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Fat Guy Corner



The Fat Guy is back after a little vacation last week and it feels good to be back.

The Preakness was a muddy mess last Saturday in Baltimore in the early evening. The Kentucky Derby and the Preakness were both muddy tracks and hopefully, the Belmont in three weeks will not be a muddy mess.

The horse, Justify, has won the first two legs of the Triple Crown and a Belmont victory will give horse racing a Triple Crown winner. Justify, who was the prohibitive chalk to win the 143rd Preakness, had his most difficult race of his career in the Preakness. The colt was challenged down the stretch and it took the last 70 yards for him to pull away from the challengers.

The last Triple Crown winner was American Pharoah in 2015 and the trainer was Bob Baffert, who also trains Justify. I am a horse racing fan and I am really excited to watch Justify make a run at the Triple Crown. I will evaluate his chances after I see which horses enter into the Belmont! The hype of Justify will be significant as we get closer to the Belmont, so stay tuned.

LeBron is a man on a mission

The NBA Eastern Conference Finals are currently knotted up at two wins apiece for Cleveland and Boston. The two teams have both held serve at home winning on their home floors. I say it’s never a series until the road team wins a game. I have a sneaky suspicion that the Cleveland Cavaliers win game five in Boston. I think LeBron James is a man on a mission to take the Cavaliers back to the NBA Finals. The problem is, the Western Conference Finals have two teams better than the Cavaliers. The Houston Rockets and the Golden State Warriors are both better basketball teams. I watched the Golden State Warriors rip apart the Rockets in game three at home. The Warriors will win this series and go on to win the NBA Finals again. I am tired of the Warriors and Cavaliers in the NBA Finals; just saying!

Electrifying ice wars

The NHL has one team qualified for the Stanley Cup in the Las Vegas Golden Knights. The best roster ever assembled for an expansion team (tongue in cheek). The Golden Knights are electrifying the hockey world with this incredible run to the Stanley Cup. I wonder how many people living in Vegas took a flyer with a prop bet on the Golden Knights to win the Cup? The odds makers in Vegas are some nervous people if they are holding a bunch of prop bets on their hometown hockey club.

The Eastern Conference is going to a game seven between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals. This has been a battle of road wins in the first four games, then two home wins. Game seven is in Tampa Bay and I think they will find a way to get it done. The Washington Capitals would like to win and remove that choking label that has been attached to this franchise over the last four decades of hockey.

Painfully obvious

The baseball season is roughly two months old and one thing is obviously apparent. The American League is a quite embarrassing division! The Cleveland Indians lead the dang thing by one game over the Minnesota Twins and three games over the lovable Detroit Tigers. The Cleveland Indians’ record is a smoking hot 22-23, one game under .500! I shake my head at how pitiful that really is. The fact that the Cleveland Indians are loaded with pitching and talent and are playing under .500 is an absolute joke! I realize the division stinks, but come on, Cleveland, at least play some baseball. Personally, I hope the Twins catch the Indians and win the division. The Tigers have actually been a mild surprise because I had this team losing 100 baseball games! I guess that will cost me a few bucks come October with the stupid side wager I made after a few barley and hops pops! Wow, I make some dumb wagers! thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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