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posted by Steve Bortstein - 

Week 11 of the NFL season got off to a big start for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who got four touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger on their best offensive productivity this season, trouncing the Tennessee Titans 40-17. Roethlisberger passed for nearly 300 yards on the night, with three scoring passes to Antonio Brown. The Steelers improve to 8 and 2 on the season, while the loss drops Tennesse to 6 and 4.

We'd seen glimpses of this Steelers offense from time to time this season, but last night was the best game they've played in some time.

Yes, they took advantage of numerous mistakes made by Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota, who threw four interceptions and was sacked five times on the night. Good teams make mediocre teams pay for those types of costly errors. 

It was exactly that type of performance I wanted to see from the Steelers last night. After they play the Packers next weekend, they have two division rivals in back-to-back weeks (Bengals and Ravens). The Steelers are definitely on the push now for top seed in the AFC.

NBA last night.... 

The Boston Celtics extended their win streak last night to 14 games, rallying from a double-digit deficit to beat the defending champion Golden State Warriors 92-88.  At one point in the second quarter, the Warriors led this game by 17 points, but Jaylen Brown led all Celtics starters with 22 points as Boston improves to 14 and 2 on the season. Meantime, the Houston Rockets rolled past the Phoenix Suns 140-114 led by James Harden who dropped in 48 points on the night.

Altuve, Stanton claim MLB MVP titles

NEW YORK -- Jose Altuve and the Houston Astros have grown together, enduring an arduous rebuild and coming out the other side among baseball's best.

These days, nobody is standing taller.

Altuve won the American League MVP award Thursday, towering over New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge by a wide margin and capping Houston's championship season with another piece of hardware.

Giancarlo Stanton won the NL MVP, edging Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Redsin the closest vote since 1979.

The 5-foot-6 Altuve drew 27 of the 30 first-place votes in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

T's For Turkeys Recap

There were stories to be told, and we listened.

There people to meet, people to reconnect with, and people who just wanted to lend a helping hand.

Thank you to everyone who showed their support to both individuals and families in San Juan County at the 14th annual T's For Turkeys.

With both food and cash donations, you helped us to raise nearly 750 turkeys for both next week's Thanksgiving dinner at the Farmington Civic Center and for holiday gift baskets to needy families across the county.

We just played the instrument.
You are the conductors.

Mark Cuban, Draymond Green involved in a spat

Mark Cuban is a business owner.

That doesn't -- in any way -- make him comparable to being history's version of the worst kind of owners of people.

Draymond Green recently said that the term "owner", when applied to being one of a franchise or a business, implies a sort of historically racist connotation.

“When you look at the word ‘owner,’ it really dates back to slavery,” said Green, who spoke to several hundred students and faculty at Harvard ahead of Thursday night’s nationally televised game against the Celtics. “The word ‘owner’ and ‘master’ dates back to slavery. However it was then, if you were a slave owner, it’s kind of your job. You owned slaves. They did the work for you. You sold the cotton. We just took those words and continued to use them.”

This little spat actually started some time back... 

Last month, as part of an Instagram post condemning remarks by Houston Texans CEO Bob McNair, Green wrote: “For starters, let’s stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman. To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset.”

Cuban was offended by the connotation Green was seemingly trying to attach to owners in professional sports. 

“For him to try to turn it into something it’s not is wrong,” Cuban told ESPN . “He owes the NBA an apology. I think he does, because to try to create some connotation that owning equity in a company that you busted your ass for is the equivalent of ownership in terms of people, that's just wrong. That’s just wrong in every which way.”

By that same token, I agree with Cuban on this one.

I own my car. I own my possessions, and as such, I am proud of those things and I appreciate the value those things bring into my life.

At no point in time however, have I ever considered it an obligation for those possessions to go above and beyond a reasonable expectation of performance. 

At no time have I abused those possessions, nor in any way have I felt entitled to have more of those possessions because of some sort of societal norm.

Lastly, at no point in time have I owned a business. But I know plenty of people who do, and while there is a greater responsibility to own a business and to be concerned with and have a stake in the personal welfare of employees, I know of not one single person who hasn't acted in the best interests of both their business as well as the people under their employ. 

But this is where we are.

We cannot own things. We cannot be in charge of things. We hold no possessions and we are all one big bundle of equality seekers who want every trace of history to be run over with a cheese grater.

Stop it.

Today on FIRST SPORTS, we'll chat NASCAR Homestead Miami with Sam Atwell of the Race Report Updates, we've got a Cowboys vs. Eagles preview with Dallas Cowboys Radio Network sideline reporter Kristi Scales, and we'll have college and pro football's best bets for the weekend with Lee Sterling of Paramount Sports.

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