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NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Daytona

Sports PhotoWilliam Byron snatched the Daytona 500 win in a race heavily impacted by a huge lap 191 crash that knocked out multiple contenders. Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman took second, while Christopher Bell finished third. Check out SC’s Jeffrey Boswell’s power rankings! Complete Story

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February 24 Boxing Betting Preview

Sports PhotoIn this Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane breaks down a boxing card from Orlando, where he’s parlaying three favorites, but also taking a chance on an underdog. Complete Story

6 Seed is “Sweet Spot” in NBA Playoffs

Sports PhotoWhy should a 6 seed in the NBA playoffs be such an advantage? SC’s Anthony Brancato enumerates the benefits that come bundled with this seemingly mediocre position. Complete Story

Where’s Baseball’s Mr. Blackwell?

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman thinks that dedicated follower of fashion fails would have a field day with baseball’s uniform follies. Complete Story

Value Bets For NBA Awards at All-Star Break

Sports PhotoWith the NBA season set for the All-Star Break, SC’s Ross Lancaster focuses on three value bets for season-long awards. Complete Story

“Super Bowl Monday” Coming in 2027

Sports PhotoThree years from now, there will be a “Super Bowl Monday,” as Super Bowl LXI will be played on the Presidents’ Day weekend for the first time ever. But why not make this arrangement permanent? Complete Story

The Orphan A’s, and Eppler on Ice

Sports PhotoApproaching spring training, SC’s Jeff Kallman has a few things to say about shenanigans involving the A’s’ owner’s eyes upon Vegas and a former Met GM now suspended from baseball next season. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Super Bowl LVIII

Sports PhotoSuper Bowl LVIII takes place in Las Vegas, aka “The Interim Coach Capital of the Nation.” Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Taylor Swift lead the Chiefs against Brock Purdy, who hopes to eventually call “game manager, set, and match.” Complete Story

Slant Pattern Mailbag

Sports PhotoIt’s mailbag time again at the Slant Pattern, where SC’s Kevin Beane looks under the hood of the new college football playoff, Carlos Alcaraz’s future, and more. Complete Story

Free Jon Gruden

Sports PhotoAfter four years in the NFL wilderness, it is time for the NFL to bring Jon Gruden back from that wilderness, to which he was banished for sending decidedly “un-woke” e-mails. With malice toward none, with charity for all, says SC’s Anthony Brancato. Complete Story

Al McBean, RIP: Always Leave ‘Em Laughing

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman remembers the first Virgin Islands-born MLB pitcher, Al McBean, whom Hall of Fame second baseman/manager Red Schoendienst called the funniest he ever saw in uniform. Complete Story

Super Bowl LVIII Proposition Bets

Sports PhotoIt’s the Chiefs vs. the 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII, and if you’ve got $20 burning a hole in your pocket, then you’re on fire, and need to extinguish your need to place a bet. SC’s Jeffrey Boswell presents the planet’s most comprehensive prop bet list. Complete Story

Playing Poorly For the City

Sports PhotoThe NCAA tournament is a celebration that the entire contiguous 48 can take part in. But some of the largest population centers may be left out this time around. SC’s Jonathan Lowe goes through the lack of citywide excellence in 2023-2024. Complete Story

NFL Coin Toss Needs to Be Tossed

Sports PhotoToo much is riding on every NFL game to allow pure chance to decide anything. This is why the coin toss needs to go. Complete Story

Some Complaints, But Far More Gratitude

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman can still find reasons to be grateful for baseball, despite there being reasons enough to complain. Complete Story

NFL Weekly Predictions: Conf. Championships

Sports PhotoPatrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson battle in Baltimore, where no one is “wide right,” but Andy Reid is “right wide.” In the NFC, the Lions hope a coach who looks like a bouncer can lead them to victory over a team whose coach looks like an actuary. Check out Jeffrey Boswell’s predictions! Complete Story

World’s Earliest Week 1 College Football Preview

Sports PhotoIt’s earlier than ever, we’re pretty sure! The annual world’s earliest Week 1 college football preview gives us … well, just five Power 5 vs. Power 5 games on Saturday. But SC’s Kevin Beane finds some gems. Complete Story

Huge Task Ahead For Panthers

Sports PhotoIt doesn’t get much bleaker than the prospects for the immediate future than that which the Carolina Panthers face. What is likely ahead for them is beyond SC’s Anthony Brancato’s powers of description. Complete Story

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