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Old 05-31-2008, 10:38 AM
 
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Lions - 50 years of futility have taken their toll. But just try to get season tickets. And what Detroit sports fan wouldn't like to be at the game on Thanksgiving?

Tigers - the hot ticket when they're contenders, and when they don't have competition from the other Detroit Sports franchises (like now, when both the Red Wings and the Pistons are in post-season). They're also the only team who's championship sparked rioting (1984 World Series Championship and burning police cars).

Pistons - they sold out the Pontiac Silverdome in the 1980's regularly in the playoffs (that's roughly 60 or 70 thousand seats). They still sell out the Palace in Auburn Hills on a regular basis. They seemed to be hotter in their first championship run than their later success this decade. Still, fans still have parties to watch the Pistons in the playoffs (only the Lions, with their Thanksgiving Day game, come close to this); there were some in my neighborhood this past week.

Red Wings - most popular during the 1990's cup runs. During that time, every game was sold out and every other car in the Detroit Metro area had a Wings flag displayed. A forty year championship drought for an old and proud sports franchise will do that. And, like the Pistons, the Wings subsequent championship runs (in 2002 with the All-Star line-up and in 2008 with "Team Sweden") didn't dominate the fan-base attention as in their previous championships.

Each team (even the Lions) have their solid core of fanatical cult followers. But the rest of the populace seems to follow success. And when TWO teams are successful at the same time (like now, with the Pistons and Red Wings) the Band Wagon brigade gets split.
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Old 05-31-2008, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Which is the most popular? Whatever sport is being played at the time. It seems that all sports are popular. I am not much of a sports fan, but it is hard not to get caught up in the energy that surrounds the major sports here. Whatever it is, Hockey; basketball; Football; baseball; boat, car, or airplane racing. They all seem to get a lot of attention, excitement and attendance. As far as news coverage, it seems like professional football gets the least, but that is made up for by college football coverage.

Soccer is not big beyond high school.

Curling seems to get less attention than other sports.

Skiing, rowing, and sailing seem to get no attention at all.
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Old 06-02-2008, 10:02 PM
 
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fyi:

ESPN - Red Wings best Pistons in Motor City ratings - NHL
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