Breaking news: After a seven-year hiatus, Electronic Arts announced the return of college football video games. The franchise will be called EA Sports College Football. As long as it includes Dynasty mode, everyone will be happy.
In other news, Jeff Bezos is stepping down as CEO of Amazon.
In today's Sprint:
- 🏀 Record-breaking performance
- 🏈 Long live Lombardi
- 🎾 Fans?
Who was the cover athlete on the last EA Sports NCAA college football video game?
- Robert Griffin III
- Johnny Manziel
- Denard Robinson
- Pat White
AROUND THE LEAGUES
What You Missed, What You Won't
Two teams have legitimate chances to go undefeated, and one of them passed a tough test last night...
(17-0) #2 Baylor 83 vs. (11-4) #6 Texas 69
- The Baylor Bears continued to show their dominance as they moved one step closer to an undefeated season.
- The team’s next challenge? A run of four top-20 teams from February 10th through February 18th.
(9-8) Ole Miss 52 vs. (12-4) #11 Tennessee 50
- The Rebels mounted a late comeback to spoil the Volunteers’ night.
#10 Alabama (14-4) vs. LSU (11-5) - 7:00 ET on ESPNU
#18 Missouri (11-3) vs. Kentucky (5-10) - 7:00 ET on ESPN2
(14-9) Brooklyn Nets 124 vs. (16-6) Los Angeles Clippers 120
- In the NBA’s best game of the season so far, James Harden’s triple-double (23 pts, 11 reb, 14 ast) and full-court touchdown pass propelled the Nets to a 4-point victory over the top team in the West.
- Other stars: Kyrie Irving (39 pts, 5 reb), Kevin Durant (28 pts, 9 reb); Kawhi Leonard (33 pts, 5 reb, 5 ast), Paul George (26 pts, 6 ast)
Elsewhere: Fred VanFleet set the record for most points in a game by an undrafted player with 54. Who did he pass? Hall of Famer and 3x MVP Moses Malone.
(12-8) Milwaukee Bucks vs. (12-9) Indiana Pacers - 7:00 ET on ESPN
(7-1-2) Montreal Canadiens 5 vs. (6-7-0) Vancouver Canucks 3
- Canadien RW Josh Anderson scored two goals in the first period to set his team on track to victory.
(6-1-2) Boston Bruins vs. (7-2-1) Philadelphia Flyers - 8:00 ET on NBCSN
(44 pts) Manchester United 9 vs. (29 pts) Southampton 0
- Southampton became the first Premier League team to lose 9-0. Ouch!
(26 pts) Wolves 2 vs. (31 pts) Arsenal 1
- Despite the loss, Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe scored one of the best individual goals of the season.
(22 pts) Burnley vs. (44 pts) Manchester City - 1:00 ET on NBCSN
- City look to claim sole possession of the Premier League’s top spot.
(40 pts) Liverpool vs. (21 pts) Brighton - 3:15 ET on NBCSN
Let’s take a dive into the past, back even before Tom Brady played at Michigan.
The first Super Bowl: For 40 years the NFL fought off rival football leagues until it merged with the American Football League in 1966. To crown a victor, the new league created a championship game.
Lamar Hunt, the owner of the AFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, coined the term “Super Bowl.” In January 1967, the NFL’s Green Bay Packers played those Chiefs in the first AFL-NFL Championship. The Packers won 35-10 behind QB Bart Starr.
Clark Hunt, Lamar’s son, is now the chairman and CEO of the Chiefs. From Super Bowl 1 to Super Bowl 55. Pretty cool.
Fact of the day: The original Super Bowl trophy was sketched on a cocktail napkin by a Tiffany & Co. VP. It would later be named after the Packers' coach who won the first Super Bowl - Vince Lombardi.
WATER COOLER TALK
- 🏒 A man in New Jersey opened a mysterious box delivered to his door. Inside? $5,000 worth of hockey sticks intended for Washington Capitals star Zdeno Chara.
- 🏈 Jason Witten accepted the head coaching job at Liberty Christian, the high school where his kids attend.
- 🎾 The Australian Open, which begins February 8th, is allowing up to 30,000 fans per day. We may cry happy tears seeing even a half-full stadium.
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C. Denard Robinson, the former University of Michigan standout. Who do you want on the cover of the coming edition of EA Sports College Football?