Great (unrealized) expectations

Cutler's bookend injuries summed up the year in Chicago sports

Updated: December 27, 2011, 11:32 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- It began with a knee and ended with a thumb.

Jay Cutler's bookend injuries -- the knee injury in last season's NFC Championship Game and the thumb injury in the 10th game of this season -- represented Chicago's year in sports and all the unrealized expectations that came with it.

What are athletes but a collection of body parts? Receivers have good hands, hitters have good eyes, hockey players have strong legs, basketball players have it all.

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