I t might be colder than cold outside, however things heated up for the Detroit Tigers baseball team and its fans. Justin Upton will be the new left fielder for the low, low price of six years at $132.75 million. Justin does have the right to opt out of the contract after year two. The three-time All-Star is 28-years old. Justin hit .251 last season, he drove in 81 RBI while also hitting 26 home runs. The pizza pie man, Mike Ilitch, wants to bring a World Series to Detroit and he has once again opened up the bank vault. Mr. Ilitch could buy a lot of pepperoni with $132.75 million. However, the leftfield position was a huge glaring hole on the Tigers’ roster so he put the money in left field. Detroit will have a heavy right-handed look to it in the lineup this coming season. I must say, the lineup looks powerful and mighty. The bottom line, though, will still come down to the pitching staff. Pitching will determine the Tigers’ success in 2016. I say, come on Tigers, let’s deliver a World Series to Detroit and the Pizza Man. Mr. Ilitch is getting up there in years!
No grace for the Cardinals
Hail Mary full of grace, the Arizona Cardinals’ Hail Mary defense was a total disgrace. This is for all the defenses in the NFL and how to defend the pass. The defenders have to get one guy in front and one guy in back of the receiver. Wow, I personally find that pretty simple! I think a third grader can figure it out, actually.Who would have thought the Green Bay Packers could pull it off twice in the same season? It should never happen; ever! One positive is the Lions are not the only ones who choke with the game on the line! I want to say the Fat Guy went a solid 4-0 picking games and was real close with picking the margin of victory in the games, too. What we have left is the No. 1 and 2 seeds from both the AFC and NFC conferences. The four best teams in the regular season are left standing and I like it.
The NFC has No. 1 seed Carolina playing at home against the Arizona Cardinals. These two teams did not play against one another in the regular season. The AFC has New England heading back to Denver where the two met earlier in the season on November 19. The Broncos won that game 30-24 in overtime. Who will win the rematch? Let’s see who the Fat Guy likes in these two football games.
Pats or Broncs?
The first game is the Patriots and Broncos at 3:05 p.m. Sunday on CBS. The Patriots have been installed as three-point favorites by the boys in Vegas. I think most football fans think this is a cakewalk for the Patriots. I know everyone loves Tom Brady (as do I) and Peyton Manning looked old and brutal against the Steelers. Peyton’s throws looked like kick offs, as the balls were turning end over end. I believe that’s why his receivers dropped so many passes because it’s hard to catch a football that’s not a spiral. The Denver defense was ranked No. 1 in the NFL and will make it tough on Brady and New England. Denver will need to run the rock effectively to beat the Patriots. I can’t see that happening, so here is the pick: Hoodies November Revenge 23 and Oh So Close Denver 20.
Going with Carolina
The Arizona and Carolina game kicks off at 6:40 p.m. in Carolina on FOX. Cam Newton will try to make his MVP season complete with a trip to the Super Bowl. Carson Palmer finally got the monkey off his back with a playoff victory last weekend. I must say, it was not pretty, though. Carson threw terrible picks and made horrible throws all night long. The Packers’ defense isn’t exactly a premier defense, either, and he was at home. I think the Carolina front seven will be a force and have Palmer running for his life all game long. I will say, too, that if he has time the Carolina secondary is very weak and can be hit with huge pass plays. Larry Fitzgerald will need a large game for the Cardinals to win. This is a tough game to call. I have gone back and forth with this one, so here it goes: Carolina Blue 24 and Bird Helmets 20. firstname.lastname@example.org