From All-Star to adieu: Why Pirates would trade Andrew McCutchen


One of the most intriguing subplots this offseason is whether the Pittsburgh Pirates will trade five-time All-Star and 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen. It’s rare for a team to trade a player who has won an MVP award for that franchise, but not unprecedented. In recent years, for example, the Minnesota Twins traded Justin Morneau and the Seattle Mariners traded Ichiro Suzuki.

The bow ties take the feather statement to another level.

Newton has worn one of the feather ties after five games. The exceptions were the Atlanta game in which he didn’t have a press conference because he was in the concussion protocol, the Tampa Bay game he missed because of the concussion and Sunday’s game at Los Angeles because he wore a regular tie.

Newton likes the ties so much that there are discussions with Brackish about a custom Cam collection. Supporting a small company in the Carolinas makes it a natural fit for Newton, who likes to support the local economy.

Newton isn’t the only celebrity who has worn the feather ties. Bill Murray wore one to the 2014 Oscars and the wedding of George and Amal Clooney. Andy Samberg wore one when he hosted the 2015 Emmy Awards.

Don Cheadle, Tituss Burgess and Terrence Howard wore one to the 2016 Emmys. Craig Melvin wore one to the 2016 White House correspondents dinner.

Jack Nickelson and Ted Danson also have worn them.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has one, although he hasn’t worn it to a postgame press conference yet.

But seeing Newton in one of the ties excited Plotner more than most. He grew up a Panthers fan and went to Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where the Panthers train.

Dak Prescott is ready for whatever kind of ice cream the NFL throws at him


DELICIOUS DEFENSES: Dak Prescott is not afraid of “vanilla” or “rocky road” defenses. Dallas Cowboys backup quarterback Dak Prescott has been one of the preseason’s best stories, and the former Mississippi State star is confident he can handle anything that’s thrown at him. Even pralines?

The five most injured teams in the NFL … so far

1. Patriots — They lost two offensive linemen and Dion Lewis within a week. Worse, Rob Gronkowski has been seen limping around and hasn’t practiced for a week. And then there’s Brady’s suspension, but given the state of the AFC East, there’s no reason to panic.

2. Bills — Their woes started with first-round pick Shaq Lawson’s shoulder surgery and have continued through Manny Lawson’s suspension and Marcell Dareus’ decision to enter rehab. After winning the offseason, they’re losing training camp.

3. Colts — It’s not the length of the list, it’s who’s on it. Cornerback Vontae Davis is their best player on that side of the ball, and he’s out indefinitely.

4. Chargers — D.J. Fluker was seen with crutches and a walking boot, never a good sign. Joey Bosa still isn’t practicing, but the Spanos’ being cheap isn’t his fault.

5. Steelers — It’s not so much the injuries as it is the suspensions. Le’Veon Bell is getting an NFL-mandated three-game break to start the season. Martavis Bryant is suspended for the year. Tight end Ladarius Green could fill the void of offensive weapons, but nobody seems to know what the hell is going on with his injury status.

Mincey was a sixth-round pick by the New England Patriots in 2006, but was released later that year. He was signed to the San Francisco 49ers practice squad and didn’t really make a name for himself until 2010 when he battled his way into the starting lineup with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He tallied eight sacks in 2011 and earned a four-year, $20 million deal from the Jaguars, but managed just three sacks the following season and was released in 2013.

He caught on with the Denver Broncos that season, making an appearance in Super Bowl XLVIII. The next season, he signed on with the Dallas Cowboys. Mincey returned to form as a full-time starter in 2014, but was held without a sack in 2015 and saw limited time.

In nine seasons, Mincey appeared in 96 games and totaled 26 sacks.

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