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    This story is part of ESPN The Magazines Oct. Dennis Rodman Jersey . 31 NBA Preview Issue. Subscribe today!Chicago CubsOverall: 48 Title track: 65 Ownership: 11 Coaching: T4 Players: 5 Fan relations: 11 Affordability: 100 Stadium experience: 23 Bang for the buck: 107 Change from last year: +11The Cubs might have begun this century in the basement, but theyve worked their way up to the penthouse and finished the 2016 regular season with the best record in baseball ... this year or any year since 2004. Since Theo Epstein took over this team, it has won 61, 66, 73, 97 and 103 games -- and those win totals represent just part of the progress the organization has made the past five years.Whats goodThe Cubs fifth-ranked roster (second in MLB to only the even-year magician Giants, who finally lost in an even year ... to the Cubs) has a plethora of young, talented position players, beginning with the infield (Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez?!). The additions of Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward gave the Cubs even more character, as they replaced a losing atmosphere with winning baseball players. Everyone knows the impact Joe Maddon (fourth overall, behind only Buck Showalter in MLB) has on this team, but way under the radar is the staff Epstein calls its pitching infrastructure: pitching coach Chris Bosio, bullpen coach Lester Strode and catching coach Mike Borzello. The three have overseen the best staff in baseball.Whats badAs in many big markets, going to a Cubs game isnt very affordable (It wasnt even cheap when they were losing!). At an average of $51 per seat, only the Red Sox and Yankees charge more than the Cubs. At least now fans can leave happy: The team set a franchise record with 57 wins at Wrigley Field this season. Of course, as Yankees fans will tell you, that just means higher costs. Prices increased about 10 percent across the board after last season, and premium games continue to increase in price as well. Now that the team looks like a sustained winner, the demand is simply greater than the supply. Expect more increases.Whats newWrigley Field continues its makeover, and every year, there will be more added to the fan and player experience. A much-needed new clubhouse debuted this year, and it didnt disappoint. It has every amenity a player could ask for, including some rehab facilities that previously could be found only in Mesa, Arizona, at the Cubs spring home. Everything in the bleachers is new, including a party area in the first couple rows that can be rented out by groups. The video scoreboards no longer draw criticism, as they have blended in with the overall look of Wrigley Field. All those amenities helped the Cubs rankings in stadium experience (up 29 spots) and fan relations (up 39 to 11th overall).Next: San Diego Padres | Full rankings Zach LaVine Jersey . -- Claudio Bieler hadnt scored since early September, and not from the run of play since mid-July. Robin Lopez Jersey .4 million title. Ryan Riess emerged with the title after a session in which he started behind, but used expert skill to gather the chips to his side amid the unpredictability of no-limit Texas Hold em. Riess put his final opponent Jay Farber all-in with an Ace-King. . Ibaka equaled a career high with 20 rebounds, adding four blocked shots and 15 points as the Thunder smothered the Milwaukee Bucks offence in a 92-79 victory Saturday night. LOS ANGELES -- Eddie Vanderdoes return from a torn ACL was supposed to fix the UCLA run defense. When Vanderdoes departed Saturdays win over UNLV with a left knee strain, fellow defensive lineman Eli Ankou feared the worst.Man, my heart dropped. It was kind of like nerve-wracking, Ankou said Monday.Vanderdoes took to social media Sunday to downplay the extent of the injury, and coach Jim Mora was hopeful the redshirt junior will play at BYU this week. It was welcome news after Vanderdoes hurt his right knee and was lost for the season during last years opener, the first domino in an injury-ravaged campaign that saw the Bruins give up more than 200 yards rushing five times.But Vanderdoes presence has not been not the cure-all for UCLAs issues stopping the run. Texas A&M rushed for 203 yards and three touchdowns in the Bruins opener, averaging 5.0 yards per carry. The Rebels ran for 175 yards and two touchdowns, also at a clip of 5.0 yards per carry.I feel like we performed decent, but there is always room to grow and we can always get better, defensive back Tahaan Goodman said.Both opponents had success running their quarterbacks against UCLA, something the Cougars are more than capable of exploiting. Taysom Hill has eight career games with more than 100 yards rushing, including his memorable 259-yard outburst against Texas that led to the firing of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, and 26 rushing touchdowns.Mora praised the resilience and competitiveness of Hill, the sixth-year senior who did not play against UCLA last season because of a Lisfranc fracture, his third season-ending injury.If you watch the Utah game, you saaw some great runs, Mora said. Denzel Valentine Jersey. You saw just what you would expect of him, that toughness and that grit that he has displayed his whole career.Hill was unable to score on a quarterback draw as BYU went for the win on a 2-point conversion in the final minute against the rival Utes, with the Utah defensive line showing the composure that UCLA was lacking at times against UNLV. Quarterback Johnny Stanton was able to exploit some overly aggressive pass-rush tendencies on draws, Ankou said.That matches the overall struggles of the run defense, where a desire to deliver the big play can supersede the basic fundamentals.Everybody just has to do their job, Ankou said. Relax a little bit, not try to do too much and I think well be good.BYU rushed for 161 yards against UCLA last season despite not having running back Jamaal Williams available. Williams has 220 yards in games against Arizona and Utah this season, and he rushed for 1,233 yards as a sophomore.Pushing Pac-12 South teams to the brink in consecutive weeks showed Ankou that UCLA cannot look past BYU.It kind of gives a clear image what kind of players they are. BYU is a team that should be respected, Ankou said. We shouldnt take them lightly.Having Vanderdoes and defensive end Takkarist McKinley (groin) available certainly wouldnt hurt. 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