Australian Rugby Superstar Jarryd Hayne and His Impossible NFL Dream [The bleacher report]

It's 2 p.m., but Jarryd Hayne isn't here.

Everyone else is. A mob of reporters sit in regal red chairs, notepads out, waiting. Half a dozen television cameras stand across from the blue projector screen that fills the room like an IMAX theater, ready to stream his announcement to thousands of rugby league fans across Australia.

Purple orbs line the rows of this ritzy auditorium, making it feel like the space-age set of a Silicon Valley startup....


The View from Georgia: The Offense Is the Surprise

[the quad/new york times]

Georgia’s route to the Southeastern Conference championship game was an unexpected one.

The Bulldogs were pegged to represent the SEC’s Eastern Division for the second consecutive year. But their formidable defense — returning nine of 11 starters — was supposed to carry them there. The offense was an afterthought. There were questions about an offensive line that had lost three starters. More uncertainty surrounded a receiving corps lacking punch, after its most explosive threat (Malcolm Mitchell) moved to defense....