The Breeders Cup race on Saturday featuring American Pharoah did not disappoint horse racing fans. American Pharoah breezed to an easy victory in his last race ever as a race horse. I want to say what a joy it was to watch this beast of a horse win the Triple Crown after 36 years without a Triple Crown winner. The Travers Stakes loss at Saratoga was American Pharoah’s only blemish on the race card. When people discuss the greatest race horses of all time it usually starts with Secretariat. I say American Pharoah is in that conversation. American Pharoah, enjoy retirement, and I will be looking forward to watching your offspring run in the near future.
Pistons worth the watch
The Detroit Pistons are currently off to a 3-0 start this season. I believe last year three wins is all they mustered up for the first 20-plus games. I have watched bits and pieces of all three games played so far and the play of Andre Drummond is nothing short of spectacular. Andre is averaging 19 points and 16 rebounds a game. Those, Pistons fans, are unbelievable numbers. Andre is shooting 58 percent from the free-throw line and this is a huge improvement for him. Marcus Morris, who was acquired from Phoenix over the summer, is playing some sweet basketball. Marcus is playing 38 minutes a night, scoring 19 points a game and shooting 47 percent from the floor. I like what I am seeing from Morris on the basketball floor. The question becomes, can he sustain his play for the Pistons? I guess we shall see.
Reggie Jackson has been scoring from the guard position, he, too, is averaging 19 points a game. I like the play of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. KCP looks like he has improved his game from last season. I ask this: has Stan Van Gundy (SVG), the coach, built himself a SVG type team? I believe so. I said last week all I wanted was a competitive and hardworking basketball team to watch. It looks like the Pistons will be worth watching here this winter. Let’s also remember Brandon Jennings will return around the holiday season. Brandon is returning from a torn left Achilles’ injury. Detroit Pistons: Form a Freaking Wall!
Parity in gridiron rankings
The college football rankings came out Tuesday after I filed this column and my anticipation is building. I think these rankings this fall will be the toughest ones so far. The parity of the teams is oh so close. The beautiful thing is, many teams have to play one another in the weeks to come. Let the arguing begin when these rankings are released. The MSU Spartans will travel to Nebraska Saturday night for the 7 p.m. kickoff. The Spartans should beat the Cornhuskers because they are not very good. I mean, Purdue just spanked the Huskers for Pete’s sake. Sparty wins this one by two touchdowns.
The Michigan Wolverines host Rutgers, which is another team which is not very good. The Wolverines survived the trip to Minnesota with a goal-line stand and a 29-26 win. The Little Brown Jug is back in Ann Arbor. Michigan had to replace the injured quarterback, Jake Rudock, with Wilton Speight. Wilton got the job done and Michigan escaped with the ‘W.’ The game is set for 3:30 p.m. at the Big House. I see Michigan winning this game by 24 points over Rutgers.
Choking across the pond
The people in London never want to see the Detroit Lions playing over there ever again. The NFL was going to move the Lions from Detroit to London and London said, “No thanks, Detroit, you can keep these worthless bums.” What a joke of a performance they put on across the pond. If it weren’t for the pound of bacon I ate watching the game it wasn’t worth turning on the TV. The Lions have hit rock bottom as an organization; AGAIN!
NFL picks on the way…
Cleveland + 10 over CINC.
PITTSBURGH – 5 over Oakland
N.Y. JETS – 2.5 over Jacksonville
MINNESOTA – 3 over St. Louis
BUFFALO -3 over Miami
Tennessee + 8 over NEW ORL.
NEW ENG. – 14 over Washington
Green Bay – 1.5 overCAROLINA
Atlanta – 5 over SAN FRAN.
TAMPA BAY + 2.5 over N.Y. Giants
Denver – 4 over INDY
DALLAS + 2.5 over Philadelphia
SAN DIEGO – 4 over Chicago
LAST WEEK: 7-5-1 SEASON: 54-62-2
BEST BETS: 4-4 BEST BET: DALLAS