It’s a great day to be a Detroit sports fan. Whether our teams win or lose today, it’s not very often you get the chance to watch 3 Detroit sports teams without overlapping coverage.
Oilers at Red Wings – The Wings lost today 4-2 evening the series at 1 game apiece. Even though the Wings lost, I still feel that we were very competitive and the game could have gone either way. I’m not too concerned with the loss, but possibly surprised a bit at just how well Edmonton matches up with Detroit. The Oilers have done an excellent job of clogging up the netural zone and preventing Detroit from playing the puck-possession style of hockey they’re used to. Instead, they have been forced to dump and chase the puck. I still feel Detroit will win this series in 6 games.
Tigers at Seattle – The Tigers look to sweep the series against the Mariners today with young Verlander on the mound. After last night’s pitching gem by Nate Robertson, Verlander will look to keep it rolling against Seattle. Detroit has been most impressive with their winning of close games by 1 or 2 runs, and their bullpen has been unbelievable the last week or so. At last look, they’re 1.5 games behind the White Sox in second place in the A.L. Central and they are atop the A.L. Wild Card, ahead of Baltimore by half a game.
Bucks at Pistons – The Pistons begin their “real” season tonight, against the Bucks at the Palace. Detroit is the odds-on favorite to win it all this year, and of course I agree with that assessment. They have the best starting five in the league and one of the most underrated benches as well. With Detroit playing Flip’s “liberation offense” as Bill Walton puts it and maintaining their great stock defense, I honestly feel that the only worry for the Pistons is the health of their key players. If this team stays healthy, there is no team they can’t beat, including the Mavs and Spurs. Go Pistons – Go Detroit! It’s great to be a Detroit Sports fan today!