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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

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Prepare to Meet Thon Maker

Sports PhotoThon Maker is a basketball prodigy who has declared for the NBA draft in spite of presently being enrolled in prep school, and that means the NBA has a decision on its hands. Should prep school count as high school? Should Maker be allowed to enroll? Complete Story

Challengers to the Big Five of Men’s Tennis

Sports PhotoOnce again, no one is challenging the best of the best in men’s tennis, but the tier below that is pretty welcomingly volatile. In this week’s Slant Pattern, we look at the next six players below the top five now. Complete Story

Another Obscure Sport to Love

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane is again on the hunt for a new sport, and he found a great one in candlepin bowling. For this edition of the Slant Pattern, he has a chat with Kyle Bruce, ambassador extraordinaire of the sport and lead announcer of the series. Complete Story

2016 Week 1 College Football Preview

Sports PhotoIn the earliest college football Week 1 preview in the land, SC’s Kevin Beane takes us to Australia, Ireland, and Green Bay for an opening week full of intriguing matchups in neutral sites. Buckle up, college football is coming in 184 days! Complete Story

A Requiem For Cam Newton

Sports PhotoCam Newton made a jaw-dropping mistake in the Super Bowl, and that’s a shame because it’s going to give his closeted-racist detractors the justification they need to keep pile-driving him in ways they never would white players like Peyton Manning. Complete Story

Australian Open Review and Preview

Sports PhotoIf you missed what has happened the first week and a half of the Australian Open, SC’s Kevin Beane is here to fill you in and predict the winner of the men’s and women’s tournaments. He also introduces us to the few surprises left down under. Complete Story

Liveblogging an Evening of Tennis

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane takes us around the men and women’s tennis circuits with liveblogging of events in Sydney and Auckland. He tries in vain to watch some Australian Open qualifying, as well. Seem him dissect a Romanian master, two American servebots, and a Puerto Rican upstart in this edition of the Slant Pattern! Complete Story

ESPN Writer Drops Truth Bombs About Peyton Manning

Sports PhotoESPN’s Ian O’Connor wrote a thinkpiece about Peyton Manning that, while not exactly wrong about the big points, contains so many non-points dressed up as mic-droppers that SC’s Kevin Beane had to give it a point-by-point treatment this week. Complete Story

Deconstructing Darren Rovell’s Tweets

Sports PhotoIt’s a holiday cornucopia at the Slant Pattern this week, as SC’s Kevin Beane comments on a number of stories, all courtesy of Darren Rovell’s Twitter feed. Find out what Pete Rose has been doing with his time, why the Bucks are cool, and more. Complete Story

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08.27.15 Dispatch From the FIBA Beijing Masters By Kevin Beane
08.13.15 Geno Smith’s Injury is Merely a Symptom of a Larger Problem By Kevin Beane
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