The Detroit Tigers split their huge four-game series against Boston last weekend and the Fat Guy attended the Friday night debacle. I say debacle because of a couple of things. The first debacle was the fact my fuel pump went out on the way to the game creating major issues. The issue being, I had the tickets and people were counting on me to show up. Well, I am happy to say, I made it to the game on time. I had this funny feeling after all of the vehicle drama that the Tigers would lose. My huge gut feeling was right. The Boston Red Sox bombed the Tigs, 10-2. That’s the second debacle. At least I can say I saw David Ortiz’s last trip ever to Comerica Park and he hit a two-run bomb in the first inning. The Tigs have to win some ball games to stay in the division and wildcard race.
It gets even worse
The Detroit Lions looked awful in their pre-season game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field. I don’t usually put much emphasis on these games, but it wasn’t pretty. The Lions were whipped 30-14. The third pre-season game is 7 p.m. this Saturday in Baltimore. They say this is the dress rehearsal for the regular season? I am not so sure I really believe that, either. Let’s just hope the Lions look better than they did last week against Cincinnati.
Michigan or Michigan State?
The college football season opens up this Friday with the California Golden Bears playing the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors. The game is being played in Sydney, Australia.
The following week college football will be in full swing on the gridiron. Let’s look at the two main schools in our state, the Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan Wolverines.
The Michigan State Spartans are coming off one of their more memorable seasons in school history. It ended with a loss to Alabama in the college football playoffs. Mark Dantonio has built quite the program in East Lansing. How about since 2010 MSU is one of only six schools from the Power Five with a winning percentage of over .800 or better. The Spartans will have to replace Connor Cook, who compiled a 34-5 record as a starter. Who will be the quarterback in 2016? The two competing for the spot are Tyler O’Connor or Damien Terry. It looks like Tyler will get the nod in the season opener, so says Dantonio.
The running back spot will be by committee. I look for LJ Scott to have a big year. The wide receiver position lost its top two pass catchers but return RJ Shelton and tight end Josiah Price. The offensive line loses No. 1 draft pick Jack Conklin, but they will be just fine in the trenches, I do believe. The defense has linebacker Riley Bullough returning and what I consider one of the best back seven in the Big Ten. Mark Dantonio teams are always solid on the defensive side of the football. This Spartans team will compete for a trip to Indianapolis for the league championship game. The Spartans get Michigan at home and Ohio State at home. It’s hard to believe Mark Dantonio has been at MSU for 10 years while compiling a solid 87-33 record. The outlook for Spartan football in 2016 is bright.
The Michigan Wolverines will be looking to improve on Jim Harbaugh’s 10-3 record from last season. The expectations are high in Ann Arbor in 2016. The defense will be ranked really high, as new defensive coordinator Don Brown comes over from Boston College to run the defense. Don has the benefit of coaching one Jabrill Peppers, who is Mr. Do Everything for the Wolverines position-wise. The defensive back field has first-round talent in Jourdan Lewis, who bypassed the NFL Draft last spring. On the offensive side of the ball wide receiver Jehu Chesson returns along with Amara Darboh and tight end Jake Butt. Who will throw the ball to them is still undecided. The leader is more than likely the transfer John O’Korn. The other two quarterbacks will be Shane Morris and Wilton Speight. The one thing we know is Coach Jim Harbaugh will coach up the quarterback play; he is one of the best at that. The Wolverines will play six of their first seven games at home, which is a benefit. The negative is that they must travel to MSU and Ohio State. Michigan is 2-14 against those two schools since Lloyd Carr retired from coaching Michigan. I can’t wait for some college football.
Delay of game
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