SI.com reported that Tom Brady will be re-signing with the Patriots for $27 million over three years--till the quarterback turns 40. Writes Peter King, the deal is significantly below Brady's market value. Just as in 2005, Brady is taking the unselfish route to ensure New England's competitive edge for the next five years.
The truth about Manti Te'o's draft stock, as NFL scouts are concerned, is that it's always been an issue of whether he can play. The girlfriend hoax, though embarrassing, would not have been the worst thing for a star player to carry with him on draft day. Unfortunately for Te'o, the Notre Dame star didn't impress at the Combine, dealing a severe blow to his stock.
RCS contributor Tim Reuter writes that unlike the NFL or MLB, professional basketball maintains an odd relationship with its amateur league where the NCAA outshines the NBA in drama every March. What Reuter says the NBA can learn from March Madness is that upward mobility matters, and a bit of synchronicity between college and the pros wouldn't hurt, either.
Gareth Bale of Tottenham scored a brilliant game-winning goal late in the match against West Ham:
Also... Paul Pierce dropped seven consecutive points to lead the Celtics to an overtime win.
Al Horford dropped 23 points and grabbed 22 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons.
And Marian Hossa scored an overtime winner for the Blackhawks against Edmonton.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel thinks NASCAR needed Danica, not Jimmie, to win the Daytona 500. (NA-1)
2. Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports writes that even though Matt Barkley's at the Combine, he's done. (2-2)
3. Gregg Doyel at CBS Sports says shame on Tebow for backing intolerance. (1-2)