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Why I am Thankful for Detroit sports

As I sit back and think about the 41 years that I’ve been on this Earth, I begin to realize all of the things I’m Thankful for. I’m Thankful for my Faith, my family, my friends, my students, and for the Blessing to live in the United States of America.

Those things are obviously nearest and dearest to my heart, but as I continue to ponder what I am Thankful for, being a Detroit sports fan immediately comes to mind.

It was October 19, 1985. I was 7-years-old and I can still remember sitting down at my Aunt Marie and Uncle Mike’s house. My mom, my brother and I were there to babysit my cousins Lisa, Steve, and Emily for the night. Little did I know that would be the moment that I fell in love with the game of baseball.

It was Game 1 of the 1985 World Series and the Kansas City Royals were playing against the St. Louis Cardinals. I had never watched a baseball game, at least that I can remember, but from that moment on I’ve been a fan. You see, I did not know who the teams were and to be honest, I didn’t really care. All I knew was that I was watching something that made me happy.

When the game was over, my mom told me that we would have to go to a Detroit Tigers baseball game during the next season. When the next season came along, we did just that and I have been a die-hard Tigers fan ever since.

For that, I am Thankful.

As I continued to grow older I began to watch anything and everything that had to do with Detroit sports. It didn’t matter if it was the Pistons, Lions, Tigers, or Red Wings if there was a game on the television, I was watching it. I cannot tell you how many times I stayed up way too late listening to games on the radio when I was supposed to be sleeping! (Don’t tell my mom!)

When I turned 16 and got a car it was like winning the lottery! Not because I could drive like all of my friends, but because I had now had unlimited transportation to any Detroit sporting event that I wanted to attend! To say I took advantage of it would be an understatement.

I can still remember vividly, my good friend Todd and I hopping into my 1988 Toyota Camry, which we called “The Silver Bullet” and racing down I-75 to Tiger Stadium. We would park for $5, get peanuts outside the stadium for .50 cents a bag and then we would head into the stadium with our bleacher seat tickets. At that point, we would head to the gates separating the bleachers from the rest of the stadium and we would wait for the security guard to turn his back. When he did we would sneak into the main part of the stadium, catch batting practice, and then proceed to sit wherever we wanted to. Sometimes right behind home plate!

For that, I am Thankful.

I have been Blessed to watch the Pistons win three NBA Championships and the Red Wings bring home four Stanley Cups.

For that, I am Thankful.

I was also Blessed to have the opportunity to work as a ball boy for the Lions back during the 1996 season. Are you kidding me? What a dream come true to actually play catch with the greatest running back of all-time, Barry Sanders.

For that, I am Thankful.

You see, I could go on and on about what Detroit sports have done for me throughout my life. Sure, there have been ups and downs, good times and bad times. But in the end, I will always be a fan and support the teams from the greatest city in the world, DETROIT!

For that, I am Thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving, Nation!

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