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Cheap Shots: Cubs renovate, but some things stay the same

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For more sports commentary, follow Reggie Hayes via Twitter at www.twitter.com/reggiehayes1

Also, Tiger Woods' punishment could have been a lot worse

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 3:59 am

The Chicago Cubs announced they will give Wrigley Field a $500 million renovation, adding an electronic scoreboard and expanding the number of night games.

Longtime fans should be reassured by the fact the Cubs are expected to continue their tradition of no October games.

Actually, Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts said once the plan is approved, “we will win the World Series for our fans and our city.” Given that context, the projected plan approval date is late 2108.

Speaking of weekly shots at the Cubs, pitchers Edwin Jackson and Michael Bowden combined to tie the major league record with five wild pitches in an inning against the Giants. Surprisingly, the Cubs had not originally set the record.

He can't do that!

Tiger Woods generated all sorts of media coverage and debate when he was assessed a two-shot penalty for a golf rules violation at the Masters. Many fans thought he should have received the standard penalty for cheating – having the rear window of his car smashed in by one of his own golf clubs.

Woods' penalty came after a viewer at home contacted officials to point out Woods' illegal maneuver. That is inspiring. The next time the Miami Heat plays, I'm going to call the NBA and tell them when LeBron James travels.

All in all, looks good

NASCAR driver Joey Logano failed a pre-race car inspection and had additional problems with inspection moments before the Sprint Cup race Saturday night in Fort Worth, Texas. The night ended on a positive note, however, as he finish fifth and was not wrecked, punched or called a little girl by Tony Stewart.

Next stop: kajillion dollars

Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk said quarterback Aaron Rodgers is worth every penny he'll get when he signs a new contract. “He's going to get a billion dollars, probably, so I'm OK with anything they want to give him,” Hawk said.

If Rodgers gets a billion dollars, I think it's within the Packers' rights to prohibit him from growing that cheesy mustache again.

The price of harassment

Former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Chukky Okobi has been fined $100 for harassment for his role in a bar fight last year. That might seem like a small fine, but for an NFL offensive lineman, that's the cost of one whole meal.

This column is the commentary of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of The News-Sentinel. E-mail Reggie Hayes at rhayes@news-sentinel.com