Despite a rocky couple months peppered with setbacks and controversy, the Chicago Bulls remain guardedly optimistic about the future.

“There’s still plenty of time for Kerry [Wood] and Mark [Prior] to get healthy and help put their team in a position to win,” said Bulls coach Scott Skiles. “I really believe this could be the year they each finally break through and win 18 to 20 games.

“And the White Sox are in a great position to repeat this year. It’s going to be a great year for baseball in Chicago.”

When asked about the future of his own team, Skiles wasn’t nearly as upbeat.

“Oh, we’re screwed,” he said. “This thing is over. I’ve already booked a vacation to Florida for the last week of April. It’s amazing how much money you can save when you book in advance. I guess that’s the upside of knowing you have no real chance to make the playoffs.”

The Cubs’ Wood agreed with the candid Bulls coach.

“Their season is toast,” said the injured Cubs pitcher, who will begin another season on the disabled list. “I still don’t understand why they didn’t play Tim Thomas. It’s almost like they wanted to lose. I mean, as a Cub, I can relate, but still, what’s up with that?”

heckler editorial staff