Cubs fans snapping up souvenir championship rings — some at more than $10,000 each

We know Cubs fans have always loved their team, even through decades of losing.

Now that they’re world champions for the first time in 108 years, many Cubs fans are going to extreme lengths to celebrate their team’s success. reports that almost 100 fans have spent $10,800 apiece for a gold championship souvenir ring studded with 144 diamonds, 55 sapphires and 13 rubies.

And Jostens, the retailer, expects to sell out of the limited run of those 108 rings by next week.

For Cubs fans on a budget, Jostens is also selling various other Cubs commemorative jewelry, with other rings starting at $299.

There’s an interesting investment possibility in those high-end rings, however. As reported earlier this week, the Cubs have reserved the right to buy those world championship rings back from a player or club employee for $1, if they decide to sell.

These fan rings, on the other hand, will have no such resale restrictions.

Donaldson has four consecutive seasons with a WAR of Cheap NFL Jerseys USA at least 7.3, including the 8.8 he posted while winning the 2015 AL MVP. He’s a superstar. In his season and a half with Toronto, Tulowitzki hasn’t been the same hitter he was in Colorado, but he still produced a 3.3 WAR last season, and he still has good years left. Travis is underrated because injuries have cost him a bunch of games each of the past two seasons, but look at his career totals: 163 games, 19 homers, .301/.342/.469 and 5.5 WAR. Impressive. First base is a bit of a question; Smoak was disappointing at the plate last season (.217, 14 homers in 126 games), but free-agent addition Steve Pearce should take at-bats at the position (in addition to playing other positions in the field). cubs_1952

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The Peppers-Woodson comparison isn’t fair to either player.

He’s not. Woodson is one of the greatest defensive backs in the history of college and pro football. That is the standard for Michigan defensive backs, but Peppers brings a different skill set to the table. Peppers even said as much multiple times. Woodson even sees Peppers as a more of a Tyrann Mathieu-type player at the next level. The Peppers-Woodson comparison isn’t fair to either player.

He can, and he played double-digit positions for the Wolverines. At one point, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh compared Peppers to Jim Thorpe. In the NFL, however, locking Peppers into one or two positions in the secondary might benefit him. He won’t have to multi-task as much at the next level.

Arden Key, DE, LSU: Key was a first-team All-SEC selection as a sophomore after collecting 12 1/2 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. At 6-6, 231 pounds, he has excellent length and athleticism.

Derwin James, S, Florida State: James is another junior expected to declare next year, even after missing most of his sophomore season with a knee injury. He’s an athletic 6-3, 212-pound safety with supreme ball skills.

Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson: Wilkins made a Buy Cheap Jerseys big jump from his freshman to sophomore season, recording 13 tackles for loss last year to earn All-American honors. He’s big and strong at 6-4, 310 pounds and has an excellent burst off the snap.

Samuel, a converted running back with blazing speed, said he is a perfect fit for the Panthers offense. Both Samuel and McCaffrey can be dangerous in the return game and expect to be used on offense to create mismatches for opposing defenses.

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The Raptors advance but not after blowing a 25-point lead

Yes, it was another day, another NBA team blowing a huge MLB Baseball Jerseys lead. The Pacers already did it once this playoffs. The Raptors did it too on Thursday night. Luckily, they were able to get back on their feet and find a way to win.

The Toronto Raptors nearly collapsed all the way in the fourth quarter of Game 6, when they allowed the Milwaukee Bucks to go on a 34-7 run to retake the lead with 2 minutes and 29 seconds to go. Their advantage was once as many as 25 points. That faded into the final minutes. It could of been one biggest blown leads in NBA playoff history and would have forced an all-deciding Game 7. Instead, Toronto will limp into the second-round, winning the series in the most Raptors way ever with a 92-89 victory.

Giannis was fantastic for the Bucks as usual, but you could see he was visibly exhausted after leading the Bucks on their massive comeback. By the time the game was over, they barely had anything left.

His performance at the free-throw line hurt, but playing all but two minutes of this game, he finished with 34 points on 13-of-23 shooting, three assists and nine rebounds. He was huffing and puffing his way down the floor, but provided for his team on both ends of the floor in a game he needed to play nearly all of.
We’ll miss the Greek Freak. Until next year.

Some would say that Tippett’s appointment to this committee means that the impact of the “hockey man” is still strong and vindicated (although they conveniently fail to note that Tippett is also a fan of stats and has kept his own data for close to 20 years), and indeed proves the point that Chayka himself isn’t actually following a path different to any other team – teams like Toronto with Kyle Dubas.

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Steve Smith hasn’t had many opportunities in 2013 as the veteran receiver was been stonewalled by inconsistent quarterback play and an offensive scheme that didn’t let him get much separation. On Sunday, he took advantage of a poor defensive scheme and an overly-aggressive Janoris Jenkins Cheap NFL Jerseys Embroidered and had his best game of the season.

Jenkins was put in a losing position at first snap. Too often he was charged with covering Smith in ill-fitting coverage, without adequate safety help. The Rams took two approaches to defending Smith, the first involved giving him too much of a cushion and the second giving him too little.

Early in Sunday’s game St. Louis used Trumaine Johnson to cover Smith, which quickly proved to be a mistake.

Two games make a streak. That’s a technicality, but let’s not disparage the good feelings Mike Tomlin has right now. He’s on the verge of allowing his players to put sugar in their coffee again. If they beat the Raiders this week, he’ll let them have peppermints and other hard candy too. Le’Veon Bell had his best game to date, rushing for 93 yards on 19 carries — much of that had to do with David DeCastro moving defenders out of the way like a man who has been denied his ping pong table.

Newton’s favorite target, wide receiver Steve Smith, also said the third-year quarterback has improved.

“He’s gone from playing checkers to playing chess,” Smith said, via Rich Hollenberg.

Bucky Brooks of wrote that part of Newton’s recent success is related to his decision to throw to check down options when other receivers are covered. The data backs up Brooks’ claim. During the first four games, Newton targeted a tight end or wide receiver on 88.1 percent of his attempts, with running backs targeted on the other 11.9 percent. In the last two games, Newton has thrown Cheap NBA Jerseys to a running back on 20.9 percent of his attempts.

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Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin could potentially return to the field as soon as Week 8, according to a report from Jason La Canfora.

The Seahawks gave up a 2013 first-round pick to the Cheap NFL Jerseys China Minnesota Vikings back in March for Harvin, then made him the third-highest paid receiver in the NFL once he arrived. Before he ever saw a snap in a Vikings jersey, however, Harvin suffered a torn labrum and had to undergo major surgery early in training camp.

Dalton fired his third touchdown pass of the day to Tyler Eifert and Nugent connected on a 48-yard field goal to add 10 more points for the Bengals in the third quarter. Johnson, who was game-time decision with a knee injury, kept things close with a 27-yard score for Detroit.

Calvin Johnson, who entered the weekend as a game-time decision, rewarded fantasy owners who looked past his injury-limited dud last week. Johnson exploded for nine receptions, 155 yards and two touchdowns. Matthew Stafford had a big game as well, piling up 357 yards, three scores and no picks.

A.J. Green was the big fantasy performer for the Bengals, grabbing six catches for 155 yards and a touchdown, a performance highlighted by his 82-yard first-quarter touchdown reception. Neither of Cincinnati’s rushing duo did much, as Giovani Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis combined for just 51 yards and no touchdowns.

Ensuring the Panthers didn’t have the last say, Chris Long Cheap NBA Basketball Jerseys made a point of taking to Twitter to address his treatment while he was being escorted off the field.

Thanks Carolina fans 4 the flipped birds+few bottles to the head. Sticks n stones may break my bones but aluminum zimas will never hurt me.

The Rams and Panthers are unlikely to make the playoffs this year, and there’s no indication when they’ll face off again — but when that happens you’ll want to circle the game on your calendar.

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More on the matchup: The Dallas Cowboys last hosted the Philadelphia Eagles at home in 2012, winning the game 38-33 on the back of three Tony Romo touchdown passes. A change at head coach changes the way the Eagles operate, where Chip Kelly has taken a struggling squad from 2012 and turned them Cheap New Zealand Warriors Jerseys into one of the NFL’s most potent offenses with very few roster changes. Romo is having one of his best season for the Cowboys, even though the Dallas quarterback has been overshadowed by the supreme play of Peyton Manning in Denver. Romo is on pace for more than 4,500 passing yards, throwing 14 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

Houston’s defense has played well when not getting its Achilles tendons cut by their own offense. The Chiefs’ offense won’t run up and down the field against them, but Jamaal Charles’ all-around excellence should help KC stay ahead of the chains while Brigadier General Checkdown should protect the ball and avoid handing Houston any short fields to work with. It likely won’t be a blowout, but winning the turnover battle should stake the Chiefs to a comfortable 10-point win at Arrowhead.

The Rationale: The Philip Rivers Recovery Project is in full swing. Instead of Twelve Steps, this one features a lot of 3- and 5-step drops that get the ball out quickly and let Cheap Moto X Jerseys guys like Vincent Brown and Keenan Allen do work. While San Diego’s rebuilt OL may not allow for a ton of deep ball action, they are keeping Rivers clean on the short stuff while opening actual holes in the run game. The Jags kept it close on some fluke-tastic plays against the Broncos last week, but this Jacksonville defense is dreadful and begs to be exploited through the air.

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Brandon Jacobs is listed as questionable on the New York Giants injury report before Monday night’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, but according to Fox Sports’ Mike Garafolo, the running back is closer to “doubtful.” Jacobs is dealing with a hamstring injury that does not appear to be subsiding as many have hoped.

That’s three underwhelming performances in a row by the Broncos, the Cheap NBA Jerseys From USA last one resulting in their only loss of the season. Indianapolis exploited a banged-up offensive line, sacking Manning four times. That’s the same weakness Dallas and Jacksonville exploited, albeit to lesser results. Denver was using guard Louis Vasquez at right tackle in Week 7, his first start at the position. Orlando Franklin, the usual right tackle, will be back, and center J.D. Walton is supposed to rejoin the team at some point too.

The second coach I’m calling out is Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.

The Dolphins and Bills had been going back and forth all game, but in the fourth quarter with 2:57 left, the Dolphins clung to a 21-20 lead and had the ball at the 50-yard line. With the clock running after a Daniel Thomas run for 2 yards on first down the Dolphins tried to get cute and throw the ball, and Bills defensive end Mario Williams made them pay for it. He sacked the quarterback and caused a fumble that was recovered by the Bills.

Buffalo also went on to run down the clock and kick a game-winning field goal. The only difference was they left 36 seconds on the clock.

Also inactive for the Redskins: RB Chris Thompson, S Bacarri Rambo, LB Brandon Jenkins, QB Rex Grossman, G Josh LeRibeus and DT Chris Neild.

Andy Dalton had a huge day, the defense moved past some early Cheap MLB Jerseys Free Shipping mistakes and Mike Nugent connected on a 54-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cincinnati Bengals a 27-24 win over the Detroit Lions in an exciting back-and-forth tilt.

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Bengals reportedly give Marvin Lewis a one-year extension

Despite failing to make it out of the first round of the playoffs for the seventh-straight season, the Bengals extended Marvin Lewis, according to a report.

Of course, this is the Internet though, where nothing can ever be deleted.

The Bengals are a consistently talented team in the NFL throughout the regular season. They don’t play well in the playoffs, and it stings, but there have been extenuating circumstances at different points for those games.

Lewis shouldn’t get a free pass for the playoff games, which is precisely why he’s only getting a one-year deal, but the Bengals could do much, much worse than Lewis.

As we wait for the start of Eagles camp, it is time to start grabbing a jersey or two to wear this season. The Eagles have a lot of new players to choose from to replace a jersey you might own of a player that has departed.

One jersey that is flying off the shelves for Birds fans, is the Tim Tebow jersey. That’s right…Tebow.

Lewis is still the second-longest tenured coach in the NFL behind the Patriots’ Bill Belichick — the willingness of the Bengals to be patient with his franchise development is a reason Cincinnati is consistent in a difficult era to be a quality NFL team year in and year out.

You would think at a certain point the whole “Johnny Manziel to the Broncos” train would stop moving. Like, before it got out of the station.

Apparently it won’t stop though. Not too long after Gary Kubiak and Denver talked to Manziel, we got Von Miller, Super Bowl 50 MVP and another former player at Texas A&M,talking about his buddy again.

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Blackhawks Lose Second Straight in 4-2 Defeat vs. Devils

The Chicago Blackhawks had won five straight games against the New Jersey Devils, but that streak came to a whimpering end as they fell by a score of 4-2 on Friday night.

Tanner Kero scored his first career NHL goal, and Patrick Kane extended his points streak to nine games, but it wasn’t enough as the Hawks lost for the second night in a row.

The Blackhawks’ offensive struggles continued even after Joel Quenneville attempted to shake things up by pulling Crawford in favor of Scott Darling. The Hawks got an early power play in the second period, but they couldn’t generate any good chances as the New Jersey defense continued to smother them.

Later in the frame, the Devils took advantage as they scored again to extend their lead. Damon Severson made a great play as the got the puck near the top of the face-off circle, and after waiting for a beat he found Michael Cammalleri for the goal to make it a 4-0 game.

The Devils nearly made it a 5-0 game a few moments later, but the goal was waved off after Sergey Kalinin was ruled to have interfered with Darling, negating Cammalleri’s attempt at a second goal in the period.

The Blackhawks finally managed to get on the board late in the period thanks to a good possession by their second line. With Quenneville shuffling up lines, Andrew Shaw made his way to the front of the net, and new linemate Patrick Kane took advantage as the winger fired home a shot to not only cut the Devils’ lead to 4-1, but it also extended his personal scoring streak to nine games.

The Blackhawks pulled their goaltender with about six and a half minutes to go in the game, but it took them nearly five minutes to score without Darling in the cage. Finally, Artemi Panarin made the play happen as he fired a quick pass to the front of the cage, and Tanner Kero backhanded a shot past Schneider to make it a 4-2 game with a minute and a half to go.

The Hawks had a few more opportunities to get back into the game, but that wasn’t enough as the team lost for the second game in a row.

On Sunday the Blackhawks will return to the United Center where they will take on the Edmonton Oilers. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Blackhawks got off to a sluggish start against the Devils, and some carelessness with the puck ended up costing them. After Niklas Hjalmarsson received a pass in the defensive zone from Teuvo Teravainen, he turned the puck over, and Lee Stempniak took advantage as the winger fired a shot past Corey Crawford to give the Devils a 1-0 lead.

The Devils were unable to convert on a power play about halfway through the period, but as the frame came to an end they were able to score to extend their lead. After a tie-up in the face-off circle, Kyle Palmieri pounced on the puck and quickly ripped a wrist shot that evaded Crawford, putting the Devils ahead by two goals.

Just 26 seconds later, the Devils scored again. Travis Zajac came in hard on the rush, and even though Hjalmarsson blocked his initial shot, the talented forward got his own rebound and slid home the shot to put New Jersey up by a 3-0 margin after 20 minutes of play.

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Blackhawks Wallop Coyotes, Keep Home Ice Hopes Alive

The Chicago Blackhawks have seemingly found their offensive spark, beating the Arizona Coyotes by a score of 6-2 on Tuesday night.

Andrew Ladd scored two power play goals on the night, and Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews each scored goals as the Blackhawks won their third straight game and kept alive their slim hopes of gaining home-ice advantage in the first round of the postseason.

Needless to say, it will not be another 15 years before another Blackhawks player hits the 250-goal mark. Patrick Kane currently is sitting at 248 goals, and with two games left in the regular season, he could conceivably catch and pass his teammate on the scoring list before the year is out.

So far, the audience for NFL streams has been significantly smaller than that for traditional television. The Yahoo broadcast of the Bills-Jaguars game from London in October averaged a worldwide audience of about 2.4 million. A Jets-Dolphins matchup from London earlier that month, which started at the same time, averaged more than quadruple that in the U.S. alone with 9.9 million viewers on CBS.

Not to be outdone, Kane scored a beautiful goal of his own on a power play later in the game. On an outlet pass, Artemi Panarin sprinted up the ice and fed a gorgeous saucer pass across the zone to Kane. Kane quickly shifted to his backhand and lifted a shot over Domingue to make it a 3-0 game.

Artem Anisimov was forced to leave the game late in the second period after a big hit from Antoine Vermette, and the Blackhawks scored twice to make the major penalty hurt even more. Ladd scored both goals for the Blackhawks, deflecting a Trevor van Riemsdyk shot in to make it 4-0 and then collecting a pass from Kane near the blue paint and shoving a shot through the goaltender’s pads to extend Chicago’s lead to five goals.

The Coyotes finally got on the board in the third period of the game thanks to a Connor Murphy goal, but the Blackhawks responded quickly. Michal Rozsival made a key play to keep the puck in the offensive zone, and after he cycled it behind the net, Marcus Kruger fed a quick pass to Andrew Desjardins for the one-timer goal and a 6-1 edge for the Hawks.

A late goal from Brad Richardson did nothing to change the outcome, and the Blackhawks cruised to victory.

The Blackhawks will look to keep those home-ice hopes alive on Thursday night when they welcome the St. Louis Blues to the United Center for the team’s home finale.

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