2018-02-08 / Sports

Fat Guy Corner

Fat Guy flies with Eagles


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist Jeff Day — Sports Columnist Super Bowl LII is in the books and the underdog Philadelphia Eagles emerged victorious.

The 41-33 victory over the Tom Brady-led New England Patriots caught some football fans by surprise, but not the Fat Guy! I predicted an Eagle victory by three points and they got it done by a total of eight points. I did not think it would be an offensive explosion of points like it played out, though. I was extremely shocked at how bad the defenses performed!

I guess while we are talking about the defense the biggest question is, why was New England secondary man, Malcom Butler, benched for the Super Bowl? I mean, he played in 97 percent of New England’s defensive snaps this football season. The “experts” are guessing and speculating, but only coach Bill Belichick knows the true answer. I think the benching hurt the Patriots defense, as Nick Foles for the Eagles was completing pass after pass to numerous receivers. The Eagles were 10-of-16 on third down conversions!

The “GOAT” Tom Brady was completing all his passes, also throwing for over 500 yards! Yes, 500 yards folks; that is not a misprint.

I just want to say that MVP Nick Foles, who everyone thought would not fare well in this game against Brady, had the last laugh in this Super Bowl. The backup quarterback showed the entire world to never give up in yourself and seize an opportunity when given the chance.

This game had everything including missed extra points (good for people with bad square numbers like me), a bobbled field goal attempt, huge momentum swings, a little controversy with touchdowns and some gutsy play calls! I loved this game for all those reasons. I think a tip of the Fat Guy fork and Eagles hat goes to the Eagles coach for playing to win the football game and not to choke it away by being conservative. I think of all the conservative play I see in the NFL by numerous teams that cost them wins. The Eagles played to win! I’ll just end it with Fly, Eagles, Fly and enjoy the Thursday parade.

Worst kept secret in the NFL

The Super Bowl loss also meant the Lions could officially name defensive coordinator for New England, Matt Patricia, the full bearded one, the

Lions new head coach!

Matt, I hope you bring some of that Bill Belichick knowledge to the Motor City. I want to prepare you Lions fans that only one Belichick assistant has an over .500 record.

Who? The man is Al

Groh at 9-7 with the

New York Jets.

The talk among most Lions fans I know shows they like the hire, mostly because of the fact he is coming from a winning franchise in the New England Patriots. The fact his team gave up 41 points to Philadelphia in the Super Bowl is a little concerning to me. Patricia has his work cut out here in Detroit to make this Lions’ team a Super Bowl contender. The Lions have some talent, no doubt about that fact. The draft and free agency could make this team a contender, I believe! I will give Patricia a shot, but it’s win now, not five years from now. This is the Kitty Kats who leave a lot of dirt in the litter box every season. Let’s turn this around in Motown, Mr. Patricia!

Injecting life into the Pistons

The Detroit Pistons, since the Blake Griffin trade, have not lost a basketball game. The early jury verdict so far is the trade has injected life into the lifeless Detroit Pistons. The return of Reggie Jackson after the All-Star break should also make the Pistons a much stronger basketball team. I think Reggie’s scoring ability will make Blake’s offensive play better with another offensive scorer on the basketball floor. I know it’s early, but the Pistons should make the NBA Playoffs come April. If the Pistons don’t, it will mean bye bye to coach Stan Van Gundy! I like Stan Van and would like to see him stay.

So many choices

I can’t believe two things are close to starting up, in spring training and the Winter Olympics. It won’t be long and the pitchers and catchers will be reporting to camp! That just doesn’t seem possible here in the dead of winter. The Winter Olympics begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Thursday. I love the Winter Olympics and I’ll be watching on a nightly basis. The question is, will you be watching? thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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