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Chat: Wright talks Bears, Combine at 12 CT!

February, 18, 2013
Michael C. Wright enters the Bears chat room at 12 CT to talk about the offseason and Combine.

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Hot Button: More disappointing injury?

May, 7, 2012
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Whose fate was more disappointing, the Bears and Jay Cutler or the Bulls and Derrick Rose?

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So what could we possibly have done to deserve this sentence of six months in professional sports hell? Which of the sporting gods did Chicago offend to bring about this karma? I grew up accepting the Cubs were cursed, but not the Bears and Bulls, too. Since November, though, a one-two punch to the civic groin has left us face down and semi-conscious in an alley. The Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in June of 2010; then seven months later the Bears advanced to the NFC Championship game. Looked like smooth sailing. Maybe Jay Cutler spraining his knee was a tip-off we were about to enter a nuclear winter.

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A look back at Chicago's sports in 2011.
Charles Barkley joined "The Waddle & Silvy Show" and talked about a variety of subjects, including the NBA lockout, donating his salary to charity and the Bears. Check out another entertaining interview of Sir Charles.

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Vote now for ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame

August, 8, 2011
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Which legends belong in the inaugural class of the ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame? That's up to you. Cast your votes!

Bust debate: Five more to consider

June, 29, 2011
There are still three full months left in the season (and three seasons left on his contract), but there is no denying Adam Dunn has been a free agent bust for the White Sox so far. Dunn made our list of the biggest free agent busts in Chicago history, and you can vote for your own lists of busts.

Many of the busts on our list are easy. But a glance around Chicago sports today brings up several debatable cases with money and expectations playing major roles in determining whether they are busts. Here's a look at a few:

  • Alfonso Soriano, Cubs OF: Does Soriano's albatross of a contract make him a bust? Signed to an eight-year, $136 million contract before the 2007 season, Soriano was productive in his first two seasons, and he carried the Cubs to the playoffs in 2007 with 14 homers in September in the first of two straight trips to the postseason. But he has been a disappointment the past three years, in and out of the lineup with injuries and playing shoddy defense in left field. Since making the All-Star team in his first two seasons with the Cubs, Soriano has averaged .253 with 19 home runs and 56 RBIs. And the Cubs are stuck with Soriano for another three seasons (he will be 38 years old when his contract is up).

  • Kosuke Fukudome, Cubs OF: Is Fukudome a disappointment if he was making $1.5 million as a fourth outfielder rather than $12 million a season starter? The Cubs won the bidding for Fukudome when he came over from Japan in 2008 and gave him a four-year, $48 million deal. Aside from a standout first half of 2008 when he made the NL All-Star team, Fukudome has been an average player. He is a .338 career hitter in April, but is a .261 lifetime hitter with little power and he has never driven in more than 58 runs in a season.

  • Alex Rios, White Sox OF: The White Sox claimed Rios -- and his $70 million contract -- off waivers in 2009, and he struggled mightily, batting .199. He rebounded in 2010, batting .284 with 21 home runs and 88 RBIs with 34 stolen bases. But he is back to his 2009 form, batting .221 with 6 homers and 20 RBIs this season.

  • Chester Taylor, Bears RB: Signed to a four-year, $12.5 million contract (with $7 million guaranteed), Taylor was brought in to give the Bears a 1-2 punch in the backfield with Matt Forte in Mike Martz's system. A former 1,000-yard rusher, Taylor complemented Adrian Peterson well with the Vikings, averaging 44 catches and almost 400 receiving yards in his final two seasons in Minnesota. But Taylor never found his place in the Bears' offense last season, averaging 2.4 yards a carry and 20 receptions.

  • Carlos Boozer, Bulls F: The Bulls' biggest free-agent signing last summer, Boozer missed 23 games with injuries, but when he played, he produced in the regular season, averaging 17.5 points and 9.6 rebounds. Then came the playoffs. Hampered by a turf toe injury, Boozer averaged 12.6 points on 43 percent shooting and was a major defensive liability. He was roundly booed and sat on the bench late in games in favor of Taj Gibson. Boozer helped the Bulls to the best record in the NBA, but his struggles in the playoffs have to be a concern for the Bulls, who are tied to Boozer for four more years.
  • Video: Lovie Smith conversation

    May, 21, 2011
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    Bears head coach Lovie Smith talks about the NFL lockout, criticism on Jay Cutler, overtaking the Packers and the Chicago Bulls.

    Lovie pulling for Bulls

    May, 18, 2011
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    Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith hopes the Bulls start something this spring that Smith's crew finishes off in the winter.

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    Bulls' Rose a staunch Bears supporter

    January, 14, 2011
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    Gary Dineen/NBAE/Getty ImagesDerrick Rose said he once considered playing football, but the pace of the game and potential for playing in freezing weather convinced him to stay with basketball.
    Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose grew up in Chicago, but he never considered himself a Chicago Bears fan until this season.

    Expect Rose to be rooting for the Bears when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in an NFC divisional playoff game.

    "They turned me into a football fan," Rose said. "Where at first I really didn't like football, even when they went to the championship, the Super Bowl [in 2007] when I was younger.

    "But now with me knowing a little bit about football, I have become one of the Bears fans."

    Rose, a hard worker in his own right, can appreciate the way the Bears have proved doubters wrong all season.

    "Their will to win games," he said, when asked what sets this team apart. "Where they have a lot going against them. With people saying, especially about Jay Cutler, that he's not as good of a quarterback as they want him to be or whatever. But it's hard in Chicago being a quarterback and I have a lot of respect for him."

    The young point guard has a lot of respect for the type of effort that goes into becoming a professional football player. He thought about playing the game when he was younger, but decided against it.

    "I wanted to be a receiver because I thought I was fast and I could jump a little bit, but it's hard, man," Rose said. "Knowing what conditions they have to play in, like the weather conditions. And to be able to not play for a minute and then come into the game and warm up ASAP, and run as fast as you could to catch a ball, with it being below zero and stuff like that, that's unbelievable."

    Rose admits that the success that Cutler and the Bears are having, coupled with the Stanley Cup championship the Chicago Blackhawks won last summer, motivates him.

    "I know the Blackhawks did something tremendous [last season] to inspire me to go out there and work harder when I was in L.A. [working out over the summer], just winning the championship," Rose said. "I wasn't there for the parade, but my mom and my girl was like sending me pictures of the parade and people cheering and stuff like that. While I was in L.A., that was one of the things that drove me."

    The idea of seeing the Bears continue the winning ways in Chicago makes the thought of having another celebration in Grant Park seem more tangible than ever.

    "I want to get back to that day," Rose said. "And just being one of the guys that put us back on the map."

    Nick Friedell covers the Bulls for and ESPN 1000.

    White Sox toast with a four pack

    August, 27, 2010
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    AP Photo/Charles Rex ArbogastMark Buehrle and Joel Quenneville displayed Chicago's two newest title trophies.
    CHICAGO -- The Yankees aren’t an easy bunch to intimidate, but the White Sox gave a shot during pregame ceremonies Friday, with a little help from their friends.

    Championship trophies from the 1985 Bears, the '90s Bulls, the 2009-10 Blackhawks and the White Sox’s own 2005 hardware, were all on display during a “Gathering of Champions” ceremony. Richard Dent represented the Bears, Mark Buehrle was there for the White Sox and Joel Quenneville was on hand for the Blackhawks.

    Scottie Pippen was supposed to be the Bulls’ representative, but he was late leaving those duties to chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Pippen was later spotted on the suite level just as the game was starting.

    The Yankees might have their 27 World Series trophies, including their most recent in 2009, but no city can stake a claim to a title in each of the four major sports in the past 25 years.