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Page6D Tuesday,October20,2015 DemocratandChronicle. com MYGOAL IS TO DEFEND THE DOWNHILL AND SUPER-G TITLES AGAIN. AND WITH TINA NOT RACING, ITLEAVES A BIG DOOR OPEN.” Skier Lindsey Vonn ,on her chances of the winning the World Cup o ver all title with former champion T ina Maze out. Vonn was third last season. QUOTE OF THE D AY VONN BY SERGEI BELSKI, USA TODAY SPORTS USA SNAPSHOTS © Spectacular start Source STATS LLC Note Wolverines are the first FBS team in 20 years with three consecutive shutouts ELLEN J. HORROW AND JANET LOEHRKE, USA TODAY 97-0 Combined score for the Michigan Wolverines in their first three college football games of the 2015 season SPORTSLINE CHICAGO Sitting at a table inside Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, Dutchie Caray, widow of the legendary Chicago Cubs broadcaster, held one of what are known as “Harry Caray’s drinking diaries.” The collection of books was kept by Caray, who supposedly r ecorded, for tax purposes, his b ar stops in the early 1970s. We’re t alking Hall of Fame numbers h ere — if not Cooperstown, then for Alcoholics Anonymous. Handwritten notes list 1,362 b ar stops in 1971 and 1,242 in 1972, after which Caray stopped keeping detailed notes because he decided against using his o - hours drinking as a tax write-o , Dutchie Caray said. She also disclosed something not found in the drinking diaries — and something that might give Cubs fans needed hope. During the year before Caray died in 1998 at 83, the self-described “Cub Fan, Bud Man” was drinking non-alcoholic beer. It was doctor’s orders after Caray developed heart trouble, according to his widow. “People assumed that Harry was still drinking, because what he would do was he’d put a real Budweiser bottle in front and then we’d put non-alcoholic O’Doul’s into his glass,” Dutchie Caray told USA TODAY Sports. “He didn’t want people to know t hat he wasn’t still drinking Bud, b ecause that didn’t fit his image.” As the Cubs face a 2-0 de fi cit in t he NL Championship Series, it m ight be exactly what long-suf- f ering fans need to hear. After all, is rallying against the New York M ets to win the NLCS and then t heir first World Series title since 1908 any less improbable than Harry Caray giving up alcohol? “He asked the doctor, ‘When can I have another drink?’” Dutchie Caray said. “The doctor said, ‘When the Cubs win the World Series.’” Here’s something that figures to last even longer than the Cubs’ W orld Series championship drought: Harry Caray’s popularity. In Chicago, where he was play- by-play man for the White Sox from 1971 to 1981 and the Cubs from 1982 to 1997, he remains literally larger than life. His animated, and occasionally inebriated, commentary burnished the reputation of Chicago’s most popular tavern, also known as Wrigley Field. He also was famous for leading fans in an o -key rendition of Take Me Out to the Ball Game , which has spawned a new tradition of guest singers paying homage to Caray, with more than 1,000 versions over the last 17 years. A towering statue of Caray that u sually stands outside Wrigley Field has been moved into stor- a ge because of construction, de- p riving Cubs fans a chance to s cale it and leave a can of Budweiser in its left hand. But last w eek a sold-out crowd at Wrigley F ield erupted with joy when an image of Caray appeared on the Jumbotron. The Cubs cued up old video, and suddenly there was Caray again leading Cubs fans during the seventh-inning stretch. Two innings later, the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals to win a playo series at home for t he first time in their 139-year history, and more than a few fans toasted Caray — especially those packed around the 60-foot, 6-inch-long bar at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse, now in its 28th year of operation. “Harry might be bigger in death than in life,” said Grant De- Porter, president and managing partner of Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group. In the 17 years since Caray’s death, DePorter has added to the roster that includes: Harry Caray’s Tavern; Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch; Holy Mackerel! (a seafood restaurant); Harry Caray’s Catering & Events; Harry’s T o Go, and a section of the Chic ago Sports Museum devoted to Caray. R evenue is up sixfold, accord- i ng to DePorter. I n the immortal words of Harry Caray, “Holy cow!” “ We’ve stood the test of time,” D ePorter said. DePorter has organized an annual Worldwide Toast to Harry. Drawing on the broadcaster’s enduring popularity, DePorter has enlisted the help of Will Ferrell, Bill Murray and Bill and Hillary Clinton while growing the event from one that aimed to involved 73,000 people — in honor of the n umber of Budweisers that Caray estimated he drank during his life, DePorter said — to the 5 million fans from 120 countries De- Porter said were involved in this year’s toast. DePorter keeps a stack of photos showing fans, some wearing Harry Caray masks, toasting the late icon around the world. “Grant has worked really, really diligently to keep Harry’s spirit alive and well,” said Jim Rittenberg, one of Caray’s former drinking buddies. “The legend would have lived on, but (DePorter) has kept that image alive.” DePorter noted that Caray never charged fans for his auto- g raph or refused an autograph re- q uest. In fact, Dutchie Caray said, Caray kept his phone number p ublicly listed until his death. D utchie Caray and DePorter t old the stories about Caray from apart of the restaurant with w hich he was least familiar. C aray preferred to be seated at the bar seat closest to entrance of his restaurant, said Dutchie Caray, who recalled something her husband relished — perhaps even more than he would have relished seeing the Cubs win the World Series. “He loved to be loved by the fans,” she said. IN CHICAGO, HARRY CARAY REMAINS TOAST OF TOWN Brand continues to grow 17 years a fter his death Josh Peter @joshlpeter11 USA TODAY Sports JERRY LAI, USA TODAY SPORTS The Harry Caray statue outside Wrigley Field has been moved because of ballpark renovation. KANSASCITY , KAN . Denny Hamlin has seen this one before: Joe Gibbs Racing driver, nestled at second in points exiting Kansas Speedway and theoretically insulated from mayhem entering the second elimination race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Talladega Superspeedway. Last year that JGR driver was Kyle Busch. This year it’s Hamlin. For Busch, the security was an illusion. Racing conservatively deep in the pack — with the goal of being able to assess and avoid the inevitable mass pileups that influence racing at restrictor- plate tracks — Busch was hit from b ehind by Austin Dillon after avoiding an accident, sustained crushing damage to the No. 18 Toyota and finished 40th. He fell to ninth in the standings and missed advancement by four points. Hamlin knows better than to assume any position inside the Chase boundary is steadfast with- o ut a win to assure advancement. “I’ll be honest with you, I’m not comfortable with where I am personally in the points,” he said S unday after finishing second at Kansas Speedway. “We’re not locked in, and there’s no guarantee. We saw last year with Kyle, riding in the back was dangerous, also. But I have to look at the positives. I mean, we’ve finished fourth and second now in this round, and that gives us a little bu er at Talladega. “ It looks like right behind me there’s a big group of guys that all probably will be battling up front all day. Only one of them can win, b ut I just — I don’t think I can go out there and finish 25th and move on.” That group includes restrictor- plate winners Brad Keselowski (fifth in points), Kevin Harvick (sixth) and Je Gordon (seventh). Twelve points separate second from the eighth-place cuto spot held by Martin Truex Jr. Points l eader Joey Logano was won both r aces in the second round, which leaves another points transfer s pot for the taking. H amlin didn’t imply that a Busch-like defense strategy would work for him at Talladega, where he has a win in the 2014 s pring race, four top-fives and seven top-10s in 19 starts. Hamlin led laps in 14 of those races but just 12 in the win. He passed Harvick to lead the final two laps, defended the position and won when a caution froze the field in a green-white-checkered finish. It was Hamlin’s first re- strictor-plate points victory. “The success that I’ve had at Talladega has come from trying to run up front every single lap,” Hamlin said. “As far as I’m concerned, there’s going to be one of those guys behind me that I have ... if I’m going to ride in the back, that I’m going to assume is going to win the race. ... “ I just don’t know the proper way to do it. You always think there’s going to be a big wreck there that takes out a lot of cars, but there wasn’t last year, so I don’t know. ... But my gut feeling is we’ll probably have to go there and race hard.” And check the scoring monitor just as hard when it’s over. Even 2nd, Hamlin knows he’s not safe In same spot in ’14, Busch eliminated Brant James @brantjames USA TODAY Sports JASEN VINLOVE,USA TODAY SPORTS “I’ll be honest with you, I’m not comfortable with where I am personally in the points,” Denny Hamlin says. FIRST WORD INEVER REALLY LIKED THE NICKNAME. BUTI DID KNOW ITWASN’TABOUTME. IT WAS ABOUTSOMETHING GREATER.” Former basketball player Tamir Goodman on the “Jewish Jordan” nickname he picked up in high school. He played at Towson University and in Israel before injuries ended his career in 2009. He spoke to students in Rochester , N. Y ., ac cor ding to the “Demo- cr at and Chronicle” newspaper. MAGIC NUMBER $6 million Career earnings for bull rider J.B. Mauney if he can win the PBR World Finals this week in Las Vegas. Competition runs W ednesday through Sunday. TWEET OF THE D AY @D_FUNCH Love the hate but we 5-0 so it feels that much better! # keeppounding Carolina receiver Devin Funchess on Monday after a 27-23 victory at Seattle that kept the Panthers surprisingly undefeated. ALMOST LAST WORD “TOUGH WAYTO LOSE A FOOTBALL GAME.” What President Obama told Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh at the White House, according to Harbaugh. The coach was in D .C. on Monday to join the first lady in pr omoting a public awareness campaign called Better Mak e Room, the “Detroit Free Pr ess” r eported. Saturday, Michigan lost to Michigan State in the final sec onds on a botched punt. LAST WORD “BASEBALL HAS SURELYYIELD- ED A WINDFALL OF MATERIAL BLESSINGS ON ME AND MY FAMILY, AND I AM GRATEFUL AND HUMBLED FOR THOSE THINGS EVERYDAY.” Barry Zito, the 2002 American League Cy Young winner with the Athletics who won two W orld Series with the Giants, announcing his r etir ement in an essay on The Player s ’ Tribune website . Edited by Thomas O’Toole 2001 PHOTO BY THE BOSTON GLOBE LANCE IVERSEN, USA TODAY SPORTS

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