Let’s hear it for the NHL, NBA underdogs

Fat Guy Corner



The NHL and NBA Finals went final and the two underdogs prevailed in both sports.

Let’s start in the NBA, where the Toronto Raptors took care of business on the road at Oracle Arena against the Golden State Warriors. The road team won five of the six games in the NBA Finals. I would guess that has not happened often, if ever, and I am too lazy to look it up! The bottom line is, the Warriors could not overcome the injuries and Toronto capitalized on that to win the championship.

I hate the fact people are ho humming the fact that Toronto won because of the Warriors injuries! I say stick a fat double-stuffed Oreo in your trap and stop with the excuses. Congratulations to the team north of the border, the Toronto Raptors.

The first big NBA trade has occurred with Anthony Davis headed to the Lakers, which was the worst-kept secret in the NBA. The Pelicans were huge winners in this deal getting Lonzo Ball and his dad (worst part of the deal) Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and the No. 4-pick in this year’s draft. Do you realize the Pelicans have the No. 1 and 4 picks? Man, talk about an overhaul in New Orleans! I say excellent job New Orleans in pulling off this trade. The Lakers and LeBron will be World Champs next year? I don’t think so, to be honest.

Not so blue in St. Louis

The St. Louis Blues made the Fat Guy’s Stanley Cup prediction rock solid! I want to sing “Gloria,” the Blues’ song of choice after a victory. I did not want the Bruins to win and they were dominated by the Blues in Game Seven. I said I was not confident after they lost at home in Game Six. The first Stanley Cup in St. Louis Blues history; how sweet that Stanley Cup must have felt in those hockey players’ hands. The city is partying like rock stars, as they celebrate their first-ever Stanley Cup! I thought it was a fabulous series, and a hard fought series. The NBA and NHL will rest until October and November. What we have to look forward to is pennant races and football. The college and NFL seasons are not that far off.

Woodland provides drama

The U. S. Open winner late Sunday night was Gary Woodland. All of you golf handicappers picked him to win, right? I found myself pulling for Gary Woodland to win this U.S. Open for a couple of reasons. For one, Gary had never won a major championship. The second, he was 0-7 when leading heading into the final round. I thought how frustrating that must be to not be able to finish and win.

I will say the drama between Brooks Koepka and Woodland was tremendous to watch unfold on television. Let’s be totally honest, if Brooks wins, the story of a three-time U.S. Open champion is quite the story. Brooks Koepka finished in the 60s all four rounds in the Open and lost, which has never happened in the history of the U.S. Open. I find that fascinating, actually, yet I bet Brooks does not!

I will also always remember the threewood shot 263 yards out on the par-5 14th hole. Woodland played to win on a gutsy club selection and it paid off giving him a two-shot lead. The $2.25 million in Gary’s pocket for winning is no small lump of change, either.

Random musing

The Michigan Wolverines won game one at the College World Series over Texas Tech. The Wolverines entered the tournament as the longest shot on the board to win. They are currently up on Florida State 2-0 here on Monday night. Can they hold on? I don’t know, but a win here would be huge to go 2-0 in their first two games.

I can’t believe in a celebration for the NBA champion Toronto Raptors that four people were shot and wounded. They say there were 1.5 million fans in downtown Toronto when the shooting happened. What in the heck is wrong with people these days? It’s stuff like this that makes me sick to my stomach.

I want to say one quick horse racing note. Maximum Security, who was DQ’d in the Kentucky Derby, lost his first race since running in the Derby! The loss happened in the Pegasus Stakes at Monmouth Park. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com