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4 hot starts in Chicago history

  • Michael Jordan (left) and Phil Jackson celebrated six Bulls titles before they were done.
Michael Jordan (left) and Phil Jackson celebrated six Bulls titles before… (Phil Velasquez/Chicago…)
January 27, 2013|RedEye

With their blistering start, the Blackhawks have the feel of a Stanley Cup contender. Here's how other Chicago teams started in championship seasons.

2005 WHITE SOX

Started: 16-4

Finished: 99-63

The Sox made a habit of winning series early in the season and led the AL Central from Day 1. They struggled in September, but what matters is they went 11-1 in the postseason. Boom.

1996-97 BULLS

Started: 12-0

Finished: 69-13

Believe it or not, the Bulls' best start without a loss was not the year they won an NBA-record 72 games. That would be the next season, when they won "only" 69. Underachieve much, guys?

1985 BEARS

Started: 12-0

Finished: 15-1

Most Bears fans have every detail of this Super season memorized. That includes the only loss, in Miami on a Monday night. Bleeping Dolphins!

1908 CUBS

Started: 3-0

Finished: 99-55

Not that any non-vampire remembers, but the 1908 Cubs swept their opening series in Cincinnati. So if they win their first three in 2013 in Pittsburgh, a World Series title is a done deal. (OK, stop laughing now.)

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