Good news here: Matt Garza’s return is on schedule, and he’s been cleared to resume his regular off-season regime. Unless another trade partner emerges for Carlos Marmol, Garza remains the Cubs’ most valuable and most likely candidate for a mid-season trade. If he can bounce back from an injury-shortened season, he ought to bring a nice haul somewhere around the trade deadline.

In other Cubs news, the team signed former All-Star catcher Dioner Navarro Thursday. A little veteran pressure for Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger isn’t a bad thing. For now I’ll assume that either one of them will be the starter, with Navarro as the back up.

The MVP awards were announced Thursday. Buster Posey won, making him the first catcher to win the NL award in more than four decades. And in what’s sure to be a controversial decision, Triple Crown slugger Miguel Cabrera won for the AL.

Casey Affleck–real-life brother of Ben Affleck and fake brother of Scott Caan in the “Ocean’s Eleven” movies–has signed on to write and direct a film based on the life of Josh Hamilton. The movie will be based on Hamilton’s autobiography, Beyond Belief: Finding the Strength to Come Back.

My hopes for any kind of hockey season this year are fading fast. It can’t be a good sign when the league commissioner’s plan is to completely halt talks for the next two weeks. It’s like he’s trying to prove the crazy conspiracy theory that he was put in place by David Stern to ensure the NHL never becomes more popular than the NBA.

Another Thursday night, another uninspiring NFL game. The Bills held off the Dolphins in a slap fight, despite some late charges from Miami. Ryan Tannehill killed both late-game drives with untimely interceptions–a trend he brought with him from his college days. I think Miami fans have good reason to expect big things in the future from their rookie QB. But right now, with a porous line in front of him, it might be too much to expect consistent late-game heroics from him.

O’Hare Airport is an awful, awful place.

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