2017-09-28 / Sports

Time to Sparty Up!

Fat Guy Corner

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist Jeff Day — Sports Columnist College football in East Lansing was not a good night for the Michigan State Spartans Saturday. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish administered an old fashioned tail whipping 38-18. The Spartans could not overcome three first-half turnovers. I don’t care what football team you have. Three turnovers in one half will ninety nine percent of the time end up in a loss.

The boys in green and white better get ready for a physical battle this Saturday, as the Iowa Hawkeyes are coming in for a gridiron tilt. Iowa lost a heartbreaker to Penn State at home Saturday. This will be a good old fashioned defensive battle, as the offenses will have to find ways to score. I like the Spartans in a close low-scoring affair. The Green and White 20 and Black and Gold 16. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. on FOX.

The Michigan Wolverines survived a scare from Purdue with a 28-10 victory Saturday. The Wolverines pulled away with 21 unanswered points in the second half. The defense was outstanding once again.

The injury suffered by quarterback Wilton Speight forced backup John O’Korn into the football game. I thought he played pretty solid football. The injury to Wilton is unknown at this time and his return is unknown. The Michigan Wolverines have a bye this weekend. The next game will be the Michigan State Spartans under the lights on October 7. Boy, oh boy, won’t that be a fun one in Ann Arbor at the Big House?!

Sports and politics clash

The NFL should be about football and not the National Anthem. However, football took a back seat last weekend. There are numerous stances being taken by people and that is why we live in this country. I will stick to talking football.

The Detroit Lions can find just about any way to lose a football game. I’ll call this loss the 10-second run-off loss. This loss was one of the most bizarre finishes ever. How many of these can the Lions and Lions fans endure?

The call was a touchdown but the booth review said it wasn’t! My take is the officials cost the Lions a chance to win with a blown call once again. The Seattle-batted ball, the Calvin Johnson touchdown and now this one! I believe the Detroit against everybody saying is about one hundred percent right. The bottom line is, instead of being 3-0, the Lions are 2-1.

The defense has been exciting to watch and they are pretty darned good. The kicking of Matt Prater is so helpful in the special-teams game. He is absolutely money from long range and one cannot underestimate the importance of that. Matt Prater will win two or three games with his strong leg. Jason

Hanson, who? Just kidding. I loved Jason; he was also money.

Detroit’s loss to

Atlanta showed it can play with any team in the NFL. The Lions need to go to Minnesota this week and pick up a huge road win. The match-up is between two 2-1 football teams and it’s a good match-up. I like the Lions to win by a field goal. The cheeseball says: No review this week 23 and Purple Men 20.

It’s about time, Ausmus

The Detroit Tigers finally pulled the trigger on Brad! The smile on my face couldn’t have been any brighter, or wider, to hear this announcement! The fact that Brad did not have any managing experience hurt him at the major-league level. I know when he was hired he was only 44-years old and not far removed from his playing days. The Tigers had a veteran ball club and he looked like a good fit from the outside looking in. The problem is, fundamentally, the Tigers were terrible. The base running was brutal, the handling of pitchers was brutal, and line up moves suspect at times. Let’s all wave good bye to Brad and welcome in whoever is the next Detroit Tigers’ manager. Let’s be honest. The Tigers will stink for the next three years or more as playoff baseball will be a long wait in Tiger Town. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com My picks are heating up:

GREEN BAY - 7 over Chicago
New Orleans - 3 over MIAMI (LONDON)
Carolina + 8 over NEW ENGLAND
DALLAS - 8 over L. A. Rams
Detroit + 3 over MINNESOTA
HOUSTON + 2 over Tennessee
N. Y. JETS + 4 over Jacksonville
Cincinnati - 3 over CLEVELAND
Pittsburgh - 2.5 over BALTMORE
Buffalo + 8 over ATLANTA
L.A. CHARGERS - pk over Philadelphia
San Francisco + 7 over ARIZONA
Oakland + 2.5 over DENVER
SEATTLE - 13 over Indianapolis
Washington + 7 over KANSAS CITY
LAST WEEK: 9-5-1; SEASON: 24-21-1

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