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That’s All She Wrote: Kings No Easy Match For Blackhawks

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The Kings celebrate their Game 7 victory over the Sharks. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

The Kings celebrate their Game 7 victory over the Sharks. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

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By George Ofman-

(WBBM) Game 7 was a blast. It was thrilling and totally nerve wracking. And who had Brent Seabrook in the overtime goal pool?  Better yet, who had Niklas Kronwall in the deflecting the winning goal pool?

The Blackhawks are about to square off with the defending champion Los Angeles Kings who have a wonderful coach in Darryl Sutter (a very clutch player with the Hawks and also once their head coach), and are armed with the hottest and perhaps best goaltender in the game. Could any athlete have a better last name than Quick?  The Kings can hit and hit hard, something the Hawks absorb far too often. Don’t you wish they had Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd and Ben Eager available?

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I loved Jeff Samardzija’s description of the between period puck shooting battle with Paul Konerko: “I’m pretty ashamed of it. My father was really mad at me … trying to get me to change my name to Lipkin, my mom’s last name. That’s OK. We’ll work on it for next year.”

I suggested Samardzija challenge Konerko to catching a football. His reply: “He might be better at that, too.”

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By the way, the final four consists of the last four Stanley Cup winners.

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The Sox couldn’t pitch, they couldn’t hit, and they couldn’t defend or run the bases well. Other than that, they had a pretty good series against the Cubs.

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Dale Sveum said he wouldn’t move Travis Wood up in his batting order, something Tony La Russa was famous for. I ask, why not?

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OK, here are your choices: The Stanley Cup, The Crosstown Cup or a Sippy cup. I say the Crosstown cup finishes last.

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Kyuji Fujikawa, we hardly knew ‘ya.  You know what Tommy John Surgery is in Japanese? Tommy John Surgery.

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Hawk Harrelson was unable to broadcast Wednesday and Thursday’s Sox-Cubs game citing a sore throat. He was also diagnosed with a rare case of Umpiritis.

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Just what we need: A Shaquille O’Neal soda. Take a sip and you burp out the name Kobe.

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Yes, the Cubs could use a third baseman but not in the draft. They need a readymade pitcher and two are available. This one’s a no-brainer for me.

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Ohio State President Gordon Gee loves to put his foot in his mouth. He said Notre Dame was never invited into the Big Ten because they’re not good partners and Catholics can’t be trusted. Guess that was a joke. Quick, cue the laugh-track. But then he added the conference would never add Kentucky or Louisville questioning those schools’s academic integrity. Speaking of integrity Mr. Ohio State president, how do you and the Big Ten feel about Rutgers now?

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I’m thinking Rutgers would be better off hiring Dennis Rodman as Athletic Director. You know he looks very swank in lingerie. And seriously, could he be a worse administrator than Julie Hermann?

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Here’s to you, Dave Van Dyke. Enjoy your retirement though I already miss your wry sense of humor. We lose an excellent journalist who covered baseball as well as anyone.

That’s all she wrote.

George Ofman is a sports anchor and reporter for WBBM Newsradio 780 & 105.9FM. Look for him on Facebook and find him on Twitter at @georgeofman.

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