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Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The Red Wings are flying high at Joe Louis Arena. Yes, I went down to the Joe on Sunday as a birthday present to myself. I kept thinking to myself, I hope I am not the streak breaker! My beloved Detroit Red Wings did not disappoint, as they delivered a thrilling, 3-2, victory over the San Jose Sharks. The victory made it 23 straight home ice victories for the Winged Wheels dressed in red. The building had playoff type atmosphere and the crowd was rocking early and often; I loved it. I also love the Sunday afternoon game, as a cold adult beverage is acceptable to have at noon while watching a sporting event. It’s like going to a Lions game during the fall.

I cannot overstate the fabulous job back-up goalie Joey MacDonald has done since Jimmy Howard’s hand injury. He has defended between the pipes like he wants to stay the back up. Here’s a news flash for Joey: The Red Wings (Monday) put Ty Conklin on waivers. If no teams claim him, he will more than likely end up in Grand Rapids with the Griffins. The Griffins are the Red Wings’ minor league club. Joey MacDonald, congratulations, as you played your way onto the Red Wings’ team roster. Pavel Datsyuk, the goal you scored Friday night against the Nashville Predators was "sick". What a goal with only five seconds left on the clock to deliver the victory.

Red Wings fever is high here in Hockey Town, as the streak has made the regular season interesting here in January and February. We, as Red Wings fans, are spoiled and we all usually just wait for the playoffs before we get Red Wings fever. I guess I should say "Cup Fever". The streak will eventually come to an end. The Red Wings and all of us fans are gearing up for a Stanley Cup run! I have to admit, I love the Detroit Red Wings chances. Tomorrow, the Wings will go for number 24 at home against the Vancouver Canucks.

Fuzzy logic

The Daytona 500—the Super Bowl of racing—is this Sunday in Daytona. The defending champ is…? Yeah, I couldn’t remember either, so don’t feel bad. The defending champ is one Trevor Bayne of Wood Brothers Racing team. Trevor didn’t have enough owner racing points to qualify for the Daytona 500. He locked up one of the 43 spots by qualifying this past Sunday. Who will win this year’s racing Super Bowl? I am rooting for my man Jeff Gordon and the number 24 car. His first name is awesome and his wife is hot! That is how I came up with my winning selection for this Sunday’s race. Remember what NASCAR stands for folks: Non-Athletic Sport Centered Around Rednecks! Just kidding, I don’t need anymore hate mail!

Enjoy the race and Go, Jeffy. Go.

Odds and ends

One of my favorite golf tournaments begins this week at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Marana, Arizona. It’s time for the World Golf Championships- Accenture Match Play Championships also known as WGC. I love match-play golf and we just don’t get to see it much with the professional golfers. I will miss not seeing Phil Mickelson, who is bypassing this event. The four numberone seeds are Donald, Kaymer, McIlroy and Westwood. Luke Donald was last year’s winner, so he will be defending his title. I feel as though repeating will be a tough task. Where is Tiger Woods seeded, you ask? Tiger is a number-five seed in the Snead Bracket. Tiger will be an interesting watch if he can win a couple of matches. Tiger will need to putt better if he wants to advance in this type of format. I personally don’t think Tiger will win more than two matches. We will see if I am right or not. The tournament begins on Wednesday.

It’s official, the boys of summer have reported to spring training. Yes, Fielder and Miguel have already arrived in Lakeland, Florida. The pitchers and catchers are there, too. The whole team will begin workouts this Friday. I love spring training because it means baseball is right around the corner. How about Manny Ramirez returning from "drug retirement"? The Oakland A’s will tolerate Manny being Manny! Good luck to the Oakland A’s on this deal. Manny must sit out 50 games and can’t even play until June 2. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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