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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

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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

Slant Pattern Mailbag

Sports PhotoIt’s time again for the Slant Pattern reader mailbag, where SC’s Kevin Beane answers questions intended for other writers. This week, it’s all about Jurgen Klinsman, the increasing number of World Cup teams, the Cubs/Royals trade, and more. Complete Story

Tragedy in Brazilian Soccer

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane takes a sobering look at the plane crash that took out an elite Brazilian soccer team Monday night, and what that means for the team and the city it represented in this week’s Slant Pattern. Complete Story

Slant Pattern’s College Football Mailbag

Sports PhotoIn this edition of Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane looks at college football mailbags of other sports columnists. He sees at least another year for Kevin Sumlin and Brian Kelly, respect for the Pac-12, and vulnerable teams in the Big 10 East. Complete Story

College Football Playoff Predictions

Sports PhotoIn this week’s Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane takes a look at the remaining schedules of the AP top 10 and, when judged against their to-this-point body of work, looks at who ends up in the playoffs. Complete Story

2016 Day 1 College Basketball Preview

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane takes a look at the opening night of college basketball. Four heavyweights travel to Hawaii. North Carolina goes to New Orleans, Navy plays host to a doubleheader, and more in this week’s edition of the Slant Pattern! Complete Story

Dick Enberg’s Great Broadcasting Career

Sports PhotoVin Scully wasn’t the only announcer hanging it up last week — Dick Enberg, whose career also spanned decades, retired, as well. Enberg was everywhere on the airwaves nationally for over 20 years, capping a great and memorable career. Complete Story

Peterson’s Sports Bar Walkthrough: Why it’s No Big Deal

Sports PhotoA lot of people were appalled that star back Adrian Peterson, on top of being injured, had to get walked through a high-end sports bar to have his injury looked at. But this is really no big deal, and if it is to you, other things should be an even bigger deal. Complete Story

Around the Sports Twitterverse

Sports PhotoIn this edition of the Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane looks at a few tweets and weighs in on them, from Donald Trump’s sporting claims of greatness to Jabari Ruffin’s insufficient punishment, and more. Complete Story

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08.25.16 An Ode to Eastern Michigan By Kevin Beane
08.11.16 Liveblogging the Olympics By Kevin Beane
07.28.16 Chris Sale: Right Idea, Wrong Subject By Kevin Beane
07.14.16 Golf, Zika, Entitlement, McIlroy, and Olympics By Kevin Beane
06.30.16 Liveblogging the UEFA Champions League By Kevin Beane
06.15.16 Obscure Sports: Canoeing and Kayaking By Kevin Beane
06.02.16 Copa America Centario Preview (Part Two) By Kevin Beane
05.19.16 Copa America Centario Preview (Part One) By Kevin Beane
05.05.16 Debunking the Myths of Jordan Spieth By Kevin Beane
04.21.16 Slant Pattern Mailbag By Kevin Beane
04.07.16 Prepare to Meet Thon Maker By Kevin Beane
03.24.16 Challengers to the Big Five of Men’s Tennis By Kevin Beane
03.10.16 Another Obscure Sport to Love By Kevin Beane