The Daytona 500 had a wild and dangerous finish with Denny Hamlin winning the race and Ryan Newman in a terrifying crash. The win was Denny Hamlin’s third Daytona 500 victory and he is the first to go back-to-back since Sterling Martin in 1995. How about the margin of victory at 0.014 and the second closest finish in race history? Denny edged out Ryan Blaney, who finished second. The fact is, Denny Hamlin also owns the closest victory margin with a 0.01 win 2016 over Martin Truex Jr. I would say Denny sweats things out right to the end, doesn’t he? Joe Gibbs, the race team owner, now has collected four victories at the Daytona 500. The victory was bittersweet, as the condition of Ryan Newman’s injuries were unknown as he was taken to the hospital. Ryan has non-life threatening yet serious injuries, which reminds us all how dangerous this NASCAR racing really is. The Super Bowl of racing, the Daytona 500, is in the books and even Sunday’s rainout couldn’t stop a wild finish on Monday afternoon. Let’s all hope to see Ryan Newman back soon on the race track.
Marching toward Madness
The college basketball season is marching toward March and will be here in a couple of weeks. How are things looking in East Lansing and Ann Arbor on the hardwood? Let’s look at Michigan State and Tom Izzo’s club first. The Spartans were pre-season number one and have not lived up to the hype in 2019-20. The loss to Maryland, the Big Ten leader in the standings, was a crippling loss at home. The Big Ten title will go to Maryland or Penn State! Yes, I said Penn State! Penn State basketball? Who would have thunk it!
The Spartans are 9-6 in conference and 17-9 overall. The Spartans have Cassius Winston, who I think is one heck of a basketball player and leader. He leads the Spartans with 18.2 points a game and almost six assists a game. The rebounding is in the hands of Xavier Tillman at tenplus boards a game. The problem is, after these two players, the rest of the Spartans are not doing their part. We all know that Izzo is one of the best come March. I believe Tom will have to work magic to make a Final Four run this basketball season. I honestly thought two weeks ago this team could make a run and now I am not too sure they can. Stay tuned on Spartan basketball.
The Michigan basketball team has improved to 7-7 in the Big Ten and are winners of three-straight games. The return of Isiah Livers from injury has improved the Michigan team dramatically. The Wolverines are so much better offensively and defensively with Livers on the floor. The Wolverines have five players averaging double figures leading to a balanced scoring attack. The Wolverines will make the tournament, I believe, if they don’t go 2-4 in their last six conference games. The Wolverines have two big road tests at Rutgers and Purdue this week. Let’s hope both the Wolverines and Spartans get hot on the hardwood in the next three weeks before the Madness of March.
Dare we talk Detroit Lions?
The Lions are occupying some news lately in the NFL. The first one is the thought of trading Matthew Stafford this off-season. Why in the heck would you do that? I swear, if they do and draft Tua, the quarterback from Alabama, I will never watch another Lions’ football game in my lifetime! How about let’s build a team around a solid veteran quarterback in Stafford? Matt Stafford is not the problem in Kitty Kat land. The trading of Darius Slay is another step backwards because the Lions don’t want to pay him what he is worth! A typical Lions move! Let’s trade the best defensive player we have! Man, this team is a train wreck in the front office!
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