Another great year in Chicago sports is in the books. Also, another awful year for Chicago sports is in the books. Which means it's time to choose RedEye's Stud and Dud of the Year. As always, don't be shy about voting!
Mike Magee, Fire
The Chicago native almost singlehandedly cured the Fire's scoring woes, tallying 15 for Chicago and 21 for the season after starting the year in L.A. Oh yeah, he was named 2013 MLS most valuable player.
Alshon Jeffery, Bears
He's becoming one of the best receivers in the NFL before our eyes. 80 receptions, 1,265 yards, seven touchdowns and counting. Not to mention clutch, acrobatic catches you have to see to believe.
Patrick Kane, Blackhawks
The two-time Stanley Cup champ won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the best player in the 2013 NHL playoffs. And entering Sunday, he's second in the league in points this season behind only Pittsburgh superstar Sidney Crosby.
Elena Delle Donne, Sky
The WNBA Rookie of the Year led the Sky to the best record in the East. She also paced the league in free-throw percentage (92.9) while ranking second in 3-point percentage (43.8), fourth in scoring (18.1) and fifth in blocks (1.8).
Carlos Molina, boxing
The South Side resident fought his way to the IBF middleweight title Sept. 14, defeating Ishe Smith in Las Vegas. Molina preced that with a victory in Chicago in February and carries a stellar record of 22-5-2 into his first defense this winter.
Chris Sale, White Sox
Although the Sox were terrible, the lefty again was one of the most feared pitchers in baseball. The All-Star posted a 3.07 ERA and 226 strikeouts, good for fourth in MLB.
Too many times this season have Bears fans waited for Peppers' name to be called on a big play … and it's almost never happened. Maybe it's age, maybe it's injuries. It's definitely disappointing.
Don't get White Sox fans started. They'd like to overlook his .219 batting average 189 strikeouts (third most in baseball) and instead focus on his 34 home runs and 86 RBIs, but they just can't.
Too soon? Perhaps. Cynics would say hoping for the Bulls star to return is a waste of time. They could be right. Regardless, another year without No. 1 is gut wrenching.
The most desperate franchise in sports finished nowhere close to competitive. Even the Wrigley Field renovations, something that should excite a lot of fans, has become tiresome thanks to endless delays.
It's up to you to decide who wins the Chicago sports Stud and Dud of the Year awards. For details, visit redeyechicago.com/sports.