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The NHL and NBA drafts took place last week for our Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. Let’s start with Hockeytown first. The first thing I will admit, is I know nothing about the hockey draft and the players selected. I basically had to research the Red Wings pick and here is what I found out.

The Red Wings, with the sixth overall pick, selected Filip Zadina, who is supposed to be a tremendous goal scorer. He actually fell into the Red Wings’ lap at six and the experts say it was very lucky for that to happen. The rumor is he may even make the club this coming season. I guess he must be good if that actually does happen.

The Red Wings then took advantage of another player who dropped in the draft. The Red Wings took Joseph Veleno with pick No. 30. Joseph plays center and I guess was a steal for Detroit at No. 30.

The next couple of rounds the Red Wings went after defensemen. Let’s hope these players bring back some playoff hockey to Hockeytown and pan out as NHL players. If by chance you want to know who went number one, it was defensemen, Rasmus Dahlin, selected by the Buffalo Sabres from Sweden.

Pistons say the time is now

The Detroit Pistons selected a guard from Miami University, Bruce Brown, in the second round. Bruce Brown is a hard-nosed type player who is 6-foot-5 and suffered a foot injury and played in only 19 games. The medical staff has cleared him and he should be ready to go in the fall. The Pistons also received Khyri Thomas from the Philadelphia 76ers who picked him at No. 38.

The Pistons gave up two future second round picks for Thomas. Khyri Thomas comes from Creighton and stands 6-foot-3 and hit 41 percent from behind the arc at Creighton. He has a ton of college experience playing as a starter in 96 games.

I laughed at new Pistons coach Dwane Casey’s statement of “Our Time is now” to make the playoffs! Wholly smolly, I would hope so that in the very weak Eastern Conference this team can make the playoffs next season! Detroit underachieved under old coach Stan Van Gundy, so playoffs should happen in Detroit next season.

Getting a kick out of soccer

World Cup soccer has been underway and the third round of games are being played. The next set should tell us who will be in the final round of 16. I will give you a list of teams that have made it to the 16 already. The eight teams are: England, Spain, Belgium, Croatia, France, Russia, Portugal and Uruguay. My pick to win it all is England; let’s see what happens! I can’t believe I am talking soccer! What has happened to the Fat Guy? I know lots of you are soccer fans and I hope you’re enjoying soccer like I am, eating this double stuffed Oreo dipped in chocolate milk. I love Oreo’s dipped in chocolate milk!

Cold reception?

How about Chris Webber accepted an invitation to be honorary captain this fall at a Michigan football game? I guess the 10-year ban for Webber having anything to do with the Michigan program must be up. The NCAA put a ban on Mr. Webber for all the sanctions he got in the Ed Martin improper benefits he received. I find it ironic that both Webber and Harbaugh wore No. 4! The crowd response will be very interesting this fall.

Never too early for NFL talk

Is it too early to think about NFL training camps? I say, no! The Detroit Lions will have the rookies report on July 19th, which is a touch over three weeks away. The Lions veterans will report on July 26th. The first preseason game will be at Oakland on August 10 if you are craving Lions football! I don’t think I am quite ready for the Lions to irritate me! I can wait until September.

Time to take a break

The summer dead period of sports is officially on until we really do get into the football season, am I right? I think I am spot on! I know I live for the college and Pro football season, as many of you do, too!

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