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Detroiternthemist
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Post Number: 36
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Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 4:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Having a debate at work on whether Detroit's a Fooball, Basketball, Baseball or Hockey town?
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Upinottawa
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Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 4:42 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Detroit is unique in that it is actually all four.

If I had to pick one, I would say baseball.
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Susanarosa
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Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 4:46 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Football, the only team that has had a consistently sucky record for a half century and can still sell out.
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Wilus1mj
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Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 4:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Deep down it's a Baseball Town...100+ years. 13 bad seasons has hidden Detroit's passion for baseball.
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Mackinaw
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Post Number: 1366
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Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 4:49 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The city:
1) Baseball
2) Football
3) Basketball
4) Hockey

The larger market of 5 million
1) Football
2) Baseball
3) Hockey
4) Basketball (despite the Pistons being awesome)
But, as has been said, we are really an all-sports area so there is not much of a divide between 1 and 4.

Of course if you go with what is trendy now, it goes Pistons, Wings, Tigers....., Lions. When the Tigers are in contention this town will go NUTS.
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Darwinism
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Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 5:55 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Based on recent performance, I would rate Detroit sports as follows:

1. Red Wings hockey
2. Pistons basketball
3. Tigers baseball
4. Lions football
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Mackinaw
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Post Number: 1370
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Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 7:13 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Let's just do a survey...by the way, I think Lowell should create a survey feature on this site where each forumer can vote once on a question.

To clarify my list, I think that basketball and football might beat out baseball in terms of overall interest in the city; however, we are looking at interest in local pro sports (over the course of time).

Two thoughts: if the Pistons played in Detroit, I am sure they would have a larger following and would initiate more pro-Detroit pride the way that even the Red Wings did in the late 90s. ...Also, GOLF is really big inside and outside of the city. I'd like to get some golf course per square mile stats...our metro must rank really high (like the entire state). And don't say that golf and the inner-city don't mix! You should see Chandler Park on any day of the week. (But we're talking about pro sports teams so excuse my aside)
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Thecarl
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Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2006 - 7:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

gratuitous posting of my ten-week-old daughter on tigers' opening day, 2006

comerica opening day, 2006
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Detroiternthemist
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Post Number: 37
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Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 1:50 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Football!!!! We can mention the lions at anytime of year and ears will perk. Football is King! Nice post Thecarl. It will definitely be nice to have back 2 back championship parades this year. Go Pistons .........Go Wings!!!!!
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Lowell
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Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 2:10 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

What a darling thecarl. Congrats!
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Jerome81
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Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 2:15 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Red Wings. There are no bigger fans all over the entire country than Yankee fans, Cub fans, and Red Wings fans.

There is no doubt, Detroit is Hockeytown (and not so much football town, baseball town, or basketball town).
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Smogboy
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I think of it this way... the Wings win the Cup and some really nice parades. Same with the Pistons. I think the Tigers would also draw a nice parade up Woodward as well, BUT if the Lions won a Super Bowl? I think the entire town wopuld go absolutely nuts and implode.

Being an avid sports radio listener, I also notice that the amount of callers for Lions football always seem to stir the most emotions. Prime example is right now- while there aren't even any Lions game being played, the new coaching staff & their mini-camp is still being discussed. Do we really hear much of training camp about the Pistons, Tigers, or Wings comparitively?

Don't get me wrong. I love all of Detroit sports but if I had to rank a number one in fans' passion, I'd have to lean towards the honolulu blue & silver.
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Iheartthed
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For the city proper, it's basketball hands down.

For the metro area... probably hockey. I don't believe Detroit would have a hard time rallying behind any team that was doing well, though... so this probably isn't too much of any town but a prideful one.
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Diggelicious
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Post Number: 43
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Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 3:07 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

great thread... always wondered this question

currently for metro due to performance
1) pistons
2)wings
3)lions
4)tigers

but in reality if everything was going great
1) lions
2) tigers
3)wings
4)pistons


Again, a great thread
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Smogboy
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Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 3:42 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I think Diggelicious brings up a good point about "reality"- if ALL of the teams were in first place, I think the Lions would beat out the other three for popularity, but the Tigers & Wings would be a mighty close tie with the Pistons trailing a bit- but not much.
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Rjk
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Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 9:35 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

All things being equal:
Tigers
Lions
Pistons
Redwings

The Wings have benefited greatly from the Lions and Tigers being pretty bad for the last 15 years and even the Pistons being pretty average throughout the 90's. Plus the fact that Ilitch was a very big fish in a small pond when it came to spending money on his hockey team and collecting hall of famers.

The Lions would probably create more excitement if they won a championship as opposed to the tigers, but I think that might be due to the fact that they've never won a Super Bowl before.
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Czar
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Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 9:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Football. I'd say the Lions have probably had the most consistent attendance figures in my 38 years of observation. People stayed away in droves when the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons had down years. The Lions have always been awful, yet you could still count on them drawing crowds.
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Danny
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Pistons and Red Wings are THE BEST!!!!

Tigers and Lions are THE WORST!!!!

Pistons and Red Wings have the best talents while the Tigers and Lions have the wost talents.


Go PISTONS Go WINGS!! Bring Stanley Home, bring the NBA World Championship Trophy home to Detroit where it belongs.
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Zulu_warrior
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Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 10:46 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The problem with this thread is that is limiting to Pro Sports.

If you extend this matrix to include college then Detroit is a Football Town.

Lions
Wolverines
Spartans
Chippewas
Panthers (USFL)


Then a Basketball Town

Pistons
Shock
Spartans
Wolverines
Broncos

Then a Hockey Town

Red Wings
Wolverines
Spartans

Then a Baseball town

Tigers

This would be true even if you extended this to High school sports and little league
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Detrola
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Detroit Lions... Detroit Tigers... Auburn Hills Pistons...they changed their name when they left fort wayne, they should have changed their name when they left detroit.
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Chitaku
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Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 11:06 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Lions
Pistons/Red Wings/Tigers- It depends who is winning to see who gets the top spot.
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Czar
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I disagree with any listing of the Pistons higher than fourth. They moved to Detroit in the late 50's, so they are the youngest of the four major Detroit sports teams. Also, outside of their recent resurgence and the "Bad Boys" era, they've been terrible most of their existence. I remember going to see the Bob Lanier era Pistons at Cobo and there were so few people there you could hear everything that was said on the court and on the bench. Not to mention they've been playing in the suburbs for the past 20+ years.
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Mackinaw
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Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 11:23 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Agreed. Sad but true. They are fun to watch. But I have a hard time being passionate about them.
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Chitaku
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Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 11:25 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

You almost have to put popuarity in terms of popularity to the sport itself. Hockey is being destroyed right now by its powers that be. I believe thisis the first time in a long time that I have seen empty seats at the joe
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Drdetroit
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Actually Detroit only has 3 sports teams. The basketball team plays 32 MILES from Detroit. I still wonder why the NBA allows them to use the name Detroit? What is the cut off point? Can the team be 50 MILES away and still be called the Detroit Pistons???

(Message edited by drdetroit on April 14, 2006)
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Zulu_warrior
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So that they wouldnt have a second rate name like the Anahiem Angels....
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Blessyouboys
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Posted on Friday, April 14, 2006 - 12:38 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah, and don't the NY Jets play in Jersey?

Plus, Bill Davidson built The Palace in AH with his own money, not the taxpayers'--not necessarily a bad thing.

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