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NFL Weekly Predictions: Conf. Championships

Sports PhotoThe Packers and Falcons do battle in what may be the highest scoring game of inches in NFC championship history, while Bill Belichick consults his 35-page dossier full of info to stop the Steelers. Check out SC’s championship week predictions! Complete Story

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D’Antoni Turns Back the Clock

Sports PhotoStarting in late 2004, Mike D’Antoni and Steve Nash’s Suns changed the NBA. SC’s Ross Lancaster writes about how in 2017, in a league that embraced many of his offensive principles, but had also passed his coaching by, D’Antoni has reinvigorated his career with point guard James Harden. Complete Story

NFL 2016-17 Divisional Weekend

Sports PhotoThe Patriots and Falcons rolled, the Packers won a classic, and Chris Boswell powered Pittsburgh past the Chiefs. SC’s Brad Oremland breaks down the games, with predictions for the conference championship, plus the All-Loser Team. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Divisional

Sports PhotoThe Falcons host the Seahawks, while Tom Brady whips out his jammie against the Texans. The Chiefs try to slow the Steelers, and Dallas tries to outrun the table against the Packers, says SC’s Jeffrey Boswell. Complete Story

World’s Earliest 2017 CFB Preview

Sports PhotoThis week’s Slant Pattern column continues the annual tradition of laying out the world’s earliest Week 1 college football preview. Alabama/Florida State is the marquee matchup, but what other matchups are out there? SC’s Kevin Beane breaks it down. Complete Story

The Power of Getting There

Sports PhotoWhen we are stopped one step from reaching our goals, it’s pretty crushing. Imagine how that feels for athletes. SC’s Jonathan Lowe looks at a recent trend of teams turning failure into victory, including the latest college football champion. Complete Story

NFL 2016-17 Wild Card Weekend

Sports PhotoHome teams went 4-0 this weekend, all winning easily, with no drama after the third quarter. SC’s Brad Oremland breaks down the wild card games, with predictions for the next round, plus HOF evaluations. Complete Story

The Nick Saban Urban Dictionary

Sports PhotoAlabama head coach Nick Saban’s career has been defined by success. But for the true meaning of the man and his thoughts, philosophies, and opinions, look no further than “The Nick Saban Urban Dictionary.” Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Wild Card

Sports PhotoThe Texans host the Raiders in a game quarterbacked by two true “wild cards,” while Seattle looks to regains its mojo. The Dolphins try to keep Pittsburgh’s “Big Three” off the field, and the Giants and Packers battle in frigid Green Bay. Complete Story

Sports Central 2016 NFL All-Pro Team

Sports PhotoThe NFL’s 2016 regular season is over, and it’s time to hand out year-end honors. SC’s Brad Oremland presents our NFL All-Pro team, plus awards including Most Valuable Player, Coach of the Year, and Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year. Complete Story

2016 NFL Week 17 Power Rankings

Sports PhotoIn the final power rankings of the 2016 season, SC’s Brad Oremland offers playoff predictions, plus: the Atlanta Falcons’ historic offense, Jared Goff, Robert Mathis, and this year’s best announcers. Complete Story

Crimson Tide vs. Tigers: Round Two

Sports PhotoWe’ll have a repeat of last year’s title game as Clemson and Alabama meet for the national title. SC’s Jean Neuberger says the two best programs in the sport could provide yet another epic matchup. Complete Story

MLB 2016: RIP…

Sports PhotoFrom Monte Irvin to Ralph Branca, SC’s Jeff Kallman says final goodbyes to those whom Major League Baseball lost in 2016. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 17

Sports PhotoThe Lions host the Packers for the NFC East crown, while Tom Brady says “D, you, and I” in New England. Former Steeler great Terry Bradshaw has “dumb-mentia,” and the Broncos host the Raiders and “McLovin.” Check out SC’s predictions! Complete Story

How Much Time Do You Give an NFL Coach?

Sports PhotoIn NFL coach firings this week, two felt the blade of the axe — Rex Ryan too prematurely, and Gus Bradley too late. When is the right time to fire a coach? Looking at on-field performance only, are there any good guidelines to follow? Complete Story

2016 NFL Week 16 Power Rankings

Sports PhotoThe Packers are rolling, the Lions are reeling, the AFC playoffs are pretty much set, and the Browns won a game. SC’s Brad Oremland ranks the league, including a new team in last place, plus: how good are the playoff-bound Dolphins? Complete Story

In Defense of Bowl Games, and Sitting Them Out

Sports PhotoSC’s Ross Lancaster looks at the absurdity of criticizing LSU’s Leonard Fournette and Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey for skipping their teams’ middling bowl games. Complete Story

MLB 2016: The Most Unheard-of Things

Sports PhotoWith 2016 coming to a close, SC’s Jeff Kallman takes his annual look back at the (surrealistic?) year that was in baseball. Complete Story

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