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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

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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

Thoughts on Old Announcers Being Sent to Pasture

Sports PhotoIf you’re a fan of the college broadcasting team of Brent Musberger and Kirk Herbstreit, we’re sorry to say you’ve heard the last of them together. Musberger has been demoted, and it’s not right, says SC’s Kevin Beane in this week’s Slant Pattern. Complete Story

Bring Instant Replay to Balls and Strikes

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane sheds light on a surprising MIT study showing how consistently umps call balls and strikes. It’s not good. But he has a solution that doesn’t involve replacing umpires with robots, and preserves their role in the game. Complete Story

Thoughts on Michael Sam and the Media

Sports PhotoIt’s not surprising that NFL front officers are anonymously gloom and doom on Michael Sam, because they are mostly conservative old white dudes. One writer denies this, and SC’s Kevin Beane gives him some cynical hard medicine in this Slant Pattern. Complete Story

2014 College Football Week 1 Preview

Sports PhotoIn this Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane brings us his annual earliest College Football Week 1 preview, and unlike in years past, this one has doozy after doozy. How do five games pitting teams that ended last year ranked grab you? Complete Story

More Slant Pattern Commentary

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
09.05.13 Ranking the Week 1 Upsets By Kevin Beane
08.22.13 Slant Pattern’s Odds and Ends By Kevin Beane
08.08.13 CFL Logos, Past and Present By Kevin Beane
07.25.13 NFL Culture By Team (Part 2) By Kevin Beane

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