2017-09-07 / Sports

Fat Guy Corner

Clean up at Comerica Park!

Jeff Day — Sports ColumnistJeff Day — Sports ColumnistFootball season is getting fired up in the college and NFL ranks. I would say that summer is in the rearview mirror and that fall has arrived. Let’s get started with saying goodbye to the great Justin Verlander as a Detroit Tiger. Last Friday the trade of Justin Upton to the L.A. Angels was a mild surprise, as the Tigers were happy to unload that brutal and horrible contract.

However, the stunner came next, as Justin Verlander waived his no-trade clause to change into a Houston Astros uniform. I realize it will be brutally painful to no longer see JV in a Tiger Ole English D.

It seems like yesterday when in 2004 the Tigers selected Justin in the June draft. One thing is for certain; he lived up to the selection and became a Tiger fan favorite and a possible Hall of Fame pitcher. In life, all good things must come to an end and JV’s time in Detroit has ended. I wish him well and don’t blame him for not wanting to go through the Detroit Tigers’ total teardown and rebuilding process. I hope he completes his dream and wins a World Series in Houston.

The Tigers’ farm club has now been rebuilt, as it was in dire straits. The Astros sent over Franklin Perez, a 19-year-old right-handed pitcher. Another future star is Daz Cameron, a centerfielder, who should be in the majors soon. The other player is Jake Rogers, a defensive catcher, who is solid behind the plate, but not much of a hitter right now. The Tigers did what they had to do as a baseball team. The previous team had run its course and the window has closed. It’s time for new players and a new direction. We, as fans, need to be patient, as the next two years will not be the baseball we are used to seeing over the last decade. Bye bye, Brad Ausmus, you too were worthless!

Feel good Sparty story

The Michigan State Spartans opened up with a 35-10 victory over Bowling Green Saturday. The highlight was the touchdown scored by Tyson Smith, who had suffered a stroke last November. At the time, Tyson’s football career was in serious jeopardy. What a great ending to a very scary situation for Tyson Smith.

The Spartans will be at home against Western Michigan that gave the USC Trojans all they wanted before losing in the fourth quarter. The Spartys better not be sleeping on Western Michigan. The Broncos have a very solid football team as PJ Fleck did not leave the cupboard bare. The game is at 3:30 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

The Michigan Wolverines overcame two pick-sixes thrown by

Wilton Speight (only one was his fault) to defeat the Gators 33-17.

The Wolverines dominated the

Florida team in all phases of the football game. On defense, the

Wolverines did not look like a team that lost 10 starters. The Florida offense is pretty shaky and weak. The Wolverines will take on Cincinnati at high noon at the Big House. The Wolverines are five-touchdown favorites. The game is on ABC. It was an awesome opening week for the Big Ten, as it went 10-2 in nonconference play.

NFL gets its party started

The NFL season opens Thursday night in New England, as the Patriots host the Kansas City Chiefs. The lovable Kitty Kats open up at home against the Arizona Cardinals. I can’t believe the Cardinals are coming to Ford Field! It seems like the Lions always travel to Arizona and come home with a loss. I think this will be a victory at home and I think this game is a win they need. The NFL is all about winning your home games if you want to play football in January. What do the Lions have in store for us here in 2017? Playoffs, or no Playoffs? What are your thoughts?

Last chance to sign up

This is your last chance to sign up for the Out-pick the Fat Guy contest. The overall winner gets a $100 gift certificate. If you beat me, you’re in a $100 gift-certificate drawing. Here is how to sign up: Go to ESPN. Click under fantasy, then hit pig skin pick’em. The group to join is Fat Guy MiView, it’s that simple. My crystal cheeseball is plugged in and the NFL picks are ready:

NFL PICKS

Kansas City + 8 over NEW ENGLAND
N.Y. Jets + 7.5 over BUFFALO
CHICAGO + 7 over Atlanta
Jacksonville + 5.5 over HOUSTON
WASHINGTON –PK over Philadelphia
DETROIT + 1.5 over Arizona
TENNESSEE - 2 over Oakland
Tampa Bay - 2.5 over MIAMI
CINCINNATI - 3 over Baltimore
CLEVELAND + 9 over Pittsburgh
L.A. Rams – 3.5 over Indianapolis
Seattle + 3 over GREEN BAY
SAN FRAN + 6 over Carolina
N.Y. Giants + 3.5 over DALLAS
New Orleans + 3.5 over MINNESOTA
DENVER - 3.5 over L. A. Chargers
BEST BET: CINCINNATI

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