“Gone But Not Forgotten” by Butch Ford
As the world continues to change and as we further adjust to our new way of life, two staples in Detroit sports history have recently been demolished, right up under our noses; Joe Louis Arena and The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Both monuments were the homes to several NHL Stanley Cup and NBA Finals Championships by the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons respectively…as well as countless concerts, Monster Truck Shows, The Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus, and NCAA Collegiate Athletic Events.
Some of my fondest memories took place in these venues. The Controversy and Purple Rain Tours by Prince; New Edition’s Heart Break and Home Again Tours, The Soldier of Love Tour by Sade, and The Triple Threat Tour featuring Bell Biv Devoe, Johnny Gill & Keith Sweat.
But it was the championship tradition established by our two winning franchises that make these such colossal losses. We all remember The Bad Boys in the late ’80s. Who could forget Steve Yzerman and The Russian Five? And the “Going To Work” Pistons of the ’90s with Big Ben, Rip, Chauncey & Rasheed made us beam with pride.
We’re all gonna miss “The Joe” and “The House That Isiah Built” as they were affectionately known, but the memories will last for generations. Detroit is a sports town with a rich sports history. We’re just patiently awaiting the next wave to ride. Don’t worry. It’s coming soon. But this time it will take place in the beautiful Little Caesars Arena.