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NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 6

Sports PhotoWashington hosts the Chiefs in a (game of) defensive struggles, while the Cowboys try to figure out Steve Belichick’s tongue. The Ravens and Chargers clash in Baltimore, and the Raiders raise the league demand for “hard drive erasers.” It’s Week 6! Complete Story

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ALDS: “Whatever it Takes to Win”

Sports PhotoThat was the watchword for the Red Sox as they shook off a Game 1 shutout to dispatch the Rays three straight to win their American League division series. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Charlotte Roval

Sports PhotoThe Round of Eight is set after a wild road course race at Charlotte’s Roval that saw the next chapter in the Kevin Harvick/Chase Elliott saga. The series heads to Texas next. Complete Story

Why Are MLB’s Two Best Teams Meeting in the NLDS?

Sports PhotoThe teams with baseball’s two best records, the Giants and the Dodgers, are facing off in the playoffs one round too early. Here’s why that’s unfair all the way around. Complete Story

What’s the Future of Sports Betting in the NFL?

Sports PhotoTwenty-six states and Washington, D.C. currently allow sports wagers, and even more states are in the process of passing bills to legalize gambling. This is likely just the beginning of a host of notable changes coming to America’s favorite sport. Complete Story

It Wasn’t Over Until it Was Over

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says a ninth-inning battle between two near-forgotten men ended in a 2-run homer and the L.A. Dodgers headed for an NL division-series showdown with their lifelong blood rival Giants. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 5

Sports PhotoBen Roethlisberger faces the second “Time’s Up” situation of his career, while Urban Meyer and his crotch play damage control. Matt Nagy popularizes the “wins below replacement” statistic, the 49ers try to “back that AZ up,” and the Bills and Chiefs have a “D” measuring contest. It’s Week 5! Complete Story

Slant Pattern Mailbag

Sports PhotoThis week in the Slant Pattern mailbag, you will learn whether the Carolina Panthers will regress, why G5 teams can hang with P5 teams, and whether the Texas/OU departure to the SEC was a good move. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Talladega

Sports PhotoBubba Wallace won the rain-delayed and rain-shortened YellaWood 500 at Talladega. Kevin Harvick, Christopher Bell, William Byron, and Alex Bowman are below the playoff cut-line with Charlotte up next. Complete Story

Why the NFL Must Bring Back “Probable” Injury Designation

Sports PhotoIn 2016, the NFL eliminated the “probable” option from its weekly injury reports. SC’s Anthony Brancato explains why that was not only a bad idea, but a bad idea that needs to be reversed right now. Complete Story

When the Stat Nerds Took Over Baseball

Sports PhotoSC’s Brian Wallace takes a look at how sports changed from scouting and thinking from the gut into the Moneyball world of sports analytics and sabermetrics. Watch the rise of the A’s MLB franchise and how they were able to compete in an otherwise unfair game of extravagant payrolls. Complete Story

Another Nice Mess They’ve Gotten Into

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says farewell to the 2021 New York Mets, whose August collapse makes them the first ever to hold first for 103 days, but finish with a losing record. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 4

Sports PhotoThe “Mills Mafia” visits the Bills, the Saints D is “Jones-ing” for more Jones, and Jalen Hurts say “Scat!” to bad memories. The Steelers hope to avoid the “Kneel Curtain Offense,” and Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski return to New England. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Las Vegas

Sports PhotoDenny Hamlin outran Chase Elliott late at Las Vegas to win the South Point 400. Hamlin punched his ticket to the Round of Eight as the Cup playoffs head to Talladega. Check out Jeffrey Boswell’s rankings! Complete Story

It’s a Gaus, Gaus, Gaus … Sort of

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says Giants pitcher Kevin Gausman hitting a game-winning sacrifice fly as an unlikely pinch hitter isn’t an argument against the designated hitter. Complete Story

Subtle Shift to Major Shakeup?

Sports PhotoHow much have things really changed since college football got going on Labor Day weekend? SC’s Jonathan Lowe projects those changes and the playoff impacts into what promises to be a crazy October. Complete Story

Eagles Throw Themselves a “Pity Party” in Home Opener

Sports PhotoThe late Stuart Scott is generally credited with coining the term “pity party.” If he were still around, he would be calling what the Eagles pulled last Sunday against the 49ers a most emphatic “pity party.” Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 3

Sports PhotoLamar Jackson heads to Detroit to show Jared Goff what true “Motor” skills are, while the Chiefs try to rebound against the Chargers. The Steelers go deep (into the playbook), Zach Wilson tries to ID the defense, and the Cowboys try to clock the Eagles, says SC’s Jeffrey Boswell. Complete Story

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