Welcome to Blackout Wednesday, sports fans. The day we all return to our hometown roots, drink ourselves into oblivion and wake up Thanksgiving morning with no recollection of what happened the night before.
Well, at least that's what I do.
While you're trying to piece together the events of the night before as you choke down dry turkey and stuffing, count your blessings if your alcohol-fueled celebration completely erased these terrible Chicago sports events from your memory.
Jay Cutler's broken thumb
Just when the Bears were rolling toward the playoffs, JCut breaks the thumb on his throwing hand during Sunday's game. He'll have surgery to repair the fracture Wednesday in Vail, Colo., but the damage might already have been done to the Bears' playoff hopes. In Caleb Hanie we trust?
The NBA lockout
This is truly a bummer to forget. The Bulls are one of the best teams in the league, with one of the best young players in the league in Derrick Rose, but Chicago doesn't get to reap the benefits of Rose, Joakim Noah and Co. thanks to the lockout. Settle this—stat.
January's NFC title game
If you forget this one, you won't have to live with the pain of watching Cutler go down with a leg injury, Hanie nearly leading a remarkable Bears comeback or Green Bay going on to win and advance to the Super Bowl. The freakin' Packers.
The Blackhawks' 9-2 loss
The last time the Blackhawks played, they were absolutely drilled in Edmonton, 9-2. That's definitely a low point for the team this season and something we'd like to erase from our memories. Thankfully, there are about 60 more Blackhawks games this season, so this is likely just a bump in the road on the way to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the top team in the NHL.
The Cubs 2011 season
All of it. Every game, every Starlin Castro error, every Carlos Zambrano meltdown. If we never remember this season ever happened, we'll be just fine, thank you.