Fat Guy’s Corner

Holy basketballs Batman!

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

What the heck is going on in this wild NCAA hoops tournament? Florida Gulf Coast? LaSalle? Wichita State? I say you can remove the question marks, as these three are heading to the Sweet Sixteen. Yes, three teams with the glass slippers wrapped on tightly around their feet are still in the big dance.

What a great weekend of college hoops. The State of Michigan represented well as Michigan and Michigan State also are moving on in the tournament. The Big Ten, the best conference this season, represents 25 percent of the field as Ohio State and Indiana also advanced. Three number-one seeds advanced as Indiana, Louisville, and Kansas won and we all waved bye bye to overrated Gonzaga!

How did my Sweet Sixteen predictions come out? In the West Region, not so good. Only Ohio State made it. Oucheee! In the East, South and Midwest Regions, I went a solid 3-4 in all three regions. Butler, Georgetown and St. Louis were the loser selections. Butler deserved to defeat Marquette and they couldn’t close the deal. Let’s make my Final Four predictions by each region.

The West Region is Ohio State’s to win. They are the best team left and the highest seeded team left. The Buckeyes will have to play a good Arizona team to win that one and then they get LaSalle or the Shockers of Wichita State. Hello, Final Four, Ohio State.

The East Region has some nice games with Indiana and Syracuse and Miami of Florida and Marquette. I like the Hoosiers to take down an inconsistent “Cuse” team. Miami of Florida should defeat a lucky Marquette team. Lucky to be here, as Davidson had them beat and so did Butler. The Hurricanes are the better basketball team. I am sticking with Indiana to take down the “Canes” and move on to the Final Four.

The South Region has Florida and Florida Gulf Coast squaring off in a sunshine state match-up. Florida will win, but it won’t be easy (I am rooting for FGC, though). Did anyone have more fun than Florida Gulf Coast this past weekend? They were fun to watch. Kansas, I hate to say it, will end the Wolverines’ season on Friday night. I hope I am wrong, but nobody can accuse me of being a homer at least. Florida will then take down Kansas. Florida to the Final Four.

The Midwest Region features Louisville and Oregon. Oregon is the best number-12 seed ever, by the way. What was the committee thinking with that? Louisville wins in a game closer than people think it will be.

Then a dandy of a game happens in Duke and Michigan State, two proud and very prominent college basketball schools.

Also, two great college coaches in Coach K and Izzo matching bench smarts. I like the Blue Devils in a tight one over the Spartans. Another non-homer selection, which I hope I am wrong, just like the Kansas pick. I am taking Duke to win the Midwest and move on to the Final Four.

The Final Four: Duke, Florida, Indiana, and Ohio State. Come on MSU and U of M, prove the Fat Guy wrong, please!

Time for baseball

The spring training season ends this Saturday! Finally, the regular season starts on Sunday night on ESPN. The Texas Rangers take on the Houston Astros. The Tigers head north to open up on Monday in Minnesota. No more dome, either! Brrrrr, as the Tigers better bring their long johns. It’s going to be frigid in Minneapolis. This should be an awesome summer in the “D”, as Detroit will be a favorite to go to the World Series again. The ace, Justin Verlander, should mow down the “Twinkies” in the opener. I will be tuned in for sure at 4:10 p.m. on Monday afternoon. Baseball 2013 is here!

The golf world has a familiar number one in the world; his name is Tiger Woods. Tiger returns for the first time since October 2010 as the number-one player in the world. He won the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the eighth time and it was his 77th PGA Tour victory. The Masters is next. Will he break his five-year Major PGA drought? We shall see. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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