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The football contest is here once again if you want to pick pro football games against the spread against the fat guy. I will say, don’t sign up if you’re going to play two weeks and quit. I can’t help it that I am that good and you feel as though you can’t catch me! There will be a prize to the one with the most overall wins and the rest who finish ahead of me go into a drawing for a prize. Here is how you sign up: First, go to ESPN.com. Click on “fantasy” and then click onto “Pigskin Pick’em.” The next step is to join group name “viewnewspapers.” My entry is already there at “Dexter8864” so you know you’re in the right group. Let’s have some fun and let’s see how good of a handicapper you really are. I will run this piece again next week, but the NFL season is right around the corner so don’t wait.

Lions lose again

The Lions lost on Saturday night in Houston 30-23 to drop to 0-2. I did not watch a snap and it’s probably good I didn’t. It sounded like they looked like a youth football team for the second straight week. The fact Matthew Stafford did not play for the second straight week makes the offense look awful to some degree. The Lions will be at home on Friday night at 8:00 p.m. to play the Buffalo Bills. I will not be attending! Go Lions.

Title time for PGA

The thirty golfers are set for the Tour Championship to be played in Atlanta at East Lake next week. The fifteen-million-dollar prize is on the table for the FedEx Cup playoffs. The new twist is last year there was Tour championship winner and a FedEx Cup champion, however, this year there will be one winner only. The golfers will start with an under-par score before the tournament starts. I will list the top five golfers for you. The number one guy is Justin Thomas at -10 followed by Patrick Cantlay -8, Brooks Koepka -7, Patrick Reed -6 and Rory McIIroy at -5. Yes, it’s a strange format but the watch will be tremendous.

Bring on college football

The college football season will begin on Saturday night in Orlando, Florida. The Miami Hurricanes and Florida Gators will hit the gridiron representing the State of Florida. The Florida Gators are ranked in the top ten and the “Canes” are not ranked to start the season. The Gators are a touchdown favorite to defeat the Miami team. I know Saturday night at 7 p.m. on ESPN the fat guy will be watching the start of college football. I am super excited that the season is ready to kick off! I will also watch the nightcap where Arizona heads to the island to take on the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors at 10:30 p.m. The rest of the college football teams will play next week. The rankings of the top-ten teams starting the season looks like this. The Clemson Tigers are number 1 and Alabama number 2. The rest in order are Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, Florida, Notre Dame and Texas. The Michigan State Spartans are ranked 18. I never put much stock in the rankings and I really wish they wouldn’t do preseason rankings. The first set of rankings should not come out until October 1st. The rankings are for the fan bases to get excited about their football teams before kickoff of the season. A few big schools named starting quarterbacks for the upcoming season. The Oklahoma Sooners named Jalen Hurts, the ex-Alabama quarterback, the starter. Jalen was 26-2 at Alabama in his career. This announcement to me was a no-brainer. The other huge announcement was in Columbus, Ohio as Justin Fields was named the starter. Justin transferred out of Georgia and did not have to sit out a year due to the transfer portal.

Dog days of baseball

The baseball season is in the dog days of August and then the heat of September will bring on wildcard and division playoff drives. The National League-Central will be one great race to the finish between the Cubs, Brewers and Cardinals. The American League-Central is a two-horse race between the Indians and Twins. I am pulling for the Brewers and Twins to win the divisions. The wildcard race has five live teams in the National League and three live teams in the American League. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com