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Wakeup Call: Big snub of Big Ben?

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> My Friday column pretty much covers all of my Jaromir Jagr ground. It was a strange day, followed by a strange evening. One thing’s for sure: Drama follows that man wherever he’s been in his life.

>> Hats off to the fans whose cheers for Max Talbot drowned out the early boos when the Penguins’ video presentation started. It’s one thing to say you’re a hockey city, it’s another to act like it.

>> I’m usually pretty dismissive of conspiracy theories, so my initial reaction to Antonio Brown being named the Steelers’ MVP — in a vote of players — was really just the team’s way of sending a message to a player who stepped up. In particular, I thought, Brown was going to get the vote of some special-teams guys because he’s also one of them. And tThat awesome tackle the other day couldn’t have hurt.

But then, you look back at Ben Roethlisberger only winning this thing once since he’s been here, and the thoughts spring up anew that he might be rubbing some people the wrong way.

It’s hard to believe, and I’ve neither seen nor heard evidence to that effect. But let’s not kid anyone here: The MVP of the 2011 Steelers is Roethlisberger by such a wide margin that the runner-up should have been a distant afterthought.

>> We pause now for this artwork from Pat Reddick of Butler …

That’s funky.

>> There is a terrific docket of college hockey on tap at Consol today, culminating with Robert Morris facing off against No. 4 Ohio State. It’s real, live NCAA Division I hockey, and it’s better than you think if you haven’t seen it.

>> Here is the chat transcript from yesterday.

>> One more time, please accept my gratitude for going through those columns last night. So many of you responded here, on Twitter and by email, and I can assure you any additional comments that get made on that thread in the coming days will be read and counted. I’m also going to go back and make personal responses to the comments that seek it, not having had time on this all-Jagr Thursday.

A good weekend to all. We’ll chat again from the Mistake.

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