We had the biggest day of the college football offseason with National Signing Day, Steph Curry went off (what’s new) against the Wizards in DC, another NBA star hit a buzzer-beating three for the win, and in three days, we finally have Super Bowl 50. Giddy up, it’s the Thursday Cheat Sheet…

The schools that you’d expect dominated National Signing Day

National Signing Day was Wednesday — you can visit Rivals, Scout, 24-7, and ESPN for the in-depth stuff — and the consensus from the the main recruiting sites is that Alabama, Florida State, and Ohio State had this year’s top classes.

Alabama had the top-ranked class on three of the four big recruiting sites:

If you were hoping that the usual powerhouse teams would be going away sometime soon… well, sorry. 

The nation’s consensus top recruit was defensive tackle Rashan Gary, landed by Jim Harbaugh’s Michigan Wolverines. And get this, Harbaugh found out Gary picked Michigan thanks to Mike Tirico’s phone!

Steph Curry drops 51 on Wizards, including 11 3’s


Even though we’re pretty much used to Steph Curry doing amazing things by now, it’s still unbelievable to watch on certain nights. Like, last night when he scored 51 points and made 11 three-pointers in a 134-121 Warriors win over the Wizards.

Before Curry did this last night, Shlomo Sprung wrote how NBA players are searching for answers on how to stop Curry and the Warriors. The Wizards most certainly do not have an answer, and they’re most certainly not alone there.

We’re 3 days away from Super Bowl 50


– This one isn’t about the game itself, but Peyton Manning, so we might as well toss it in this section: Adam Schefter reports that the Los Angeles (still weird to type) Rams have discussed signing Peyton if he doesn’t retire.

Consider me skeptical of this, because Peyton has been quite possibly the worst starting quarterback in the NFL this season and will be 40 years old next year. Yes, Nick Foles is bad. Yes, Case Keenum is bad. Peyton had a quarterback rating worse than both of them, with better weapons. And again, he’ll be 40 next season. Unless this is a flat-out publicity thing from Stan Kroenke (which it very well could be from that guy), I don’t see it. It also seems likely that Peyton just retires anyway, and especially if the Broncos win on Sunday.

– Evan Silva’s “Matchups” are one of my favorite NFL weekly reads. Here’s his in-depth take on the Super Bowl.

The things we said about Cam Newton five years ago.

Denver vs Charlotte: Which Super bowl city is cooler? I may be biased having just lived in Denver for near 20 years … but it’s definitely the winner here.

North Carolina sign attempts to predict SB50.

Broncos CB Aqib Talib gets last laugh on dream-crushing teacher.

Roman Harper renting his condo for fans to watch Super Bowl.

Carolina Panthers fan’s music video gets a “good job, good effort”.

Quick Hits

3 Feb 2001:  A rear view of Rod Smart #30 of the Las Vegas Outlaws walking on the field during the game against the New York/New Jersey Hitmen at the Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Outlaws defeated the Hitmen 19-0.Mandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw  /Allsport
3 Feb 2001: Rod Smart of the Las Vegas OutlawsMandatory Credit: Todd Warshaw /Allsport

– Kevin Durant hit a buzzer-beating three to give the Thunder a 117-114 win over the Nets:

15 years later, the NFL should thank the XFL for all those innovations. This is a great read from Sean Keeley.

Ken Stabler latest deceased former NFL player with CTE. Liam McGuire put it well in the article:

The news simply isn’t surprising anymore which is reflective of how bad this situation is for the NFL. At this point, it would be surprising if a player showed no symptoms of CTE after playing the league.

Stan Kroenke and the Rams are headed to Los Angeles, while St. Louis is left holding the bill.

Roger Federer undergoes knee surgery, will miss two tournaments.

– As expected, Dennis Wideman is being suspended 20 games for checking a linesman.

DeMarcus Cousins posterized Taj Gibson with a nasty dunk.

Ricky Rubio dished right through DeAndre Jordan’s legs.

Duke’s defense is historically bad.

Corey Crawford becomes a surprise babysitter for Blackhawks fan. This is a must-watch, but you may want to make sure you watch with kleenex nearby.

Fantastic free throw distractors now reenacting the circle of life.

David Beckham bends busy schedule to be a good samaritan.

Why cutting out alcohol to lose weight usually fails.

Tiffani Thiessen is whipping up a Saved by the Bell reunion on her cooking show. Hell yeah.

One last breath of gratuitous procrastination

A corgi puppy got a lane cleared in the snow and doesn’t know what to do with itself.

Woo! FP! Don't need to send stuff, just have a happy week :D!

About Matt Clapp

Matt is an editor at The Comeback. He attended Colorado State University, wishes he was Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris, and idolizes Larry David. And loves pizza and dogs because obviously.

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