2018-06-14 / Sports

Three things on my mind

Fat Guy Corner


Jeff Day — Sports Columnist Jeff Day — Sports Columnist The NBA Finals gave us the Swiffer sweep. The Golden State Warriors would not even give the Cleveland Cavaliers the gentlemen’s sweep. What is the gentlemen’s sweep, you ask? I call that where the team that is up 3-0 in the series gives the home team a win on their home floor. This then allows the team to head home to win the championship in front of their own fans. The LeBron James show just could not win this series on his own and he did everything he could as a basketball player. The Warriors are loaded with talent and have won three titles in the last four years. The summer will now feature LeBron James as a free agent and numerous rumors as to where he will take his talents next year. I really don’t think LeBron knows what he is going to do, as far as staying or leaving Cleveland.

What I do know is the Detroit Pistons have a new coach in Dwane Casey. Yes, the Dwane Casey, who was fired roughly a month ago by the Toronto Raptors. The rumor is, it’s a five-year deal with terms not disclosed. The Pistons and Casey plan to build the basketball team around Blake Griffin. The Pistons really need Blake Griffin to stay healthy if they want to build around him and expand his game. It’s a good fit, in my opinion, as Casey took the Toronto team to the playoffs five of the last seven years. The fact Casey could not defeat the Cleveland team in the playoffs is why he was canned by the Raptors. I will take the wait-and-see approach to the hiring of Dwane Casey. I will personally miss Stan Van Blundy, though!

Capitals win Stanley Cup

The Washington Capitals have removed the choke collar off their hockey resume by winning the Stanley Cup in five games! The Vegas Golden Knights were a tremendous hockey story during the regular season and the playoffs, but the slipper fell off in the Stanley Cup!

The Washington Capitals dominated and ended 44 years of frustration. The owner, Ted Leonsis, has stated the parade on Tuesday will be “much bigger” than the people of Washington D.C. are expecting. I was happy for Alex Ovechkin, who has chased the Cup for the last 14 years. It makes me flash back to Steve Yzerman’s chase for the Cup in Detroit. I am always sad when the hockey season is over and I miss playoff hockey in the worst way. The chase for the Stanley Cup is one of the best sports television watches.

Hey, Detroit Red Wings, how about making Hockey Town a playoff town this season?

Speaking of best TV watches…

Golf’s U.S. Open started at Shinnecock

Hills Golf Club this morning. The defending champ,

Brooks Koepka, will try to win another U.S. Open as he defends his title from 2017. He is paired with Bubba Watson and Jason Day. The Tiger Woods watch will also be in full effect this weekend. Tiger’s last major championship was 10 years ago and it was a U.S. Open. He has been stuck on 14 major wins ever since! I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already, can you? Tiger’s paired with Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson. The tee time is set for 1:47 p.m. this afternoon.

I love watching the U.S. Open and I think this weekend will be a dramatic finish on Father’s Day Sunday! Who does the Fat Guy like to win it? I will pick two players--a favorite and a long shot. The long shot is Marc Leishman and the favorite is Dustin Johnson.

Hushing the neigh-sayers

Horse racing at Belmont produced another, the 13th winner, of the Triple Crown in Justify on Saturday. The Belmont was Justify’s from the beginning to the end, or gate to wire, as we horse-racing fans call it. The win was great for the horse racing industry and good for the owners who now have a $75 million value on Justify. The breeding rights were negotiated at $60 million and the Triple Crown brought in another $15 million.

I still think that American Pharoah is the much better horse over Justify and would beat him if they hooked up in a horse race. The fact is, we have now had two Triple Crown winners in the last four years. The second-place finisher, Gronkowski, which is named after the New England Patriot and partly owned by Rob Gronkowski, ran an extremely strong race. The horse went off at 24-1, so if you played him to run second, you cashed a nice ticket. thefatguy@mihomepaper.com

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