Fat Guy’s Corner

Loss of a legend

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The boxing world loses a heavyweight icon in Smokin’ Joe Frazier at the age of 67. Joe Frazier, of course, is forever linked to the “Greatest of All Time”, Muhammad Ali. Frazier and Ali fought three times over their illustrious careers. Smokin’ Joe was the first boxer to defeat Ali when he knocked him down in the 15th round at Madison Square Garden in March of 1971. Who could ever forget the Thrilla in Manila in 1975? The fight was a 14- round knock-down brawl. Muhammad came out the winner when Joe couldn’t come out for the 15th round. These two battled one another for 41 rounds of boxing and every round was a battle. These two also hated one another then and for much of their post boxing careers, too. Frazier and Ali boxed during a time when boxing was popular and it was tremendous boxing. Smokin’ Joe Frazier was a champion and a heck of a fighter! R.I.P. Smokin’ Joe.

College football at Penn State is no longer focused just on football. A serious scandal involving ex-coach Jerry Sandusky has taken over on the campus. Sandusky is accused of being with eight boys over a 15-year period in a sexual abuse scandal. What a shocker. Tim Curry, the athletic director, and Gary Schultz, senior vice president of finance and business, have stepped down from their positions. The grounds being perjury before the grand jury. Joe Paterno’s job is safe for now, as of Tuesday mid-day anyway. However, I think the end is near for Joe Pa. I believe he will not be the head coach in 2012 and that is just my hunch, not a fact at this time.



Many of the experts feel Joe Pa won’t last the rest of this season. He reported an incident involving Mr. Sandusky and left it up to the people he reported it to. Then Joe just washed his hands of the mess. This whole story is a sad situation and could get real ugly over the next few months. Could this scandal mark the end of Joe Paterno’s illustrious coaching career at Penn State? If it does, what a horrible way for a career to end. The scrutiny and pressure could become unbearable for the old coach. The accusations against Jerry Sandusky are sick and need to be dealt with properly. Rocky road on a cone North battle this Sunday in Chicago against the Bears. The Bears, fresh off a Monday night road victory over the very over-rated Philadelphia Eagles, will be feeling real good about themselves. Why is this game crucial to both football teams? Here is why: The number one reason is nobody is catching the Green Bay Packers for the division title. Can you say wild card? Detroit and Chicago will be playing for a wild card entry into the playoffs. The NFL season is halfway over and playoff talk has gone from fiction for Detroit to reality. I looked at the wild card picture and here are the five contenders: Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta,

Tampa Bay and Dallas. Atlanta and

Chicago are 5-3 and Tampa Bay and

Dallas are at 4-4. Detroit is sitting at

6-2 and in the lead. With a victory over the Bears on Sunday, the

Lions will sweep the season series, 2-0. Could there be a home playoff game at Ford Field in 2011? Yes, it’s possible, as, if the season ended today, there would be one at Ford Field. It’s a big, big game this Sunday at Soldier Field. Fat Guy crystal cheeseball prediction: Big Bad Bears 30, First Road Lions Loss 27. I really hope the cheese is moldy on this one. Hey, Lions, surprise the Fat Guy, will ya! Go Kings of the Jungle.

The NFL has destroyed me predictionwise the last three weeks. I am embarrassed at my handicapping skills. I did get LSU right, though, winning over Alabama. A 4-10 week is putrid and won’t be tolerated. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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