As always, Signing Day brought spectacle and drama, and a lot of excitement for schools landing top names. Paul Myerberg at USA Today breaks down the day's biggest signings and non-signings. And as expected, one of those winners was Nick Saban, with another top-ranked recruiting class for the Crimson Tide. Saban's former rival Urban Meyer went 12-0 with an inherited class; now at OSU, Meyer knocked it out of the park with the Buckeyes' 2013 freshmen.
Reuben Fischer-Baum at Deadspin took a look at watchability and says we're in a Golden Age of watchable Super Bowls. Speaking of which, Joe Flacco's MVP performance in Super Bowl LXVII has his backers deluded, writes Tom Van Riper at Forbes. Van Riper disputes conventional wisdom and says Flacco shouldn't be top-paid QB.
The U.S. Men's National Team disappointed fans again, starting off World Cup Hexagonal play with a 2-1 loss to Honduras.
AC Milan's new acquisition Mario Balotelli is finally in a position to thrive, writes John Molinaro at Sportsnet Magazine.
Other Top Stories
Lost in the PED controversies swarming around baseball is another problem, DUIs. Todd Helton's arrest highlights how MLB has neglected this issue, says Anthony Witrado... David Stern says the NBA plans to test for HGH starting next year... and Nadal's return shows how much he was missed.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle notched his 500th win:
Deron Williams dished out his 5,000th assist in Brooklyn's win against Detroit.
The U.S. Men's National Team lost to Honduras in World Cup Hexagonal play.
TCU knocked off no. 5 Kansas, and stormed the court.
Three for Seven
The three most popular stories on RealClearSports for the past seven days. (Previous position-days on chart.)
1. Drew Magary at Deadspin explains why Ray Lewis deserves your scorn. (1-3)
2. Do you believe Peterson's or Lewis's comebacks? Bill Simmons at Grantland doesn't. (2-3)
3. Steve Politi at The Star-Ledger talks the Harbaughs, and how John schools Jim, on and off the field. (3-2)