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Our friends at ChicagoSide are not despairing the Blackhawks' current 2-1 series deficit to the hated Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference Semis.

In fact, correspondent Meghan Kluth has a few reasons why Blackhawks fans should just chill. After all, comebacks are in our sports nature. At least some of the time.

Harrison1.JPGHarrison Dragus just figured this happened all the time on the golf course. His only real experience had been playing putt-putt golf with the family or taking an occasional shot while riding along with his dad.
So when the 5-year-old from Elmwood Park teed it up Sunday for the first time on a real course, what else did he expect?
''He took a couple of practice swings, then hit it dead-square,'' said Brian Dragus, the father of the young golfer. ''It hit the green and rolled. Then I saw it disappear. I jumped up and yelled, 'Hole in one!'  I'm not sure [Harrison] even knew what had happened. He had no reference point.''
Call it one for the ages.
The preschooler had just drilled his debut drive, an 83-yard laser, into the bottom of the cup on Hole??No. 1 at the Golf Center in Des Plaines, a par-3 course.
''I have been playing for 30 years and never had one,'' Brian Dragus said. ''He just thought it was neat. I get a 3 on the first hole, and I'm down two.''
Harrison had another close call on the third hole when he hit the green. He finished the day with a 49 -- still good enough to defeat his father, who had spotted him 20 strokes.
''When we got to the end, he wasn't having the same success,'' the older Dragus said. ''But he kept telling me how much fun he was having.''
After celebrating with ice cream sundaes, the two drove home, and Brian Dragus wasted no time checking online to find that Tiger Woods hit his first ace at age 6.

Current Zen Master and former Bulls coach Phil Jackson took his book tour to 'The Daily Show' to chat about "11 Rings: The Soul of Success" - the tome in which he dishes on his preference of Michael Jordan over Kobe Bryant.

Jon Stewart, a Knicks fan, pushed Jackson on whether he might have his sights set on New York - or Brooklyn - and got a tepid statement on Phil's lack of interest in returning to the court. Now, front office ...

There were a couple of Bulls snippets, though no more Kobe/Michael talk. Jackson was on the show wearing the 72-10 1995-96 championship ring. And Stewart asked about North Korea enthusiast Dennis Rodman. Jackson said he never suspected Rodman might have diplomatic skills, but did say he occasionally has contact with his former forward. Though, not by phone or text? Does Rodman only appear in his dreams?

Also, you'll be happy to hear, Phil isn't hurting for money. So stop your worrying.

Apparently some sort of "milk the cow" competition went down before Friday's Sox-Angels game. Is it any surprise that Hawk Harrelson had a related story to tell?


And yes, that's Hawk.

Jay Cutler's 80s Dance Party is going to be great

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From the "words we never thought would be strung together" file, Jay Cutler is hosting an 80s dance party and we're all invited.

The 21+ Jay Cutler Foundation charity event is coming to Joe's on Weed on July 18 and the lineup couldn't be more exciting. Self-described "jackasses in women's clothing" 80s tribute band The Breakfast Club will be headlining along with a special appearance by the original "Caribbean Queen," Billy Ocean.

While you have to assume Jay will be taking the stage to sing with Billy, here's hoping he doesn't stop there.

The 5 80s Karaoke Cuts We Hope Jay Cutler Sings

Pat Benatar - Hit Me With Your Best Shot

It's a contract year, so maybe Jay will have a little swagger to his step.

Queen - Under Pressure

Assume Jay will menacingly stare at his offensive line the entire time he's singing this one.

Tom Sawyer - Rush

Jay has always come off as the type of guy who is way into Rush.

Billy Idol - Rebel Yell

Between Smokin' Jay Cutler and supposedly drinking a beer while feeding his kid, Jay is a rebel to the core.

Whitney Houston - I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Done at the behest of Kristin Cavallari, because every 26-year-old loves this song.


In his new book, Phil Jackson compares Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. 

Let's just say, "Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success" will likely not be on Kobe's summer reading list.

Jackson writes:

"One of the biggest differences between the two stars from my perspective was Michael's superior skills as a leader. Though at times he could be hard on his teammates, Michael was masterful at controlling the emotional climate of the team with the power of his presence.  Kobe had a long way to go before he could make that claim. He talked a good game, but he'd yet to experience the cold truth of leadership in his bones, as Michael had in his bones."

Jackson, who won six NBA titles with Jordan and five with Bryant, wrote this about their defense:

"No question, Michael was a tougher, more intimidating defender. He could break through virtually any screen and shut down almost any player with his intense, laser-focused style of defense."

In comparing their offense, Jackson writes:

"Jordan was also more naturally inclined to let the game come to him and not overplay his hand, whereas Kobe tends to force the action, especially when the game isn't going his way. When his shot is off, Kobe will pound away relentlessly until his luck turns. Michael, on the other hand, would shift his attention to defense or passing or setting screens to help the team win the game."

Deep hits have been known to get lost in Wrigley Field's ivy-laden walls, but this might be the first time it's happened in another park.

Mets infielder Daniel Murphy hit a fly ball into right field Thursday afternoon and casually lodged it between two wall segments. That's GOTTA be worth more than a ground roll double.



Let's take a look at the slow-mo replay... yup, that's a ball in the wall.


Carlos Beltran stares into the abyss, obviously as confused as we are.


Retired NASCAR driver Dick Trickle, 71, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Boger City, North Carolina Thursday afternoon, according to police.

Trickle's love for racing began in earnest in his hometown of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, at the age of 16 when he bought a 1950 Ford. In his decades-spanning career, Trickle logged an estimated 2,200 races more than one million laps.

Trickle's NASCAR career was highlighted by being the oldest driver to win Rookie of the Year at age 48 and a penchant for smoking cigarettes mid-race.

Trickle's lack of NASCAR accomplishments didn't seem phase him, as evidenced in this light-hearted 1997 commercial highlighting his success (or lack thereof).


Whether it's the shoes, the glasses or the jackets, Dwyane Wade turns heads. Lately, those heads are shaking in disbelief. 

From the moment he came into the league, Wade's fashion sense could best be described as non-conformist.  But after his last few getups,  "fashion anarchist" might be more apropos.

The Heat guard arrived for Game 4 against the Bulls wearing what looked like capri suit pants and no socks.  Pictures were quickly shared on Twitter and so were laughs.  Some joked that he mistakenly wore Nate Robinson's pants.

Earlier in the series, Wade wore a Versace floral jacket that had viewers adjusting their HD televisions. 

We can't wait to see what's next. Or, maybe we can.


Take a look at some other classics from Wade's world of fashion:


Wade at the 2004 ESPY Awards.


Wade at the 2005 ESPY Awards.


Wade at the White House in 2012.


Wade in Chicago in 2012.


Wade during the NBA Finals in 2012.


Wade on Letterman.


"Chelsea Dagger" has become as much a part of Blackhawks culture as the Indian head and playoff mullets. It's played after every goal, after every win. It's played at other Chicago sporting events as an homage, from the pros to colleges to high schools. Heck, during the Stanley Cup Final in 2010, The Fratellis stopped during a live show at the Metro to play it after a Hawks goal. 

But has it jumped the shark, like Gary Glitter's "Rock & Roll (Part 2)" ?  Or will the song endure? Released by The Fratellis in 2006, introduced as the Hawks' goal song during the 2008-09 season, and etched into Chicago's consciousness during the unforgettable 2009-10 season, "Chelsea Dagger" is beloved by the Hawks faithful. 

As the Hawks continue their march through the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Sun-Times asks the un-askable -- is it time for a new celebration song, or will "Chelsea Dagger" become as much a part of Hawks lore as Denis Savard's spin-o-rama?

Let's hear what you think.

Derrick Rose scored as many points last night for the Bulls as his replacements did. The box score will show that guards Nate  Robinson and Marquis Teague were a combined 0-for-14 in 48 minutes. 

However, Teague did manage to make one basket ... for the Heat!

The Nike Zoom Revis "Chicago Bears" | sneakernews.com photo

By Brandon Wall

Even with all eyes are on the Bulls-Heat matchup tonight, it's never too early for some Bears news . . . even if it's just shoe news.

The Bears are the latest team to be highlighted by Buccaneers cornerback (and part-time shoe designer) Darelle Revis with his Nike Zoom Revis sneaker line. In the world of Bears footwear, these rank somewhere below these high heel suede pumps but definitely ahead of these cuddly slippers.

No word on a release date for these slick kicks, but I'll be the first in line when they come. But will they compliment the Bears Zubaz?

(h/t Sneakernews)

It's Friday, right? Do we really need any other reason for this 1986 gem?

Dick Van Patten serves as your host as Martin and Charlie Sheen take on Michael Jordan in this inexplicable mix of awkward greatness.

Much more on this glorious 15-minute video at Grantland. And no truth to the rumor that Michael has drafted the Sheens for the Bobcats.

Nate Robinson has made a place for himself in Bulls fans' hearts over the last couple of weeks.

Playing tough-as-nails playoff basketball - and providing much-needed, clutch offense is only part of the story of his success with the fans - little Nate has continuously come up big. In this video, ChicagoSide correspondent Megan Kluth tells us why all the sideshow around Nate this season is unimportant - it's the play that counts.


Remember that Miami Heat "fan" (insomuch as people who occasionally attend Heat games can be considered fans) who flipped off Joakim Noah last night? Yeah, we're getting more background on her and it appears as if last night was the least crazy thing she's been involved in.

The Sun-Sentinel has identified the woman as Filomena Tobias, widow of former CNBC commentator Seth Tobias. Her daughter told the Sun-Sentinel, "She's embarrassed, but she is being a good sport. She was having fun just like any other fan. All she has to say is that people need to get a life ... I have to say she still looks really hot." Then you Google her and things become interesting. Like the fact that people - including Seth's brothers - think she murdered him. 

The brothers, Samuel, Spence, Scott and Joshua, claim that Filomena Tobias drugged her husband and lured him into the pool, where he drowned. A former assistant to Seth Tobias has told the police that Filomena Tobias confessed to him that she had cajoled her husband, who was on a cocaine binge, into the water, promising him sex with a male go-go dancer know as "Tiger." A lawyer for Filomena Tobias has called the claims outrageous.

But wait, there's more

This New York magazine profile goes even more in depth into the sordid relationship between Seth and Filomena (aka Phyllis).
Phyllis moved to Palm Beach and was selling insurance when she met Jacknin, a divorce attorney. They got married in 1993 and had two children. But in October 2002 Jacknin filed for divorce, claiming Phyllis had gotten numerous credit cards without his consent and run the balance to the maximum. Jacknin didn't move out of the couple's home after they separated. He was worried about his two children. Phyllis was furious about that. The police were summoned three times in 2003, and each time, Jay Jacknin said his wife was the aggressor. He said she struck him, threw a phone, and pulled his hair.

So what I'm saying is that you got off light, Joakim.
Let's imagine for a moment how their day may have started.

"Hey, honey, want to go to the Heat game tonight?"

"Sure, who are they playing?"

"The Bulls, I think."

"Sounds great."

So, the two meet up after work for a nice dinner, maybe a few drinks, he in his "white-out" shirt, she in her top that screams  "South Beach."

Soon after, they settle into their primo seats at the American Airlines Arena, politely cheering on their Miami Heat in Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoffs.

Spurred on by their enthusiasm, the Heat jumps out to 20-, 30- then 40-point leads.

But, then the game turns chippy. The serene pregame dinner seems like a month ago. Victory is no longer the goal; a nice, romantic evening even further removed.

As Bulls center Joakim Noah is whisked away from the floor after his technical tirade, it happens.

The 15-seconds-of-infamy camera captures the unimaginable:


Good night, Joakim.

[Update: Turns out the fan's name is Filomen Tobias, and she has quite a history. ]


Remember Nate Robinson crossing over Kris Humphries? He did a similar thing to Chris Bosh when he dribbled between Bosh's legs. Of course, it was one of few bright spots in an obliteration for the Bulls but we'll take what we can get.

Nate Robinson in a rare quiet moment against the Miami Heat during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in Miami on monday. | Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Nate Robinson is generously listed at 5-foot-9 in the Bulls media guide. With shoes on - shoes with very thick soles.

But the small guard has played as big as he talks through the playoffs. With center Joakim Noah, he's pretty much put the Bulls on his back through Round 1 - including this crossover that nearly put Kris Humphries in traction. And Robinson gave the Miami Heat all it could handle in Game 1.

Going into Game 2 tonight, here's a look at some of Robinson's best moments through the playoffs so far - from clutch point binges to 10 stitches in a usually busy mouth that are keeping him quiet - for now.


Nate Robinson reacts after scoring against the Miami Heat in Game 1 on Monday | Chris Trotman/Getty Images


You're probably asking yourself: 1. How did Jeff Samardzija's blood get on a ball. 2. Why would a major league team auction a blood-stained ball? 3. Who would buy it? 4. At what cost?

Your answers in order:

1) On April 24, Samardzija tried fielding a hot grounder barehanded.  The ball cut his hand and some of the blood smeared on the ball.

2) The Reds regularly auction memorabilia on their web site and donate the money to charity.

3) Obviously, a collector of baseball memorabilia who doesn't mind having some player's blood smeared all over Commissioner Bud Selig's signature. 

4) The unnamed high-bidder paid $130.01.

Yes, the Bulls lost Game Six to the Nets last night, sending the series to a seventh and decisive game in Brooklyn on Saturday night. But Bulls fans can take solace in at least one moment: when series hero Nate Robinson pulled a fake that fooled Kris Humphries the way Kim Kardashian obliterated his soul. It's a video to watch on repeat all morning.