Hoke joke has run its course

Fat Guy Corner

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The Michigan football program has totally hit rock bottom. The loss to Minnesota on Saturday was bad enough as the Little Brown Jug went back to Minnesota. The controversy now is the fact the Wolverines’ coaching staff sent in Shane Morris after a huge hit he sustained and he was obviously shaken up, to say the least. The fact the medical staff never even looked at him is unbelievable. The fact that no Michigan coach saw the hit is an absolute joke. Hey, maybe if Hoke had on some headsets somebody could have told him he was hit hard. The way this was handled by Michigan was a disgrace.

What has happened to this once proud and prestigious University of Michigan? The product on the field looks like a New Mexico State program to be as honest as I can be. Brady Hoke should be fired immediately as he is so far in over his head it’s a joke. The Michigan fan base has had enough and I truly believe the interest in the football program is at an all-time low. It’s time for change at Michigan as the depths of despair are upon the Michigan football program. One thing is for sure—the Michigan State fans are loving all this garbage that has hit Ann Arbor, you can bet on that!

Playoff prognostications

The Major League Baseball Playoffs are finally here. The Kansas City Royals, who have not been to the playoffs in 29 years, hosted the Oakland A’s Tuesday. This was likely to be a great baseball game and the place rocking. I like the Royals to move on and play the Los Angeles Angels. The National League wild-card game has the Pittsburgh Pirates at home last night taking on the San Francisco Giants. I took the Pirates in that one as I filed this column Tuesday mid-day. The Detroit Tigers will be in Baltimore tonight to take on the Baltimore Orioles. The Tigers went 5-1 against the Orioles during the regular season. That is one positive heading into the series. The problem with the beloved Motown Kitties is, we as fans never know which Tigers team is going to show up. There are just too many nights when they don’t hit the baseball. Let me tell you what bad bats equals in the playoffs; that equals a quick exit.

The bullpen will be even more magnified in these short series. We all know the starting pitchers cannot go nine innings. How safe do you feel when the bullpen comes in for the Tigers? Me either! Joe Nathan will blow one of these games against the Orioles for sure; you heard it here first! The one advantage Detroit has is its starting pitching can win a short series with anyone in baseball. Justin Verlander has been lights out his last few starts. I will pick the Tigers to win in five games but my confidence level in that prediction is not very high.

I like the Dodgers to defeat the Cardinals and the Washington Nationals to advance against Pittsburgh or San Francisco. And, I like the Angels to advance over the Royals or A’s.

I want to also say the Minnesota Twins made a mistake firing Ron Gardenhire after 13 years. They don’t have much talent on that ball club. It was not his fault, they were just terrible.

He’s outta there

The Oakland Raiders wasted little time here in the 2014 season as Dennis Allen becomes the first NFL coach to receive the ziggy. The Oakland Raiders are a complete and total mess of a franchise. The drafting and direction of this football team is just plain awful. The Raiders did Dennis Allen a favor by firing him and I say good luck to the next clown the Raiders hire to coach this lousy football team.

The Lions go into New York and defeated a horrible New York Jets football team. The Lions are in first place all alone at 3-1 in the division. Hey, Lions’ fans, don’t get too excited because this team was 3-1 last year and failed miserably at the end of the season. I will say I like what I am seeing on the field so far here in 2014. The offense should only get better and the defense is playing darned good football so far. The Buffalo Bills come to Ford Field on Sunday. Kyle Orton, the ancient one, has been named the starter for the Buffalo Bills replacing E.J. Manuel. Detroit should destroy this football team as the Bills are not a very good football team. I am going and should see a Lions victory. However, I have seen numerous Lions “Liedowns” efforts in my lifetime. The Fat Guy prediction: Detroit Lions 30 and Buffalo 20.

Here are this week’s NFL selections….

Minnesota +9 over GREEN
CAROLINA -3 over Chicago
TENNESSEE -pk over Cleveland
St. Louis +7 over PHILA
Atlanta +4 over NY GIANTS
Tampa Bay +10.5 over SAINTS
Houston +4 over DALLAS
DETROIT -7 over Buffalo
INDY -3 over Baltimore
JACKSONVILLE +7 over Pittsburgh
Arizona +7 over DENVER
SAN FRAN -6 over Kansas City
SAN DIEGO -6.5 over NY Jets
Cincinnati -pk over NEW ENG.
Seattle -7 over WASH.
34-26-1 BEST BET: 3-1

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