Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Detroit a busy sports town on Saturday
Two teams. Two major playoff home games. One big blunder.
It's unfair to blame the schedule makers of the NBA and NHL playoffs for this one.
Preseason prognostication and a smidgeon of common sense would indicate the requisite Detroit NBA and NHL franchises would make deep playoff runs in their respective sport. But not many of the league schedule makers could have guessed they'd pair Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals and Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on the same day when they created the schedules several months ago.
That's right. In a blunderous move, the Redwings will host Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals (8 p.m.) on Saturday while the Pistons will battle the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals (8:30 p.m.) at the Palace at Auburn Hills.
The Tigers will also be playing the Minnesota Twins at 7 p.m. at Comerica Park in downtown Detroit. (I'll be at this game and when I bought the tickets obviously had no idea the Pistons and Wings would be playing in key playoff games on this day.)
So will the city be Hockeytown, Motown or TigersTown?
Well, it won't be TigersTown on Monday - when the Tigers are out of town, but (you guessed it) the Redwings and Pistons again host home playoff games (8 p.m., 8:30 p.m.).
Avid Detroit sports fans certainly have a reason to be angry at the scheduling gods or simply befuddled as to which game to attend, they should relish the fact their teams have made it this far. Besides, we all know the Lions would never be in such a situation.