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Friday Daily Bears Report: National Signing Day Approaches and Tennis Dominates

Tennis. That is the news of the day.

Yes, it was a pretty slow day in the Baylor sports world yesterday, and not much is going on today either.

In-Season News: Men's and Women's Basketball

The Bears face a brutal stretch in the remainder of conference play, having to contend with Oklahoma State, Kansas, Iowa State, Texas, Oklahoma, and two doses of Kansas State. That gauntlet begins at 1:00 on Saturday with Oklahoma State. In other news, Rico is an artist.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href=";src=hash">#SicEm</a> RT <a href="">@FSNFletch</a>: Funny reaction of <a href="">@BaylorMBB</a> bench to Rico Gathers dunk vs. WVU <a href=";src=hash">#screengrab</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB) <a href="">January 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Baylor Basketball: Bears Have Plenty of Time To Get Off of the Bubble
The Baylor Bears have played their way into the bubble conversation, but they have plenty of time to make their case for an at-large bid.

The Lady Bears are also in action on Saturday at 3:30 against Texas in the Ferrell Center. WBB is coming off of big wins in their overtime victory at Oklahoma State and their bloodthirsty rout of Texas Tech. This team has grown in the past few games and is proving itself to be a dominant force in the conference once again.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Congratulations to Makenzie Robertson, a first-team Capital One Academic All-District® 7 selection.&#10;<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Baylor Lady Bears (@BaylorWBB) <a href="">January 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Off-Season News: Football and Baseball

I won't spill information from a subscription site, but it's no secret that Baylor has been recruiting safety and Texas commit John Bonney very heavily over the last few weeks, and some fireworks on signing day aren't out of the picture. If you follow recruiting, this is a race to keep your eye on. Briles and Co. are also closing in on a number of prized 2015 recruits, but no commitments have been made since last weekend's junior day.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Got my LOI today! So excited to sign to Baylor</p>&mdash; Jamie Jacobs lll (@Jai_Trey6) <a href="">January 31, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Mount Pleasant HS just released note that <a href="">@IAmTheOne_9</a>, K.D. Cannon, will sign his letter of intent to play at Baylor next Wed., 8:00am.</p>&mdash; SmoakyDotCom (@SmoakyDotCom) <a href="">January 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="">@IAmTheOne_9</a> <a href="">@chrisplatt14</a> <a href="">@Yung_Julio9</a> im just ready to ball with you boys man lets go!!! <a href=";src=hash">#BU</a> <a href=";src=hash">#WRU</a></p>&mdash; TheIshmaelZamora (@TheAlmightyZ3) <a href="">January 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

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The Best of the Rest

I've looked several times, and I think the only official Baylor athletic event today was Men's Tennis at home versus Incarnate Word, a matchup that the Bears won handily. The match was initially set to be played outdoors, but wind conditions forced the event inside.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Bears remain perfect with a 7-0 win over University of Incarnate Word. Full recap to follow. <a href=";src=hash">#SicEm</a></p>&mdash; BaylorMTennis (@BaylorMTennis) <a href="">January 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Men's Tennis Sweeps Incarnate Word, 7-0 - Baylor Bears Official Athletic Site -

It'll be more than two weeks before softball season arrives in Waco, but the Lady Bears are now only a week away from their spring opening.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>No. 16/18 Baylor and Justine Young take on No. 3/5 Washington to open the season in 8 days <a href=";src=hash">#SicEm</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Baylor Softball (@BaylorSoftball) <a href="">January 30, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Junk Food

Breaking Madden will make you shudder, then make you cry. If you haven't seen it, then you're either new here or you're beyond help. Here's the link if you're the former:

Breaking Madden: The Super Bowl, in which the machine bleeds to death -
Seahawks-Broncos ends in the most horrific way imaginable in this season's finale of Breaking Madden.

The series appeals to those unique people who are both stat aficionados and gamers - a niche that SB Nation seems unsettlingly prone to attracting. Props, Jon Bois. You made my football season even better.

In new entertainment news, a Boeing 747 sporting a Seattle Seahawks paint job took part in a test flight earlier today, and its flight plan traced a massive "12" over the plains (hillocks? mountains? valleys?) of Central Washington. It's spectacular to see, and it has drawn the ire of many an Aggie on Twitter.

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Also, the Seahawk fans of the world have achieved a level of surreal insanity normally reserved for New Orleans on Halloween or Easter. Jon Bois breaks Madden. Seattle breaks everything. Behold:

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Every Seahawks fan should be required to watch this before the Super Bowl.