ANOTHER week of action in the sporting world, means another week’s worth of valuable lessons we learned. From NBA playoffs to tennis throwbacks what were last weeks most valuable lessons.
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WE learned that Rafa and Roger have found a time machine and travelled back to 2007. The pair are performing like they are a decade younger in 2017, reeling off ATP title left right and center. Fingers crossed they can stay healthy and continue to give fans a nostalgic shock as they draw their careers to a close.
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WE learned a lot from the first portion of the NBA Playoffs. Deep into round one now and the Cavs and Warriors continue to look like the team to beat, sweeping the Pacers and Trailblazers to advance to the semi-finals. Earlier today the Rockets ended the Thunder’s season as well, further emerging as a title contender. Every other series has seen each team win at least two games, with plenty of upset potential still on the cards.
WE learned that Adrian Peterson got his wish. The 2012 MVP signed a contract just days before the NFL Draft with the New Orleans Saints. Coach Sean Payton said that Peterson, who signed a two year, $7 million dollar deal, will share backfield duties with current RB Mark Ingram. Be sure to tune into the first Monday Night Football match of the year when the Saints and Viking clash. You couldn’t have written a better story.
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WE learned that sadly Aaron Hernandez’s life is over. The former Patriots tight end committed suicide in his prison cell on Wednesday morning. Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd and as the rumour mill churns into overdrive regarding his last few hours alive, we may never have the whole story. A sad way to end the life of a man who had so much potential to do great, but instead caused a lot of people a lot of pain.
WE learned that Paul George is halfway out the door at Indiana. Following the Pacers lacklustre 1st round sweep at the hands of the Cavs, rumours started flying about the star forwards future with the franchise. In the past few days apparently George has told former teammates he wants to wear purple and gold, and he hasn’t exactly denied the possibility of moving teams. The Lakers also have plenty of assets to facilitate a deal. I would be VERY surprised if a deal wasn’t made between the two sides.
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AND finally we learned that Eric Thames is in record breaking form (mainly against the Cincinnati Reds). The left handed slugger joined the Brewers on a three year, $16 mil deal after a stint playing in South Korea. With 11 home runs in 20 games (including eight deep balls in six games against the Reds), Thames set a franchise record for the most homers in the month of April and is currently on track for 90 home runs which would shatter Barry Bonds single season record of 73. Thames is bound to slow down at some point, but if he keep swinging he may be able to work his way into the calculation for claiming the record, especially if he keep squaring off against Cincinnati.