Thoughts From the Weekend in Hoops

Sports PhotoAs we approach league play, SC’s Jonathan Lowe looks into a couple of headline items that stood above the rest on the last weekend before the Christmas break. Complete Story

11.14.16 A Hoops Season to Be Excited For By Ross Lancaster
04.05.16 One For the Ages By Jean Neuberger
03.28.16 Syracuse and the Paradox of Paradoxes By Ross Lancaster

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

01.09.17 The Nick Saban Urban Dictionary By Jeffrey Boswell
01.02.17 Crimson Tide vs. Tigers: Round Two By Jean Neuberger
12.26.16 In Defense of Bowl Games, and Sitting Them Out By Ross Lancaster

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

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

12.23.16 MLB 2016: The Most Unheard-of Things By Jeff Kallman
12.09.16 This Bud’s Not For You… By Jeff Kallman
11.30.16 Ralph Branca, RIP: Dignity in Infamous Defeat By Jeff Kallman

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

11.28.16 A Tale of the Highest Value By Jonathan Lowe
11.07.16 An Early Reveal By Jonathan Lowe
08.04.16 Why NBA Owners and Adam Silver Secretly Love Super Teams By Jack Choros

Super Bowl LI Preview

Sports PhotoAfter two more playoff blowouts, we get a terrific Super Bowl matchup of red-hot teams, matching the highest-scoring offense against the top defense in football. SC’s Brad Oremland breaks down the conference championships and predicts who will be the winner of Super Bowl LI. Complete Story

01.19.17 NFL Weekly Predictions: Conf. Championships By Jeffrey Boswell
01.16.17 NFL 2016-17 Divisional Weekend By Brad Oremland
01.12.17 NFL Weekly Predictions: Divisional By Jeffrey Boswell

Jaromir Jagr’s Longevity, Greatness Are Defying Time

Sports PhotoSC’s Louie Centanni takes a moment to reflect upon the greatness and longevity of Jaromir Jagr, who just took over third place on the NHL’s all-time scoring list. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 36

Sports PhotoJimmie Johnson won at Homestead to capture his record-tying seventh Sprint Cup championship. Carl Edwards led with 15 laps to go, but wrecked while attempting to block Joey Logano’s pass attempt. Edwards finished 34, while Logano took fourth. Complete Story

11.16.16 NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 35 By Jeffrey Boswell
11.09.16 NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 34 By Jeffrey Boswell
11.02.16 NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Week 33 By Jeffrey Boswell

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

12.28.16 How Much Time Do You Give an NFL Coach? By Kevin Beane
12.14.16 Slant Pattern Mailbag By Kevin Beane
11.30.16 Tragedy in Brazilian Soccer By Kevin Beane

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

Previewing Tennis at the Rio Olympics

Sports PhotoMore tennis players have withdrawn from next week’s Rio Olympics, while Spain’s flag-bearer, Rafael Nadal, may not play singles at Rio 2016. A gold medallist in singles at Beijing 2008, world No. 4 Rafael Nadal has been battling a wrist injury. Complete Story