Fam, I am fired up!
After the Pistons were swept from the NBA playoffs by, let’s be honest, a vastly superior Milwaukee team, ESPN’s Twitter account posted this gem. Instantly several thousand fellow Detroit sports fans, as well as myself, were instantly triggered…
So I get it…yes we (and by we I mean Andrew Mark Wilhelm, myself, and the great city of Detroit) haven’t exactly put our best sports foot forward lately. But damn ESPN you came for a fierce, loyal, now angry and albeit sometimes delusional fan base.
We do still believe that the Lions are going to be good every year after all. Probably not a smart move to stir a fan base that is represented by animals that are some of the most dangerous predators in the world that weigh several hundred pounds and motor vehicles that weigh several thousand. Please don’t try and at me. I will come for you and I will be backed by the whole state of Michigan and I promise you that we do not fight fair.
I don’t think anyone who has been following the NBA this season believed for a second that the Pistons would come out on top. Blake Griffin played on basically one leg for the last few weeks and Giannis is appropriately nicknamed “The Greek Freak” but setting an NBA record for 14 straight playoff losses is not exactly how you want to be making headlines.
With that loss it makes over 1100 days since any Detroit team has won a playoff game. OUCH. The last team to do it was the Red Wings defeat of the Lightning in 2016. In fact the Red Wings are also the last team to bring a championship to the city back in 2008 when they took Lord Stanley’s Cup away from the Penguins. Before that the “Get To Work” Pistons brought home the last title that the Palace would be home to in 2004. Sure the Tigers were in the World Series in 2006 and 2012 but to say that those weren’t exactly the best representations of championship contenders is fair.
The city of Detroit is no stranger to terrible headlines. It’s almost as if it’s our brand at this point. Luckily I had parents who showed me it’s greatness instead of it’s weaknesses. I may have been raised in the suburbs but my mom lived through some of the worst scenes that the city of Detroit had to offer. She was also the person who taught me that “every city has it’s bad parts but we just have a few more.” She told me just to be aware but never afraid and that greatness is always around the corner. Whether directly or indirectly Detroit is responsible for changing our country and world. We are the Motor City, we are Motown, we are art, we get to work, and we are poised for one of the greatest potential comebacks.
I haven’t lived in Detroit for almost 11 years now but my fandom has never been stronger. I have experienced some crazy fan bases living in NYC for the last decade. I’m probably gonna anger and annoy most of this writing staff with the following statements but like I said earlier I am feeling feisty and fired up right now and to be honest I really don’t care. I can’t really pick which one is the most unbearable to be honest. Philly fans are just always angry, Pittsburgh fans are just obnoxious, New York fans are just mostly arrogant and riding a bandwagon (not Mets fans though. I feel you, I get you.), and I don’t even know where to start with Boston fans.
It’s Been Detroit vs. Everybody for a while now
I can say with the confidence of my entire lifetime that I have never experienced a fan base that is as loyal and as representative of their city as Detroit sports fans are. We have been around just as long you have Philly, Boston, New York, Chicago, and others. We are a great sports city. One of the greatest in my opinion. The Spirit of Detroit is a real thing. We are hard working. We don’t ask for much or demand great amounts of recognition. The one thing we do ask for however, is respect.
And if you can’t respect our traditions trust me when I say that there will be 41,297 people at Comerica Park, 65,000 at Ford Field, and a combined total of 40,006 at Little Caesars Arena that will be ready and willing to tell you otherwise. I may only be “Detroitish” and while we may not be having our best sports moments that doesn’t mean that you still can’t Say Nice Things About Detroit. I always have and I always will.
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