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Fat Guy’s Corner

Comeback kids past Sunday. The Packers lost a game and the The Detroit Lions are the comeback kids of the NFL here in 2011. Yes, it was another dou- Colts actually won a game. The Colts’ loss made me sad, as Detroit's 0-16 record will ble-digit deficit outcome for the victory. This remain an NFL record. Thanks, Millen and is the fourth time, and unbelievably, three of Marinelli, for that one. It was ironic that them have come on the road. The Lions Dan Orlovski was the Colts’ winning looked dead in the water with seven minquarterback as he was part of the Lions’ utes left in the fourth quarter trailing by 0-16 debacle. The Packers’ loss might 13 points. One thing we learned this seahelp Detroit, as they might rest starters son, is the Lions are never dead in a footon the last week of the season. Detroit ball game (except the Chicago game). plays Green Bay in week 17. The Matthew Stafford led a drive for a score last two weeks of the NFL and the Lions trailed by six. The season should be great, as Lions’ defense held the Raiders numerous playoff spots and forced a punt that landare up for grabs. The ed on the Lions’ two-yard games of interest this line with around two week feature the minutes left. Mr. Stafford Giants/Jets, drove them 98 yards to Jeff Day — Sports Columnist Eagles/Cowboys, and victory with a touchdown Falcons/Saints. There are too many playoff scepass to Calvin Johnson with thirty-nine seconds left. Oakland goes for a field goal and the narios to go over right now. The NFL 2011 MVP race is a three way between Aaron suspended one— Ndamukong Suh—back Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. Who from suspension, blocks the field goal. would have thought that a month ago? Jubilation on the Lions’ sidelines erupts along with Lions’ fans living rooms across the state of Nobody! We all had Rodgers winning it easily. Michigan. I almost hit the ceiling fan with my head. Bidding war How about Calvin Johnson? The past five The Texas Rangers have won the bidding games he has had no 100-yard receiving games rights to Japan pitcher Yu Darvish. They paid and just one touchdown. This game, he had $51.7 million, and that’s all. The Rangers have nine catches for 214 yards and two touch30 days to negotiate a deal. I believe they will downs. Matthew Stafford's fabulous season get it done. Do we all remember when the Red continued with four more touchdown passes. Sox paid $51.1 million for Dice K? I do. The "Year of the Cats" record sits at 9-5 and a Darvish's record in Japan was 93-38 with a playoff berth is like a piece of meat inches from 1.99 ERA. Pretty solid numbers, I would the Lions mouth. admit. I believe Texas made the move based on The Lions have exceeded expectations on the moves made by the Angels last week. the field this season. We all thought improveThe Fat Guy is headed to the Little Caesars ment was on the horizon! However, none of Bowl to root on the Western Michigan us realistically thought a playoff berth would Bronchos. Go Western! I can't wait. be a possibility. If you did, you had on Happy Holidays to all of you and to all, a Honolulu and Blue colored glasses or you’re good night! Here are this week's NFL winthe worst "Homer" ever. The fairy tale ends ners... with the princess kissing the frog and turning it Houston -6 over INDIANAPOLIS into a prince. The Lions’ fairy-tale ending for KANSAS CITY -1 over Oakland Lions fans is a victory at Ford Field on BUFFALO +3 over Denver Saturday afternoon. The San Diego Chargers - 7.5 over Jacksonville are red hot and looking for a playoff berth, too. TENNESSEE CINCINATTI -4 over Arizona Detroit, don't let this decade of frustration Miami + 10 over NEW ENGLAND linger on any longer please. Let's end the fairyBALTIMORE - 13 over Cleveland tale season correctly by clinching a playoff N.Y. Giants +3 over N.Y. Jets berth in front of all the die-hard Lions fans at WASHINGTON - 6.5 over Minnesota the game and at home watching. Christmas is Tampa Bay + 7.5 over CAROLINA Sunday, but for many of us, it's Saturday afterPITTSBURGH - 16 over St. Louis DETROIT - 2.5 over San Diego noon at four o'clock. Detroit, bring the Fat SEATTLE +3 over San Francisco Guy his present a day early, please, and I'll Philadelphia + 2.5 over DALLAS return all my gifts I get on Sunday. Go Lions! GREEN BAY - 12.5 over Chicago Prediction: Playoff Drought Over 30 Dead NEW ORLEANS - 6.5 over Atlanta Batteries 27. Is this a dream? One more side LAST WEEK 10-5-1 ( FINALLY) SEASON 104-108-9 ( note: I think the electricity at Ford Field will NEED TO GET TO .500) be electric and the electricity will kill the volts LOCK 6-10-1 ( NO HOPE) LOCK GREEN BAY of the San Diego Chargers. The NFL had a few goose eggs removed this the fatguy@mihomepaper.com 26

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Grand Blanc’s Noah Gosner wrestles Davison’s Jacob Madrigal at 103 lbs. last Saturday during the Genesee County Meet at Davison.

Goodrich and Grand Blanc compete at County meet BY

MICHAEL SELECKY

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DAVISON — Goodrich senior Isaac Jewell came into last Saturday’s 30-team Genesee County varsity wrestling meet looking to make his last appearance at this event a memorable one. It showed, as the 103 pounder went 3-1 with victories over Beecher’s Berry Holstein in :41, Davison’s Hunter Fifield in 1:56 and Birch Run’s Jerry Fenner by major decision 12-4 to come in second for his weight class. Jewell also lost to Davison’s Lincoln Olson, 5-2, as the Martians posted 74 points to finish 11th as a squad. Winning the event with a score of 288 was the host Cardinals, Birch Run was second with 215 points and scoring 177 to come in third was Lapeer West. That allowed Carman-Ainsworth to claim the fourth slot with 153.5 points, Clio and Lake Fenton were fifth and sixth at 124.5 and 123, respectively, and sliding in at seventh was Kearsley with 105.5. Millington, Linden, and LakeVille then rounded out the top 10 with 101.5, 99 and 93 points. Also placing for the Martians individually was Jack Waters at 112 lbs. in the third spot with wins over Birch Run’s Drew Cox in 3:48, Lake Fenton’s Jarred Corcoran, 4-0, and Birch Run’s Adam Bishop, 4-2, which came after losing to Lapeer West’s Dean Somers by major decision,10-0. Conner Wood wasn’t far behind for Goodrich at 160 after downing Grand Blanc’s Alex Baird in :52, Carman-

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Ainsworth’s Jack Baker in :54 and Durand’s Zane Perrin, 4-2, to take the fourth slot with a record of 3-2 for the event. Jacob McKervey came in sixth at 140 with wins by pin over Bentley’s Jeremiah Osterhout in 1:46 and Carman-Ainsworth’s Cameron Martin in :18 and grabbing single victories were Brandon Deszell at 171, Remington Berger at 152 and Nick Fisher at 125. The Martians also had a host of non-scoring competitors that took the mat at this event, including Hannah Jewell and Carson Henrie at 112, Coltan Hadsell and Kris Couvillion at 125, Tyler Henrie at 130, Brendan Calverle at 140, MaxJanikowski at 160 and Andrew Riley at 189. Goodrich competes at the Tournament of Champions on Dec. 30 against a field that includes Napolean, Fowlerville and St. Johns.

GRAND BLANC With a score of 51.5 the Bobcats placed 17th at the 30-team Genesee County Meet last weekend, as Noah Gosner stepped up to knock down three of the four opponents he faced at 103 lbs., including pins in 1:29 and 4:36 against Flint Northwestern’s Jalvin Williams and Swartz Creek’s Tyler Bencheck. Gosner also edged out Lapeer West’s Dakota Carie, 5-4, and lost to Davison’s Jacob Madrigal, 6-1. Sitting ahead of Grand Blanc in 12th place was Swartz Creek with 71.5 points, Beecher was 13th with 71 and placing 14th with 70.5 was Montrose. Lying just

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GRAND BLANC VIEW FOR MPA

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