Rant Sports' 5 Things You Need to Know: February 1st, 2014

By Devin O'Barr
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I’m not sure what you do to celebrate on Super Bowl eve, but I sure am glad that you started the day with Rant Sports! There is plenty of action to go over for February 1st, 2014 as the football season is almost over, while the basketball and hockey seasons are starting to kick it into fourth gear. The sports train stops for no one, so let’s take a stab at turning back the clock just a tad and filing you in on the latest sports news:

Maurice Jones-Drew really is an NFL icon at this point as he has become a larger-than-life figure for a few grateful fantasy football owners. However, the 29-year-old running back is a free agent this offseason and here’s why the Jacksonville Jaguars are letting him hit the road with little remorse:

Maurice Jones-Drew To Test Free Agent Market, Leave Jags in Dust

Believe it or not: the Brooklyn Nets only lost to two NBA teams the entire month of January. With a 10-3 record for the month, you would think the Nets would be a team on the incline, but here’s why Jason Kidd‘s team can expect another woeful losing streak sooner rather than later:

Loss to Oklahoma City Thunder Could Be Major Setback for Brooklyn Nets 

The world of sports gambling is a very dark place. However, the Super Bowl often brings out the gambler in fans, so here’s a quick rundown of how you should be approaching the hilarious prop bets attached to Super Sunday:

Super Bowl XLVIII: 20 Prop Bets and How You Should Bet

 Rant Sports is all about giving credit where it is due. Therefore, we took the time out to see if any college basketball freshmen were getting the short end of the stick. Here’s a list of the 10-most unappreciated young-guns in collegiate hoops today:

10 College  Basketball Freshman, Who Don’t Get Enough Respect

Julius Thomas is slowly emerging as the AFC’s top tight end. With that being said, the Denver Broncos are going to need Thomas’ size come Super Bowl XLVIII and here’s why Denver should use and abuse its mammoth of a tight end:

Super Bowl XLVIII: Julius Thomas Could Be Difference For Denver Broncos

So as your countdown to Super Bowl XLVIII shortens by the minute; be sure to keep a close eye on Rant Sports as we will have you covered all the way up until kick-off.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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