By Chris Hassel
Kerry Wood’s career came to an emotional end, at Wrigley Field, Friday. The former phenom will be remembered as an underachiever, but Wood’s career was better than average. Wood was a part of four different playoff teams in Chicago, and he retires as the only player in history with 75 wins, 50 saves, and 10 strikeouts per 9 IP.
Wood and Sammy Sosa were my two favorite Cubs, growing up. Wood was appointment television in the late 90’s. I’ll never forget the day he struck out 20 Houston Astros. I’ve never seen a more dominating pitching performance. Kerry Wood will go down as one of the most beloved Cubs of all-time.
It was a big day for the Big 12. The conference that was seemingly dead in the water a year ago, is now leading the way in college football. On Friday, the Big 12 came to a 5-year agreement with the SEC to pit its conference champions against each other, on January 1, if left out of the proposed four-team playoff. Smart move. The SEC is the best college football conference in the nation. If you’re in bed with them, you’re going to be just fine. I’m guessing we’ll see other conferences like the ACC attempt to follow suit.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. goes for a three-peat at the Iowa Speedway, on Sunday. Stenhouse won both NASCAR Nationwide races, last year, but he won’t be able to count on Carl Edwards for a bump across the finish-line. Edwards isn’t racing in the Pioneer Hi-Bred 250. Danica Patrick will. She is signing autographs on Saturday at the Speedway. It’s going to be a zoo.
I wonder if LeBron will consider the season a ‘success’ if the Miami is able to win another game against Indiana. The Pacers should be up 3-0. LeBron apologists are ripping on Kobe for not taking the final shot against OKC, on Wednesday. Kobe wanted the ball, but he didn’t get it. That’s the difference between LeBron and every other NBA great. Jordan, Bird, Magic, all wanted the ball in crunch time…make or miss. LeBron doesn’t want the ball because he can’t stand the thought of missing the final shot.
Am I the only one that looks forward to cutting his/her fingernails? I absolutely love it. I wish there was a special fertilizer I could sprinkle on them so I could come them every day. Toe nails? Not so much. It’s too hard to get down there.
I attending a birthday get-together, Thursday night, for a Des Moines media member. It was a who’s who of media members. Everyone was there — except for the birthday boy. The guy was a no-show because he said he had to get up early. That’s gotta be a first.