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I have been through a lot as a Pistons fan, the good, the great, the heartache and championships.  I watched Isiah do his thing, Rodman grow and change before my eyes, Lanier and Tripuka come and go and Dumars play and build his way into the hall of fame.  I suffered through the teal years, and did my best to enjoy whatever I could from the team that belongs to my hometown.

I may complain about how bad things are right now, but I’ll stand by them through the tough times that they are going through, as I always do.  That’s what a fan does, they moan an groan  until they are lucky enough to watch their team rise back to the glory days.  And even if they don’t, they will still be there to watch and hope and enjoy.

Now here comes the rest…

I was ashamed last night at the Palace of Auburn Hills for the first time in my life.  It wasn’t the same felling of heartache when I watched LeBron take away a game five before my eyes, or when Horry hit that three that still haunts.  This time the state of Michigan disappointed me to a point that I never thought I would get to…ever.

Rodney Stuckey vs The Lakers

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I usually avoid the Palace when the Lakers come to town, for my own sanity, but when your good friend tells you they have an extra ticket to the game and they want you to be there how do you say no?   I knew it wasn’t going to be pleasant, but I didn’t mind.  I was going to be with friends and root for my team.

It started just as I imagined it would as I waited in the West Atrium of the Palace for my friends to arrive.  A sea of Lakers Kobe fans entered the building.  I knew it was going to be a long hard night.   I dissected every single person as they came into the building as my anger grew.   Calm down, I thought to myself, but it didn’t work.  As soon as I saw the 6 year old with a Kobe jersey that was so big on him that it looked like a night shirt my anger turned into rage.

But what set me over the edge, before I ever got to my seat was the Limo that pulled up and out came about twelve 16-20 year olds all in Kobe jerseys.  No Lakers apparel, Kobe apparel.

It didn’t help that my seats just so happened to be in Kobe Ville either.

I’ll spare you the specific details, what I will do is go into a rant.

  • If you are born in the state of California you have every right to be a Lakers fan.
  • If you are transplanted to California and you came from a place that had no other NBA team, by all means be a Lakers fan.
  • If you live in a state or a country and you need a team to root for…fine, you can be a Lakers Kobe fan.

BUT IF YOU COME FROM THE GREAT STATE OF MICHIGAN born or transplanted, don’t you dare come to the Palace donning anything purple or yellow when you have one of the best and toughest NBA teams to root for in your backyard.

SHAME ON YOU…ALL OF YOU!

You can love Kobe, he’s one of the greatest, (I personally can’t stand him) but shame on you for rooting for a team from across the country in your hometown.

I was ashamed….ashamed of you.

Had it not been for some good friends and the fact that the good people over at the Palace of Auburn Hills don’t play when it comes to lifetime bans, you may have seen me on the news last night.

Lakers fans drowning out Pistons fans in applause.  A Kobe MVP chant in my house, that’s appalling. Do you even understand what you are doing or who you are rooting for?  What’s wrong with you people.

Do you not know the history of this Pistons team?  Do you not know that the Lakers our the Pistons rivals?  Do you understand we are supposed to hate them an everything they stand for?  Do you know what the Bad Boys had to endure to get those first two Championships and who the 2004 Pistons beat to get the third?

I’m not gearing this rant towards my readers, you are the true fans.  The people I’m talking about know who they are, and if they end up reading this…I hope one day an angry Bill Laimbeer comes to visit you.

If you know one of those people, please send this rant their way, for the good of all Pistons fans.

The Pistons organization wants hardcore fans in the building Friday night for their last pre-season game against the Grizzles.

Are you a die-hard Pistons fan that can “bring it” for 41 games and stay fired up for 48 minutes per night? We are looking for the top 50 Pistons fans for the “Pistons Power Plant” fan section. The next round of tryouts will be held on Friday, October 22nd at the Pistons vs. Grizzlies preseason game, and all 50 fans selected will get season tickets for the
2010-11 season!

To register, fill out the form below. Upon registering, you will receive an e-mail with more details about tryouts for the Pistons Power Plant. You should then stop by the kiosk at section 109 on the concourse Friday night to prove how spirited you can be. Make sure to dress to impress in all your Pistons gear for the tryout!

Don’t have tickets yet for the Pistons preseason game on Friday night? Click here to print a voucher you can redeem in advance online or at The Palace Box Office.

If you do take advantage of the Power Plant contest,  please let us know.  I would absolutely love for a member of Team Need4Sheed to win.

Due to my unmistakable awesomeness me being extremely busy, I have neglected my fellow Pistons fans. While Danny is doing a great job keeping you busy and up to date, I’m doing by best to stalk keep up with our favorite players.

As an “I’m sorry,” I’m giving away one of my Favorite Need4Sheed T-Shirts to one lucky Pistons Fan.

This one is easy to win, just Follow Me and Danny on Twitter and Tweet the exact phrase below.

Just like @Need4Sheed_com, I think George Blaha is Awesome!  #CountThatBabyAndAFOUL

Count That Baby and A FoulWhy Blaha? Because he’s the man, and because he’s being inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

I’ll be taking entries all week and will announce the winner (picked at random) on Friday August 27th.

Also be on the lookout for the Will Bynum interview and the Winner of the Limited Edition BYNUMITE T-Shirt.

Another Need4Sheed Giveaway!

viagogo

“In partnership with viagogo (http://www.viagogo.com/), Need4Sheed is hosting a contest to give away a pair of tickets to two lucky Pistons fans!

THE RULES:
You must follow @Need4Sheed_com on Twitter as well as @viagogo_detroit .

Then Tweet this “contest Tweet” for your chance to win Pistons Tickets!

Contest: Win 2 Pistons tickets! FOLLOW @viagogo_detroit + @need4sheed_com & RT this msg to be eligible for this http://bit.ly/6ZzrYK

It’s that simple, you can even copy and past  the (red) tweet above and tweet away.  Enter as many times as you like,

Two randomly picked winners, will be announced Friday December 11th and will receive a pair of Section 101 tickets to a game of their choice below:

  • Pistons vs  Raptors 12/23
  • Pistons vs  Knicks 12/29
  • Pistons vs  Bulls 12/31
  • Pistons vs  76ers 1/9
  • Pistons vs Hornets 1/15

If that’s not a contest down your alley I don’t know what is.  Tell your friends this is their chance to win some prime Pistons tickets courtesy of viagogo!

I know it’s hard to concentrate on just anything since the Pistons were demolished eliminated in the Playoffs, but I have a little Detroit based surprise for you.

In honor of the release of (Detroit’s own) EMINEM’s new and long awaited CD Relapse tomorrow, Need4Sheed has a little something up its sleeve.

Want to know more? You are just going to have to wait until it’s offical on Tuesday. Stay tuned for more!