Greed is unattractive, but what kind of poker player walks away from the table when the dealer keeps throwing him hot cards?
I got my wish when the Bears closed the book on Brian Urlacher's career here. As a bonus, Urlacher whined like a jilted schoolboy on his way out the door, just as I predicted.
Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips pulled the plug on Bill Carmody after 13 years. As a bonus, Phillips hired my choice, local-boy-made-good Chris Collins, to front the underachieving men's basketball program.
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The Blackhawks — barring a 24-hour stretch — remain the most relevant tenant in the United Center.
The stars are aligned perfectly, but I'm requesting a few more winning hands.
•Phil Emery needs to suspend the "best player available" approach in the first round of next month's NFL draft and strengthen the Bears offensive line. Wednesday's departure of guard Lance Louis to Miami diminished my faith in that group.
Louis wasn't prime beef, but he was the least problematic of the bunch and Emery is on the hook to take an offensive lineman.
If Notre Dame center Braxston Cave is still there in the fourth round, get him. Cave is a nasty 6-foot-3, 303-pounder who I thought was the Irish's best offensive lineman last fall.
•I would like Tom Ricketts to end the Cubs' almost 30-year-old dilemma of how to play in a residential neighborhood and take his toy to the suburbs. Enough of night game restrictions, rooftop owners, Tom Tunney and the team trying to make a Ferrari out of the Ford Pinto that is Wrigley Field.
The ivy will grow in Rosemont. The precious scoreboard can be replicated. It's time to stop chasing your tail with renovations and plans to reconstruct a neighborhood.
•It would be good for Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival to forego the trip to Detroit for Sunday's date with the Red Wings. Have Rozsival work the point in the Homewood-Flossmoor men's 30-and-over league to rebuild his confidence.
•I want the Hawks — and all of our teams — to stop inviting Jim Belushi to games as "the face of Chicago." He isn't. Never has been.
•While we're at it, I would like the Hawks to consider tweaking their long-standing shoot-the-puck promotion during the second intermission.
Instead of the anti-climactic guest shooters going from center ice, only to see their calculated offerings merely ooze their way to the net, bring the mat up to the blue line and have contestants fire laser beams at ceramic plates, like the old NHL skills competition.
People like exploding dishes. It's a crowd pleaser.
•I would like Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone to play nice this baseball season and entertain a little bit more. And for Cubs fans to give new television analyst Jim Deshaies at least two weeks before they barbecue Bob Brenly's successor. By June, Deshaies will be much better than the team.
•Lastly, would it be too much to ask for a few days of temperatures in the 60s? Some of us have boxes of Titleists found under the Christmas tree and we've waited too long to spray them into the woods and waters of Chicago's many magnificent golf courses.
Special contributor Dan McNeil hosts "The McNeil and Spiegel Show" weekdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on WSCR-AM 670.