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Dial 2-3-2 … Sorry, Wrong Number

Sports PhotoThe Boston Red Sox will have a diluted home-field advantage against the L.A. Dodgers in the World Series, diluted by the Series’ 2-3-2 format. This dilution is wrong, says SC’s Anthony Brancato, who says that it is being done for totally invalid reasons. Complete Story

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ALCS Game 5: Goodbye, Astros … For Now, Anyway

Sports PhotoAn Astros team that was arguably better than their 2017 World Series winner didn’t have enough of what it took to survive against the pennant-winning Red Sox. Complete Story

Slant Pattern’s October Mailbag

Sports PhotoIn this edition of the Slant Pattern mailbag, SC’s Kevin Beane looks at Rafael Nadal’s tics, Trae Young’s bust potential, and the evolving use of MLB pitchers in 2018. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 7

Sports PhotoThe Patriots bring a three-game win streak and hot clam chowder to Chicago, while Jameis Winston and the Bucs look to find magic against the Browns. Meanwhile, the Ravens go ‘Poe’s Before Ho’s” against the Saints, and the Chiefs host the Bengals. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 31

Sports PhotoAric Almirola won at Talladega on a dominant day for Stewart-Haas Racing. Almirola clinched his spot in Round 3 of the playoffs, while 10 drivers will battle for six playoff spots at Kansas. It’s Week 31! Complete Story

NFL Power Rankings Week 6

Sports PhotoVontaze Burfict landed another cheap shot. The Cardinals lost again in Minnesota, where they haven’t won since 1977. And the Jaguars laid another major egg on artificial turf. Ho-hum, says SC’s Anthony Brancato, filling in for Bob Campbell. Complete Story

Good Luck With That

Sports PhotoBrewers relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress dismissed the Dodgers as “lucky” after the Dodgers evened up their NLCS at a game each. SC’s Jeff Kallman says it’s not a good idea to give the others bulletin board fodder. Complete Story

Will Milwaukee Be the Latest to Reverse the Curse?

Sports PhotoWe’ve seen long-suffering franchises take home titles in each of the last three postseasons. SC’s Steve Brenna has his eye on the Brewers to continue the trend. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 6

Sports PhotoJameis Winston looks to go “world star,” while Antonio Brown’s attitude is listed as “questionable.” Jason Garrett tries to avoid the “Gong Show,” and the Chiefs get a sniff of “Patriot Mystique.” It’s Week 6! Complete Story

One Rookie Skipper Out-Generals the Other

Sports PhotoRed Sox manager Alex Cora didn’t hesitate to push his buttons when Games 3 and 4 of the ALDS demanded it, and Yankee manager Aaron Boone did hesitate, in the wrong moments, helping send the Red Sox to the ALCS, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 30

Sports PhotoChase Elliott won at Dover and clinched a spot in Round 3 of the NASCAR playoffs. Next up is Talladega’s super speedway, where chaos is the norm. Check out Jeffrey Boswell’s Week 30 power rankings! Complete Story

NFL Power Rankings Week 5

Sports PhotoThe first full NFL week of October brought more nail-biters, near ties, comebacks, and upsets. SC’s Bob Campbell provides his weekly power rankings, though, he isn’t too excited about the turn of the month. Complete Story

Two Relievers, Four Mistakes, Two Sweeps

Sports PhotoNeither Rockies reliever Scott Oberg nor Indians reliever Trevor Bauer’s non-pitching mistakes should be blamed for their teams being swept out of their respective division series, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

Halfway Home in College Football

Sports PhotoMost college teams have hit the midway peak. What stories will SC’s Jonathan Lowe keep an eye on during the downhill sprint to the finish line? Let’s take a look. Complete Story

College Football Week 6 Predictions

Sports PhotoIn this week’s Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane returns to college pigskin prognostications. He wants you to know Michigan State sucks, San Jose state is pretty good, and Kentucky gets no respect. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 5

Sports PhotoThe Colts and “Fourth” Reich travel to Foxboro, while the Falcons and Steelers meet in a battle of “non-Killer D’s.” Meanwhile, the Chiefs host the Jags, and the Rams look to raise an index finger. Complete Story

A Best of One Series? Really?

Sports PhotoMajor League Baseball began — and ended — its “best of one” Wild Card “Series” in both leagues this week. This is ill-advised for a variety of reasons, according to SC’s Anthony Brancato, who offers a logical alternative — a best-of-three series. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 29

Sports PhotoRyan Blaney took advantage of Jimmie Johnson’s disastrous overtaking move on Martin Truex, Jr. to win on Charlotte’s “roval.” The field of 12 has been set for Round 2 of the playoffs. Get your rankings! Complete Story

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