Fat Guy’s Corner

Streak still alive

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The Detroit Red Wings made the most of their last four regular-season games winning all four. The 3-0 victory in the last game of the season over the Dallas Stars kept the playoff streak alive. The longest running streak in the four major sports now stands at 22 consecutive seasons. What a streak that is when you really think about it! I see why all of us Red Wing fans are so darned spoiled with all the success here in Hockeytown.

The Wing Dings travel out West and open up as the number-seven seed. The opponent is the numbertwo seeded Anaheim Ducks. It wasn’t long ago when Detroit won back-to-back games out in Anaheim and turned the Red Wings season on a positive note. Anaheim was rolling at that time, too. I really feel as though the men of the wheels on their chest can win this series. Detroit comes in red hot having basically played playoff hockey for the last two weeks of the season. Jimmy Howard has been extremely solid between the pipes. Jimmy’s confidence is super strong right now. The big offensive guns such as Zetterberg, Datsyuk, and the “Mule” Franzen are clicking on all cylinders heading into this playoff series.

The Anaheim Ducks roster is not loaded with a bunch of superstars, in my opinion. The two goaltenders for the Ducks—Viktor Fasth and Jonas Hiller—have split time in the nets all season. Who will get the starting nod? I guess we will find out (Tuesday night). Let’s just get this out of the way, too. This is the last year for late-night playoff action, as the Red Wings head to the Eastern Conference! The Fat Guy series prediction: Red and White win in a seven! Duck season is officially open.

The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is Saturday at 6:24 p.m. Doug O’Neill, born in Dearborn Heights, is a trainer who fell just short of the Triple Crown last year. Doug’s horse—I’ll Have Another—had to withdraw due to an injured tendon and did not run in the Belmont. He will try with a horse, Goldencents. Oh, and by the way, Rick Pitino owns a piece of Goldencents. A horse to watch is Orb, who has won four straight races. Orb is currently at 5-1. The favorite is Verrazano at 4-1. Verrazano is trained by Todd Pletcher, who has five horses racing in the Derby.

The Fat Guy likes Orb, who won the Florida Derby about a month ago. All you longshot handicappers take a look at the horse Overanalyse at 18-1. My handicapper, Gary “Hammering” Terrion, who has picked three straight Derby winners says roll with Verrazano. He usually doesn’t like favorites, either! I can’t wait for the call “And Down The Stretch They Come”!

Making the cut

The NFL draft was completed over the weekend and the Detroit Lions had an above-average draft, I believe. They at least filled some holes on the football team. Their number-one pick, Ezekiel Ansah, has size and raw athleticism. He has explosive power, but he lacks experience. The Lions’ staff watched him during the Senior Bowl all week long and they saw something they liked. I like the selection. The number two pick was Darius Slay a cornerback. He will get every opportunity to start next season. The third pick was an offensive lineman Larry Warford. He is a big power blocker and very strong inside in the trenches. We shall see. The fourth pick, defensive end Devin Taylor, is tall at 6-foot-7. He should contribute next year. Michigan’s Denard Robinson went to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Michigan State running back Le’veon Bell went to the Pittsburgh Steelers. He will get a chance to start for the Steelers. How about Eric Fisher, number-one overall, from CMU to the Kansas City Chiefs!! Fire Up Chips, I say. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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