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Mike Spellman

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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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Surprising van Riemsdyk turning some heads

Sep 29 2014 | 8:46 pm - Trevor van Riemsdyk’s play in prospect camp over the summer and then through training camp and the preseason has certainly turned some heads. “I think in every camp there is always a surprise or two. that’s definitely one area...

Bears Bites: Not many reasons to smile

Sep 28 2014 | 4:12 pm - After starting out the season 1-2, Rodgers told freaked-out Packers fans to chillax. If Jay Cutler tried to do the same thing this week after a 2-2 start, how do you think Bears Nation would respond? Think we all know the answer.

Konerko’s big day deserves a Sox sellout

Sep 25 2014 | 2:43 pm - Here's hoping Paul Konerko gets the type of send-off he deserves. His big day, the Bears-Packers and the Ryder Cup make for quite the weekend.

Teravainen back on ice after ‘a little bump’

Sep 24 2014 | 9:35 pm - After suffering an upper body injury folowing a collission with defenseman Cam Barker at Notre Dame, forward Teuvo Teravainen was back out on the ice for practice Wednesday, but will not see any action tonight in the Blackhawks’ rematch with...

Facing Red Wings always special for Blackhawks

Sep 23 2014 | 11:38 pm - Sure, the Blackhawks’ 2-1 overtime victory Tuesday night at the United Center wasn’t exactly a thing of beauty.
Preseason games rarely are.

Bears Bites: Half the defense hurt but still an impressive win

Sep 23 2014 | 5:53 am - Playing without about half your defense. On the road again, this time on the opposite coast and in prime time. To slog out this kind of win? In a word: Impressive.

Blackhawks open training camp with great expectations

Sep 18 2014 | 5:33 am - While the experts who make the betting lines see the Blackhawks as a virtual lock to make the playoffs this season, that doesn't mean there aren't some questions surrounding the Hawks as they prepare to open training camp this weekend at the...

Bears Bites: It’s a whole new season

Sep 15 2014 | 5:04 am - Brandon Marshall pulled a Willis Reed, Kyle Fuller pulled a Wally Pipp and Jay Cutler pulled himself up from a brutal hit to rally the Bears back for an absolute must-win.

Could Niners’ lavish pregame festivities give Bears an edge?

Sep 11 2014 | 11:52 pm - Well, it seems like the consensus final score for Sunday night’s game is somewhere in the vicinity of 49ers 38, Bears 13.
Not so sure about that.

Spellman’s Scorecard: My math says 10-6 for Bears

Sep 04 2014 | 10:18 pm - If my math doesn't fail me, and it hasn't in more than three days, the Bears will go 10-6 and be playoff-bound.

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