The Curious Case of Memphis

Sports PhotoWhen you think of a program that has so many ingredients, and yet is struggling mightily, one name comes to mind. SC’s Jean Neuberger takes a glimpse at the surprising recent troubles at Memphis. Complete Story

04.04.17 The Head of the Class By Jonathan Lowe
03.27.17 The Decline of Mid-Majors in the Tournament By Ross Lancaster
03.21.17 NCAA Tournament: From 64 to 16 By Jean Neuberger

There is Football in Birmingham

Sports PhotoThe University of Alabama-Birmingham has been given a new life on the football field. Bill Clark and his program have endured and now the Blazers are ready to show up and show out, says SC’s Mel Suiter. Complete Story

08.11.17 Life in the Coaching Cycle By Jonathan Lowe
08.07.17 Everyone is Picking Flowers! By Mel Suiter
07.25.17 The Other Shoe Falls in Oxford By Jean Neuberger

Foul Territory: Balls and Ballers

Sports PhotoThe Cavaliers survive Draymond Green’s nut shots to win the NBA title, while the U.S. soccer team obviously has some “groin” to do. The 76ers select Ben Simmons, and is Major League Baseball coming to Vegas? Complete Story

05.26.16 Foul Territory: Draymond Green Edition By Jeffrey Boswell
07.10.15 Foul Territory: Fingers in the Air By Jeffrey Boswell
06.29.15 Foul Territory: A Bunch of Fools By Jeffrey Boswell

The Masters: 2016 Preview

Sports PhotoThe first golf major of the year is just around the corner, with The Masters looming large on the horizon. With Jordan Spieth hoping to defend his win last year, let’s take a look at the main contenders and some dangerous outsiders to look out for. Complete Story

12.30.15 Why the LPGA Deserves Better By Marc James
09.22.15 A Three-Way Battle For Golf Supremacy By Marc James
08.15.14 McIlroy, Woods, Nicklaus: Major Debate By Jeffrey Boswell

Only Fools Rush Out

Sports PhotoThe death of colorful former American League umpire Ken Kaiser reminds SC’s Jeff Kallman of the insane mass resignation strategy that torpedoed the original MLB umpires’ union and, with it, Kaiser’s career. Complete Story

08.05.17 The Dodgers Think, “Yu Wonderful Yu” By Jeff Kallman
08.03.17 The Mets Unplug 2017 By Jeff Kallman
08.01.17 Best Pitchers By Decade: 1990s-Present By Brad Oremland

Where Does Cleveland Go From Here?

Sports PhotoAn already awful offseason for the Cleveland Cavaliers was somehow made much worse in late July when news of Kyrie Irving’s trade request became public. SC’s Ross Lancaster looks at Cleveland’s potential trade partners, and why the Cavs’ best plan of action is to patch everything over for one final shot at the Warriors. Complete Story

07.14.17 The Best Moments of 2016-17 NBA Season By Marc James
07.10.17 Buzzed on Expectation By Jonathan Lowe
07.06.17 NBA East Officially Becomes the JV By Ross Lancaster

NFL History: Statistical All-Pro Snubs, QB

Sports PhotoLast season, T.Y. Hilton led the NFL in receiving yards, but received no all-pro votes from the Associated Press. SC’s Brad Oremland examines others who failed to make all-pro, beginning with QBs, including a Hall of Famer snubbed four times. Complete Story

05.30.17 The Worst Quarterback of 2016 By Brad Oremland
05.16.17 NFL All-Loser Team: 2002-16 By Brad Oremland
05.09.17 Best Quarterback in Team History: NFC By Brad Oremland

Will the Penguins Win Three Cups in a Row?

Sports PhotoOn June 11, at the conclusion of a 2-0 win in Game 6 of the final, the Pittsburgh Penguins hoisted the Stanley Cup for the second time in as many years. It’s a feat that hasn’t occurred in the modern era of the NHL. But can they do it again? Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 23

Sports PhotoKyle Larson powered to the lead on the final restart and went on the win the Pure Michigan 400. Martin Truex, Jr. finished second and still leads the Monster Energy Cup standings. Check out the rankings! Complete Story

08.09.17 NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 22 By Jeffrey Boswell
08.08.17 Greatest Light Heavyweights in MMA History By Brad Oremland
08.02.17 NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 21 By Jeffrey Boswell

The Copper Age of Sports Journalism

Sports PhotoIn this week’s Slant Pattern, four and a half years after writing a similar column, SC’s Kevin Beane looks at the the sports-centric writing-focused websites of the day and, for the most part, does not like what he sees. Complete Story

Super Bowl 50 Aftermath

Sports PhotoSuper Bowl 50 is in the books, and SC’s Jeffrey Boswell takes a look back at Super Bowl Sunday’s contest. Is Peyton Manning done? What were the best commercials? And can Cam Newton recover from defeat better than he recovers a fumble? Complete Story

02.06.14 Sports Q&A: Super Bowl XLVIII Aftermath By Jeffrey Boswell
02.07.13 Sports Q&A: Super Bowl XLVII Edition By Jeffrey Boswell
05.11.12 Sports Q&A: The Truth Won’t Set You Free By Jeffrey Boswell

Who Will Be the Next First-Time Slam Winner?

Sports PhotoRoger Federer continued to confound expectations with an ultimately comfortable stroll to the title at Wimbledon. Federer’s revival is bad news for the younger generation seeking to break through. Complete Story