In honor of the late, great Joe Falls, it's a Friday Fish Fry ...

The Tigers were dealt a huge blow with the loss of shortstop Jose Iglesias.

On Thursday, GM Dave Dombrowski announced that Iglesias will miss at least four months and possibly the entire season with stress fractures in both legs.

"(He could) perhaps be back later in the year, but in my thought process that's more unlikely than likely at this point," Dombrowski said to reporters before the Tigers played the Washington Nationals in Viera, Fla.

Some are trying to discount his loss, saying he's just a light-hitting shortstop. But his absence in the everyday lineup will hurt this team. He was supposed to be the glue in the field. Plus, the Tigers don't have a real replacement for him on the roster.

Danny Worth will probably get the nod to be the starting SS on Opening Day and beyond.

In reality, it says a lot that the Tigers aren't willing to make a trade for a starting shortstop or sign Stephen Drew, a free agent.

The Tigers simply won't spend money unless they are forced - when things don't work out.  

It's hard to imagine that it will, especially since Iglesias was supposed to be a perfect catalyst in new manager Brad Ausmus' small ball way of playing for the Tigers.

This, plus the loss of Andy Dirks to an injury as well, has weaken the Tigers. And the loss of Prince Fielder, Jhonny Peralta and Omar Infante should have Tigers fans worried about the postseason. It's not same team as a year ago.

March Madness

Michigan State and Michigan both did what most expected on Thursday - winning its opening round games against much lesser competition.

Granted, it's isn't always a layup as Dayton stunned Ohio State right off the bat of the tourney.

But, MSU beat Delaware comfortably and Michigan knocked off Wofford.

The buzz coming in was all about the Spartans, who were coming off winning the Big Ten tourney. They finished the job beating Wisconsin and Michigan.

Even President Obama got into the act, picking Tom Izzo's squad to win it all.

Sure, the Spartans are healthy now. Still, some aren't sold though.

Plus, Izzo - for all the praise he gets for having a great program - hasn't won a title since 2000.

Michigan, on the other hand, went to the championship last year. This season, they won the Big Ten's regular season. And during the Wolverine's tremendous season, they proved they can beat quality teams, knocking off three Top 10 teams in three straight games.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time a team did it since 1987.

Michigan will go further than State.

NCAA champion: Arizona over Virginia.

Jax Could Be Next Millen

Phil Jackson is back with the New York Knicks as team president for a boatload of money.

If you think the Pistons have hit a dry patch, Jackson's mission is simple: build a team to win an NBA championship for a franchise that hasn't won a title since Jackson left Eighth Ave. in 1973.