Your top 10 Chicago stories of 2011
Here are the stories that generated the most traffic on ESPNChicago.com this year
Scottie Pippen had a front row seat to watch LeBron James oust the Chicago Bulls from the playoffs, and the Hall of Famer caused a stir in May when he told "Mike & Mike In The Morning" that he believes James might supplant Pippen's former running mate Michael Jordan as the greatest player ever.
Ten-year-old Cliff Forrest returned William Perry's Super Bowl XX ring to the former Chicago Bears defensive tackle.
Fellow NFL players, fans and media questioned Jay Cutler's toughness and body language on the sideline after he was injured in the NFC Championship Game against the Packers. The next day the Bears announced that Cutler had suffered an MCL sprain, but that only tempered a topic for debate that lasted for much of the offseason.
Unable to trade safety Chris Harris before the trade deadline in October after the safety requested a deal, the Bears released Harris on Oct. 27. He later signed with the Detroit Lions.
After Tim Tebow led the Broncos to their sixth straight victory, Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher tweaked the polarizing Denver quarterback when he called him "a good running back" in response to a question about his passing ability.
Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher left the team in September to be with his family after his mother died at her home in Texas. Urlacher and a contingent of Bears players and officials attended Lavoyda Lenard's funeral services on Saturday before traveling to New Orleans the next day to play the Saints.
Moments before the Bears selected Wisconsin offensive tackle Gabe Carimi at No. 29 overall in the NFL draft, GM Jerry Angelo tried to move up and take Carimi three picks earlier. A deal was worked out to send the No. 29 selection and a fourth-round pick to the Ravens, who held the No. 26 pick. But there was miscommunication between Bears staffers and a call to the league office was never made. In the end, both teams got the players they say they wanted, but it didn't sit well with the Ravens. "I'm disappointed in the Bears and the McCaskeys," Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said, according to the Baltimore Sun. "It is my opinion a deviation from their great legacy."
Barkley made headlines again when he said the Heat are "just a whiny bunch and I can't root for them."
Bears receiver Sam Hurd shocked his teammates, coaches and the NFL when he was arrested on federal drug-dealing charges on Dec. 14 at a Chicago area steakhouse. Two days later the Bears cut Hurd, who was described by authorities as having dealt large amounts of drugs in the Chicago area.
Charles Barkley told "Waddle & Silvy" it was " inappropriate and wrong to question a guy's heart" days after Cutler was knocked out of the Bears' NFC Championship game against the Packers.