Be safe on the Fourth




 

 

Tomorrow marks the Fourth of July. I just want to wish all of you a happy and safe Fourth of July. If you are lighting fireworks and firecrackers, be careful and remember they can be very dangerous. Enjoy yourself, but be safe!

Okay, enough with the fatherly advice. Let’s get down to sports talk. I want to say that the return of horse racing to Hazel Park Raceway was a huge success last weekend. Friday night drew close to 10,000 racing fans. The Saturday night crowd about 5,000. I hope some of you went down and enjoyed the return of thoroughbred horse racing at Hazel Park Raceway. Remember, it is every weekend from now until October 11. If you are looking for something to do on Friday or Saturday night, go down and enjoy a night of horse racing.

Wrong choices

The NBA draft provided a little bit of a surprise as Andrew Wiggins went number one to the Cleveland Cavaliers. I thought for sure they would have selected Jabari Parker over Wiggins. Let’s be honest, though, the Cleveland Cavaliers don’t get too many things right anyway. So why should this draft be any different?

I don’t know, maybe I am wrong, but I think they made the wrong choice. I would have selected Parker number one overall.

How did the Pistons do? The Pistons had the 38th pick overall, which equals the eighth pick of the second round. They chose Spencer Dinwiddie from the University of Colorado. He is a point guard/shooting guard combination. Spencer tore up his knee back in January, which is why his stock fell to the second round.

I believe before he tore up the knee he would have been a top-10 to top-15 selection. Many of the so-called draft experts feel as though the Pistons could have the steal of the draft. I guess we shall have to wait and see on that one.

Big three

I see the big three of LeBron James, Chris Bosch, and Dwyane Wade all opted out of their contracts. That would make me tend to believe they will all three come back to the Miami Heat. Carmelo Anthony will make his first free-agent stop with the Chicago Bulls. Who would want that no-defense-playing ball hog anyway?

The state represents

The Spartans had two first-round selections go in the draft. The Atlanta Hawks selected Adreian Payne at No. 15. The Bulls selected Gary Harris, but then traded him to the Denver Nuggets. Mitch McGary wishes the Denver Nuggets would have taken him so he could legally smoke pot in Denver. However, he is headed to the Oklahoma Thunder.

Glenn “Little Dog” Robinson III is a Minnesota Timberwolve. The Sacramento Kings selected Nik Staukas No. 8 overall. It will be a fun watch next year following all five of these young NBA players. How about Michigan with three players drafted in the first two rounds? Sparty and Wolverines representing!

Futbol madness

The World Cup soccer has actually featured some excitement here in 2014. There have been some upsets and lategame wins. The penalty kick action was tremendous in a couple of games.

Costa Rica defeated Greece with penalty kicks. The Costa Rica goaltender made an outstanding save and then Costa Rica won it on the next penalty kick. Brazil took down Chile in the same way on penalty kicks. Mexico allowed two late goals and lost the match to the Netherlands.

I call that an upset, as Mexico should have won that futbol game. Can the USA advance on Tuesday against Belgium? I sure do hope so, as a long run in the World Cup by USA would do the game of soccer good in this country. I personally really don’t care about the good of the game but I know many of you do.

Motor City Kitties

The Detroit Tigers seem to be back on track, as they have returned to their winning ways on the ball diamond. I never thought I would see Victor Martinez go 1-12 and Miggy 0-13 in a series, but they did in the Houston Astros series over the weekend. No wonder they lost two of three games in Houston. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com


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