Mock drafts need to go, Tigers win and lose and more from the world of hockey, golf and the NFL

Fat Guy Corner



Can we please stop all these mock drafts I have to read every three days? I mean, I know keeping the NFL in the news 365 days is the NFL’s goal, however, Mel Kiper and Todd Mcshay’s silly banter — which is scripted — irritates me. The absolute irritation for me is the mock trades they create. How in the H-E-double-hockey sticks do they have any clue who is trading up and down? Do they have general managers telling them they are trading out of their draft positions? The answer is “NO!” I can positively tell you after the first picks 1-5 they have no clue what teams are doing draft wise. I can confidently tell you the NFL teams toss up more smoke screens and do not tip their hands on who they are drafting. The one lock is Jacksonville, and Trevor Lawrence will be the No. 1 pick! What the Lions do will be a mystery until the draft card is read. I will wait until April 29 on Thursday night and pass on these dumb NFL mock drafts.

The Tigers sweep the Houston Astros and then lost four straight to the Oakland A’s! Good Grief, I say! I want to get behind this baseball team like I said last week. The Detroit bats were booming and good pitching in Houston supplied some hope for good baseball at Comerica Park this summer. One plane trip to Oakland and Detroit is shut out twice and scored six runs in four games? I say, absolutely pitiful and shameful. I watched a game where the Tigers walked 12 batters! That is Little League pitching at its finest. This is ridiculous at the MLB level! The Tigers come home to take on the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates for three games and the Kansas City Royals are in town for the weekend. The Royals are playing good baseball and in first place early here in 2021. The shocker so far in the American League? The New York Yankees are in last place owning the worst record at 5-10. I will say, I do enjoy that as I hate the Yankees personally.

The retirement of Alex Smith is something I expected. The No. 1 pick by the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 also played for the Kansas City Chiefs and Washington Football Team. Alex was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year last season. The fact it took 16 surgeries and other major setbacks to get Alex back on the football field was a miracle. I was one who thought he would never take another snap with his gruesome injury. I am glad he ended his career on his terms and not an injury. Alex Smith was a class act and deserves nothing but a sweet ride off into retirement.

The play of the Detroit Red Wings has been a pleasure to watch lately. I like watching a team that is improving and getting competitive on the ice. I would love to see the Red Wings close out these last 10 games on a high note. I think it’ll be interesting to see if coach Jeff Blashill keeps his job next season. My gut is he will be relieved of his duties and a new man will be behind the Wings bench next season.

The RBC Heritage golf tournament at Hilton Head was won by Stewart Cink at the age of 47. It was Stewart’s third time winning the event. He pretty much dominated the field in the victory from start to finish. I truly enjoy watching this golf tournament because I have played the course quite a few times personally. I think it’s cool as heck to watch the pro golfers hitting shots in the fairway and pine straw shots where you have been. The putts on the green are the same putts you experienced on the golf course — it’s just awesome. I say, congrats Stewart on your win.

I see Michigan’s ex quarterback Joe Milton is going to enroll at the University of Tennessee. I believe he will get the chance to start at Tennessee. He will have to be better than he was at Michigan to get the start at Tennessee.

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