Sky clearing, only partly cloudy

Originally Published: June 12, 2009
By Melissa Isaacson | ESPN.com

CHICAGO -- Michael Alter knows where this is going. He is going to be asked the same question he is asked every season, the same question that seems to challenge both his resolve and his good sense, the question that seems to make his teeth clench.

He would probably be asked it at the dry cleaners and the grocery store if more people recognized him. But then, if more people recognized him, there would be no need to ask.

"I think you're implying if the team does not make money, ...

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