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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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Mercifully, NFL preseason comes to an end

Aug 29 2014 | 9:09 am - Even though it was a meaningless preseason game, we still have to talk about it - right? I guess, but we'll keep it short and sweet.

Spellman’s Scorecard: Yes, it’s just preseason, but still ...

Aug 22 2014 | 6:15 am - It's the Bears' biggest game of the preseason. But it still won't mean much once the regular season rolls around.

Pizza Man wins St. Leger

Aug 17 2014 | 12:24 am - The Pizza Man and jockey Florent Geroux were back at it Saturday at Arlington, winning the $400,000 American St. Leger, the marathon 1 11/16ths mile turf race which officially kicked off a highly entertaining International Festival of Racing.

Hardest Core one in a Million

Aug 16 2014 | 10:32 pm - Longshot Hardest Core provided his version of the Miracle Million on Saturday, beating favorite Magician to capture the 32nd running of the Arlington Million.

Will thoroughbred bring incredible ending to family’s incredible story?

Aug 16 2014 | 10:39 am - The story of Beverly D entrant I'm Already Sexy is a story with so many chapters, some uplifting, some potentially tragic, but most of which have yet to be written.

Spellman: My Million pick rhymes with ‘Chagician’

Aug 15 2014 | 6:58 pm - Time to soak in another Million Week. Oh, and other stuff this week in Spellman's Scorecard.

Magician looks to do the trick with win in Million

Aug 13 2014 | 9:19 pm - A compact field of seven horses entered for Saturday's showcase event of the day — the 32nd running of the Arlington Million — where Aiden O’Brien trainee Magician, the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Turf champion, has been...

Best home stretch ever for trainer Catalano

Aug 12 2014 | 9:13 pm - Late Tuesday morning, Wayne Catalano gingerly walked out of the rehabilitation center at St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates and headed home.

Spellman’s Scorecard: What’s not to like about Trestman?

Aug 07 2014 | 10:23 pm - It's hard not to be a fan of Bears coach Marc Trestman. Unless of course he fails to take them to the promised land.

Among trade deadline days, MLB is king

Jul 31 2014 | 11:51 pm - What a week it’s been for baseball, huh?

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