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The forgotten: Chicagoans focused on Bulls, Blackhawks missed good sports news

May 13, 2012|RedEye

You'd be forgiven if you didn't really pay attention to much else in Chicago sports the past six weeks besides the Blackhawks and Bulls' postseason runs—as brief as they were.

But, if that's been your focus, you've missed out on some good Chicago sports news.

Here's what you overlooked.

Cubs aren't the worst ever

The predictions for the Cubs in 2012 ranged from terrible to worst Cubs team ever. As it turns out, yes, the Cubs are pretty bad, but there are at least four other teams in baseball as bad or worse than the North Siders.

White Sox are in the thick of it

This really shouldn't come as a surprise, considering how average the AL Central has been over the past few years, but the White Sox—as it stands right now—can safely say they are in the hunt for a division title. As recently as May 1, they were tied for first, and they've hovered around two to three games out of first since then.

The Fire aren't fit to be tied

The Men in Red set the MLS record for ties in a season last year, but that doesn't appear to be a feat they'll repeat. The Fire are 4-2-3 and safely in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. They just knocked off first-place Sporting Kansas City on Saturday night at Toyota Park.

Meet your new Bears

The NFL draft at the end of April helped satisfy Bears fans' thirst for anything football-related. At least for a couple days. In the first round of the draft at No. 19., the Bears selected defensive end Shea McClellin out of Boise State. He's been called a possible successor to Brian Urlacher at linebacker. High praise.

Say hello to Mr. Perfect

White Sox pitcher Philip Humber was a pleasant surprise last season, going 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA, but on April 21 he became a legend. The 29-year-old threw the 21st perfect game in major-league history in a 4-0 win in Seattle.

Adam Dunn is back

The White Sox slugger was a punching bag last season as he struggled through a season that saw him set the team record for strikeouts in a season while batting .159. This year, entering Sunday's game, Dunn leads the team with 26 RBIs and 11 homers. He's also hitting .248.

Dempster tops all of baseball

No more Ryan Dumpster jokes this season. Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster is not only the best in the NL with a 1.02 ERA, but he's the best in all of baseball. Take a bow.

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