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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Detroit vs. The Gods of Sports Justice

One more thought for the day, because I couldn't get this question out of my head last night:

What if the blessing of the baseball angel has cursed basketball this year? Is it possible that the Gods of Sports Justice have decided the fans of Detroit shall enjoy the prosperity of only one team this spring? What if the Tigers are doing this - and by this, I mean a current first-place tie with the White Sox for the best record in baseball - at the expense of the Pistons?

Think of how the scales of Sports Justice have tipped for us over the past 10-15 years. When the Tigers were good, the other teams were either bad (Lions), or suffering bad playoff losses on their way to being good (Pistons, Red Wings). The one year the Lions were good, it was the beginning of the end for the "Bad Boys," the Tigers were on the downside of the slippery slope, and Bryan Murray's regular-season powerhouses were being upset in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Follow along the years with me. Red Wings = really good, Pistons = bad. Tigers, Lions = really bad. Pistons = very good, Red Wings = disappointing (or locked out). Tigers, Lions = really bad.

And now, with the Tigers apparently good, the Red Wings lost in the first round to Edmonton, and we're waiting to see what happens to the Pistons. Is a city allowed to have more than one good (or great) team in a given year?

I suppose we can take solace in the dependability of the Lions in this dynamic...



  • At May 18, 2006 2:22 PM, Blogger Leelanau Sports Guy said…

    I was thinking this same thing, great post!

  • At May 18, 2006 3:41 PM, Anonymous Evan said…

    We were talking about the same thing last night when I saw the Tigers score near the end of the Pistons game.

    The sports mojo, it seems, only goes so far. Perhaps the Pistons could have been better if we hadn't hosted the Super Bowl.


    Well, here's to hoping they wake the fuck up and play the way they can -- and should.

  • At May 18, 2006 3:42 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    I was thinking something a bit different:

    > Red Wings + #1 seed overall = bust.

    > Pistons + #1 seed overall = looking grim.

    > Tigers + current #1 seed overall = ?.

    Maybe we should shoot for a mere division title or wild card berth?

  • At May 18, 2006 4:20 PM, Blogger Ian C. said…

    Mike, the Gods of Sports Justice do seem to look favorably upon finishing a close second during the regular season.

    Are you listening, Tigers?


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