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Slant Pattern Odds and Ends

Sports PhotoIn this edition of the Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane looks at the move to the SEC Texas and Oklahoma have made, Simone Biles, the Cleveland Guardians, and more! Complete Story

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The Guardians Are Coming

Sports PhotoThat’ll be the Indians’ new name starting in 2022. SC’s Jeff Kallman says the social media meatheads should have done their homework before exploding over what “Guardians” means to Cleveland. Complete Story

Ho-Hum, Another Boring Olympics

Sports PhotoThe 2020-21 Summer Olympics in Tokyo are taking place in front of what is even worse than a studio audience. But the Olympics have been going steadily downhill ever since the Cold War ended. And that’s really sad, says SC’s Anthony Brancato. Complete Story

All Aboard at the Hype Train Station

Sports PhotoWelcome to the Hype Train Station, where NBA dreams arrive and depart within a short time. SC’s Jonathan Lowe looks into how the hype of this season’s title sits down with the hype for the league’s future stars. Complete Story

Roots and Blues

Sports PhotoMLB Commissioner Rob Manfred says he’d like to steer baseball back to its roots. SC’s Jeff Kallman has a question — which roots? Complete Story

Analyzing the Unfair Pay Gap in Women’s Sports

Sports PhotoIt’s time to take a hard look at the unfair playing field of women’s sports. Read on for some surprising disparities in the NBA vs. WNBA and what can be done to change it. Complete Story

Can’t We Teach the Thugs a Lesson?

Sports PhotoAfter a Yankee fan hit Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo with a baseball — which Verdugo intended as a souvenir for a visiting fan — SC’s Jeff Kallman thinks it’s worth trying game forfeits against such home fans’ teams to make jerks think twice. Complete Story

Vick vs. Watson: Don’t Even Go There

Sports PhotoIn an era when moral equivalencies have become the rule rather than the exception, the usual talking heads are trying to compare Michael Vick and Deshaun Watson. There’s not a chance. Complete Story

On Disappearing the 7-Inning Doubleheader

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman says seven-inning doubleheader major league baseball games make sense so, naturally, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred doesn’t see it. Complete Story

Lessons Learned From the 2021 NBA Season

Sports PhotoAfter an enthralling Game 5 of the NBA Finals, a maximum of just two games remain in an odd, but highly compelling season. The Bucks may be crowned as league champion on Tuesday night, but there’s a lot to take from this season. Complete Story

Boxing in Kazakhstan With the Slant Pattern

Sports PhotoIn this edition of the Slant Pattern, SC’s Kevin Beane takes us fight-by-fight on an interesting little boxing card from Kazahstan that was broadcast on ESPN+ on July 10th. Complete Story

Good Luck Trying to “Replace” Acuna

Sports PhotoThe Braves’ star is gone for the season with a torn ACL incurred trying for a catch in deep right field, says SC’s Jeff Kallman. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Atlanta

Sports PhotoKurt Busch fought off younger brother Kyle to win at Atlanta and punch his ticket to the playoffs. Kyle Busch finished second, while Martin Truex, Jr. took third. Check out Jeffrey Boswell’s NASCAR power rankings! Complete Story

All-Star Break is Crossroads For Phils’ Girardi

Sports PhotoThe Phillies go into the All-Star Break in decent shape, so far as making the playoffs is concerned. But they are going to have to do a lot better after the break than they have done in recent years. Can they do it? Complete Story

The NIL’s Effect on Collegiate Athletics

Sports PhotoNIL has majorly changed the college football landscape. SC’s Jean Neuberger describes the biggest shifts in the game as athletes line up for sponsorships. Complete Story

Be Careful What You Wish For, Yankee Fans

Sports PhotoSC’s Jeff Kallman agrees with a Baseball Prospectus writer saying the last thing Yankee fans should want is the resurrection of George Steinbrenner’s style. Complete Story

What Took So Long?

Sports PhotoIt took two days for MLB to put Trevor Bauer on administrative leave after detailed allegations of sexual violence became public. SC’s Jeff Kallman asks why. Complete Story

NASCAR Top 10 Power Rankings: Road America

Sports PhotoRoad king Chase Elliott won at Road America, snatching his seventh career Cup victory on road courses. Christopher Bell took second, while Kyle Busch came home third. Check out the power rankings! Complete Story

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