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- WE LEARNED…DUKE GOT REVENGE ON THEIR ARCH RIVALS
NO. 5 vs. No. 9 on Saturday was always going to be a game worth watching. The fact that it was Duke vs. North Carolina made it a can’t miss event. The Tar Heels held the lead for the majority of the game until Duke made their move late. Outscoring North Carolina by 20 in the second half, the Blue Devils won handily in the end, giving Grayson Allen a perfect end to his career at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
- WE LEARNED…THE FRANCHISE TAG RECIPIENTS
LAST week Ziggy Ansah and Jarvis Landry had been handed franchise tags, but we knew they wouldn’t be the last players tagged. With the deadline expiring yesterday, teams make the decision to tag Demarcus Lawernce (Cowboys, DE), Lamarcus Joyner (Rams, S) and Le’Veon Bell (Steelers, RB). The Jacksonville Jaguars opted to not tag wideout Allen Robinson and the Bears gave Kyle Fuller the transitional tag as both sides look to orchestrate a long-term deal.
- WE LEARNED…THE BIG TEN TOURNEY IN THE BIG APPLE WAS A HIT
THE best collegiate teams from the Midwest gathered in NYC last week to crown a conference champion. After 13 entertaining and enthralling games in what may have been one of the best Big Ten Tournament’s ever, Michigan claimed back-to-back conference championships. The Wolverines snapped Michigan State’s 13 game winning streak in the semifinals before taking down No. 8 Purdue in the championship game.
- WE LEARNED…KOBE BRYANT CAN ACTUALLY DO ANYTHING
SPOILER alert, Kobe Bryant achieved more on a basketball court than most people to walk the Earth will ever achieve. The infamous Laker added a different type of trophy to his overflowing cabinet on Sunday night at the 90th annual Acadamy Awards ceremony. Bryant claimed the ‘Best Animated Short Film’ honour for his ‘Dear Basketball’ production, based on the letter he wrote on ‘The Players’ Tribune’ announcing his retirement from basketball back in 2015.
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- WE LEARNED…THE WEST PLAYOFF RACE IS GOING TO GO DOWN TO THE WIRE
AS it stands right now, just 4.5 games separate the 3rd team in the Western Conference from the 10th team. With the bottom third of the league fighting it out for the No. 1 pick, the rest of the NBA are jostling hard to establish themselves as a true playoff squad. With under 20 games left for each team, every win and loss is crucial from here on out. Watch this space.
- WE LEARNED…SHAQUEM GRIFFIN IS YOUR WEEKLY SOURCE OF INSPIRATION
HAVE you ever benched 225 pounds (just over 102 kgs) before? Annually NFL prospects attempt to bench press this huge amount of weight as many times as they can before failing. This year an NFL prospect by the name of Shaquem Griffin is completing this feat with just one hand after he was born with a condition that didn’t allow his left hand to develop. No stress for Griffin, who benched 20 reps inspiring people across the globe with his feat. He didn’t stop there running a 4.38 40 yard dash later in the week, the fastest time ever recorded at the combine by a linebacker. Take a bow Griffin.
- WE LEARNED…NFL TRADES ARE FLOWING
AS I was just about to hit post on this article news broke that the Seattle Seahawks would be trading 3x Pro-Bowler Michael Bennett and a 7th round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 5th rounder and wideout Marcus Johnson. And then the Giants and Rams agreed to a trade that will see Alec Ogletree and their 7th round pick head to New York with LA receiving two 2018 draft picks in the 4th and 5th rounds. The NFL offseason is starting to heat up!