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NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 3

Sports PhotoThe Dolphins host the Broncos in the “Side Boob Capital of the World,” while the Patriots, unlike the Jets, regard Zach Wilson as a “welcome sight.” The Dallas Cowboys defense is set to become the NFL’s greatest defense … to not win a Super Bowl. Complete Story

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NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Bristol

Sports PhotoDenny Hamlin won the Bass Pro Shops Night Race at Bristol as the playoff field was trimmed to 12 drivers. Kyle Larson finished second, while Christopher Bell came home third. Check out SC’s power rankings! Complete Story

NFL Needs More “8-Point Plays”

Sports PhotoThere were two “8-point plays” in the NFL last Sunday, both successful. What if there could be more of them? SC’s Anthony Brancato draws a road map of how to get there, as well as how to fix another problem. Complete Story

The Bloom is Off the Red Sox Rose

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says the Red Sox set now-deposed baseball ops chief Chaim Bloom up to fail in the first place. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 2

Sports PhotoThe Ravens and Bengals engage in a battle of “aggravated menacing,” while the Jags host the 0-1 Chiefs. Jerry Jones looks to beat Woody Johnson as the Cowboys host the Jets, the Patriots try to contain Tyreek Hill, and the Browns and Steelers battle on Monday night. It’s Week 2’s predictions! Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Kansas

Sports PhotoTyler Reddick stormed to the front on an overtime restart and took the win in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas. Denny Hamlin finished, second while Erik Jones took third. Check out the rankings! Complete Story

Seven Upsets in NFL’s Week 1

Sports PhotoIn Week 1 of NFL action in 2023, seven favorites succumbed to the vicious bite of underdogs, about average for a typical opening weekend. SC’s Anthony Brancato runs down the list of upset victims. Complete Story

George Kirby: Self-Awareness as a Vice

Sports PhotoThe Seattle Mariners’ young pitcher is very aware of himself and his progress, the poor guy, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Week 1

Sports PhotoThe Eagles host the Patriots, while there’s a new “Whizzinator” in Minnesota. The Jags’ Doug Pederson is confident betting on his own team, the Cowboys start a season that will likely end in disappointment, and new Jet Aaron Rodgers is “BMO(NY)C.” Complete Story

College Football Odds and Ends

Sports PhotoThis week in the Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane weighs in on Deion Sanders’ Colorado debut, makes some picks against the spread, and, well, that’s about it except for a couple one-liners. Join us anyway! Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Darlington

Sports PhotoKyle Larson pounced late after a loose wheel cost Denny Hamlin, and held off Tyler Reddick to win the Cook Out Southern 500 at Darlington in the playoff opener. The series now heads to Kansas for the second playoff race. Check out the rankings! Complete Story

2023 NFL Preview

Sports PhotoWhich teams are the major contenders for the Lombardi Trophy in February; and which teams are the major “contenders” for the top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft? SC’s Anthony Brancato goes over the 32-team field. Complete Story

The Waive

Sports PhotoThat was the Angels’ unique use of the August 31 waiver deadline — dumping salaries in a lost season, falling below luxury tax threshold — in a potentially troublesome precedent for MLB. Complete Story

Which NFL Teams Will Surprise This Season?

Sports PhotoA week before 2023’s kickoff, SC’s Ross Lancaster looks at several surprise team candidates in the NFL for the 2023 season. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Daytona

Sports PhotoChris Buescher avoided trouble and surged late to win the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona, as Bubba Wallace claimed the final playoff spot. The playoff field of 16 is set as the Cup series heads to Darlington. Complete Story

“Conventional Dirt” Needs to Go in Horse Racing

Sports PhotoA tragic equine fatality at Saratoga on Saturday revealed an egregious misplacement of priorities on the part of the blue bloods who run the so-called sport of kings, who have picked the wrong crusade to pursue. SC’s Anthony Brancato points to what tree they should be barking up. Complete Story

No Más For Stras

Sports PhotoAs feared in June, Stephen Strasburg — who went from hyped No. 1 MLB draft to 2019 World Series MVP — is calling it a career thanks to thoracic outlet syndrome. Complete Story

Sports and Poker in an Unfamiliar Place

Sports PhotoIn this edition of the Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane rolls into a new town, tells us what the sport and poker scene are like, and throws in some pointers. Complete Story

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