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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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Spellman’s Scorecard: Always room for more morsels

Nov 27 2014 | 11:08 pm - Some more sports morsels to digest between leftovers and shop stops including bits on teh Bears, Cubs, Sox, Hawks and Bulls.

Shaw provides needed spark for Blackhawks

Nov 27 2014 | 5:55 pm - Andrew Shaw missed the first three games of the trip with an upper body injury, but was back in the lineup Wednesday in Colorado, and again provided just the spark the Hawks needed after a drubbing by the Canucks, scoring the middle goal in a 3-2...

Bears Bites: Perfectly fowl day

Nov 27 2014 | 4:27 pm - Mike Spellman: Which was ickier Thursday? The final three quarters of the Bears/Lions game, or that new Old Spice commercial?

Blackhawks stop Avalanche with late goal in 3-2 win

Nov 27 2014 | 1:35 pm - The Hawks, thanks to a third-period goal by Bryan Bickell at 14:43, defeated Colorado 3-2. Patrick Kane, who assisted on all 3 Hawks goals, now has a team-high 21 points on the season. Corey Crawford made 27 saves as the Hawks improved to 3-1 on the...

Shaw returns to Hawks Wednesday, Danault to Rockford

Nov 25 2014 | 9:52 pm - After missing the opening leg of the circus trip with an upper body injury, Andrew Shaw will be back in the lineup Wednesday night against Colorado.

Hawks Talk: Underachieving at the quarter point

Nov 24 2014 | 9:01 pm - OK, we’ve reached the quarter point of the season, so what better time to chat about what we’ve just witnessed and what may lie ahead for the Blackhawks?

Bears Bites: Lovie’s lost that winnin’ feelin’

Nov 23 2014 | 8:53 pm - Yeah, the defense played well again — Stephen Paea, hello! — and the offense came to life in the second half, but for crying out loud it was Tampa Bay. And last week it was Minnesota. Bad and bad.

Blackhawks give up 4 to Canucks

Nov 23 2014 | 11:38 pm - The Canucks began their second 20 games of the season on a good note when they hit the board at 13:13 of the first as Jannik Hansen beat Corey Crawford from close range to open the scoring. Hansen went on to register a hat trick in the Canucks' 4-1...

Goals aplenty as Hawks romp over Oilers 7-1

Nov 23 2014 | 12:50 am - Not that his first goal since October was a turning point in the game — the romp was already on by that time — but getting Marian Hossa off the schneid can be nothing but a good sign for the suddenly-resurgent Blackhawks, who won for the...

Danault gets a shot with Hawks

Nov 21 2014 | 7:06 pm - Center Phillip Danault finally get a chance with the Hawks after making a good impression in camp and then with the Rockford IceHogs.

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