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A look back at Chicago's sports in 2011.

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August, 8, 2011
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Bust debate: Five more to consider

June, 29, 2011
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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:

Soriano
  • 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).

    Fukudome
  • 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.

    Rios
  • 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.

    Taylor
  • 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.

    Boozer
  • 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.
  • Forte to try his hand at baseball

    March, 31, 2011
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    Matt ForteRob Grabowski/US PresswireMatt Forte is finding new ways to spend his time during the lockout.
    While NFL players like Chad Johnson are trying their hand (or legs) in Major League Soccer, Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte is taking his talents to the south side.

    "Heard Ochocinco is playing soccer this off season...think I'm gonna play pro baseball. Come to the Sox game on April 9 to catch my debut", Forte said in a Facebook post.

    White Sox sources have confirmed that Forte is joining the team -- but only to throw out the first pitch before the Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays that day.

    White Sox toast with a four pack

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    [+] EnlargeChicago championship trophies presented prior to the White Sox game
    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.

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