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NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 13

Sports PhotoThe Chargers brace for a “Brandon Staley only” meeting, while the Steelers’ new-look offense is still barely serviceable. The 49ers look to bring some stink in the Linc, Patrick Mahomes samples the “Lambeau Mystique,” and the Jags host the Bengals. Complete Story

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Slant Pattern Odds and Ends

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane suggests improvements for the NBA in-season tournament, takes a look at the college football player (and is agog at the number of elite teams), and notes Oakland baseball fans finally have something to cheer about. Complete Story

NFC South Not Rising Again

Sports PhotoThe NFC South is doing it again, with all four of its teams below .500 and having a combined record of 15-29. Should one of these teams be allowed in the playoffs, let alone be allowed to actually host a playoff game? SC’s Anthony Brancato says no. Complete Story

Peter Seidler, RIP: “He Saw the Cup as Three-Quarters Full”

Sports PhotoThe late San Diego Padres owner was a rarity: a fan whom his team’s fans loved in return, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 12

Sports PhotoThe Steelers and Bengals meet in a battle of barely functional quarterbacks, while Gardner Minshew hosts “The Fat Manatee Show.” Dorian Thompson-Robinson is “DTF” in Denver, Patrick Mahomes can’t catch a break, and the “Bills Mafia” meets the “Phil’s Mafia.” Happy Thanksgiving! Complete Story

Ravens, Cowboys Lead “Intimidation Derby”

Sports PhotoThree NFL teams have been smashing opponents up with amazing regularity. But will two of them meet in Super Bowl LVIII? SC’s Anthony Brancato says that it would be right and proper if two of them do. Complete Story

Viva Las VegA’s?

Sports PhotoMLB’s owners approved the eventual move of the Oakland Athletics to Las Vegas. SC’s Jeff Kallman, who happens to live in Las Vegas, still thinks this move stinks. Complete Story

What Should We Make of the NBA’s Opening Months?

Sports PhotoThe NBA In-Season Tournament is underway, and SC’s Ross Lancaster has found himself more captivated by early-season basketball than usual. However, he writes about why you still shouldn’t make too many conclusions this early on. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 11

Sports PhotoThe Lions look for “gaping holes” in the Bears defense, while the Panthers can only “go deep” in the 2024 draft. The Bills look for a quick fix, Joshua Dobbs rolls into Denver, and the Eagles and Chiefs tangle on Monday night. It’s Week 11! Complete Story

College Football Picks, Week 11

Sports PhotoSC’s Kevin Beane rolls out another spate of picks, where he is on teams that he feels are underdogs by too many points in conferences or divisions (Big 12 and Big Ten West) with a lot of parity, and he also has plays in the Mountain West and ACC. Complete Story

Why Do the Eagles Seem Mediocre?

Sports PhotoAs the Rams proved in 1999 when they literally scared the rest of the NFL to death en route to a Super Bowl championship, sometimes “style points” do matter, and the Eagles aren’t scoring too many of them. SC’s Anthony Brancato says that this might cost them dearly over the next five weeks. Complete Story

2023 Australian Open Men’s Preview

Sports PhotoWith the 2022-23 tennis season drawing to a close with the season-ending ATP Tour Finals, the likes of Novak Djokovic and Carlos Alcaraz will be looking to finish strongly heading towards the New Year. Here’s a preview of the Australian Open. Complete Story

Underhanded Counselling?

Sports PhotoSomething in the Cubs hiring ex-Brewers manager Craig Counsell and firing manager David Ross flunked the proverbial smell test, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 10

Sports PhotoThe Patriots and Colts meet in Germany, where interest, and not the footballs, is inflated. The 49ers show off their “bookend” defensive ends vs. the Jags, while Deshaun Watson tries to “man up” in Baltimore, and the Jets try to overcome “insurmountable odds,” which is their putrid offense. Complete Story

Rule-ing in Hopes of Change

Sports PhotoAs the college football season hits its late stages, a couple of programs are trying to change the course of their “near futures.” SC’s Jonathan Lowe connects these cases to some of the other major headlines. Complete Story

Why is the AFC So Superior?

Sports PhotoDoes it seem as if the AFC is the stronger conference this season? No, it actually is. SC’s Anthony Brancato hazards more than a guess as to why this might be the case. Complete Story

“They Think You’re Supposed to Win Running Away”

Sports PhotoDusty Baker says social media prodded his retirement out of baseball. SC’s Jeff Kallman thinks he’s not exactly out of line. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Phoenix

Sports PhotoRyan Blaney finished second at Phoenix to claim his first Cup championship as Ross Chastain took the win. Blaney passed Kyle Larson for second late and held on to secure the title. Check out the rankings! Complete Story

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