Cubs Park in Mesa was how it resembled Wrigley Field West.

Until seeing the home opener Thursday, I wasn't really buying it, at least not from the pictures I saw of the place.

But from the center-field camera, the dugout cam and any low-angle shot, the resemblance is pretty amazing -- especially from dugout to dugout.

Must-See TV:

I cannot wait to see the re-imagined "Cosmos" series on FOX.

Yeah, call me a dork, but I love that stuff.

Becoming Must-See TV:

These Bulls.

Yeah, I know!

The talented Mr. Ramis:

I never stopped to think about the filmography of Harold Ramis until this week, but my gosh!

I know I'm in the minority on this, but my favorite of all his movies is "Vacation."

That shot from inside the "Family Truckster" of the kids asleep in the back seat and then the pan to the front where we see both parents are asleep as well ... Priceless.

He will be missed.

The whole town's talking about:

The fact that the Webb Boys jingle has a rarely heard second verse.

Seriously, what's wrong with me?

Shout-out to a hero:

No baloney ... thinking about you.

mspellman@dailyherald.com

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