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ICYMI, Chicago's non-hockey teams want your attention, too

July 01, 2013|RedEye

We get it, you've been cozied up in a Blackhawks blanket for two months. It's been awesome, hasn't it?

Well, now the dog days of summer are here. But while the Hawks were busy capturing the coolest trophy in sports, other Chicago teams were making headlines, too. Some were even intentional. Each team has given fans reasons to wake up and pay attention—or to hit snooze.

CUBS

Wake up: Fans don't have to worry about Carlos Marmol blowing games anymore; they designated him for assignment. They also beat the White Sox three times. Take that, South Siders!

Hit snooze: Alfonso Soriano and his $19 million salary are still with the team. Not to mention they're 35-45 and in fourth place in the NL Central.

WHITE SOX

Wake up: Reliever Jesse Crain set a franchise record with 29 straight scoreless appearances. Chris Sale is one of the best pitchers in baseball: He's got a sparkling 2.79 ERA and an intimidating 114 strikeouts.

Hit snooze: They're 32-47 and in last place in the AL Central division. Adam Dunn is terrible—again. Paul Konerko is hurt. So is Jake Peavy. They can't hold a lead. OK, we'll stop now.

FIRE

Wake up: Since Mike Magee was acquired from the L.A. Galaxy, he's played four games in Chicago—and scored four goals. The Fire also are 3-0-2 in their past five MLS contests.

Hit snooze: Because of a miserable start, the Fire (5-7-3) still are two points out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Keep at it, fellas.

SKY

Wake up: The Sky (7-3) have won three straight, are second in the East, and Elena Delle Donne is on fire. The forward was named WNBA Rookie of the Month for June and leads the team in scoring (19.5 points per game).

Hit snooze: This team still struggles when point guard and second-leading scorer Epiphanny Prince is not in the lineup. If she gets hurt again or abducted by aliens, it'll be tough for the Sky to make the playoffs.

BEARS

Wake up: Jay Cutler and Kristin Cavallari got married! No, they did not exchange vows via text message. They also released their honeymoon pictures! You can see them on Twitter (@KristinCav). Thanks, Kristin!

Hit snooze: Fullback Evan Rodriguez got arrested for DUI, and the Bears released him. They also traded first-round bust Gabe Carimi. Plus, Brian Urlacher is still retired, and training camp doesn't start for three weeks.

BULLS

Wake up: They drafted players who can shoot in Tony Snell from New Mexico and Erik Murphy from Florida. Derrick Rose will should love passing to those guys on the perimeter.

Hit snooze: Uh, Rose still hasn't said when he's coming back. Preseason games begin in three months. Cross your fingers.

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