WHAT a wild and eventful past seven days! The close of the college basketball season, NFL free agency/combine, UFC 209 and injuries in the NBA all dominated the headlines. As we get stuck into the 3rd month of the year, what were we taught in early March?
WE learned that Colin Kaepernick’s 49ers tenure is over. Earlier last week he opted out of his contract for the upcoming season, making him a free agent. The San Francisco QB has fallen considerably in the past few season from the great heights he reached when he took the 49ers to SuperBowl XLVII. Fingers crossed he can still recapture the vibe and return to greatness, even if it is in another teams colours.
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WE learned UFC 209 was overall a disappointment. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s hospitalisation meant that we were robbed of the interim lightweight title fight against Tony Ferguson before UFC 209 even got underway. And when the main event did roll around fans weren’t greeted with a contest like the first Woodley/Thompson clash, rather 25 minutes of each fighter sizing one another up avoiding taking any risks. The five round fight had less total strikes than each of the two three round fights before it. An unsatisfying night from what should have been an incredible card.
WE learned that John Ross could have won himself an island. After blitzing the NFL combine, Ross broke the record for the fastest 40 yard dash previously set by Chris Johnson in 2008 with a time of 4.22. In the lead up do the combine Adidas offered participants an island if they broke CJ2K’s record in the sprint. The catch though was they had to wear Adidas wheels and agree to an endorsement deal with the company. Ross won’t mind though, after his record breaking sprint Nike were quick to snap the speedster up to an endorsement deal.
WE learned that Andrew Bogut and Kevin Durant won’t be suiting up for the rest of the regular season. Less than a minute into his Cavaliers debut, Bogut’s shin collided with Heat forward Okaro White’s knee resulting in a fractured tibia for the newly acquired center. Durant’s injury, while not as serious, is definitely more significant. The Warriors forward hyper extended his knee and has been ruled out for at least four weeks, with the potential to miss even more game time. Injuries are never fun to see, especially to contending teams. Fingers crossed Bogut and Durant have quick recoveries.
WE learned that Draymond Green was not a fan of the Knicks ‘quiet’ approach. The first half between the Warriors and Knicks at MSG was played without music, video or in-game entertainment so that the game could be enjoyed in it’s purest form. Overall the idea was received well, but not by Green.
FINALLY we learned that the New York Jets are cleaning house. The past 10 days have seen Brandon Marshall, Darelle Revis and Nick Mangold all released form the team and there could potentially be more cuts coming.