Fat Guy’s Corner

To serve and protect


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The Memorial Day Holiday is today (Monday). I would like to say thanks to all of you in the military who have served and protected our country. It is our military who make the USA the greatest country in the world! Thank you once again.

The Tigers and Pirates are playing an afternoon game and both teams are wearing camouflaged hats. I think they look awesome, and I want one! I hope they are for sale in some stores somewhere here in Michigan.

The Tigers righted the ship last week after a disastrous trip into Texas where they lost three of four. The Tigs bounced back with a two-game sweep of the then-first place Cleveland Indians. The boys of Motown have now taken over first place and should not relinquish it the rest of the 2013 season. I really feel like the starting pitching is just too strong and the rest of the American League Central is in deep trouble. How about Annibal Sanchez the other night? Annibal was just two outs from tossing a no hitter against the Minnesota Twins. Joe Mauer lined a single up the middle to wreck the no hitter. Darn it all; I wanted Mr. Sanchez to finish off the ninth inning one, two, three. Oh well, the one-hitter got the victory for the Tigers. The Detroit crowd rose to its feet and delivered a standing ovation for the one-hit effort. The ace of the staff, Max Scherzer, remains unbeaten here in 2013. Max has been absolutely lights out on the bump so far. We, as Tiger fans, know Justin Verlander is really the ace of the staff, but he is not pitching like it at the moment. Justin has suffered through a tough few weeks here lately. He will turn it around, you can bet on that. I hope to attend Thursday’s game in Pittsburgh.

Lucky seven?

The Detroit Red Wings blow a 3-1 series lead as they lose 4-3 at the Joe and now the series is knotted up at 3- 3. That means a huge game seven in Chicago on Wednesday night. I like what Mike Babcock said after the Red Wings lost on Monday night. He said “If I told all Wings fans we would push the Chicago team to a game seven when the series started, all fans would have been ecstatic.” I have to agree 100 percent. I predicted the “Hawks” to win this series in six games. I don’t give Detroit much of a chance winning game seven on Wednesday night in Chicago to be a total non homer. I have to say the penaltyshot call was absolutely a horrendous call. A slashing penalty? Yes! A penalty shot?

Absolutely not! How can the referee make that call in the third period of a fantastic and important hockey game? Horrible call, I say, just horrible. The Red Wings needed to win game six at home and they didn’t get it done. It was a great season and a great playoff run. It will all end on Wednesday night. I hope I am wrong, believe me! Please be wrong, Fat Guy! Please, oh, please.

Dust cloud

The NBA Western Conference Finals are over already. Yes, the dust has been blown off the ancient San Antonio Spurs. Tim Duncan has found the Fountain of Youth here in 2013. The Spurs just dusted the Memphis Grizzlies in four straight games. Really, Grizzlies? That is the best effort you could put up in the conference finals? Pitiful performance, I say. The Spurs will now get some rest before the NBA Finals. This is a huge benefit to the aging Spurs basketball team. The Spurs will meet the winner of the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers series. Can we just say it will be the Heat and Spurs playing one another in June for the title? I say, yes we can. The Indiana pacers should have taken a 2- 0 lead in this series, but choked away a game on Miami’s home floor. The Heat turned up the temperature in game three on the Pacers’ home floor and now hold a 2-1 lead. The Spurs would love to see the Pacers win game four and make sure this series goes at least six games. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com


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