Stanley Cup prediction, NBA playoff update, things are still sticky in baseball and more

Fat Guy Corner

 

 

It’s Monday night as I write this and the Stanley Cup Finals will begin between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightening.

I find it hard to believe these two teams did not face one another during the regular season. I also cannot believe the Montreal Canadiens are playing for the Stanley Cup! I ask myself, can this Montreal team continue this huge underdog story and capture the ultimate hockey prize — the Stanley Cup?

The Tampa Bay hockey club is looking for a back to back scenario to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. The Lightening hoisted the “Bubble Cup” — as I call it — in 2020 and now would love to hoist it in front of live fans at the arena.

The two goaltenders, Carey Price of Montreal, and Andrei Vasilevskiy of Tampa Bay, are top-notch goaltenders and will keep the scoring down in this series. I really think this will be a tremendous Stanley Cup Finals between these two hockey clubs. The fat guy prediction: Tampa Bay in six games.

The NBA Western Conference is looking like a Phoenix Suns victory as they hold a 3-1 series lead. The L.A. Clippers loss of its best player, Kawhi Leonard, to a knee injury is just too much to overcome for the Clippers. Who will the Suns face in the NBA Finals is the question.

The Eastern Conference has Milwaukee up 2-1 over Atlanta currently. The play of Trae Young, the point guard for the Atlanta Hawks, has been awesome to watch. Trae is going to be a true superstar in the NBA. However, Milwaukee will advance to take on the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals.

How about the Detroit Pistons securing the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft! The Pistons franchise needs a franchise player in the worst way too. Who was the last No. 1 pick overall selected by the Pistons? We have to go all the way back to 1970 when Detroit selected the “Big Dobber” Bob Lanier from St. Bonaventure. I would say, Bob Lanier lived up to the No. 1 overall pick as he was selected to the Hall of Fame in 1992.

I stated in last week’s article the umpires would be inspecting pitchers for sticky substances and you’re an idiot if you get caught. Well, it only took a week for Seattle pitcher Hector Santiago to be ejected for a sticky substance on the inside of his glove!

I say, come on Hector, nobody is buying your story it was just rosin from the rosin bag. The glove is currently being sent to New York for further testing and inspection. We shall see what the results end up being. I believe Hector will not be the last one caught this season, either.

The play of the Detroit Tigers this summer has been respectable. The Tigers have escaped the basement of the American League Central, which the Kansas City Royals currently occupy. The Tigers are in third place and I had them being in last place all season long. I want to say, Jonathan Schoop has been dynamite at the plate with 15 home runs and 41 RBIs. He has really picked up his play in the last month or so. A surprise to me has been Robbie Grossman and his steady play with nine home runs and 35 RBIs.

The play of MIGGY has been atrocious and is embarrassing actually. The amount of money he is receiving from the Tigers deserves a better effort from him. Let’s be honest, MIGGY is cheating the Detroit Tigers and its fans with his play on the field.

I really enjoy watching Akil Baddoo play baseball. He is a joy to watch. The Detroit Tigers are not a tough team to watch here in 2021 unlike the previous few years.

The Travelers Championship went to a wild eight hole playoff last weekend. The winning golfer was Harris English and the tough luck loser was Kramer Hickok. The playoff holes were so ugly by both golfers that it became tremendous television watching all the bad shots. You have to love the game of golf!

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