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Bears lost in the shuffle on a busy day

Yesterday was a busy day for Chicago sports, and none of it involved the Chicago Bears.

The Blackhawks signed Detroit star forward Marian Hossa and center John Madden from the New Jersey Devils. Both players should be great additions to a young team on the rise. Meanwhile, the Bulls got worse, losing Ben Gordon to the Detroit Pistons. I know Gordon had some serious shortcomings on defense, but who, exactly, is going to score for the Bulls now?

On the baseball beat, my White Sox continued their recent hot play, beating the Indians 6-2 to take their fourth series in a row. It was also the sixth straight win for the Sox. I’m sure the Cubs did something, too, but I’m not interested in whatever it was.

It was interesting to see a day where the Bears didn’t at least merit a semi-big story. It’s been a busy offseason for the Bears. And besides the fact that it looks like there’ll be no Plaxico Burress on the way, there wasn’t much else to report from Halas Hall.

Which Chicago sports team will win a title next?

Sports fans love to make predictions: the White Sox will trade Paul Konerko. The Cubs will fall short in the NL Central this year. The Bulls will make a terrible pick in the NBA draft.

One of the more intriguing guessing games today, though, centers on the Bears. The question is: Which Chicago team will next win its league champsionship? Most fans usually pick either the Bears, bolstered by this summer’s signing of quarterback Jay Cutler, or the Blackhawks, fueled by all that young talent.

If I had to wager a guess? I’d go with the Blackhawks.

Here’s what fans forget about Cutler and the Bears: The Denver Broncos didn’t win the SuperBowl with Jay Cutler as their quarterback, and the Broncos have a supporting cast that’s every bit as strong as — or maybe stronger — than the Bears have.

Don’t get me wrong; Cutler is a huge upgrade at quarterback. He had a great season last year. But to believe that Cutler will lead the Bears to the SuperBowl, you have to think that the Bears were just a quality quarterback away from making it back to the title game. Unfortunately, that doesn’t look to be true.

The Bears’ defense, despite its reputation, is weak. The receives are terrible. The running game is thin. And the offensive line doesn’t rank as one of the game’s elite. The Bears have above-average tight ends and a darn good punter. Is that, combined with a ProBowl-caliber quarterback, enough for a championship?

I don’t think so.