Rant Sports' 5 Things You Need To Know: February 5th, 2014

By Devin O'Barr
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College Football is becoming such a big-time sport that National Signing Day has really taken off as a holiday all of its own. In the past, anyone who paid attention to 17-year-old recruits was seen as geeky or someone with just too much time on their hands. Nowadays, college football fans will look at you funny if you can’t name your favorite program’s top-notch recruits. The times have changed and so has the date, so here we are with the five things you must know for February 5th, 2014:

Segueing into the aforementioned college football holiday; National Signing Day is here, which means we will have multiple angles on just about every player about to make the leap from playing on Fridays to Saturdays. Be sure to keep the page below bookmarked as the day wears on:

National Signing Day 2014: Live Updates For Nation’s Top Recruits

While National Signing Day might sound like a universal deal, it’s really not. Moreover, the 2014 Winter Olympics are truly worldwide and we are just days away from seeing live action over in Sochi, Russia. To get you primed for what should be a great show of hockey, here’s a profile on one of the many U.S. stalwarts:

2014 Winter Olympics U.S. Men’s Hockey Player Profile: Zach Parise

Well, the Houston Texans are on the clock. That’s right, football fans are now counting down the days until the 2014 NFL Draft kicks off. Houston has plenty of needs after ending the year on a 14-game slide, but here’s an idea of what the Texans’ draft strategy could look like this May:

5 Potential 1st-Round Scenarios For Houston Texans in 2014 NFL Draft

It’s a good time to be on the Atlanta Braves‘ roster. Freddie Freeman just cashed in a eight-year $135 million contract, while Jason Hayward was also given a two-year extension worth nearly $15 million on Tuesday. Here’s why Freeman’s casting a rather larger shadow over and Hayward, and how the outfielder can explode right out of it.

Freddie Freeman’s Massive Contract Should Light Fire Under Jason Hayward

The NBA regular season is in full swing, but a few of the biggest days of the year are right around the bend. Along with the All-Star Game comes the NBA Trade Deadline, which always produces some kind of news. Here’s a list of 15 players who shouldn’t exactly feel comfortable in these next few weeks:

NBA Rumors: 15 Players Who Are Like To Be Moved Before Deadline

That will close the book on February 5th, 2014, but don’t forget to check back in tomorrow as Rant Sports does its best to keep you informed on the rapidly changing sports landscape.

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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