Fat Guy’s Corner

Firing on all cylinders

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The 142nd Open Championship winner was “Lefty” Mickelson. Yes, an unbelievable 66 shot by Phil on Sunday made him a winner coming from five shots down. The treacherous conditions at Muirfield in Scotland made a 66 something one would think impossible. Guess what? Phil made it happen. He only needed 26 putts on Sunday. Phil birdied 13 and 14 and followed that with two pars on 15 and 16. Phil closed the show with back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18. Wow, what a finish!! Phil stated “It was the best round of my career.” I cannot argue that statement at all.

How about the fact Phil also won the Scottish Open the week before. Think about this and how good his round really was. The top 11 groups had no golfer break 70 on Sunday. Lee Westwood blistered a 75. Hunter Mahan blistered a 75. Adam Scott shot 72 and suffered fourstraight bogeys to kill his chance at winning. Lee Westwood will never win a major championship because he suffers from choking disease. It’s called I choke a lot! The Claret Jug is Phil’s for the year and he now has won five major championships. Tiger still searching for his next major win. The drought continues for Mr. Woods.

Realigning the stars

The NHL has renamed its four divisions for the upcoming hockey season. The Western Conference’s two names are the Pacific and the Central. The Central will feature these teams: Winnipeg, Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville and St. Louis. The Pacific will have these teams: Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, San Jose, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Anaheim. The Eastern Conference two names are Metropolitan (hate it, by the way) and Atlantic. The Metropolitan has: Washington, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New York Rangers and Islanders, Carolina, New Jersey and Columbus. The Atlantic features: Toronto, Montreal, Buffalo, Boston, Ottawa, Florida, Tampa Bay, and Detroit.

I love the division teams in the Red Wings’ division. The division has four Original Six teams in it. Can it get any better having the Habs and Leafs? I say not! I am just glad no more late night “Left Coast” hockey games!

Gridiron training camp

NFL training camps open up this week. Detroit Lions veterans report on July 25. I want to tell all you season ticket holders that the first three practices are for you, and you only! I believe you have to make a reservation though first. Those dates would be July 26- 28. The public can watch on July 29.

The Lions’ first pre-season game will take place on August 9 at home against the New York Jets. Mark that exciting ball game on your must-do calender! I will say that watching the Jets’ quarterback mess would create a little excitement for the game. The other home pre-season game is week three and it will be Tom Brady and company coming to town with the New England Patriots.

There is trouble in Denver, though, as Von Miller might be facing a four-game suspension to open up the NFL season. He is appealing the suspension of the league’s substance-abuse policy! Stay tuned NFL fans. AHHH! Football is back; good stories and bad ones; too!!

Cat napping

The Detroit Tigers come out of the All-Star break a tad bit slow. The Tigs lost two ball games to the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City. They avoided the sweep by winning on Sunday. They lost no ground in the standings to the Cleveland Indians, however, as they lost two of three to Minnesota. All of us Tigers fans need to keep an eye on the trade deadline of July 31. The Tigers will be looking for bullpen help, obviously!! Who will be available, is the big question? My hunch is the Tigers will make a big move for a closer or solid bullpen pitching. The Tigs need to solidify the “pen” if they want a shot at a World Series Championship!


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