Spartans ‘D’ tough

Fat Guy Corner



The Michigan State Spartans won a dramatic football game to claim the Big Ten Championship with a 16-13 win over Iowa on Saturday.

What a great football game for all the country to watch. What it shows me is that you don’t need to watch a flag football score of 45-42 to be on the edge of your seat. The Iowa Hawkeyes and the Spartans traded defensive blows that the Big Ten Conference was built on tough, hard-nosed defense!

Michigan State went on an epic nine minute and four second drive using 22 plays with L.J. Scott capping it off with a 1-yard touchdown with 27 seconds left. The party in Indianapolis, East Lansing and the rest of the State of Michigan was on! MSU punched a ticket to the college football four-team playoff.

What a program Mark Dantonio has put together over the last five years. Michigan State will now take on the Crimson Tide of Alabama in the Cotton Bowl on New Year’s Eve night. Las Vegas has installed the “Bama Boys” as nine-point favorites. I say, don’t fret Sparty, Ohio State was nine-point underdogs last season and they whipped the Tide. I know I can’t wait for the game to get here. The other contest will have Clemson and Oklahoma playing in the Orange Bowl. This looks like a great matchup on paper. The bottom line is, any one of these four teams can win the national title. There is no favorite in my eyes. New Year’s Eve will be a really exciting night of football.

Sold out for the Maize & Blue

The Michigan Wolverines will take on Florida in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day. Michigan and Florida also played in a bowl game back in 2006, which was Lloyd Carr’s last game as Michigan’s football coach. Michigan sent out Coach Carr as a winner.

How about Michigan selling out its allotment of tickets in 64 minutes? Pretty impressive, I thought. It’s called the Jim Harbaugh effect on the Michigan program.

Central Michigan plays Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on Dec. 28 and Western Michigan plays Middle Tennessee in the Bahamas Bowl in Nassau on Dec. 24.

New-look Kitty Cats

The Detroit Tigers’ roster is changing faster than my diet plans this winter. Man, have they been busy with establishing a new look in 2016. The bullpen will look vastly different. We say bye bye to Al “I’ll Be a Turkey” and Neftali Feliz. No loss there. It might save some baseballs’ lives not going over the fence! Mike Pelfrey has been added to the Tigers’ pitching staff. He is a 6-foot-7, 240 pounder and a former first-round pick of the New York Mets back in 2005. Pelfrey went 6-11 last season with a 4.26 ERA. I think he is being added to the roster as an innings eater for Detroit. The new catcher is Jarrod Saltalamacchia also known as “Salty.” Salty is a career .240 hitter and a switch hitter. He only hit .225 last year. The signing of Salty more than likely means the end for Bryan Holaday in Detroit. Detroit’s starting catcher will be James McCann, I believe. All of us have to applaud the fact the Tigers are not standing pat on last year’s disaster of a season. I know I am liking it!

Just make it stop!

The Detroit Lions added one more piece of debacle to their ugly history as a franchise. The “Hail Face Mask Pass” was about as as bad it gets. The coaching on that play was brutal. Where was Calvin Johnson? Why wasn’t he on the field? Why were five guys on the Lions defense behind the three Packers receivers?

Side note: The Pistons and the Red Wings are both playing excellent right now.

NFL picks:
Minnesota + 7.5 over ARIZONA
CINCINNATI – 3 over Pittsburgh
Buffalo – pk over PHILA.
Atlanta + 7.5 over CAROLINA
CLEVELAND – pk overSan Francisco
CHICAGO – 3 over Washington
ST. LOUIS – pk over Detroit
KANSAS CITY – 10 over San Diego
TAMPA BAY – 3 over New Orleans
JACKSONVILLE – pk over Indy
Tennessee + 7.5 over NYJETS
HOUSTON + 3 over New England
Oakland + 7.5 over DENVER
GREEN BAY – 7 over Dallas
Seattle – 6 over BALT.
MIAMI – pk over NY Giants
LAST WEEK: 7-9 SEASON: 76-94-5

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