LeBron shows mettle leading Cavs to title win

Fat Guy Corner



The NBA Finals are over. History was made by the Cleveland Cavaliers when they came back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat the defending champion Golden State Warriors. The improbable of winning two road games makes the feat even more incredible in my mind. How about the fact the Warriors scored no field goals in the last four minutes and thirty seconds in game seven at home? This Warriors basketball team won a record 73 games this season. The fact no NBA team has ever won a NBA title after being down 3-1 puts the Cavaliers championship as some kind of special. Let’s also factor in that LeBron James came home to the city of Cleveland to bring home a championship and he delivered on his promise!

The drought of no championships in Cleveland ends at 52 years. I want you to imagine the city of Detroit going 52 years with no major championship. That’s almost unimaginable! In my lifetime I have seen the Red Wings win a Stanley Cup, the Detroit Tigers a World Series, the Detroit Pistons an NBA title and the Detroit Lions won a No. 1 draft pick numerous times.

My point is, we have been pretty lucky here in the Motor City for professional sports. I have a couple of friends who are huge Cleveland Cavaliers fans and I don’t think the high of this championship will wear off for a long time.

What does this loss for a Golden State team that won 73 games in the regular season bring them this offseason? I think it makes the regular season debate as the greatest team ever a moot point. They did not win the championship. The Warriors failed to complete the deal.

I just want to say that LeBron James proved he is the best basketball player in the NBA hands down. I say to Cleveland, enjoy this championship win all summer long. It was a long time coming. Let’s all hope they don’t have to wait another 52 years for another one.

Say it ain’t so!

The reality of Pavel Datsyuk leaving the Red Wings for Russia became a truth this past week. Pavel gave the Detroit Red Wings 14 years of awesome and spectacular seasons. He spent his entire NHL career in a Winged Wheel uniform, which I think is so sweet. He also helped bring two Stanley Cups to the city of Detroit in 2002 and 2008. Pavel plans to play in Russia in the Kontinental Hockey League. Here are some of Pavel’s numbers in the NHL: He scored 314 goals along with 604 assists in 953 career games. He was the winner of the Lady Byng trophy for sportsmanship four times and winner of the Selke trophy three times. The Selke is given to the league’s best defensive forward. It will be odd not to watch No. 13, the Magic Man, performing on the ice for the Red Wings. I loved to watch No. 13 and he will be missed greatly by me and many other Detroit Red Wings fans. Let’s not forget that the NHL Draft begins Friday at 7 p.m. in Buffalo. The Toronto Maple “Laughs” get pick No. 1 followed by Winnipeg. The Detroit Red Wings will select at No. 16.

Check one off the bucket list

The U.S. Open did not disappoint the Fat Guy last Friday. Yes, I logged a total of 8.25 miles of walking the course at Oakmont Golf Course. The appreciation for what these golfers do on the golf course and how far they hit the white nugget is incredible. The rain from Thursday messed up the rotation of golfers and I did not get to see Jordan Spieth and some others. I did watch a lot of Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, and the winner, Dustin Johnson. Yes, DJ finally won a major and that was good to see. The controversy of the one-putt penalty he incurred never came into play and I am glad. I think the penalty should not have been assessed, but that’s a debate that could rage on for an entire day, I think. It’s a day I will never forget and it’s off my bucket list, too! thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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