Rant Sports' 5 Things You Need to Know: January 31st, 2014

By Devin O'Barr
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Well folks, the first month of 2014 is just about in the books. However, before we say goodbye to January, we must first take a in-depth look at what has happened in the sports world over the last 24 hours. Plus, Rant Sports will also provide you with some important nuggets to know as the calendar flips to February. Without further ado, here’s a quick rundown of what the sports landscape looks like on this wonderful winter day:

The 2014 NBA All-Star rosters were announced in full on Thursday and as always a few key names were left off of the list. Most NBA fans couldn’t care less about the needless exhibition game, but the term “snub” is definitely one that gets people going. With that being said, here are a handful of NBA stars that were downright snubbed:

2014 NBA All-Star Game: 5 Biggest Snubs

MLB free agency has died down considerably over the last few weeks. Thankfully, Nelson Cruz remains on the open market as he gives us an excuse to talk baseball before Spring Training 2014 kicks off next month. Cruz is having discussions with the Seattle Mariners, but here’s why that match is hardly perfect fit:

Nelson Cruz: Seattle Mariners Would Be Dreadful Landing Spot For RF

Oh, boy. The Cleveland Cavaliers just can’t catch a break can they! A city that is still licking its wounds over the LeBron James saga is now reportedly close to losing its latest and greatest star Kyrie Irving. Apparently, the point guard wants out and here’s the scoop in full:

Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors: Kyrie Irving Reportedly Wants to Leave Team?

With January now in the rear-view that means the days of “March Madness” are just around the bend. Therefore, it’s a perfect time to start dissecting the college basketball world to see which teams are primed for a No. 1 seed. Take a look at the article below and see if you agree with our pre-February seeding:

2014 NCAA Tournament: Projecting the No. 1 Seeds

After the Friday work day comes to a close, Super Bowl XLVIII will be a mere 48 hours away. While you may be worrying about what kind of dish to bring to your Super Bowl party, the Seattle Seahawks are likely worried sick about how they are going to defend a Denver Broncos‘ team with more weapons than the U.S. Army! It’s a tall task, but here’s how Pete Carroll should dial it up on Super Sunday:

Super Bowl XLVIII: Can Seattle Seahawks Neutralize All of Denver Broncos’ Weapons?

So as you slam the book on January be sure you make the Rant Sports’ 5 Things You Need to Know a daily ritual in February and beyond.


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