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I have tickets to the Pistons game tonight

 By Kyle Bauer

When my mother inquired about my plans this evening I told her…..

I’m going to the Pistons game.

Mom: Ohhhhh that’s fantastic!

Me: ….Yeah.

Mom: Who are you going with?

Me: Drug dealers.

Mom: Haha oh Kyle you’re so funny! Seriously, who are you going with?

Me: I don’t know yet. No one seems to want to go to the game.

Mom: Really? I don’t know why. You’re so lucky to be going to the game!

Am I really?

I purchased these tickets secondhand off of some shady fellow who stopped by the radio station desperate to dump a stack of tickets. In one hand, he held a stack for the Pacers game. Hmmm wonder why he got rid of those? In the other, a stack for the Blazers game tonight.

He told me that I could pay any price for them. They were expensive tickets and I examined them, they definitely were. He apparently was a season ticket holder who made a ghastly mistake renewing a plan that I’m assuming he originally picked up years ago. These tickets were 80 dollars a piece face value. I purchased three off of him for 10 dollars each. Curious to see if they were counterfeit, I asked him why he would sell them for such a loss. He simply told me he was desperate to get anything he could out of them.

In turn, I debated in my head from the time I bought them on Thursday night, whether or not I wanted to keep them myself. On Saturday night I could be doing various things, including a friend’s birthday, the option of playing hockey and the option of watching hockey tonight. Idealy, watching hockey at a bar while celebrating my friend’s birthday.

I first tried to find a couple people to go to the game with me. This was short-notice but not the shortest notice. Rifling through my contacts in my phone, each inquisition was answered with a no. There was a feeling that had this been Red Wings or even Lions tickets, the first two people I asked would had said yes without hesitation. In November, I saw the two worst teams in football “play” each other and I had no problems at all finding friends to come with me. Also, these tickets are marked down to 10 dollars from 80, the Lions tickets were 45 dollar for sitting two rows from the top of the south end zone.

There is no interest in the Pistons. Even with this team for sale and the stark possibility of them being moved, looming, there really hasn’t been a substantiated rallying cry as of yet. The Boston game was sold-out but that was more due to the opponent and the luck that the Pistons pulled out a rare victory. Last night’s game against Indiana, I’m sure was around half capacity, even on a Friday night. Tonight, I am expecting another horrible, stagnant crowd, to watch a horrible stagnant game.

Ultimately I decided to go because I couldn’t find three takers for the tickets and I felt I should at least get something out of my money if I cannot get all of it back.

I went to a game in November of 2008 that proved to be symbolic of the change we have witnessed in this franchise over the past two seasons. The Pistons were slowly beginning to slide with Iverson in the line-up. Rip was coming off the bench and not happy about it. This was a Sunday afternoon when the first winter storm of many attacked the city. My friends actually slid off 75 on the way to meet me at the radio station. Through all that, they still were eager for the game.

How were they rewarded for their determination? The Pistons handedly lost the game with horrible efforts in the first and fourth quarter. The team they played that afternoon? The Portland Trail Blazers.

Why do I have a feeling that tonight’s game, against the same team, will bare a similar outcome, except worse for the Pistons.

Oh well, at least the seats are nice and the Blazers are a fun team to watch.

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Real Deal on Headlines

By Kyle Bauer

This is normally the weekly feature in which I give my two cents on all the big sports headlines, local and national. In light of recent events, I have decided to save all my good material for tomorrows episode of the Real Deal on Sports, where we will talk about

Lane Kiffin/Pete Carroll

Mark McGwire

The Jose Valverde to the Tigers rumors

The LT Dance

Putting Kurt Warner in perspective

An interview with Pistons insider Dave Pemberton at 11:15

and an all new Real Deal on Society

…Just tune in to that 11 to 1pm on 88.3fm Auburn Hills and streaming worldwide at www.wxou.org

Until then, I ask that you reflect on the disaster in Haiti. Remember God is punishing them because they made a pact with the devil. So don’t feel too bad.

Now to lighten the mood here is Ochocinco racing a horse.

A message from the Real Deal on Sports

We want to sincerely thank everyone who has supported the show in the past year. This year has been huge for the future of the show and it was not too long ago that our future was in question. We never foreseen the following that we have accumulated in the past six months. Though it may be small, it is still a following and we couldn’t be more appreciative of that. It is hard doing a radio show without any support, it is hard to do anything without support. Your belief in us has motivated us to bring our best every Thursday and we look forward to every Thursday because of YOU. We have the confidence to continue to grow the show and take it to the next level.

Keep coming back in 2010. We have plans to expand the show on multiple facets. On this website, we plan on adding new pages, polls and features. As for the show, we will continue to grab unique guests, while bringing the Real Deal on Society every week and a new feature or two, to interject into various segments of the program. The interaction will be picked up as we will continue to take your phone calls, read your messages and do a couple remote broadcasts in the area, so you can have a beer with us. There are even bigger plans on the horizon. The show will only grow in this up coming year.

Special thanks to the robingehood.com message board (especially boba, sparty and o’looneys), our fans on Facebook, our few but loyal callers (Pete, CBD, LOH in North Warren, Caller Bobby, Dave from parts unknown), our guests (Sean Baligian, Mario Impemba, Jim Branstadder and Dave Pemberton notably)and our friends and family. We take our free time away from them and put it into the program for zero compensation. They allow this because they care and understand our passion.

Keep listening and reading in 2010!

Sincerely,

Real Deal on Sports (Neal Ruhl, Kyle Bauer and Mike Parsons)

PS.

Dick Clark sends his regards!

Neal’s guest spot on Dave Pemberton’s Pistons Point blog

Pistons beat writer Dave Pemberton from the Oakland Press featured Neal on his Pistons Point blog.

Dave is a good friend to the show. We’ve interviewed him the past and plan to in the future and we thank him for returning the favor and giving the show some publicity.

Watch here.

And be sure to to visit pistonspoint.blogspot.com.