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Paradise Jam Preview

Sports PhotoThere’s a zillion college basketball tournaments this time of year, so let’s zero in on one of the lesser-known (but still nationally televised with multiple high major teams) ones and break it down, preview it, and maybe even outsmart the bookies. Complete Story

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Thoughts on the College Football Playoff Rankings

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane takes issue with the initial College Football Playoff rankings, in particular their affinity for Touchdown Jesus and their lack of affinity for undefeated teams. He makes his own rankings in this week’s edition of the Slant Pattern. Complete Story

Young Guns Poised to Save U.S. Tennis

Sports PhotoIt’s been a long, long stretch of non-dominance for U.S. tennis on the men’s side. But help seems to be on the way, as Americans are completely destroying the juniors circuit. Here’s a look at a few. Complete Story

A Comprehensive, Unaffiliated View of U.S. Poker Sites

Sports PhotoIt’s hard to get accurate information if you’re a U.S. poker player who wants to know where to play online. Luckily, SC’s Kevin Beane is here to save the day with a review of all of them — and he’s not affiliated with any, so you’ll get none of the misdirection you’ll find with other “directories.” Complete Story

Yogi Berra, 1925-2015

Sports PhotoYogi Berra passed away Tuesday night on the 69th anniversary of his major league debut. His legacy will be his goofy quotes, but SC's Kevin Beane says he was quite a bit more than that, and quite a character. Complete Story

ESPN's Hype Machine is Going Too Far

Sports PhotoESPN's hype machine went into overdrive this week during a U.S. Open quarterfinal, and SC's Kevin Beane is fed up with it. But he has a plan to fix it. That's the good news. The bad news is, for it to work, you have to curtail your dumb and lazy viewing habits. Complete Story

Dispatch From the FIBA Beijing Masters

Sports PhotoSC's Kevin Beane takes a (virtual) trip to the Far East where the distinctly American pastime of three-on-three street basketball is being recreated by FIBA. Does it work? Find out in this week's Slant Pattern! Complete Story

Geno Smith’s Injury is Merely a Symptom of a Larger Problem

Sports PhotoYeah, it's kind of funny that the Jets lost Geno Smith for some time in the manner that they did, befitting the butt-fumble franchise. But the larger issue is that training camp violence has spun out of control, and this needs to change. Complete Story

The Father of U.S. Soccer

Sports PhotoJurgen Klinsmann doesn’t think the U.S. can win the World Cup this year. While that may annoy a few fans of typical coach blowhardery in the U.S., Klinsmann’s comments come in light of an enormous task he’s undertaking that won’t happen overnight: making the U.S. a soccer power. Complete Story

World Cup Preview, Groups G and H

Sports PhotoGroups G and H are featured in this last World Cup preview. It’s unlucky that the U.S. was drawn into such a strong Group G, but maybe unluckier for Ghana. Group H is a crapshoot, and not a strong one. Complete Story

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05.09.14 World Cup Preview, Groups E and F By Kevin Beane
04.24.14 World Cup Preview, Groups C and D By Kevin Beane
04.10.14 World Cup Preview, Groups A and B By Kevin Beane
03.27.14 The Golden Age of Sports Journalism By Kevin Beane
03.13.14 Thoughts on Old Announcers Being Sent to Pasture By Kevin Beane
02.27.14 Bring Instant Replay to Balls and Strikes By Kevin Beane
02.13.14 Thoughts on Michael Sam and the Media By Kevin Beane
01.23.14 2014 College Football Week 1 Preview By Kevin Beane
01.09.14 Baseball HOF Writer Makes it About Himself By Kevin Beane
12.26.13 The New Schools of Division 1 By Kevin Beane
12.12.13 Cutler or McCown? By Kevin Beane
11.29.13 Pay Peralta and Change the Rules By Kevin Beane
11.13.13 NFL Picks For Week 11 By Kevin Beane