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The Virginia Tech Quarterback Battle

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane brings the news of a quarterback controversy brewing in Blacksburg. Will it be odds-on favorite Josh Jackson? Feast-or-famine A.J. Bush? True freshman Hendon Hooker? Find out in this week’s edition of Slant Pattern! Complete Story

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Don’t Blame the Refs For Calling Fouls

Sports PhotoThe refs of the Gonzaga/North Carolina championship game took a lot of heat for the amount of fouls they called. But they aren’t to blame, the players are, and that’s a good thing. SC’s Kevin Beane explains in this edition of the Slant Pattern. Complete Story

Slant Pattern at the Irving Tennis Classic

Sports PhotoIn this week’s Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane gives his thoughts on attending his first pro tennis tournament in person. What were his impressions? Was anyone interesting in the stands? How expensive was the food? All that and more. Complete Story

The Curious Case of Nick Kyrgios

Sports PhotoNick Kyrgios is coming off an outstanding 2016 campaign and has picked up where he left off in 2017, convincingly beating Novak Djokovic in Mexico. He seems poised to win multiple slams. But SC’s Kevin Beane tells us why he might not. Complete Story

The DeMarcus Cousins Trade: Why, Kings?

Sports PhotoThe Sacramento Kings made a terrible decision in trading big man DeMarcus Cousins, especially given what they got in return. SC’s Kevin Beane tries to make sense of it, but is ultimately stumped. Complete Story

Gregg Popovich vs. Phil Jackson

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane takes a look at the illustrious coaching career of Gregg Popovich and compares it to that of Phil Jackson. Jackson is still the more celebrated and touted coach. Is that fair? We find out in the Slant Pattern. Complete Story

Thoughts On the 2017 Australian Open

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane provides a recap at the midway point of the Australian Open, where he looks at how Mischa Zverev upset Andy Murray, the return of the old guard in the men’s game, Coco Vandeweghe’s emergence, and more in Slant Pattern! Complete Story

World’s Earliest 2017 CFB Preview

Sports PhotoThis week’s Slant Pattern column continues the annual tradition of laying out the world’s earliest Week 1 college football preview. Alabama/Florida State is the marquee matchup, but what other matchups are out there? SC’s Kevin Beane breaks it down. Complete Story

How Much Time Do You Give an NFL Coach?

Sports PhotoIn NFL coach firings this week, two felt the blade of the axe — Rex Ryan too prematurely, and Gus Bradley too late. When is the right time to fire a coach? Looking at on-field performance only, are there any good guidelines to follow? Complete Story

Slant Pattern Mailbag

Sports PhotoIt’s time again for the Slant Pattern reader mailbag, where SC’s Kevin Beane answers questions intended for other writers. This week, it’s all about Jurgen Klinsman, the increasing number of World Cup teams, the Cubs/Royals trade, and more. Complete Story

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10.27.16 2016 Day 1 College Basketball Preview By Kevin Beane
10.07.16 Dick Enberg’s Great Broadcasting Career By Kevin Beane
09.23.16 Peterson’s Sports Bar Walkthrough: Why it’s No Big Deal By Kevin Beane
09.09.16 Around the Sports Twitterverse By Kevin Beane
08.25.16 An Ode to Eastern Michigan By Kevin Beane
08.11.16 Liveblogging the Olympics By Kevin Beane
07.28.16 Chris Sale: Right Idea, Wrong Subject By Kevin Beane
07.14.16 Golf, Zika, Entitlement, McIlroy, and Olympics By Kevin Beane
06.30.16 Liveblogging the UEFA Champions League By Kevin Beane
06.15.16 Obscure Sports: Canoeing and Kayaking By Kevin Beane