ALL eyes were glued to the NCAA tournament over the weekend, but there were plenty of lessons to still be learned from last week. From tennis all the way to Superbowl XLIX the sporting world did not fail to deliver.
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WE learned maybe Marshawn Lynch isn’t done in the NFL. The rumour mill has been in overdrive over the past week with gossip surrounding Lynch potentially coming back for the Oakland Raiders. The 30 year old running back, who has over 9000 career rushing yards, hasn’t gone on record saying anything yet and with very little options remaining in free agency the Raiders could talk ‘Beast Mode’ out of retirement. Watch this space.
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WE learned that the Dubs might not lose the #1 seed after all. A week ago I was quick to point out their shortcomings, but since then they have looked like the dominant Warriors outfit that makes the NBA regular season boring. A four game winning streak led by Curry (26.3 PPG) and Thompson (28 PPG) is just what they needed.
WE learned that the NBA MVP race might be over. As James Harden continues to build an impressive resume, leading the Rockets to one of the best records in franchise history, his clutch play has been a huge factor down the stretch. While it seems incomprehensible that a player averaging a triple double won’t win the MVP, we need to prepare ourselves for the realisation that’s probably what will happen.
WE learned that Roger Federer is still defying logic at 35. Fresh off an Australian Open triumph Federer beat Stan Wawrinka to claim a record tying 5th Indian Wells title over the weekend. It was Federer’s 90th career title (3rd most all time) who as a result jumped four spots in the ATP rankings to 6th overall.
WE learned that the ACC wasn’t as good as advertised and everyone was sleeping on the B1G Ten. After nine ACC teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament, some of the top seeds were ranked highly as the favourites to win it all. Entering the Sweet Sixteen just one (North Carolina) remains after Duke, Florida State and Louisville all face planted. It’s also worth mentioning that the ‘woeful’ B1G Ten conference, that has been talked down all year has two teams vying for Elite Eight spots. Michigan and Wisconsin are arguably the hottest teams in the field right now and don’t think they will shy away from a potential deep run.
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WE learned that Tom Brady’s jersey has been found. Not only was his Superbowl LI jersey recovered in Mexico, but so was the jersey worn by the legendary QB from Superbowl XLIX against the Seahawks too. Close Martin Mauricio Ortega, but no cigar.
AND finally we learned there is a real debate between Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz as the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA draft. Ball continues to shine for the Bruins in the NCAA Tournament and if he were to lead his team all the way to a title, it could bode well for his draft stock.