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Fat Guy Corner



The baseball world has been super busy with free agents signing huge deals. The New York Yankees made the biggest splash with Gerrit Cole landing in pinstripes for a nine-year $324 million deal. He will need to have two Brink’s trucks to haul it to the bank. My problem with the deal is nine years for a pitcher is a risky proposition. There is no way Gerrit does not suffer some sort of injury over the next nine years. I hope I am wrong, but odds are against it.

The Washington Nationals third baseman, Anthony Rendon, landed in L.A. with the Angels. The haul for Rendon is seven years at $245 million. He will fit nicely in the lineup with Mike Trout! The problem is, the Angels’ pitching staff is awful.

The other moves of significance are Corey Kluber from the Cleveland Indians to the Texas Rangers and Madison Bumgarner from San Francisco to Arizona. I find the Cleveland Indians are into dumping Kluber’s huge salary and his health, which is sketchy. I don’t blame the Indians in making this move, as I think it’s the right one. It is only two months until spring training!

College bowls open on Friday

The bowl season starts Friday afternoon so get ready college football fans for numerous games jammed into roughly two weeks!

Central Michigan will be in Albuquerque on Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl. The opponent is San Diego State, a tough, physical, defensive oriented football team. The SDSU offense is pretty bad and will try to run the football at CMU. The boys on the defensive line better strap on the helmet and control the trenches or it’s going to be a long day for CMU. The SDSU defense is better than the Miami of Ohio defense. I like SDSU in a tight game 20 to 17 over CMU.

Eastern Michigan is at Ford Field tonight, kickoff at 8 p.m. The Quick Lane bowl opponent is the Pittsburgh Panthers, who are favored to win. This match-up defensively favors the Pittsburgh Panthers, who gave up about 10 points per game less than Eastern Michigan. I believe if Eastern Michigan wins this game the offense will have to win in a shoot out. I like Pittsburgh to win this game 35-27.

The other games we will look at next week. If you love college football, these next two weeks are all about it! Enjoy!

Debacle again for Lions

The Detroit Lions’ debacle of follies continued this past Sunday against the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Matt Patricia stellar defense (his forte) allowed “Famous Jameis” Winston to throw for 458 yards and four touchdowns. I mean, guys were so wide open in their routes it’s like Detroit was only playing seven guys on defense! I laughed at Matt “Pencil Head” Patricia when he said, and I quote, “I think the one thing that is consistent is the team fights.” What? Oh, fighting is being so prepared to fight they were down 21-0 before I could finish my barley and hops pop! What game is he watching? I think the effort is pitiful and 38-17 at home is a pitiful uninspire loss. The circus will never end at Ford Field as long as this worthless and clueless clown is in charge! Hey, Martha, call me. I am available to coach and my record won’t be 3-10-1!

The fact that Matt Stafford doesn’t walk out and demand a trade to a contender is beyond me. He takes a lot of heat for the demise of this football team and it’s not him!

Wings remain bottom feeders

The Detroit Red Wings are locked into a division bottom feeder and the entire NHL. I try to watch them when I can and my problem is, I just don’t see much talent on the ice. Am I wrong, or am I being impatient with the youth movement? It could be a little of both. I know fans are wondering, like me, why is Jeff Blashill still behind the bench? I honestly think his job could be in jeopardy at the end of this dismal season.

SAN FRANCISCO – 6 over L.A. Rams
Buffalo + 6 over NEW ENGLAND
Houston – 3 over TAMPA BAY
DENVER – 6.5 over Detroit
L.A. CHARGERS – 6 over Oakland
ATLANTA – 7 over Jacksonville
TENNESSEE + 1.5 over New Orleans
WASHINGTON – 2.5 over New York Giants
NEW YORK JETS + 3 over Pittsburgh
MIAMI – pk over Cincinnati
INDIANAPOLIS – 6 over Carolina
Baltimore – 10 over CLEVELAND
Dallas – 2.5 over PHILADELPHIA
SEATTLE – 9 over Arizona
Kansas City – 4.5 over CHICAGO
MINNESOTA – 4 over Green Bay
LAST WEEK: 9-6-1; SEASON: 97-101-7