Fat Guy’s Corner

Elusive crown

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

There will be no Triple Crown winner again this year, as Orb goes down in the Preakness. Orb was trapped down on the rail and never really received what I would call a good trip. The jockey who came out of retirement, Gary Stevens, took Oxbow to the lead and wired the entire Preakness field. The fractions were perfect and Oxbow did receive the perfect trip. Gary Stevens, one of best riders ever, did what he does best; leading horses to the winner’s circle.

The next race, The Belmont, will be June 8 and is the toughest leg of the Triple Crown to win. Will Orb bounce back? Can Oxbow make it two in a row? We shall see in few weeks. The shot at a Triple Crown will have to wait until next year.

Slumping cats

What is going on with the Detroit Tigers? It’s the middle of May and the Cleveland Indians are in first place! This shouldn’t be the case, in my opinion. This Tigers’ baseball team is by far the most talented in the Central Division. Have we, as Tigers fans, not seen this show before? It was one year ago when the Tigs chased the White Sox all season long. Detroit didn’t even catch the White Sox until middle September. Why do the Tigers do this? I don’t think there is any reason to panic, but still, it’s downright annoying to see them mess around early in the season.

Is anyone else besides me concerned about Justin Verlander? JV’s last two outings on the hill have not been stellar. He has been rocked, to be totally honest. Texas hammered him for eight earned runs down in Texas. Justin has pitched a lot of innings and will throw a lot of pitches deep into ball games. He goes deep into games because the bullpen is flat out terrible. I am not thrilled about the Tigers’ bullpen at all. Jose Valverde is a disaster waiting to implode every single time he takes the mound. Al Albuquerque was sent down to the minors, as he should have been. Anibal Sanchez has also been rocked his last two outings. I sure don’t like that, either.

The positives are, Fister and Scherzer have looked real good all season long. I have said this numerous times, and I will say it again, Miguel Cabrera is the best hitter in baseball. The three homers he hit in Texas on Sunday night were an absolute clinic. Miggy is hitting .387 and hitting with power and driving in runs. I wouldn’t rule out another Triple

Crown at all! He is that darned good. I love to watch him hit.

Come on Tigers, start playing some solid baseball and take control of this division!

On the rocks

The Red Wings take a 2-1 series lead over the Chicago Blackhawks with a 3-1 victory at Joe Louis Arena. The arena was rocking and the octopi were hitting the ice, as the tradition will never go away in Hockeytown. I predicted the Red Wings to lose this series in six games to Chicago. I thought after the Wings won a grueling seven-game series over Anaheim that they wouldn’t have much left in the tank. Boy, oh boy, was I ever wrong! The Red Wings were dominated in game one, but have turned the tables and absolutely dominated games two and three. I see confidence growing in this young hockey team as these playoffs move along. The Red Wings look hungry and deep down know they can pull off this upset of the number-one seeded Blackhawks. I saw frustration in the faces of Chicago in game three as the horn sounded. All they wanted to do was fight and push and shove the boys from Detroit around. Detroit did not take the bait, however. Jimmy Howard in the cage cannot receive all the accolades that he deserves in this series. He has stoned the Hawks two straight games. Jimmy Howard is becoming an elite goaltender in the NHL. This Original Six matchup is living up to good hype and I am now smelling upset by our beloved Hockeytown boys. Man, oh man, I sure hope so. Go, Wings, Go!

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