Not living up to the hype on many fronts

Fat Guy Corner


 

 

The Michigan State Spartans put a buzz kill to the year 2015. Alabama, as predicted by the Fat Guy, steamrolled Sparty 38-0 in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

I thought the interception Connor Cook threw right before halftime was a huge dagger. The score would have closed the gap to 10-7 and we would have had a ball game in the second half. However, that did not transpire and the Spartans were railroaded and their season was over.

Michigan State had a good year and has nothing to be ashamed of. Alabama moves on to the National Championship game Monday night. The Crimson Tide will face the No. 1-ranked Clemson Tigers. The Tigers punched their ticket with a win over the Oklahoma Sooners. I think many people thought Oklahoma was the team that could take down Clemson. I was not in that group. Bob Stoops, who they call “Big Game Bob”, is anything but “Big Game Bob.”

My nickname would be more like “Little Game Robert.” Clemson took a close first half and blew out the “Sooner Schooner” in the second half. The Championship game comes down to Alabama or Clemson! Who do I like? The prediction is: Alabama Slammers 24 and Tigers Left Pawing the Field 17. It should be an excellent championship game.

Many questions left for Lions

The Lions close out the season with a 7-9 record after defeating the Chicago Bears 24-20. The next two questions are, will Jim Caldwell be back, and, who is the next general manager? We should find out soon.

Let’s look at the four NFL Playoff games that are on tap for this coming weekend.

The first game is Kansas City at Houston with kickoff set for 4:35 p.m. on ABC. The Kansas City Chiefs are listed as three-point favorites. The Kansas City Chiefs have ripped off 10 straight victories. Alex Smith is managing the games pretty well and the Chiefs’ defense is outstanding. The Houston Texans have Brian Hoyer back from concussion issues. Let’s be honest here: the Texans are in because they won their very weak, and I mean weak, division. Houston also plays good defense led by none other than J.J. Watt, the best defensive player in the NFL, in my opinion. I am picking an upset in this one. Houston Heavy Wattage 23 and K.C. and the Sunshine Band 20. The next game is a battle of two old division foes. The Pittsburgh Steelers are at Cincinnati with kick off at 8:15 p.m. on CBS. Pittsburgh is 2.5-point favorites. This game comes down to the Steelers offense and Big Ben against the staunch Bengals defense. I just can’t see the Bengals offense with A.J. McCarron under center putting up many points in this contest. Prediction: Steel City 24 and Bungles in Jungles 13. How about the fact two road teams are favored?

The NFC Conference takes stage on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Minnesota. The game will be on NBC. The Seattle Seahawks come to town to hook up with the Minnesota Vikings. These teams played already once and the Seahawks smoked the Vikings. Will that be the case once again? Las Vegas likes the Seattle team as Seattle is a 5.5- point favorite. Seattle and Minnesota are both playing good football right now. A big questions looms, though. Will Marshawn Lynch play for Seattle? He has missed the last seven games for Seattle with an abdominal injury. Can Seattle stop Adrian Peterson? My prediction: Purple Rain 21 and Seattle Where It Always Rains 20.

The last game is Green Bay at Washington at 4:40 p.m. on FOX. This will be a good football game. Washington is red hot with Kirk Cousins at quarterback. The Packers have the always dangerous Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay has been struggling, though. Las Vegas has this at a pick ’em. Well, then I will pick the winner: Green Bay with a road win. Green Bay 27 and Washington 20. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com


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