Detroit Journal – Day VII

First of all, the last week (and today in particular) were so unbelievable that I’m not even sure we can put it into words. We have met so many people in the last seven days about who we wrote something already and we met even more people we didn’t write about for one reason or another. We’re not sure if you all realize how big a part you have played in the best trip of our lives. Every single one of you made this journey what it is. Thank you so much!

Yeah, okay, we’ll stop the sentimental stuff now and get to the good stuff. πŸ™‚

If you don’t feel like reading about our whole day, but only about the Pistons part – scroll down til you see this: PISTONS!

We started the day like we usually do: a trip through Downtown Detroit. You have to start your day like this – gets the adrenalin flowing. πŸ˜€ Just kidding, we wanted to take some pictures of it as long as we can.

Downtown Detroit

Downtown Detroit

After some shopping to get some of the good candy and some t-shirts for friends, we went back to the hotel to prepare for going to the Somerset Mall…uhm…Collection (sounds more fancy, I guess, but it’s still a mall – a very nice mall, tho). You can call a donkey a horse, but it’s still a donkey if you catch my drift. But I’m getting ahead of myself. We’ll come back to the mall later.

We met Natalie (need4sheed) in Greektown, because she was nice enough to take us to the Somerset Collection (we don’t have collections like that in Austria) and later to the Palace of Auburn Hills to see the game together with all the other winners of the Need4Sheed Suite Night.

On the way to Somerset, we stopped by another store to get some Stuckey Jerseys, because they are sold out everywhere around Downtown we’ve checked and at the Palace Locker Room Store. We got lucky in that store (forgot the name of the store, tho).

Natalie got us some glazed Krispy Kreme Donuts on the way too, because we had to have some. They are pretty famous and by far the best donuts we ever had. Now we need a Jimmy John’s and a Krispy Kreme in Austria.

The Somerset Collection was really cool. They had so many nice and a few quiet expensive stores. Our favorite store was ‘Urban Outfitters‘: great graphic tees and some awesome crazy stuff. We bought something pretty cool, but we can’t go into detail here, because we would ruin the surprise for somebody in Europe πŸ™‚ . We’ll tell you what it is when we are back in Vienna, some of you will definitely like it.

We weren’t that much into stores like Ralph Lauren and Gucci – we need our money to get Pistons’ stuff. They have a really nice Footlocker and another Athletics Store in there, tho. Really enjoyed the time walking through this 3 level Collection. The ‘bridge’ connecting the north and south part is just…I don’t even know what to say. It goes straight over the freeway for like a mile. πŸ˜€

Natalie got us some chocolate chip cookies there too, because that is another american thing we have to try. We were eating all the time and still couldn’t go to half of the restaurants we wanted to. How can anyone here stay slim at all?

After a quick stop at ‘The Post’ we finally arrived at the Palace to see some PISTONS Basketball!

Inside we met the winners of the Need4Sheed Suite Night and David Wieme – who is kind of a big deal (according to himself at least – we didn’t see it to be honest with you πŸ˜€Β  Just kidding, he is the man! He has Google Alerts!). All the winners were really nice and we enjoyed the time we’ve spent with them. David showed us around the Palace a bit, told us how it became what it is, how they planned it and the most important thing: diversity. The West Atrium is like a hotel lobby so you don’t get inside and are standing right in the middle of the crowd (*cough* Joe Louis Arena *cough*). You have the Red Bull bar in there, Big Boy’s, Hot Dogs of course and quiet a few other things. We enjoyed the tour, but we were looking forward to sit court side during the Pistons’ warm-up.

Go Pistons!

Go Pistons!

Being that close to the court and the players is awesome. I’m not sure if Stuckey recognized us from yesterday, but he probably just noticed our Stuckey jerseys. I guess he was wondering where he can get one, too. πŸ˜‰

A little later George Blaha and ‘Special K’ Greg Kelser walked by and talked to Natalie and us. We didn’t want to waste their time, but they where kind enough to sign Detroit Pistons posters for us. Both were really nice and they don’t mind sharing their time with their fans – cool guys. πŸ™‚

George Blaha & 'Special K' Greg Kelser

George Blaha & 'Special K' Greg Kelser

Thanks for taking the picture, Natalie, and we have a video of that too thanks to Michael. We gave George & Special K some austrian chocolate and got a shout out on the broadcast. We still can’t believe it. Thank you so much. We hope you like the chocolate. πŸ™‚

We had to leave the floor to get to the Suite and I can tell you, it was pretty cool up there. They have Pistons posters everywhere, a really cool table with the Logo on it (I need one of those) and you could see the court pretty good. The TV inside wasn’t too bad, either. Next time we are here, we’ll try to get one of the Suites instead of a hotel room. Is that possible? We’ll try it and tell you if it worked out.

Count that baby...

Count that baby...

During the 1st quarter the Pistons staff brought a NBA and a WNBA trophy to us so we could take some pictures with them. How nice is that? We weren’t allowed to touch them, tho, but that isn’t a big deal.Β  It was fun posing for the pictures and I’m pretty sure everybody enjoyed the whole procedure. In the 2nd quarter we talked to Michael, one of the other winners. Nice dude! Needs to work on his fist-pump, the one with Blaha was nice, but he can do better. πŸ˜€

Also in the 2nd quarter, Tamila (Pistons Staff and Need4Sheed reader) came up to visit us and told us about the delicious Better Made potato chips.

David Wieme came up to us at halftime and brought everybody a Curtis Jackson bobblehead, how cool is that? πŸ˜€ Now we can nod our heads with Fifty. Actually, we got some Stuckey bobbleheads. Very cool! Now we can put Chauncey and Rodney next to each other. Past and present/future. Nice.

We haven’t seen much of the 2nd half, because we were talking to David and Natalie the whole time inside the Suite. We really enjoyed that. David is a very funny and charismatic guy. I can’t sum up everything we talked about, but if you are on a tour through the Palace with him some day, use the chance and talk about the Pistons with him. Believe me, you will definitely enjoy it!

After the game we went down to get some stuff from the Palace Locker Room Store. Thanks again to Mike for the nice discount. πŸ˜€ We bought us lots of stuff. You can’t imagine how much Pistons gear we have now.

To save us some cab money, David drove us to Downtown Detroit. How nice is that? He absolutely didn’t need to do this, but he is just a classy guy. PR at it’s finest, I guess. πŸ™‚ Just kidding.

We have to wrap this up now, because they’ll throw us out of our hotel in 30 minutes and we have to pack for our flight back. We’ll finish this post from Austria, I guess.

Thank you all for making this trip so special for us. Without all the people we met it wouldn’t have been half as good as it is. It’s not only about the Pistons players, it’s also about the Pistons fans.

This time we came to see the Pistons play, next time we’ll come back to visit our Pistons’ family. πŸ™‚

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9 Responses to “Detroit Journal – Day VII”

  1. That was probably better than the win last night. Glad to see you had a wonderful time and that Natalie and The Pistons treated you so well.

  2. Most people here AREN’T slim… now you see why! πŸ˜‰

    Thanks for sharing everything about the trip on here, I along with everyone else am glad you had such a wonderful experience. Have a safe trip home and, until next time, Go Pistons!

  3. It was a true honor to meet you guys and to watch the game with you. I hated to see you go and hoping you return soon! Have a safe trip home. Take care.

  4. This blog made me smile. I became a Pistons fan about 3 years ago when a friend of mine who has been a Pistons fan for a while got me into watching the games. I learned a lot about the team from him and came to appreciate them for the same reason you guys became fans, the team ethic. and dynamic (I’m considering this season to be a horrible anomaly!)

    But I’ve also come to appreciate the Pistons fan community. I’ve now gone to a few Pistons games, 1st one was trip to the Palace and there’s NO PLACE like the Palace. I didn’t have to travel as far as you guys but I also was in awe when I got there. But I’ve also been to games near my own home here in TX. Whenever I wear my Pistons jersey and happen to run across other Pistons fans there’s an immediate affection and connection, typically words are exchanged about the team. and some good matured joking. I saw this at a Spurs game I went to when they were playing the Pistons. It was during the time McDyess was traded and there was a definite reaction amongst other Pistons fans at seeing my McDyess jersey cruising around the Spurs home arena. Comments, hugs etc, happen when Pistons fan see each other, specially in non-home turf areas. It always makes me smile when Pistons family occurrences happen.

    Your trip to Detroit and the reaching out from other fans is such a good example of the phenomenon. Have a good trip back home guys and don’t be strangers! Natalie did a good job writing it up for her guest piece on Pistons.com about your trip.

  5. Just thought I’d share with you that Vladan and Martin are getting some big publicity. ESPN TrueHoop by Henry Abbott even gave mention.

    http://myespn.go.com/blogs/truehoop/0-38-137/Friday-Bullets.html

    Well done guys.

  6. Always a great read. Glad you had fun in the D! Wish we could have met up (oh yeah, I’m in Grand Rapids). Oh well. I did a tour in high school of Germany, Austria & Switzerland, and it was every bit as impactful on me as it sounds like Detroit was on you guys. Once again, great read, and I’ll be reading.

  7. You guys rock! I’m glad you finally got to see the Pistons win a game after they lost the first two you guys went to.

    I was at the game with you guys at the suite night, and, while I didn’t say much to you guys (I can be a bit shy), I’m glad you guys had an excellent time here in Michigan.

  8. @ Darlene: Thank you so much. It was a real honor for us being there with all the other Pistons fans.

    @ Vanalope: We are glad that you enjoy our blog. The fan community is what it is all about. Of course we came to see the Pistons play, but what we were (and still are) most excited about are all the people we’ve met. It really felt like being at a good friend’s place and not in a city that is 5000 miles away from home. That is what makes Detroit so special. πŸ™‚

    @ Ryan Vaughn: Too bad I didn’t think about telling you that I’ll be in Detroit. Maybe next time. Would be fun. πŸ˜‰ We have met several people in Detroit that have been to Austria before. Don’t know what it is, but there seems to be a connection between Michigan and Austria. πŸ˜€

    @ Ryan: Thanks, we really had an excellent time. πŸ™‚ The Suite Night was fun and we will definitely be back to watch more Pistons games.

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