Fat Guy’s Corner

Crowning glory


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Bart? Homer? O.J.? How about Webb? Yes, Webb Simpson is the winner of this year’s U.S. Open. Webb never ever held the lead on the golf course while he was playing! How bizarre is that? What a way to win a major golf tournament, huh? Webb was in the clubhouse watching Jim Furyk and Graeme McDowell battle it out and hoping his plus-1 could be the winning score. Furyk snapped hooked a drive on the par 5 number 16 and his lead was gone. Jimmy boy bogeyed two of his last three holes and his Open Championship dream was gone. Graeme McDowell had a 25- footer on number 18. He missed it left. A terrible read of a putt to be honest for McDowell.

The miss made Simpson the champion. Simpson, of the last 18 players, was the only one to shoot under par. A two under par for a 68 on Sunday. It’s hard to believe that the last nine Major Golf Champions have all been first-time winners. I really enjoyed watching 17-yearold Beau Hossler, the amateur from the Texas Longhorn nation. He played good golf all weekend long. Tiger Woods played himself right out of contention early on Sunday. However, at least he was in the mix. The same could not be said for Phil or Bubba! Those two were awful, to be down right honest. Bring on the British Open, I say!

Calling it quits

The NFL lost a future Hall of Fame running back on Monday to retirement. Ladainian Tomlinson, the man called L.T., called it a career. He retired as a San Diego Charger where he spent nine years of his 11-year career. L.T.’s last two seasons were with New York Jets. He ends his career with 13,684 rushing yards, good for fifth all-time in the NFL. How about his 2006 NFL MVP season where he rushed for 31 touchdowns?! L.T.’s only knock is, he never performed very well in the NFL playoffs. He was hurt in a couple of the biggest games of his playoff career. He was a joy to watch running the football and at the age of 32 he knew it was time to retire. I am glad he is not trying to hang on and play and not be productive. So long L.T., enjoy your new life away from football.

Checkered flag

How about Dale Earnhardt Jr. finally winning a NASCAR race? Yes, the MIS track helped Dale break a 143 NASCAR winless streak. So what’s the last race he won? Guess where? Yes, you got it, MIS in 2008 on Father’s Day.

Earnhardt Nation has been waiting for

Junior to find the winner’s circle. Junior is one of the more popular drivers in NASCAR, if not number one. He has had to live in the shadow of his daddy and it sorta isn’t fair. The number three car was one of a kind, and so was Dale

Earnhardt. Junior handles it pretty well, though. I’ll give him that. Let’s see if Junior rips off a few more wins now that he broke his losing streak. I bet he wishes they raced in Michigan more than twice a season!

Motor City kitties

The Tigers continue to win two of three every series in Inter-League play. The most recent victim was the Colorado Rockies. The job Max Scherzer put on Sunday was phenomenal. Max struck out 12 Rockies and was totally dominant. We are down to two more Inter-League series. The Red Birds of St. Louie are here Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Then it’s on to PNC Park and the Pittsburgh Pirates. I’ll be glad to get back to American League baseball only. I wonder if I’ll run into some Tigers’ fans in Pittsburgh Saturday or Sunday? I bet I do.

Does anyone else want to see Valverde out of the closer’s roll? He irritates me every time he pitches. He is overrated and an absolute clown on the mound. Cut out the dumb *** antics and worry about getting someone out, PLEASE!

Right on the mark

The L.A. Kings win the Cup and my six-game prediction was right on. Congratulations to L.A.; they played awesome hockey throughout the entire playoffs. The Heat own a 2-1 lead over the Thunder in the NBA Finals. Ok City will head back to OKC, down 3-2, in my opinion, and will need to win two straight on their home floor to become champions. LeBron has quieted his critics for the time being. I still like the Thunder to win the championship. It’s been good watching at least, and that is all you can ask for.

thefatguy@mihomepaper.com


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