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Best still-playing former Chicago athlete we wish were still in town

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Thomas Jones
Perhaps GM Jerry Angelo’s greatest flub, the abandonment of running back Thomas Jones after the 2006 Super Bowl season, in a misguided attempt to make then-recently drafted Cedric Benson the man, has played a large part in the Bears’ offensive troubles in the seasons since. Matt Forte is a strong back, to be sure, but as most NFL teams have moved to running-back tandems and away from classic featured backs, Forte is left with failed experiment Chester Taylor. (And before that Garrett Wolfe, and before that “the other” Adrian Peterson.) Can you imagine the Bears’ running game if we had held on to Jones? The trade for Jay Cutler, dare we say, may have been unnecessary. Numbers don’t lie—in the three seasons he played with the Jets after the Bears let him go, he rushed for 1,119 yards, 1,312 yards and 1,402 yards, respectively. Not only is that tremendous production, with each year the 32-year-old is improving. He also scored fourteen touchdowns last year. This season, for the Kansas City Chiefs, he’s threatening 1,000-yard production again and has five TDs. We honestly can’t elaborate any more right now, because it’s making us sick.

Audience choice:
Jim Thome

Best in Chicago 2010

Best tweeting by a local sports personality

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Jay Cutler

Twitter brings our sports stars closer to us than ever before, but they rarely have anything interesting to say other than “Getting ready for Sunday” or something similar. The Bears quarterback is not exactly the Hemingway of the Midway, but his Twitter account and accompanying Web site (jaycutlersix.com) shows a team leader at least willing to engage with the adoring public and show a modicum of transparency. His “Fan of the Week” series is charming, too.

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Best of Chicago 2009

Best nickname for Jay Cutler

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Da Coachler

He may have been “Mr. Grumpy Pants” while still a Bronco, but now that Da Bears claim him as their leader and on-the-field general we should unearth our inner Ditka-ness and combine the sentiment into a Super Bear.

Audience choice:
(TIE) Deep 6, J-Cut, JC Superstar

Best of Chicago 2009

Best new Bear

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Jay Cutler

Duh. If the Bears could ever get to a point in which their new quarterback wasn’t running for his life on every third play, they’d realize he’s the best QB they’ve had since, uh, well, ahem—Sid Luckman?

Audience choice:
Jay Cutler

Best of Chicago 2009