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  • Joe Novak, Northern Illinois University football head coach. Photo Credit: Scott Walstrom, NIU Media Services.

    The man, the maestro: former coach Novak joins NIU Hall of Fame Oct 10, 2013 12:00 AM
    Coaching legend Joe Novak will be inducted into the NIU Athletic Hall of Fame. For what that guy did for the football program and the school itself, the honor can't come soon enough. For more, see Spellman's Scorecard.

  • Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter scores a touchdown during the second half against Maine on Sept. 21 in Evanston.

    Can Northwestern take advantage of monster opportunity?Oct 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Northwestern Wildcats have been begging for the spotlight and now they've got it. Let's see what they can do while under it. That and more in Spellman's Scorecard.

  •  Donít look for any highlights like Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews hoisting the Stanley Cup on any DVD at a store near you.

    Spellmanís Scorecard: Another genius move by NHL Sep 26, 2013 12:00 AM
    The Hawks' run to the Stanley Cup was amazing, but just as amazing is the fact the NHL has stopped producing championship DVD's, opting for an all-digital format instead. That just seems wrong.

  • Can it really be that Bears coach Marc Trestman has no idea who Willy Wonka is?

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Minor red flag on TrestmanSep 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    Things have gotten off to such a strong start for Bears coach Marc Trestman, but one thing he said this week sent up the red flag. That and much more in Spellman's Scorecard.

  • In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad is cheered by her crew just before beginning a news conference Tuesday in Key West, Fla. Nyad, 64, is the first swimmer to cross the Florida Straits without the security of a shark cage.

    Maybe even sharks were showing Nyad respectSep 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Yeah, there may be a lot of naysayers downplaying it, but what 64-year-old Diana Nyad accomplished in swimming from Cuba to Florida was pretty special nontheless. That and plenty of Bears, Bulls and Blackhawks talk in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

  • Mike Spellman, as well as most Bears fans, would like to know what’s up with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Braun, Marshall and more Aug 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    It hasn't been the most uplifting time in sports lately, but there is planty to look forward to this holiday weekend. That and much more in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

  •  Real Solution owner Kenneth L. Ramsey celebrates with jockey Alan Garcia after being announced the winner of the 2013 Arlington Million.

    Track officials vow not to repeat Million TV faux pas Aug 22, 2013 12:00 AM
    Million Day had everything going for it: beautiful day, big crowd, great racing ... too bad a glitch at the end of the television broadcast of the race put a little damper on the whole day. That and a little Bears talk and much more in Spellman's Scorecard.

  • It was great to see Jason Dufner finally win a major last weekend in the PGA Championship, but whoever you are in the gallery yelling after every shot these days, it has to stop.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Offering PGA some sound solutions Aug 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    The good news is Jason Dufner finally got over the hump and won one of golf's majors. The bad news is anyone watching on televison was bombarded by goofs yelling after almost every shot. Make. it. Stop. That and thoughts on the Bears, a big day at Arlington Park and much more in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

  • Spellman's Scorecard: Hey, Fox, don't screw up U.S. Open Aug 8, 2013 12:00 AM
    Golf moving to Fox? Pretty sure this won't be your father's golf coverage. That and much more in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

  • It sure does seem like this season might be it for Paul Konerko, but whenever it is that he decides to walk away from the game he should go out with all the praise and accolades he has earned as a star for the White Sox.

    Not his style, but Konerko really deserves fitting send-offAug 1, 2013 12:00 AM
    If Paul Konerko decides to hang him up after the season, here's hoping he gives the fans fair warning so they can show their appreciation for a player who has meant so much to his team and his city. That and more White Sox talk in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

  • If or when he's traded, there's certainly one thing that won't be missed about Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza.

    Go figure: No all-star pie in the face for PuigJul 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    Puig, Phegley, Garza, Crawford - you name 'em and Spellman's Scorecard has them all covered this week.

  •  The Blackhawksí Marian Hossa checks Bostonís David Krejci during the second period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday.

    Spellmanís Scorecard: Just believe in Hossa Jun 20, 2013 12:00 AM
    Mike says lay off Marian Hossa. One guy calls him soft, and people are jumping on the bandwagon? Geesh. That and much more this week in Spellman's Scorecard.

  • Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter, right, lays on the ice after being hit in the face with the stick of Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith during the second period in Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals, Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Spellman’s Scorecard: A whole lot of hard Hawks hockey Jun 7, 2013 12:00 AM
    Of course we're talking Blackhawks this week in Spellman's Scorecard. But as usual Mike is hitting to all fields - baseball, soccer, and we even get to a little horse racing.

  • Mike Spellman says It hasn't been the best of weeks for Allstate Arena general manager Pat Nagle, who learned Thursday that DePaui will soon be playing its games in a new downtown arena.

    Spellman's Scorecard: Not best of times for Allstate Arena May 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    It hasn't been the best of weeks for Allstate Arena general manager Pat Nagle. First, he discovers the new owner of the Chicago Rush has been accused of not paying the team's bills and thus, for the second time in recent years, the team is taken over by the league — once again leaving the future of the franchise in limbo. And then it's announced Thursday that another Allstate tenant, DePaul, will soon be playing its games in a new downtown arena.

  •  They can officially call it Arlington International Racecourse, but most racing fans still will unofficially know it as Arlington Park.

    Spellmanís Scorecard: Letís just call it Arlington Park Apr 25, 2013 12:00 AM
    They can call it whatever they want but it will always be Arlington Park to Mike Spellman. That and the sad state of baseball in Chicago, some hockey talk and much more in this week's Scorecard.

  • Sergio Garcia, of Spain, tips his cap on the 18th green after finishing the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 11, 2013, in Augusta, Ga.

    Breaking down the first day at the MastersApr 11, 2013 12:00 AM
    Fifty-three-year-old Fred Couples (4 under) was amazing again and an eighth grader from China came within a stroke of shooting par in his first competitive round ever at Augusta National. A ton of great stories from yet another great opening round of The Masters.

  • Chris Collins, top, gives a television interview on the Northwestern University bench after he was named the new men's basketball coach at a news conference, Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Evanston, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Here’s hoping Welsh-Ryan makeover isn’t far awayApr 5, 2013 12:00 AM
    With a new coach and a new commitment to basketball, it's time for Northwestern to add a new arena to the mix. Mike Spellman thinks it'll happen sooner rather than later. That and much more, including talk of Michal Handzus, Roger Ebert and Bo Jackson in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

  • Linebacker Brian Urlacher might want to think about retiring so he can close his career the way he started it — as a Chicago Bear.

    Spellman's Scorecard: Time for Urlacher to end it right Mar 29, 2013 12:00 AM
    Brian Urlacher ought to admit it's time to hang it up ... and do it as a Bear. That and much, much more in this week's Spellman's Scorecard.

  • Despite Brandon Paul's presence, Mike Spellman isn't sure the Illini will advance very far in the NCAA tourney.

    Looking at the Big Dance from all the angles Mar 21, 2013 12:00 AM
    Are you ready for some Spero Dedes and Doug Gottlieb coming to you live from Salt Lake City!! Actually, I am. Doesn't matter who's announcing or who's playing ... it's the Big Dance. Let's get it on.

  • Left tackle Jermon Bushrod listens to a question after Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery announced the signing of Bushrod during an NFL football news conference, Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Lake Forest, Ill. The Bears addressed a huge hole on the offensive line by agreeing to a five-year contract Bushrod and filled another need by signing versatile tight end Martellus Bennett on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Mascot for Cubs would be just fineMar 15, 2013 12:00 AM
    Every other team has a mascot, so why not the Cubs? But there is one caveat: give the Cub a little edge. That and Bears and Blackhawks talk in this week's Scorecard.

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