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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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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...

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.

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.

Versteeg’s return means Blackhawks lineup changes

Oct 20 2014 | 11:48 pm - The Blackhawks lines they are a’ changing. With a full complement of players at his disposal for the first time all season — including Kris Versteeg — coach Joel Quenneville opted for a slightly different look at practice on...

Hawks’ Versteeg can’t wait to get back on ice

Oct 18 2014 | 10:31 pm - Kris Versteeg admitted it. For the first few days after injuring himself just before the start of the regular season, he was bummed. Actually, beyond bummed.

Bears Bites: Feels like the season’s over

Oct 19 2014 | 8:39 pm - Home is where the heartache is for the Bears, whose season isn't over — but it sure feels that way after just seven games, doesn't it? Mike Spellman takes a look at Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

Hawks’ Crawford doing his best to stay sharp

Oct 19 2014 | 8:28 pm - In the Blackhawks’ last two games at the United Center, goalie Corey Crawford has faced a combined 38 shots on net. Not much of a workload, and Crawford certainly isn’t complaining, but the sporadic nature of things can be quite an...

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