So long Hockeytown

Fat Guy Corner


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The NHL playoffs are over in Hockeytown. The Boston Bruins ended the Red Wings’ season late in the afternoon last Saturday. Detroit shocked the Bruins with a game-one win and that was it after that. The big bad Bruins reeled off four straight victories. The boys from Boston were just a better all-around hockey club. They received great goaltending and scored all the huge goals of the series. Let’s not forget the fact they completely shut down the Red Wings power play. The power play for Detroit was terrible. I believe some of the blame belongs to Detroit and some to the penalty killing of the Bruins. I said before the series started that special teams would be a large part of this series. It was a factor for sure and it favored Boston.

The boys in the winged wheel jerseys still have a lot to be proud of. This young hockey team fought off adversity all season long and made the playoffs for the 23rd straight year. This hockey club will be better and more experienced in the 2014-15 hockey season.

I thought Mike Babcock did one of his better coaching jobs here this season. Hockeytown and the Detroit Red Wings will be back and better than ever next season. I really enjoyed watching all these young kids play all season long. I can’t wait for next year.

Lions release schedule

The NFL schedule was released last weekend and our beloved kitty cats open up on Monday Night Football. The New York “Football Giants” come to Ford Field to play the Lions. How about that, Lions fans? I say pretty darn cool, if you ask me. The second home game will be the Green Bay Packers in week three. The annual Turkey Day game will be the Chicago Bears. How about the NFL Thanksgiving Day schedule? The other two games are the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. The night game is the Seattle Seahawks against the San Francisco Forty-Niners. What a great day of football that will be.

The Lions also play the Atlanta Falcons in London on Oct. 26. It will be on Fox at 9:30 in the morning. They last two games are away games in Chicago and Green Bay. Those will be played in nasty weather. It’s a tough schedule for the Lions, but every game is always a tough game for the Lions, isn’t it? Yes, they are.

The NFL will open on Thurs., Sept. 4 in Seattle. The Green Bay Packers will play the Super Bowl champions. We all know what happened the last time these two teams met. Remember the “Fail Mary” pass with the replacement referees? That play ended the strike of the real refs, thank goodness. Is it football season yet? It will be training camp soon enough.

Run for the roses

The running of the Kentucky Derby is Saturday. Yes, the first Saturday in May means it’s horse racing time at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. It’s a day of women in fancy hats and people drinking Mint Julips. There will be a huge crowd of people and the excitement of horses running down the lane is like no other. The question is, who will win this year’s Kentucky Derby? The field will consist of 20 horses and many of them will be long shots to win. This is a great race to bet if you like betting long shots. There will be plenty of those in the Derby, but the chalk of the Derby will be the West Coast horse California Chrome. The Chrome has won his last four races by a total of 24 lengths. California Chrome won the Santa Anita Derby and defeated two Derby hopefuls in Hopportunity and Candy Boy. Hopportunity is trained by Bob Baffert. California Chrome has the oldest trainer in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Art Sherman is the trainer and he is 77 years old. Art absolutely loves his horse and his chances of winning this year’s race.

Here are some other choices to look at this Saturday: Wicked Strong, who loves to come off the pace. I believe if some horses go to the front at a blistering speed, Wicked Strong will be in the money. Danza, the Arkansas Derby winner, is a horse worth taking a look at. Vicars In Trouble is the Louisiana Derby winner, who also has a shot, I believe. The problem is, the Louisiana Derby winners usually don’t fare well at Churchill Downs. That scares me a little bit.

Hopportunity, who finished second to California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby, is a real threat to win. The Fat Guy’s selections look like this: California Chrome wins it (I usually hate the chalk) because he reminds me of Big Brown of a few years back. The horse Wicked Strong runs second. A total bomb runs for third; who it is, I have no idea thefatguy@mihomepaper.com


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