Fat Guy’s Corner

Getting it done

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The number-one overall seeded Kentucky Wildcats got it done on Monday night. A 67-59 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks allowed the Kentucky Wildcats to cut down the nets for the school’s eighth national title. Anthony Davis was a force on the defensive end with 16 boards and six blocks. I would say offensively, not so much of a force. Kansas’ Thomas Robinson had a tremendous 18-point and 17-rebound performance. Kansas, as it has for the entire tournament, made a furious second-half rally, only to fall a little short. The Jayhawks cut it to five points with 1:37 left, but that was as close as they would get. John Calipari, Kentucky’s coach, wins his first-ever NCAA title game. The oneand done recruits finally won a title. Many people hate Calipari for the oneand done recruitment he does. I say, the rules are the rules. He didn’t make up the rules, the NCAA did. The tournament was awesome as always and that is what makes March Madness so awesome to watch. I feel as though the best team in college hoops all season long was Kentucky and they proved it on Monday night.

One quick note: The women’s national title game was Tuesday and the Baylor Bears were looking to go 40-0 and become the first team ever to go 40-0. I like the Baylor Bears to defeat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and complete the undefeated season.

Opening Day

The Detroit Tigers open up the season this afternoon in Motown. The Boston Red Sox are the opponent and John Lester will take the hill and oppose the Tiger ace Justin Verlander. What are Justin Verlander’s expectations here in 2012 after a Cy Young and MVP season in 2011? Can he repeat his Cy Young season? I say, probably not. I believe Justin does need to win 20 games and support an ERA of three or less. How about a 20-8 season and pitching deep into the ballgames, like seven solid innings a start? That will do for me.

The expectations here in Tigertown are World Series-bound or bust for most of us. Tiger mania was unleashed this spring in Florida. Heck, the Tigs set an exhibition attendance record with 138,363 attending games in Lakeland, Fla. Tiger mania really started, I believe, after the aquisition of “The Prince,” one Prince Fielder!

The Central Division should be a lock for the Tigers in 2012. I feel they will win the division by 10 games. They have the best hitting lineup and starting pitching in the division with the rotation of Verlander, Fister, Scherzer, Porcello and Drew Smyly. Who is this fifth starter? Smyly? Yes, he has won the job to start out the season as Detroit’s fifth starter.

How long he lasts in this spot, we shall see. I have no idea what to expect from him or Rick

Porcello, to be totally honest. I feel as though this is a big season for Porcello. He needs to pitch well. The top three pitchers will be just fine. The bullpen is not great, in my opinion, but serviceable. Can Papa Grande repeat last year’s performance? I say, no. I just want less antics and more strikes thrown, please! Less eating will help, too.

Collin Balester replaces “Miami Ink” Ryan Perry in the bullpen. I hope the clubhouse door hit Perry in the rear end. He stunk. Joaquin Benoit, the setup man, should be solid. Al “I Took A Left Turn In” Alburquerque needs his elbow injury to heal up and become a contributor. Phil Coke, just stay in the bullpen, please. Offensively, the big three, Cabrera, Fielder and Boesch, should provide fireworks from the plate all season long. Boesch will have an awesome season, I believe. All eyes will be on Big Prince Fielder, the big bomber and off-season signing. Austin Jackson will strike out 150-180 times, so put that in your scorebook. Avila and Peralta will see their numbers drop offensively from last year, trust me.

Hey, the umpire is ready to yell “play ball” this afternoon. I will be in my seat hoping for an Opening Day Tiger win just like you! Go Tigers, and make this a year to remember here in 2012.

Short takes

The Lions’ Mikel Leshoure, the running back, was busted for pot for the second time. Please quit visiting Charles Rogers and concentrate on football and rehabbing your injury. Why are these guys so stupid?

The Red Wings need to get it together before the playoffs start.


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