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Sacred Heart-Griffin stands tall helping Washington

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  • The Bulls' Jimmy Butler is sidelined with an injury to his right great toe, which Mike Spellman finds educational.

    The Bulls' Jimmy Butler is sidelined with an injury to his right great toe, which Mike Spellman finds educational.
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A no-win situation?

That would seem to be the case for the Sacred Heart-Griffin football team.

After all, they're the guys taking on Washington Community High School in state semifinal action Saturday.

Make that a win-win:

It's a win for Washington just for going on with the show and, in so doing, lifting the spirits of the folks back home who could sure use a boost after the devastation they've been through.

And it's a win for Sacred Heart-Griffin, which is providing buses so displaced Washington fans can make the 70-mile trip to the big game, and making sure a meal is waiting upon their arrival.

The quote:

"We're really trying to come together as a community," Malik Turner, a senior on the SHG team told the Springfield Journal-Register. "That's what we do here at SHG. We're going to try and help them the best we can."

One word:


Perfect fit?

Hey, if Illinois head coach Tim Beckman and offensive coordinator Bill Cubit can't coexist -- and last week's sideline tussle kinda indicates they can't -- perhaps a good fit for Cubit next year would be with Chicago's Big Ten team.

Just sayin'.

Injury report:

Item statement released by the Bulls this week: "Jimmy Butler sustained an injury to his right great toe against Charlotte on Monday night."

Reaction: Great toe?? Have I been calling it the wrong thing all these years?


All this talk about Josh McCown not committing a turnover thus far has me worried that ... yep, you know where I'm going with this.

One man's opinion:

Channel 2's Ed Curran more than held his own against the entire Channel 5 meteorological staff in the leadup to Sunday's frightening weather outbreak.

Just too many cooks in that Channel 5 kitchen.

That's right, Frank:

What in the name of Conrad Dobler is going on?

Dan Dierdorf retiring?

Always thought he was a little goofy, but did a solid job.

What's it gonna take?:

If you heard Bears president Ted Phillips on the "Mully and Hanley Show" on Thursday, then you got his take on the sad sod situation at Soldier Field.

In a nutshell, it was the same old, same old with an assurance that the field would be ready for the Monday nighter against Dallas in a couple of weeks.

Argh, we're never gonna get Field Turf, are we?

Just wondering:

What's Elke Sommer up to?


Item: Ex-Cub Marlon Byrd, 36, signs a two-year contract with the Phillies for $8 million a year.

Thought: Jonathan Toews makes $6.3 million a year.

Wait, what?

The Bears signed injured defensive tackle Jay Ratliff a few weeks ago.

But when he returns to action it'll be as Jeremiah Ratliff.

Um, OK.

But seriously:

If Ratliff does return, and Lance Briggs gets healthy, that's a pretty big upgrade for the defense.

And that's precisely why these next few games are so crucial.


How is that end around play to Alshon Jeffrey still working?!

And finally:

Jose Canseco. Goat. Diapers. Police.

Can't make this stuff up.

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