Missed it by that much

Fat Guy Corner



Let’s get right to the World Cup results and the fact that my prediction of England winning was a total miss. The boys from England finished fourth when it was all said and done. The winner was France after defeating Croatia 4-2. Congratulations to France. Now we wait for another four years for the World Cup to return in 2022. Can France defend its World Cup in 2022? Heck, by the time four years goes by, I will have forgot they even won in 2018! I hope all you soccer fans enjoyed the 2018 World Cup action.

Open set to tee off

The British Open begins this week at Carnoustie Golf Links. The last time the Open was held there was in 2007 and the winner was Padraig Harrington. Padraig defeated Sergio Garcia in a dramatic four-hole playoff.

This golf course carries the nickname of Car-Nasty due to the difficulty of its course. The most infamous memorable melt down was that of Jean van de Velde on Hole 18. The poor guy only needed a double-bogey to win and walked away with a triple bogey to land in a three way playoff.

The beneficiary of this meltdown was Paul Lawrie, who probably woke up still in disbelief that he had won. Golf is the one sport you just never know what could happen, that’s for sure.

So just who are the favorites to win this weekend, you ask? The boys in Vegas have installed Dustin Johnson at 12-1 followed by Rory McIIroy at 14-1. The next two choices are Justin Rose and Jordan Spieth at 16-1. The question is, can Jordan Spieth repeat here in 2018 after winning in 2017? Jordan is not playing very good golf and I don’t like his chances this weekend, to be honest.

The two guys I like this weekend are Tommy Fleetwood and Paul Casey. I have no reason, just huge Fat Guy hunches. The one thing for sure is the golf course will make whoever wins the Open Championship earn it! I will be watching and enjoying golf this weekend.

Changing of the guard

The Detroit Lions’ radio broadcast will have a new voice in 2018, as Jim Brandstatter has been let go by WJRAM. Jim was in the Lions’ booth for a solid 31 years. The radio station gave the excuse they wanted to go in a different direction. I thought the firing was cold and uncalled for, in my opinion.

The Detroit Lions say they have nothing to do with this firing and nobody knows if that’s the truth or not. I thought Jimmy did an excellent job on the games and I enjoyed his views and listening to him. The new man will be ex-Lion, Lomas Brown. It was a raw deal that Jimmy received, but that’s the radio business I guess. The only thing that bothers me is a guy does nothing wrong in 31 years and gets shown the door? Where is the loyalty, I ask, and secondly, I really hope the Lions had nothing to do with this! Thanks, Jimmy, for the last 31 years of Lions color commentary. I will miss you, as will many other Lions fans. I am having Ernie Harwell flashbacks.

No deal for Ziggy

The Lions and Ziggy Ansah did not reach a contract deal, so he will play this season under the franchise tag. The tag, though, will bring in a smooth $17.1 million. The fact that he is always getting hurt and missing games I believe factored in to the Lions’ decision when it came to signing him to a long-term deal. I also wonder if new coach, Matt Patricia, and his new defense factored in to the decision. We shall see, I guess.

Getting back to basics

The All-Star game was played Tuesday night in Washington D.C. at the home field of the Washington Nationals. The two starters were Max Scherzer for the National League and Chris Sale for the American League.

I love watching this All-Star game, as it’s played like the real game of baseball. The Tigers’ lone participant is pitcher Joe Jimenez. I hope he gets to pitch in the game and what a thrill it would be for him! I am not watching the Home Run Derby because I think it’s a total waste of time and boring, to be brutally honest! I hope there is a Seinfeld rerun or something to watch instead.

The NFL will start up training camps, so at least they will be back in the sports news. Who will be the first major injury to happen? It always happens and you just hope it’s not a player form your team! thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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