Tigers have no chance

Fat Guy Corner


 

 

The month of September is coming to a close and the Tigers’ season is closing fast. The Tigers will not make the playoffs, as they have faltered down the stretch. The heartbreaking loss to the Kansas City Royals Saturday was a crushing defeat. The ironic part to me was the fact that the bullpen was the culprit. When we look back, the Eric Hosmer home run ended the Tigers’ 2016 playoff run. The fact that every year the Tigers’ bullpen is always the issue is head-shaking crazy. I also realize that this season has been the best bullpen in Detroit compared to other years. The ghosts of Todd Jones and Papa Grande and numerous others continue to hang around and inflict pain to all Tigers’ fans. I really feel bad for the “Pizza Man” as he tries to put a winning baseball team on the field that should compete for a World Series. It’s tough to win the World Series if you’re not in the playoffs! I don’t know how much more the man can do for the Tigers and the city of Detroit baseball wise! It’s a down-right shame! My last comment: Brad Ausmus, you can go, and I hope you get fired because you’re not getting the job done.

Passing of a legend

The Ryder Cup starts this weekend at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota. Team USA will be playing golf with heavy hearts, as the legend, Arnold Palmer, passed away this week at the age of 87. Arnold Palmer was a true competitor on the golf course. He was a winner of 62 PGA Tournaments and that included seven major championships. Arnie’s first major was in 1958, which resulted in a green jacket at the Masters. My childhood memory of golf is of two players — Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer — those are the only two names I really knew. I think it would only be fitting if the US could win the Ryder Cup in Palmer’s honor. The fact that the US has lost three straight Ryder Cups and six of the last seven will make the task difficult. I hope captain Davis Love III can give the heartfelt speech delivered to his golf team. Let’s win one for the King, Arnold Palmer! RIP Mr. Palmer. You will be missed by golf fans around the world.

Gone too soon

The baseball world also is suffering with the loss of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who lost his life in a boating accident. Jose, 24, was a pitcher with Cy Young-type potential. The boat he was in hit a jetty at high speed and three people lost their lives. The thing to remember here is boats, and especially boating at night, is very dangerous. We all need to respect the water when out on boats. It could cost you your life if you don’t.

Going for the sweep

The Wisconsin Badgers will go for a sweep in the State of Michigan this weekend. The Badgers took down the Spartans 30-6 in East Lansing last Saturday. It was a tough day for Sparty as the green and white were absolutely man handled by the Badgers. The MSU offense could not sustain anything against the Wisconsin defense. The loss was a little bit of a shocker, as I thought the Spartans would win the game. The Spartans will try to pick up a win this week in Indiana. The kickoff is set for 8 p.m. and it will air on the Big Ten Network.

The Michigan Wolverines will get a crack at defeating ‘Bucky the Badger” at the Big House. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. I think this will be a grid iron beauty this Saturday. I think Wisconsin is a better football team than the college football experts believe. The Michigan Wolverines are facing what I consider to be their first real test on the football field. The entire landscape of college football will be watching Saturday. Michigan can establish itself as a title contender with a big win here. The same can be said for Wisconsin. A loss by Michigan in this football game would be crippling, especially with MSU and Ohio State on the road later in the year. This is by far Jim Harbaugh’s first huge game as coach of the Wolverines. The Fat Guy likes Michigan by a touchdown over Wisconsin. I also look for Sparty to rebound at Indiana and they win by 10 points in Indiana.

My awful NFL picks are below:

CINCINNATI -7 over Miami
JACKSONVILLE + 2.5 over Indianapolis
WASHINGTON – 9.5 over Cleveland
NEW ENGLAND – 4.5 over Buffalo
N.Y. JETS + 1 over Seattle
Carolina – 3 over ATLANTA
Detroit – 2.5 over CHICAGO
Tennessee + 6.5 over HOUSTON
Oakland + 3.5 over BALTIMORE
TAMPA BAY + 3 over Denver
SAN FRANCISCO + 3 over Dallas
SAN DIEGO – 4 over New Orleans
L.A Rams + 9 over ARIZONA
PITTSBURGH – 5.5 over Kansas City
MINNESOTA – 4 over NYGiants
LAST WEEK: 6-10 SEASON:17-29
BEST BET: 0-3 OUCH!
BEST BET: NEW YORK JETS
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