One-and-done scenarios on the horizon

Fat Guy Corner


 

 

The college basketball season is halfway through February and the Kentucky Wildcats are still undefeated. They did survive a very close call against the LSU Tigers last week, though. I thought the LSU boys were going to pull off the monumental upset. I give credit to the Wildcats after they found a way to win the game.

Remember last week when I stated that they could possibly pull off the improbable and run the table and go undefeated? I really think they will do it.

I looked at the remaining schedule and see no one who can beat them. Maybe, and it’s a slight maybe, in Georgia. The obvious next question mark is the SEC Tournament. I say all wins for Kentucky again. The next test is March NCAA Tournament time. If the Kentucky Wildcats stumble, it could be here. The games are on neutral courts and the bull’s eye will be large on the Wildcats’ backs. The pressure with each game will be stronger and stronger.

We all know with the tourney that one bad night in a one-and-done scenario and you go home. The huge upset is also possible like Villanova over Georgetown or North Carolina State over Houston. Anything is possible. However, I think it’s going to be Kentucky cutting down the nets and perfection for this basketball team. The sad thing is, come bracket time, over 85 percent of the brackets will have Kentucky as champs. My advice when picking a bracket this year is pay very close attention to your early-round selections.

All-Star joke

The NBA All-Star game was a complete joke, as usual. The score was 163-158! How about a record number of threes were taken? The number of threes you ask? How about 130! I just think it’s an utter joke with no defense and it’s just not basketball to me. The NFL, NBA, NHL all should just abandon the games; period.

Listen, when a huge sports fan like myself doesn’t watch them, there has to be numerous others like myself who don’t watch. I say, give all the athletes the time off and rest for their respective teams. The Pro Bowl game is at the end of the year and nobody cares because everyone is waiting for the Super Bowl game anyway. I could care less if another All-Star game is ever played, personally!

Time to trade?

The NBA trade deadline is today and it’s usually a very busy day. There are the salary dumping teams unloading players and clearing cap space. The playoff teams are looking for that one piece of the puzzle to make a run in the playoffs. We all know some of the moves work and some implode. Remember the day the Pistons acquired Rasheed Wallace and the buzz it created for their fans? It brought a World Championship to the Pistons in that one trade-deadline move. Yeah, the good old days of being a Pistons fan; what great memories.

Good news on V-mart

The pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training this week!

I find it hard to believe it’s time for gloves, bats and balls already. The Tigers received some promising news in that Victor Martinez will not be out that long after undergoing knee surgery. The prognosis is that he should be ready close to opening day.

All of us can take a huge deep breath with that news. The thought of no Rick Porcello or Max Scherzer is a tad bit scary. And the bullpen? It’s still like a scary horror movie to me.

The American League Central is a much tougher division than it has been for the last five years. I ask you, is the Detroit Tigers’ stranglehold as division champs over with here in 2015? I know this is not a popular statement with you fans, but I don’t think Detroit will make the playoffs in 2015. Boo me if you like! thefatguy@mihomepaper.com


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