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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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Bears Bites: Glimmers of hope

Dec 21 2014 | 8:08 pm - The Lions tried to Lionize this one, but in the end even that wasn’t enough for this Bears bunch. It wasn't all bad, though: The defense played well, the special teams were solid, Jimmy Clausen was surprisingly efficient, and the Bears were...

Raanta continues Blackhawks’ strong net play

Dec 21 2014 | 11:01 pm - The Blackhawks’ assembly line of goaltenders just continues to roll along. It seems like whomever Joel Quennevile puts between the pipes turns in a solid performance.

Blackhawks win, but with heavy hearts

Dec 21 2014 | 11:01 pm - The Blackhawks, playing with heavy hearts due to the surprise passing of long-time assistant equipment manager Clint Reif, managed to muster up more than enough Sunday night to roll to a 4-0 victory over Tornonto.

This 3-2 Blackhawks shootout loss was unexplainable

Dec 20 2014 | 11:23 pm - According to the lunar calendar, it was absolutely not a full moon Saturday night. Could’ve fooled the Blackhawks, who had to be wondering what else could be to blame for all the zaniness on the ice in a 3-2 shootout loss to the host Blue...

Mark your calendar: George McCaskey’s legacy day is Dec. 29

Dec 19 2014 | 11:22 pm - I‘ll say it, and I hope like heck I don’t regret it, but I trust George McCaskey to make the right decision(s) on Dec. 29.
What he does or doesn’t do on that day will secure his legacy.
Time to be bold, George.

Keith will be back Saturday against Blue Jackets

Dec 19 2014 | 7:09 pm - Whatever it was that kept Duncan Keith out of the lineup Tuesday night against Minnesota, one thing’s for sure: it wasn’t the mumps.

For IceHogs, road to Chicago filled with turns

Dec 19 2014 | 11:50 am - The distance from Rockford to Chicago is only about 100 miles, but the road from the American Hockey League to the NHL can be an awfully bumpy one for young men who have dreamed of playing in the bigs since they were kids.

Blackhawks’ Crawford can’t wait to get back into net

Dec 20 2014 | 12:02 am - Corey Crawford was asked if after missing 8 games, he was concerned about regaining his old form when he gets the start in net tonight for the Blackhawks in Columbus,

Rocky, Blackhawks continue to get job done

Dec 17 2014 | 11:05 pm - Since taking over a moribund Blackhawks franchise in October 2007, Rocky Wirtz has been getting the job done.
Two Stanley Cups, four Western Conference final appearances, packed houses every night ...

Seabrook has a blast in Blackhawks’ win

Dec 16 2014 | 11:23 pm - Brent Seabrook's blistering shot tied the score at 1-1 and keyed a 5-3 victory for the Blackhawks over the relentless Wild on Tuesday night at the United Center. The goal was the sixth of the season for Seabrook, who added a pair of assists for his...

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