When an outsider looks at the accomplishments of Chicago in professional sports, many times the accomplishments are not seen in the larger context.
The Bears are remembered for the colorful and dominant team of 1985, but the franchise has a rich tradition that dates long before that.
The White Sox captured the World Series in 2005 under current manager Ozzie Guillen, but had many close runs in years before that such as in 1983 and in 1959.
So like any good measure and barometer of the sports conscience of a city. One must look at the past in order to realize what is in store for the future.
Chicago sports currently is in one of the better positions that it has been in a long time overall. The Blackhawks are defending Stanley Cup champions, the Bulls are on the verge of being a contender in the Eastern Conference, the Bears are a playoff team this season, the White Sox are playing to win the AL Central, and the Cubs are rebuilding with some talented pieces in place.
So who are the top 25 that are making their teams run?
Here are the players who almost made the list:
Marty Turco/Corey Crawford
(Note: Paul Konerko had not been signed in time for article but would have been a high selection)