Fat Guy’s Corner

Bustin’ some moves

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The second half of the baseball season starts off well for the Detroit Tigers. Detroit went into Baltimore and took two of three to win the series. Detroit should have really won all three games, but blew a couple of leads in game two after scoring three times in the ninth to tie it. Papa Grande couldn’t close the barn door for a save. However, his dance move coming out of the bullpen might get him on Dancing with the Stars next season. Good grief, Valverde, get somebody out when it counts, please.

Justin Verlander took out some All- Star frustration on the O’s by dealing like a mad man on Sunday afternoon. I felt bad for Justin, as the National League pounded him for five runs in the first inning. Basically, it was game over in the game after that. The American League didn’t even muster up a run in the game. The National League has game seven in the World Series at home thanks to the 8-0 victory. I have to admit, I quit watching the game once it got to 8-0. Congratulations to Prince Fielder for winning the Home Run Derby. Prince put on quite a show pounding deep home runs at Kauffman Stadium. One good thing for Tiger fans is Justin’s horrible performance didn’t cost the Tigs a game in the standings.

The Claret Jug awaits

The British Open will take place at The Royal Lytham St. Annes Golf Club starting on Thursday. The course will play 7,060 yards and is a par 70. The course is one of a kind, as it opens up with a par-three hole. The course features 200 bunkers on it. Man, oh man, will that play havoc with the golfers this weekend. Who won the British Open last time it was at St. Annes? The answer is David Duval in 2001. Remember him? Talk about a blast of a name from the past. Who was last year’s winner? Darren Clarke is the answer to that question. The favorite according to the golfing odds makers? Yep, TigerWoods is the chalk! Tiger will play with Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose. Tiger missed the cut in the John Deere Classic last weekend. Speaking of the John Deere Classic, how tragic was the playoff between Zach Johnson and Troy Matteson?! A double bogey by both players on the first playoff hole! How tragic is that, golf nuts? It was tough to watch, I say. Johnson won it on the next hole. The John Deere Classic was anything but a CLASSIC!

Gridiron deadline

The NFL franchise players deadline to sign contracts passed at 4 p.m. on Monday. The Bears and Matt Forte agreed to a four-year deal at

$32 million with $8 million guaranteed.

Ray Rice also signed with the Baltimore Ravens for five years and

$40 million. Those two were the big-time contract winners long term. Drew Brees signed a $100 million deal with a whooping $60 million guaranteed! Talk about large amounts of dough! Wow! The Saints had to have Drew though with the “Bounty Gate” scandal hanging over like a Mardi Gras hangover in New Orleans. Drew will shoulder the burden of running the show in New Orleans. Good luck on that one, Drew.

The Lions’ Cliff Avril did not come to terms with the Lions on a long term deal. Cliff will have to suffer through a one-year deal worth $10.6 million. Poor, poor Cliffy. Cliff has stated that he might not report to training camp on time. Cliff, put your over-rated skills and pride on the sidelines for a quick minute. Please report to camp; don’t pout and play some solid football. Ten million plus is not chump change. Cliffy, don’t become a disruption to the football team. NFL training camps will be opening up here in a couple of weeks and I can’t wait, quite honestly. Hey, is Brett Favre coming back this season?

Losing interest

The summer Olympics are two weeks away and I don’t have any interest at all. Do you have any? I have lost all interest in the Olympics over the last decade or so for some reason. I think it’s the fact I don’t know any of the track people at all and Mike Phelps is about the only Olympian I really recognize. Hopefully, I will catch Olympic fever once they start and some story lines unfold. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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