On January 12, 2019 the once mighty sports city of Detroit, Michigan, hit an all-time low as the days since a playoff victory hit the century mark. As of April 2, the number is now at 1080, but the Detroit Pistons will attempt to put a stop to that number as they take on either the Philadelphia 76ers or the Toronto Raptors. Each of those teams are worlds better than the Pistons but an ultra-competitive player like Blake Griffin won’t let the Pistons get swept or at least he will die trying.
The Detroit Red Wings beat the Lightning 2-0 on April 17, 2016. That might not seem that long ago but that was when Henrik Zetterberg scored one of the two goals, and they played in front of a sold-out crowd, and in the good old Joe Louis Arena. The Red Wings are currently in a full tank (don’t tell Ken Holland) but have a very bright future. Although its completely screwing up their tank, by winning seven of their last ten including five in a row. Over that stretch, the Wings have had a five-point night from Anthony Mantha (3G, 2A), the team’s first thirty goal scorer in many years with Dylan Larkin having thirty-two and Andres Anthanasiou hitting thirty during this streak. With the majority of the roster being very young, adding another top 5 pick this season, and the potential of Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman returning to the Wings front office, the Red Wings will be Stanley Cup contenders with in the next four years. April 9is the lottery and that day could bless the Wings with hockey’s Zion Williamson, Jack Hughes.
I’ll keep it very brief with the Detroit Tigers, they are a dumpster fire. The team is in full-rebuild mode with no end in sight. As the Tigers took the field on Monday vs. the Yankees, I only knew four of the ten Tigers. Although I’m not a big baseball fan, you could have made up the names that took the field yesterday. Outside of Nick Castellanos, and Tigers legend, Miggy Cabrera, there weren’t any long-term Tigers. Mikie Mahtook started to play once the Tigers dealt away J.D. Martinez, and Jeimer Candelario was the main prospect received in return for the fire sale that occurred since the passing of Mr. Illich. The Tigers won’t make the playoffs for many years to come.
The Detroit Lions are in a very odd spot as they are coming off a disappointing 6-10 season in Matt Patricia’s first season. The team spent money this offseason which seems to be a very rare occurrence in Detroit and the money has made the Lions defense into a very respected unit across the league. There has been murmurs to move on from QB Matthew Stafford with the potential of the Lions going QB at #6 if Haskins or Murray are still on the board. More likely though is Montez Sweat, the Mississippi State Edge Rusher would help replace the hole left by Ezekiel Ansah. The Lions are in a tough division and as Aaron Rodgers ages, Detroit’s playoff chances should increase.
Finally, we have the Detroit Pistons, the most likely team to win a game the soonest. Blake Griffin is having a career-year and is playing borderline all-NBA team level basketball. The supporting cast of Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson, Wayne Ellington, and Luke Kennard aren’t anything special, but they are good enough to earn the sixth/seventh spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers would be a nightmare matchup as Andre Drummond would get embarrassed by Joel Embiid yet again. The Raptors would be a better choice but even though the Pistons are 3-0 vs the Raptors this season, Detroit would be lucky losing in five. The thought of adding another wing like Kevin Porter Jr., Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, or a guard in Coby White or Darius Garland is mouth-watering and the next Piston could help the Pistons win a series let alone a game in the near future.