A blessed Easter Sunday it was

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

I heard the words “miraculous” and “glorious” muttered more than once on Easter Sunday. I prayed at times, too.

No, I wasn't in church. I was plopped on the couch in front of the television watching the Masters. Even before those words bounced off my eardrums, this particular Easter Sunday was perfect. Church, egg hunt, hearty meal? Afraid not. Bulls, Cubs and golf? Yep, as sports fans, we hit the trifecta.

Jesus did this and Jesus did that, but new Cubs rightfielder David DeJesus did not do much on Sunday. He went 0-for-3, though he did score once, which was sacred in and of itself for the lowly Cubs.

It was Jeff Samardzija, recently resurrected as a starting pitcher, who came through swimmingly on this splendid day. The former Notre Dame baseball and football player (back then, he could walk on water) fanned a career-high eight batters and allowed just four hits over an astounding — that’s right, astounding — 8 2/3 innings. He even had the long hair — though a mullet and not an unkempt shaggy mane like you know who — and provided the salvation as he nearly pitched a complete game to help the Cubs to a 4-3 victory, their first win of the season.

Then some guy with an unconventional name in the world of golf (Bubba) provided a true miracle — an impossible blind iron shot out of the Georgia pines that curved right as if guided by supernatural forces, landing within 10 feet of the hole on the 10th green during the sudden-death playoff at Augusta National, a place that surely resembles heaven. The congregation praised the “miraculous” shot — oops, I meant the gallery praised the miraculous shot. Bubba was awarded an ugly green jacket, among other things, for his effort.

(As far as miracles go, however, any and all Cubs victories this season qualify.)

There was also a second coming on Sunday as Derrick Rose scored 29 points in an irritating, cilice-like 100-99 overtime loss to the Knicks after missing 12 straight games due to an injury. Desperate prayers went unanswered on this one and that’s just fine. Despite of the loss, Lazarus is alive and well again and ready to guide his disciples through the playoffs and beyond.

What’s that? I called him what? And what the hail is a cilice?

I’m not quite sure what I experienced on Sunday, but I do know one thing: Sports fans were certainly blessed. Forgive me for my blasphemies, as I forgive those who didn’t tune in to all three (or even one) of these sporting events. May ESPN be with you.



Contact: bspencer@oakpark.com

Twitter: @oakparksports

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