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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

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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

World Cup Preview, Groups E and F

Sports PhotoIn this week’s Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane continues his 2014 World Cup preview, looking at Groups E and F. He finds a lot of vulnerable-looking heavyweights with no one to challenge them, and one diamond in the rough. Complete Story

World Cup Preview, Groups C and D

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane continues his 2014 World Cup preview, this time looking at Groups C and D. He sees surprises in Group C, but Group D should go pretty much according to plan unless Uruguay can regain their form from 2010 and 2011. Complete Story

World Cup Preview, Groups A and B

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane kicks off a four-part World Cup soccer preview, starting with groups A and B. Taken together, these might be the two toughest groups in the tournament, with Spain, Netherlands, and home-standing Brazil all involved. Complete Story

The Golden Age of Sports Journalism

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane has spilled a lot of ink bagging on select sportswriters in this space for over 12 years, but he really likes the way things are headed now — lots of quality, lots of content, and real writers. Complete Story

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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
10.31.13 Around the League on NBA Opening Night By Kevin Beane
10.17.13 The Strange Odyssey of Kenny G By Kevin Beane
10.03.13 Liveblogging the AL Wild Card Game By Kevin Beane
09.19.13 Rick Reilly’s Redskins By Kevin Beane