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Masterful drama


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The Masters provided playoff holes on Sunday and high drama at Augusta National in Georgia. Bubba Watson and Louis Oosthuizen were the golfers providing the high drama. On the second playoff hole, Watson whistles his tee shot in the woods on the pine straw. Louis has the Masters tournament driver’s seat if he can stripe a three wood down the middle of the fairway. He doesn’t do it. A wasted opportunity for Oosthuizen. Then the shot of the Masters comes from one Bubba Watson. He hooks the ball off the pine straw onto the green with an absolute incredible shot no one thought would be possible. Mr. Watson then ended up just needing to two-putt to win the Green Jacket. He taps in the six incher for the win. It is Bubba’s first major win ever. He was emotional on the green and once again in Butler’s Cabin when he received the Green Jacket.

How did Phil and Tiger fare? Phil played great golf and finished third. Tiger finished at five over and never broke par in his four rounds of golf. So much for Tiger being “back” after his win two weeks ago, I guess.

Opening Day thriller

The Detroit Tigers open the season with a brooming of the Boston Red Sox. Opening Day was a thriller won by Austin Jackson with a base knock in the bottom of the ninth. Justin Verlander was lights out and hooked up in a pitching duel with Boston’s Jon Lester. Justin went eight solid innings and deserved the victory. However, El Grande blew a grande win for Verlander by allowing two runs in the ninth. One good thing is the Valverde save streak is over, and I am glad. The main thing is the Tigers got the victory. The Sunday game on Easter Sunday was a wild Tiger come-frombehind victory. A Miguel Cabrera bottom of-the-ninth three-run homer was special to tie the game. Alex Avila capped it off with a bottom-of-the-eleventh walk-off homer. Wow, what a weekend at Comerica Park. The big duo of Cabrera and Fielder did not disappoint, offensively. Miguel has taken the early lead in the American League MVP race already. I am making the call right here and now! Cabrera will win the American League MVP, just watch and see.

Do the Tigers have some early season concerns? Yes, they do. Brennen Boesch is in a little slump at the plate to start the season. He needs to have a great season as a table setter for the dynamic duo of Cabrera and Fielder. Brennen, coming off the thumb surgery, is something to keep an eye on here early this season. He should be fine, though. The biggest concern right now is the pitching of one Max Scherzer, the number-three starter on the mound. The Red Sox shelled him on Sunday and he was shelled in his last spring training start, too! Max is a key cog to the Tigers having a successful season in 2012. I will be watching his next start very carefully. The positive is, the offensive start of one Austin Jackson, the lead off hitter. What a surprise to the start of the season at the plate for

Austin. The improved swing is so far, so good. If

Austin Jackson gets on base all summer long, the Tigers will be the most explosive offensive team in baseball. Do three games equal World Series? No, they do not. However, the 3-0 start is awesome and all is good in Tiger Town. Eat’ em Up Tigers, Eat’ em Up.

Winged Wheels in trouble

The Red Wings opened up the NHL hockey playoffs on Wednesday night against the Nashville Predators. This is going to be a tough and physical series. The Preds added some scoring at the trade deadline and can put the puck in the net. The Preds always have been a fabulous defensive hockey club without much offense. This is not the case anymore. The goaltender, one Mr. Rinne, is one tough customer between the pipes. Detroit will need to find a way to light the lamp in this series against him. I feel that Jimmy Howard needs to stand tall in the cage for Detroit to win. The Red Wings have not played great hockey here in the last month. The home winning streak seems like a year ago. The boys from Nashville have home ice in this series and I predict the series goes seven hard-fought games and the Red Wings hit the golf course early. Sorry, Red Wings fans, no “homer pick” from the Fat Guy. I just hope I am wrong.

Ferris State falls to Boston College, 4- 1, in the NCAA Frozen Four Finals. Great season FSU.

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