Football Focus 2014

Mike Spellman

Pro Sports Writer
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Mike Spellman started out reporting on Little League baseball games for the Daily Herald as a freelancer in the era between typewriters and second-generation computers. In the subsequent 20+ years at the newspaper, he has covered such events as The Masters, the U.S. Open, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals, the Arlington Million, and the Breeders’ Cup. This fall he will add the Ryder Cup to the list. For those old enough to remember, when you think of Mike’s job description, think Paul Popovich.

In addition to his event coverage, Mike also has a weekly column called, appropriately enough, Spellman’s Scorecard, and during the football season he tries to amuse and get people talking with his post-game Bears Bites.

In his free time, Mike enjoys golfing, horse racing – especially the morning workouts at Arlington Park – reading, borderline intensive workouts (in other words, walking), and about five times a year he celebrates completing the New York Times Sunday crossword.

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Blackhawks disagree with ‘interpretation’ of loss

Oct 25 2014 | 11:46 pm - The Saturday Showdown in St. Louis will most likely be remembered for the Slo-Mo goal ... that finally was.

Not much ‘zazz’ at Wrigley since McDonough left

Oct 24 2014 | 8:17 am - Doesn’t it seem like there’s been something missing around Wrigley Field for quite a while?
And I’m not talking wins.
Or even the bleachers.

Could be a feisty night in St. Louis for Hawks

Oct 24 2014 | 7:58 pm - OK then, this has the makings of some kind of Saturday night showdown when the Blackhawks, fresh off a tough 3-2 loss to Nashville, head into a hornets nest at Scottrade Center to take on the agitated Blues.

Hawks can’t climb out of 2-goal hole

Oct 23 2014 | 11:19 pm - Even though the season is younger than young, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville knew Thursday night’s game in Nashville, featuring the last two teams in the league without a loss in regulation, could mean quite a bit.

Coach Q likes change, but Blackhawks’ top line staying put

Oct 22 2014 | 10:29 pm - Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is never afraid to mix and match his lines.

Darling pinching himself with call from Hawks

Oct 22 2014 | 5:17 pm - Scott Darling’s weary smile and man-oh-man head shake following Blackhawks practice Wednesday morning said it all. That’s because the native of Lemont was still struggling to believe what happened 24 hours earlier … actually did...

Injury sidelines Blackhawks goalie Crawford

Oct 21 2014 | 12:43 pm - Goaltender Corey Crawford is out and Antti Raanta will be in the net tonight when the Chicago Blackhawks host the Philadelphia Flyers at the United Center. “Day-to-day upper body,” coach Joel Quenneville said of Crawford’s...

Raanta strong as surprise starter for hurt Crawford

Oct 21 2014 | 10:33 pm - The question didn’t come up every day for the past two weeks, it probably only felt that way to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville.

Blackhawks power their way to shutout victory

Oct 21 2014 | 11:12 pm - Sure it’s been fantastic that the Blackhawks have been outshooting their opponents by enormous margins lately.

Blackhawks looking for more traffic going to net

Oct 20 2014 | 11:49 pm - While the Blackhawks put 87 shots on net the last two games, they had only three goals to show for it. Coach Joel Quenneville knows the reason.

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