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November 18, 2016 View email in browser
 

Kris Bryant, good at baseball

He hasn’t even turned 25 yet, and he’s won awards as the top college, minor-league and rookie player. All-Star in his first two MLB seasons. Helped the Cubs win their first World Series in 108 years. And yesterday, he was named the (nearly unanimous) National League MVP. So what’s next, Kris Bryant? “It’s all downhill from here,” he joked. “This year has certainly been one of the best years of my life, winning the World Series, and now this is just icing on the cake.” Bryant joins rare Cubs company as the MVP, but his dad knew it all along. Changing gears completely … Steve Rosenbloom would like you, Tom Ricketts, to leave Steve Bartman alone. And you’ll never guess who bought David Ross’ Game 7 catching gear for a cool $50,000 (ok, you might guess). But back to Bryantno days off for the MVP.

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Hope or nope?

Does an ice-cold team (Bears) have a chance vs. a red-hot team (Giants)? Keep in mind, no Alshon Jeffery and Kyle Long. But, Jay Cutler (and his turnovers). So, that answers that.

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Love it when a plan comes together

The Bulls are 2-0 to start the circus trip for the 1st time since November 1996 (that team fared OK, if you recall). First-round pick Denzel Valentine was 3 then. Today: A day off.

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Light the lamp

Hawks = good at slap shots on goal, but not tips. Patrick Kane: “I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.” Not pouncing of a 5-on-3 advantage? Bad. Fix that (8 p.m., CSN).

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B1G decision

Want to give us a hint on your starting QB, Jim Harbaugh? No? Well, Teddy Greenstein says to take the points regardless. Our predictions for Illinois and Northwestern too.

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This and that

Hockey legend Wayne Gretzky will appear on “The Simpsons” next month. (Future Knicks legend?) Kristaps Porzingis is turning blocks into bucks. And speaking of bucks, DEER.

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