Shattering the records

Fat Guy’s Corner


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The 111th U.S. Open had absolutely zero drama to it all weekend long. Rory McIlroy, the 22-year-old Northern Irishman, demolished the field winning by an astonishing eight shots.

Rory shot sixteen-under for the tournament and recorded a four-round total of 268. The previous best was 272. Rory became the third player to shoot under 70 in all four days. I could go on and on about his performance; it was that fabulous. Remember just two months ago when Rory held a four-shot lead on the last day of the Masters? He choked away that chance for victory in a PGA Major. Mr. McIlroy didn’t gag this one away at all. What if Rory would have choked in this one? He could have been a mental mess for the rest of his golfing career. However, he stepped on the gas pedal and never let up and his golf career looks pretty rosy for his future. He was in total control and made golf shots all four days. I believe Rory has a heck of a future and many more PGA wins on the PGA Tour. Can he win the British Open, which is coming up here shortly? I would not be surprised if he does.

Gear heads delight

Denny Hamlin wins by 0.281 seconds over Matt Kenseth at MIS in Brooklyn, Michigan. It was Hamlin’s first NASCAR victory in over a year. Hopefully, all the gear heads and greasy monkey wrenchers who attended the event had a great time. I enjoyed my one time experience at MIS five years ago, very much. When I saw it in person, I definitely had a greater appreciation for NASCAR drivers. I am getting tired of losing my $10 dollars every week in the NASCAR pool week in and week out, though. Could the NASCAR “Gods” be punishing me for ragging on them all the time? I say, probably, yes! Come on, let me win one week will ya?!

Holy Grail of hockey

The Boston Bruins got the job done on the ice in Vancouver and took home the “Holy Grail,” the Stanley Cup. The Bruins shut out Vancouver, 4-0, in game seven on Vancouver’s home ice. The Conn Smythe trophy went to Davison, Michigan goalie Tim Thomas. Thomas was tremendous in game seven holding the Canucks scoreless. Tim deserved the MVP for his fabulous play between the pipes for the Bruins. Mr. Thomas will tell ya his ride in the NHL hasn’t been the smoothest glide across the ice. Congrats to Tim Thomas, and shame on the fans of Vancouver for their rioting in the city of Vancouver. A true embarrassment and black eye for Vancouver.

The Bruins had not won the

Cup since 1972, so a long drought is over in Beantown.

That makes back-to-back

Cups for the old Original

Six teams. The Chicago

Blackhawks last season and the Bruins in 2011.

Altitude sickness

The Detroit Tigers opened up Inter-league play in the thin air of Colorado. The Tigs lost the first two games of the series before the ace Justin Verlander stopped the bleeding—and the possible sweep—by winning on Sunday. Justin threw his second straight complete game. That is pretty rare in today’s game of baseball. Justin Verlander’s stuff lately has been down right nasty. I feel he is going to have his best season as a Detroit Tiger. I could actually see Verlander making a serious run at the Cy Young award here in 2011.

I think you can take Justin’s new approach in spring training and attribute it to his excellent start this baseball season. Justin has historically been real slow out of the gates and then comes on strong as the season progresses. Not this year, however! A solid 9-3 record has solidified him as one of the top five pitchers in the American League. Keep up the good work on the hill Mr. Verlander and the Tigers might find themselves playing baseball in October.

Belabored talks

The month of July is right around the corner and that means NFL training camps are supposed to get started. I see no progress in labor talks over the last two weeks. The players and owners need to get together and get this CBA deal in place. The thought of no football on Sunday and Monday night is painful to think about. Seriously, NFL fans, what in the heck would we do with no football?

thefatguy@mihomepaper.com


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