NFL free agency kicked off with a bang last week, with players like Desean Jackson, Brian Hoyer, Alshon Jeffery, Stephon Gilmore and A.J. Bouye just a few of the big names switching teams. In the NBA the defending conference champions are underperforming and Selection Sunday meant we are finally ready for the NCAA Tournament.

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WE learned that the Tony Romo era has come to a close in Dallas. The 36 year old quarterback has been injury plagued over the past few seasons and after the emergence of rookie Dak Prescott last season the team has publicly said they will trade or release Romo. All the best to the four time Pro Bowler, who is favoured to join the Texans, Broncos or Chiefs.

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WE learned somehow the New England Patriots continue to fool everyone. Not only did they manage to sign Stephon Gilmore, they traded exceptionally well. The Pats snagged Kony Ealy, Brandin Cooks and Dwayne Allen for nothing more than a few draft picks in essence, effectively claiming the label as Superbowl 52 favourites.

WE learned that Ricky Rubio is worth holding onto. After dodging trade rumours for god knows how long Rubio is clicking on all cylinders for the Timberwolves. Since the All Star break Rubio is averaging close to 15 points and whopping 11.8 assists while leading the team to a 6-3 record. This included a franchise high 19 dimes in his last outing, proving Minnesota made the right move holding onto him.

WE learned that Duke is a serious national title threat. They looked a step slow or slightly off for a large part of the year, but boy are they rolling now. After becoming the first team to win four games in four nights and claim the ACC conference tournament title last week, they were rewarded with the two seed in the East bracket of the NCAA tournament. Watch out, the Blue Devils are coming.

AND finally we learned all is not well atop the Western and Eastern Conference in the NBA. The Golden State Warriors are struggling on offense especially from deep without Kevin Durant and are in danger of losing 1st place in the conference to San Antonio. The Cavaliers are also in a spot of bother, although defense is their issue rebounding in particular. Both squads still reamin the favourites to make the NBA finals and win their conference, but injuries and inconsistencies have through a spanner in the works of the one time certainty Dubs/Cavs finals three peat.