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In today's Sprint:

  • 🏈   2020 Look Back
  • 🏆   Heisman Trophy Predictions
  • 🏀   Another Curry Masterpiece


Year in Review

Finally, hindsight really is 2020. And, with the NFL regular season in the rearview mirror, we're highlighting our top five storylines from a unique season and a few other interesting snippets.

Top Five Storylines

COVID-19 Impacts
  • While certain teams struggled to handle COVID-19 (@Raiders, @Titans, @Broncos), the NFL finished the regular season on time without canceling any games. That’s quite an achievement.
  • Plus, to the best of our knowledge, no player who contracted COVID-19 was hospitalized.
Tompa Bay
  • At the age of 43, Tom Brady threw 43 touchdown passes. He also helped the Bucs make the playoffs, breaking the league’s second-longest active playoff drought. Meanwhile, the Patriots missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Sounds like that Florida weather was good to Brady.
The Cleveland Browns
  • After years of hype and an 18-year hiatus, the Browns finally made the playoffs. The team has shown that smart drafting and coaching is a great recipe for success. We think the Miami Dolphins are up next after their masterful tank job last year.
Worst Performances
  • Speaking of tanking, the New York Jets failed to tank for Trevor Lawrence, and will now look for a new head coach, General Manager, and likely a quarterback this offseason. The Jets may be the new Browns.
  • The Atlanta Falcons and LA Chargers combined to lose 11 games by one possession after leading in the second half - one reason both teams are looking for new head coaches this offseason.
Best Performances
  • The Buffalo Bills asserted their dominance on the field with Josh Allen leading the charge. The Bills are the first team in over a decade to win the AFC East not nicknamed the Patriots.
  • The Washington Football Team, a team many expected to be at the bottom of the league, rode a late-season surge to win the NFC (L)east, albeit with a sub .500 record and a little help from the Philadelphia Eagles. Hats off to Ron Rivera, who coached a full NFL season while battling cancer.

Quick Hitters

  • The Jacksonville Jaguars and LA Chargers sacked Doug Marrone and Anthony Lynn, respectively.
  • Chiefs Offensive Coordinator Eric Bieniemy seems to be the leading candidate for every available head coaching position. Well deserved.
  • Deshaun Watson led the NFL in passing yards and, somehow, the Houston Texans still managed to go 4-12. Free Deshaun.

  • 🏆   The Heisman Ceremony takes place tonight (7pm EST - ESPN). Sprint’s Prediction - Alabama WR DeVonta Smith becomes the first receiver to win the award since Michigan’s Desmond Howard in 1991.
  • ⚽   In the Premier League, Southampton shocked Liverpool 1-0, giving the Reds their first loss in more than five matches.
  • 🏀   The NCAA announced the State of Indiana is the central location for the 2021 Men’s March Madness tournament, mitigating travel during the pandemic and drawing on the NBA’s ‘Bubble’ concept.
  • ⚾   Seven years after signing a $155 million contract, free-agent pitcher Mashahiro Tanaka may opt to return to Japan instead of resigning with the Yankees.
  • ⚾   Japanese superstar Tomoyuki Sugano, seen as this year’s second-best available free agent pitcher, is sliding toward a move to the MLB after being linked to the Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants.


KD Out Again

As the Brooklyn Nets look to build early-season momentum, they will have to do it without the help of Kevin Durant. He faces a league-mandatory seven-day quarantine, forcing him to miss the Nets’ next four games because of exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

Expect Kyrie Irving to shoulder the offensive load until KD returns against the Denver Nuggets on January 12.


(5-3) Boston Celtics 126 vs. (1-6) Toronto Raptors 114

  • Jason Tatum (40 pts, 6 reb, 2 ast) has had quite a couple of days, hitting a game-winner on Sunday and dropping 40 points last night. Meanwhile, the Raptors move to a disappointing 1-6 and look nothing like the team that won the championship two years ago.

(5-2) Indiana Pacers 118 vs. (4-3) New Orleans Pelicans 116

  • In the game of the night, the Pacers escaped with the OT win. Malcom Brogdon (21 pts, 7 red, 11 ast) came up clutch, assisting the game-tying 3 to Miles Turner and sinking the game winning floater with three seconds left in OT.

(3-4) Dallas Mavericks 113 vs. (2-3) Houston Rockets 100

  • Luka Doncic put up a ridiculous 33 points, 16 rebounds, and 11 assists to get the Mavericks back in the win column.

(4-3) Golden State Warriors 137 vs. (3-4) Sacramento Kings 106

  • Stephen Curry followed up his career high 62 points with another masterpiece. He finished with 30 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists in the win.


Who was the last non-quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy?

  1. Mark Ingram Jr. RB, Alabama
  2. Reggie Bush, RB, USC
  3. Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
  4. Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

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D. Derrick Henry (2015). He was the third non-QB winner this century, joining Mark Ingram and Reggie Bush. However, Bush’s award was later vacated due to NCAA violations.