You decide: What was the biggest Chicago sports story of 2013?

You decide: What was the biggest Chicago sports story of 2013?
December 30, 2013, 8:30 am
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CSN Staff

Was there really a bigger Chicago sports story this season than the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship?

In any other year, it would be hard to argue against that. But in 2013, Derrick Rose's knee(s) dominated headlines just as much.

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#TheReturn took the entire sports world by storm in the early part of the year, with the "will he/won't he" questions popping up during the first few months of 2013. The only conclusion came when the Bulls were finally eliminated from the postseason at the hands of the Miami Heat.

But the saga didn't truly end there. Rose's much-anticipated return was talked about and debated all through the summer as he worked his way back to reportedly the best shape of his career and then finally — finally — he got back on the court.

But his regular-season return lasted just 10 games before his other knee was torn up. The Bulls quickly ruled him out for the season, quelling any return speculation, but it also ensured Rose's health would become a year-round saga in Chicago.

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However, the Blackhawks' championship was their second in four seasons.

From the season-opening, record-setting streak to dramatic playoff wins over the Kings and Red Wings to all the glory of those 17 seconds to the championship parade and summer-long celebration, 2013 belonged to the Blackhawks.

With the victory tour for an NHL championship lasting longer than any other pro sport, Jonathan Toews and Co. brought the Stanley Cup all around Chicago and their hometowns, drawing interest for months after the deciding game in Boston.

So, we ask you, Chicago fans: Which is it?

Was the Blackhawks' championship the top Chicago sports story of 2013? Or does Derrick Rose's return and injury woes take the cake?

Weigh in below, read the rest of the Top 13 in '13 and check back today and tomorrow as the two top stories are unveiled.

Top 13 stories of 2013

13. Wins and losses don't define Chris Sale's season 

12. Nate Robinson's late playoff heroics beat Nets 

11. Northern Illinois takes national stage in 2013, the Year of the Huskie

10. Cubs fire Sveum, showing cracks in foundation 

9. The bizarre catfishing of Manti Te'o

8. Cutler, McCown and the Bears' starting QB role

7. Blackhawks' record-breaking start

6. Historically bad season for Cubs and White Sox

5. Notre Dame crushed in BCS Championship Game

4. Bears sever ties with Brian Urlacher         

3. Bears hire Marc Trestman