Free agency keeps NFL as a hot topic

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The fun in the sun is all over and it’s back to winter for the Fat Guy. Yes, I asked a lot of the sun to bake my entire large body! I want to thank sportswriter Brandon Pope for his article in the Fat Guy’s section last week. It was excellent.

While on vacation, they had a large screen set up to watch the Super Bowl, which was awesome. I enjoyed the first three quarters when San Francisco was up 20-10 and my prediction was looking good. However, the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes had other ideas. The Chiefs scored the last 21 points and claimed the victory. The win was special for Kansas City coach Andy Reid, who was seeking an exclamation point on his career. The loss left San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan with another head-scratching blown lead in two Super Bowls. We say good bye to the NFL for another season. Next up free agent action in March! If you need a football fix turn on the XFL and see if you like it! I have not watched yet, but I will.

New skipper for Sparty

The Michigan State football team will have a new football coach for the 2020 season after the abrupt resignation of Mark Dantonio after 13 seasons as head coach. The coach was smart waiting until January 15 when a bonus of $4.3 million kicked in to the Dantonio bank account by MSU. The coach says the resignation has nothing to do with the wrongful termination firing of Curtis Blackwell and swirling allegations. We will all see how this plays out in the long run. I would like to focus on the good Mark Dantonio brought to Michigan State. The Spartans, under Dantonio, won three Big Ten titles, six ten-win seasons, and a College Football Playoff appearance. The Spartans also went 8-5 against rival Michigan, which Spartan fans loved. The coach will leave with a 115-57 record at MSU, a school-best.

The fact MSU went to 12 bowls in 13 seasons is a tremendous accomplishment. I personally thought Dantonio brought a toughness to MSU on the football field and top-notch defense pretty much every season. The coach took three-star recruits and coached them up, which is a credit to him and his staff. The one fault, in my opinion, was too much loyalty was shown to his staff when changes needed to be made. The inept offense was an example over the last few years.

Who will be the next coach?

That is the pressing question. The name that I keep hearing in Luke Fickell, the head man at Cincinnatti. The watch is on and MSU fans anxiously wait for the new hire. It will seem strange not to see Mark Dantonio on the MSU sidelines in 2020 for me. Coach, enjoy retirement, as you have deserved it and SPARTY ON!

Not mad about Pistons’ trade

The Detroit Pistons’ trade of Andre Drummond to Cleveland was strictly a salary-cap cutting move by the team. I was never an Andre Drummond fan, to be honest. Yes, he was a tremendous rebounder and a blue-collar type basketball player while he was in Detroit. I disliked the fact he couldn’t shoot free throws and his offensive game was basically dunks. The Pistons’ franchise also failed Andre, as the team has pretty much been horrible during Andre’s time in the Motor City. I wish him well in Cleveland and leaving Detroit might be the best thing for his career.

Still supporting the Spartans in hoops

The Spartans and Wolverines split their college basketball season series after the Michigan win over the weekend. The return of Isiah Livers to the Michigan team was the difference. However, the Spartans have the much better team and can make a run in March at the title.

Pit stop

The Daytona 500 is this Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. It’s the Super Bowl of NASCAR, so don’t you dare miss it gear heads. I know you won’t thefatguy@mihomepaper.com