The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois on March 9, 2008 · Page 21
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The Daily Herald from Arlington Heights, Illinois · Page 21

Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Sunday, March 9, 2008
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Readers liave their say Wolves handle Quad City 5-3 4 Mike Imrem Campaign pitch: Marmol best man for job The Cubs won't win anything if Carlos Marmol isn't the closer by the end of the season. There, you need to hear it any more directly than that? The closer derby has become one heck of a job search, as compelling as the one for United States president. In fact, the candidates for both high offices have similar credentials. Bob Howry is John McCain, the elder statesman who has been a steady performer for years. Kerry Wood is Hillary Clinton, the battle- scarred survivor of good times and bad. Marmol is BarackObama, ===== the relatively untested newcomer with electric stuff. The vibe I'm getting up here from down there seems to be that Marmol will win the job this spring—closer, not president— but that sentiment might be more wishful than thoughtful. The hunch here is that Howry will begin the season at closer with Wood and Marmol as his setup men. That would give the electorate of one — Cubs manager Lou Piniella — a late-inning mix of clarity, stability and ability every major-league team pursues. At least for a while it would. Then the comparisons will evolve from the White House to the White Sox. If the Cubs get lucky, their closer muddle will sort out as successfully as the Sox' 2005 campaign did. (OK, that's far-fetched. Most of us understand the Cubs aren't going to win a World Series in our lifetimes.) Anyway, allow me to demystify how this closer mystery will unwind, or perhaps unravel. For openers — on March 31 in Wrigley Field, or whatever it's called by then—let's say Howry indeed is the Cubs' closer. Remember, just as Shingo Takatsu was for the Sox on Opening Day in 2005. But just as Takatsu did, Howry will falter and force Piniella to look for the next best option. That would be Wood, just as it was Dustin Hermanson for the Sox three years ago. But just as it did for Hermanson, the workload will take a toll on Wood's fragile body and force Piniella to look for a last resort. That would be the Mighty Mr. Marmol, just as it was Jumbo Bobby Jenks for the Sox in'05. Again, the Cubs should be so lucky. Marmol can excite crowds the way Jenks did when he emerged from the bullpen and anonymity. Some thought Marmol, not Ryan Dempster, should have been the Cubs' closer down the stretch last season. They might have been correct. 'Some also think Marmol, not Howry, should be the Cubs' closer this Opening Day They definitely are correct. Ask any manager who must press an untested youngster into a critical role and he'll say, "I'd rather have inexperienced talent than experience with less talent." Yet when that same manager has to choose, he can't resist going with a veteran like Howry or Wood. If the Cubs really are lucky, they'll still be in contention after Howry becomes ineffective and Wood wears out. Then Marmol can race in from the bullpen, energize fans, and close out a division title the way Jenks did. As for winning the World Series and being entertained at the White House by whoever the next president is ... let's not get goofy here. But at least Marmol would give the Cubs a chance to get lucky. SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2008 Still tinkering Larry Hughes and Bulls trying to put pieces in right places — Page 5 SECTION No Tiger this time Stewart Cink surges to a 6; in third round of PODS Championship — Page 9 Ready for stretch run Hawks ' Kevyn Adams returns today, well ahead of schedule ASSOCIATED PRESS Kevyn Adams might be the only one who expected his return so soon after suffering a severe knee injury in early November. BY TIM SASSONE When Kevyn Adams blew out his left knee Nov. 7 against Columbus, he vowed to be back for the playoffs if the Blackhawks made it even as doctors were telling him he wouldn't play for at least six months. Recovering from a torn ACL and MCL quicker than anyone expected, Adams will be in the lineup today when the Hawks host the Edmonton Oilers at the United Center. "The one thing I tried telling myself when it happened was not to think any number that they were telling me," Adams said. "I didn't want to think six months. I had a date in my head that I was kind of shooting for and actually I'm ahead of that. "We're hockey players, and that's all I was thinking about "I had a date in my head that I was kind of shooting for and actually I'm ahead of that." Blackhawks center Kevyn Adams was to get back for this stretch run." Adams will replace Ben Eager on the fourth line with Adam Burish and Craig Adams. The timing for Kevyn Adams' return couldn't be better since Eager injured his right shoulder in Friday's 3-2 loss to San Jose and will undergo an MRI on Monday. Adams is one of the most popular players in the dressing room and a valued leader who will fill that on-ice void created when Martin Lapointe was traded to Ottawa. "It's pretty impressive," teammate Patrick Sharp said. "We all thought he was done for the year way back in November. To see him come back a month-and-a-half, two months ahead of schedule, we all know how hard he worked and how bad he wants to get back in the lineup and help this team win." Even though he couldn't play, Adams did what he could to help the team by advising his young teammates when necessary and working with the coaching staff in certain areas at home and on the road. "He's battled back so hard to get back," said Hawks coach Denis Savard. "He's been invaluable to us by doing whatever he could to help." Adams will jump into the See HAWKS on PAGE 5 Special project Cubs catcher Fox doing att he can to improve coaching for diabetics BY BRUCE MILES MESA, Ariz. — Nobody who's been around Cubs player Jake Fox is surprised he's pursuing a university degree in communications. Fox is one of the more media-friendly players to be found. But it's what Fox is planning to do with that degree that's special. "This last semester, this last fall, I finished up 19 credits," the 25-year-old Fox said Saturday. "I have four left, and I'm finishing them up right now. Matter of fact, I'm probably going to e-mail my final project to my professor tonight. "I've got an independent study for my last four credits, and I'm cre- ' ating an educational program for coaches on dealing with diabetic athletes. So I'm putting a presentation together because every off-season I put on camps where I'm from (Beech Grove, Ind.), and I'm going to start putting them on in Michigan with the proceeds going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation." Fox's inspiration comes from his wife, Allison, a former college cross country runner who was diagnosed with Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes at age 18. "My overall dream is to take it with me and start helping the awareness for people, especially coaches dealing with athletes, because my wife is diabetic herself, and that's how I got into it," Fox said. "I've been around a few diabetics on my way up, and I knew nothing about it. It was kind of scary to me because I didn't know what to do, didn't know if there was something wrong with them, See CUBS on PAGE 3 Jake Fox Don't hold back : "l J «l'Si' •- ft ~' \ * M ' ' T » ISlpi v< '***•*' ll", " ' . •,'. y^':^./w\ v . ASSOCIATED PRESS Manager Ozzie Guillen has no problem with warranted criticism from Sox broadcasters. Guillen says he welcomes Stone's honest appraisal of Sox BY SCOT GREGOR <igrfff>T® TUCSON, Ariz. — In Steve *"' Stone, the White Sox are getting more than your run-of-the-mill baseball broadcaster. Much more. During his 20 years in the booth with the Cubs, Stone provided adroit insight and •didn't hesitate to offer his opinion — good or bad. Signed to a one-year contract by the Sox last week to provide analysis opposite radio play- by-play man Ed Farmer, Stone is looking forward to resuming a career that abruptly ended after the 2004 season. Stone walked away from his job with the Cubs after a firestorm sparked by his critical comments about the club and then-manager Dusty Baker. The most severe criticism actually came hours after a day game, when Stone was a guest on WGN radio and the Cubs' playoff hopes were going down the tubes. "You want the truth? You can't handle the truth," Stone said at the time. "The truth of this situation is an extremely talented bunch of guys who want to look at all directions except where they should really look and kind of make excuses for what happened. At See SOX on PAGE 3 Steve Stone Wisconsin visits NU, leaves with title BY LlNDSEY WlLLHITE Fearing a mob of giddy Wisconsinites — as if there's any other kind — Northwestern called in an extra fleet of university police for Saturday's regular-season finale. The school worried the 4,000- plus immigrants from the north — all readily identifiable by their red shirts, red blouses and red pinstriped suits — would try to rush the Welsh-Ryan Arena floor if and when the Badgers clinched their third BigTen title since 1947. The part about the floor- rushing didn't come to pass. Alas, the other part became crystal clear during a break in the action with 3:44 to go. "Big Ten champs!" screamed Wisconsin 65, NU 52 every last Wisconsin fan. "Big Ten champs! Let's go, Badgers!" With 6-foot-11 senior Brian Butch lording over the tiny Wildcats for 20 points and a career-high-tying 14 rebounds, Wisconsin led from start to finish in a 65-52 clincher before 8,117inEvanston. "I think (the fans) wanted an outright championship just as much as we did," said Butch, who received a standing ovation as he left with 2:34 to go. "It was really cool." The nation's No. 1 scoring defense held Northwestern without a point for the final 5:30 of the first half. That turned a 21-20 fight into a 29-20 halftime Mora ooltofw baskfrttaall • Illini seniors top Minnesota 67-58 in home finale. Page 6. • UIC falls to Butler a third time, losing 66-50. Page 6. margin that never got smaller than 7 points the rest of the way. "Some teams, you can work with them, show them, but they don't just quite catch on to the point where if s good enough to maybe cut a net down," Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said. "But this group, defensively, gave themselves a chance to be champions in the BigTen." The lOth-ranked Badgers See NU on PAGE 6 MARK \VEi.SII 'iiivti-KliCu dailylivi uld.i 0111 Wisconsin's Brian Butch, who led the Badgers with 20 points, celebrates the clinching of the Big Ten title Saturday. i.:.a^S;tU : ^

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