An argument can be made that Roethlisberger and Bell are more worthy MVP candidates.

Brown obviously wouldn’t be enjoying such prosperity without Roethlisberger delivering him the football. Big Ben has lived up to that nickname in 2017 by ranking second overall in passing yardage (3,744) and fourth in touchdowns (24).

All that said, here’s what’s been rattling around in my head recently: Wiggins’ offensive stats in wins and losses are not very different, which is quite unusual for a high minute player. He scores the same number of points on the same TS percentage in wins and losses. He does rebound and assist at a somewhat higher rate in wins, but the differences are not huge. This is bizarre, and might just be a sample size anomaly. But Zach LaVine had similar splits last season, and it makes me wonder whether the impact of a third option is less than we might expect.

This is the first four seasons of each player’s career, with of course Andrew Wiggins in the midst of his fourth season.

I include this because DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay are often cited as comps for Andrew Wiggins. As you can see, it works fairly well. Gay was (and is) bigger, a better defender and rebounder, but perhaps lacks a little of Wiggins’ offensive gifts. DeRozan was quite similar, though an even worse and less frequent three point shooter. He also made an unusual leap in his fifth year in the league.

The Raiders go three-and-out on their first drive and punt. Dallas will take over on its 32.

Turnover, Cowboys. Dallas advances to the Oakland 35 on an 18-yard pass from Dak Prescott to Jason Witten, but three plays later, another Prescott pass intended for Witten is picked off by Oakland cornerback Sean Smith, who returns it to the Raiders’ 30.

He runs the exact same play but from further above the three-point line, taking the same screen, blowing by another two defenders and pulling up for the same mid-range jump shot. Only this time, he pulls up from exactly the foul line, and only this time, it’s nothing but net.

He throws his hands up as if to say, about time.

That’s the type of night it was for Butler, who finished with 30 points on a pedestrian 7-of-17 from the field. When his shot isn’t going down, he finds other ways to make winning plays.

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Cubs selling old World Series ivy for $200 a leaf is the best hustle in sports

There are a lot of ways for fans to immortalize a team’s championship win, and the Cubs have devised the best hustle in sports. On Wednesday the team announced that they are selling leaves from the Wrigley Field ivy from the 2016 World Series season for the low, low price of $200 each.

The team emailed season ticket holders on Wednesday night and presented them with the unique opportunity. Instead of throwing away the ivy’s leaves at the end of the season, the Cubs collected them for sale. A special hologram has been affixed to each leaf by the team to prove its providence and a total of 2,016 are being sold, according to Darren Rovell of ESPN.

So luckily, his bad brush with baseball as a 3-year-old didn’t scare him away from the sport. Now he’s joining his dad in the Nationals organization.

Last week, Dusty Baker said he understood his son’s worries about the draft.

We’ll undoubtedly see the Gators’ go with Singer to start Game 1 in the final week of work Faedo’s done for a while, if not the rest of the CWS going. He threw 113 pitches on Saturday 74 for strikes, mind and the only capacity in which he may see mound from here on out is in middle or late relief, if that.

That back-and-forth is what makes baseball beautiful. The odds and the skill, the unlikely and the likely. And on Tuesday night, Scooter Gennett scooted out of obscurity, hitting four homers in a game, even though it wouldn’t have been a major surprise if he didn’t hit another four home runs in his career.

I’m not sure if it makes the pantheon, though. He had 15 homers last year, after all, and having a legendary game isn’t quirky enough on its own. The only way he moves from Simply one of the best games in baseball history to In the pantheon of quirky baseball twofers is with his name, which isn’t that unusual. Maybe if he named himself after a Muppet Baby to avoid discipline from a cop, he’d make it.

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Smith does in fact appear to slither his way around Guthrie’s attempt at tagging him

A dangerous situation, to be sure, but nowhere near the level of failure that Tim Tebow achieved in Charleston, S.C. a couple weeks ago, flinging his bat into the second level stands at Mayor Joe Riley Park. Even so, Deichmann and Tebow are a perfect pair, insofar as both of them ended their at-bats by striking out. Such is life in baseball.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, real controversy broke out on a close call at second, as LSU third baseman Josh Smith tried to stretch a single into a double and was perhaps tagged out on his slide into second.

Smith does in fact appear to slither his way around Guthrie’s attempt at tagging him, though he also slides off the bag so who can be sure. The play of course plated Deichmann for LSU’s third run of the night to pull them within one, but Beau Jordan grounded out to follow and end the inning. In any case, this put one more nail into LSU’s collective coffin in the ninth inning, and the Gators would go on to take the outing, 4-3.

I’m guessing that White Sox fans were waiting for their team to come up since the opening paragraph. The only reason they weren’t the biggest story here is that they employed Ray Durham, a two-time All-Star who was one of the more underappreciated second basemen of his generation. The White Sox got five solid seasons from him (and more earlier) in the last two decades. When he left, they got an OK-OBP, sweet-defense season from Willie Harris, two pretty-OK seasons from Tadahito Iguchi, and a stellar rookie campaign from Alexei Ramirez in 2008.

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