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Crowning jewel


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The 139th Kentucky Derby winner is Orb. Who predicted Orb to win? Yes, none other than your trusty old horse handicapper, the Fat Guy! I hope some of you went and bet on it. My other trusty handicapper, Hammering Gary Terrien, his streak of three-straight Derby winners is now in the history books! Gary’s one shot at fame turned into shame in two minutes. Oh well, maybe next year.

Orb came flying down the stretch run to capture the roses. The early speed of other horses set the pace for those horses trailing the pack. Orb was trailing the pack, but not for long, as he blew by the rest of the field to win. Orb had to churn through the sloppy track to win by two and a half lengths. The trainer, Shug McGaughey, won his first-ever Derby and jockey Joel Rosario won his first-ever Derby. Can Orb win the Triple Crown? I doubt it, to be totally honest. May 18 will be the Preakness at Pimlico, so in two weeks we shall see if Orb can win leg two of the Triple Crown.

Snooze alarm

The NBA Playoffs are in round two finally. The first round of the playoffs are so boring and worthless, I rarely even watch them. The lower-seeded teams hardly ever win. I would say four of the teams don’t even deserve to be in the NBA Playoffs. Did anyone out there really think the Milwaukee Bucks would defeat the Miami Heat? How about even win one game? Nope, it’s a four-game sweep for the Heat. The Lakers were swept out, too.

This round should produce some better basketball. The Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks series will be a good one. Who can forget all the great playoff battles between these two? Reggie Miller and Spike Lee made this rivalry. The Spurs will destroy the Golden State Warriors and the Heat will crush the Bulls.

The Thunder and Grizzlies also will be an interesting series. I actually like the Memphis Grizzlies to upset Oklahoma City. The Russell Westbrook injury really hurts the Thunder. One more NBA note: the

MVP award goes to LeBron James! Huge surprise, right? LeBron was one vote short of winning the award unanimously. Carmelo Anthony received one first-place vote.

Really? This is King James’ fourth MVP award. The King is truly the King of the NBA. He might not win as many titles as Kobe or Jordan, but you can’t deny that LeBron is the best player in the NBA right now and more than likely the next five years at least. I didn’t like the “Decision” move by LeBron, but I will say I love to watch him play hoops and the “Decision” is in the rearview mirror. The Miami Heat will win the title again this year and LeBron James will have his second title.

Broom ball

The Detroit Tigers are starting to play solid baseball finally. They swept the lousy Triple-A Houston Astros over the weekend. It was a four-game sweep, not three. They out-scored Houston, 26-2, in the last two games. The Houston ball club will be in Detroit here in the next week or so. I look for Detroit to sweep them again, to be quite honest. The pitching staff, especially the starters, have been dealing here lately. I will even tip my fork to Papa Grande Valverde. Valverde has pitched decent since rejoining the ball club.

Winged Wheels

The Detroit Red Wings series is now knotted up at two games apiece. A thrilling overtime victory at the Joe, 3-2 over the Anaheim Ducks. Jimmy Howard was tremendous between the pipes as he kept the Red Wings alive all game long. I will stick with my Red Wings in seven games pick. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com


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