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An Ode to Eastern Michigan

Sports PhotoEastern Michigan has been the worst program in FCS football for a long time, and one of the biggest brains in college football is predicting more doom for them in 2016. SC’s Kevin Beane looks at why EMU has struggled and the extent of those struggles. Complete Story

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Liveblogging the Olympics

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane goes to channel surf through some Olympic volleyball, boxing (what’s up with the judges?) and weightlifting (what’s up with the mononames?) in the Slant Pattern! Complete Story

Chris Sale: Right Idea, Wrong Subject

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane gives kudos to Chris Sale for standing up to management, a rare thing in team sports, and making a compelling, non-selfish case for why he did what he did. But he’s still wrong, and you can find out why in the Slant Pattern! Complete Story

Golf, Zika, Entitlement, McIlroy, and Olympics

Sports PhotoA lot of golfers are skipping the Olympics because, basically, they are yellow-bellies, but Rory McIlroy takes it one step further and gives a middle finger to the game that made him rich. SC’s Kevin Beane explains. Complete Story

Liveblogging the UEFA Champions League

Sports PhotoRemember a few weeks ago when Real Madrid beat their neighbors to win a thrilling Champions League final? Well, the next edition is here with the lowest of the low who can still call themselves “champions” in action. SC’s Kevin Beane reports. Complete Story

Obscure Sports: Canoeing and Kayaking

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane thinks he has found the purest sport there is — no glamour, no coverage, and it doesn’t even look fun! But it features some great athletes whose discipline is like no other in sports. Complete Story

Copa America Centario Preview (Part Two)

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane completes his Copa America Centenario preview, with the side of the field that contains the first- and third-ranked teams in the world (Argentina and Chile), along with the team that might be better than both of them (Mexico). Complete Story

Copa America Centario Preview (Part One)

Sports PhotoIn this edition of the Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane looks at Group A and Group B of the upcoming Copa America Centario. From the looks of it, Brazil has a very easy road ahead; for the U.S., much tougher. Complete Story

Debunking the Myths of Jordan Spieth

Sports PhotoIs it possible there’s not enough hype around Jordan Spieth? Yes, it’s possible, especially since people are making way too much out of his Masters “choke.” SC’s Kevin Beane examines the myths of Spieth in this edition of the Slant Pattern. Complete Story

Slant Pattern Mailbag

Sports PhotoIn this edition of the Slant Pattern mailbag, SC’s Kevin Beane takes a look at the football programs at Notre Dame and Iowa State, sounds a warning bell against balanced schedules in baseball, and rants against the Masters and Augusta National. Complete Story

More Slant Pattern Commentary

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
02.25.16 2016 Week 1 College Football Preview By Kevin Beane
02.10.16 A Requiem For Cam Newton By Kevin Beane
01.27.16 Australian Open Review and Preview By Kevin Beane
01.13.16 Liveblogging an Evening of Tennis By Kevin Beane
12.30.15 ESPN Writer Drops Truth Bombs About Peyton Manning By Kevin Beane
12.16.15 Deconstructing Darren Rovell’s Tweets By Kevin Beane
12.03.15 Slant Pattern Mailbag By Kevin Beane
11.20.15 Paradise Jam Preview By Kevin Beane
11.05.15 Thoughts on the College Football Playoff Rankings By Kevin Beane
10.23.15 Young Guns Poised to Save U.S. Tennis By Kevin Beane