This past weekend, Detroit sports struggled mightily on a number of different levels.
The Pistons, Red Wings, and Lions all IMPLODED on the road this weekend while the one implosion that was scheduled to happen at home, the Pontiac Silverdome, was completely botched. The Silverdome was the one thing that was legitimately supposed to go “BOOM” and implode this weekend, but it remained standing (video towards end) on Sunday’s end. Nothing went according to plan.
To start the past wretched weekend off, the Pistons traveled to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Friday to take on the 76ers. The trash talk built-up before the matchup between elite big men Andre Drummond and Joel Embiid. After Embiid dropped 30 points on Drummond in their first matchup earlier in the season, he didn’t seem impressed with the Piston’s All-Star.
Embiid wasn’t very worried about battling or defending Drummond this time around either, saying he just needed to play within the team’s system.
And let’s face the facts here, Embiid isn’t really wrong. Drummond is a brutal shooter outside of the paint. The 76ers basically controlled the entire game and Drummond fouled out with 6 minutes left in the game after scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds while Embiid had 25 and 10. Embiid was sure to let Drummond know where the exits were but the two were friendly and cordial in their post game interviews.
So the weekend in Detroit sports didn’t start out great but there was plenty of room to recover beginning with the Red Wings against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night at the Bell Center. We can almost always count on the boys in red to represent Detroit with immense grace and pride, right?
Well that escalated quickly…
The Red Wings got absolutely DESTROYED by the Canadiens. This was one of the worst efforts in the history of the franchise and it’s starting to look like it will be another unbearable season to watch after a somewhat hot start.
“Basically embarrassed everyone that played for the Winged Wheel tonight,” captain Henrik Zetterberg told reporters after the game. “We have to live with that.”
The effort was abysmal. I mean 10 goals is bananas. Double digits is a rare feat in the NHL. It’s difficult to be that horrible. Usually after a 5 or 6 goal lead the other team will just get tired and want to run the clock out and go home. You have to be truly God-awful to give up 10 goals in a game.
Head coach Jeff Blashill, GM Ken Holland, and others might want to watch their back because tweets like this one are becoming quite common.
So it was left to the Lions to salvage the weekend for Detroit sports on Sunday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Our boys in blue could have easily taken the sour taste of the Red Wings and Pistons losses out of the mouths of Detroit fans. Still in the playoff hunt, the Lions had one last chance to show that they are not the ‘Classic Lions’ of the past.
The Ravens put that notion to rest early in a 44-20 victory. Elite QB Joe Flacco gave the Ravens a 20-0 lead going into halftime and they never looked back. Lions QB Matthew Stafford did all he could but he was getting annihilated by the vaunted Raven defense all game long. I was really worried Stafford may have died after this blindside rush.
But Stafford, resilient and tough, fought through the nervousness of getting his face driven into the ground by 300-lb defensive linemen. It seems like the Lions are just throwing anybody out there on the offensive line with no great plan and simply crossing their fingers hoping that Stafford won’t get killed out there.
Still, after somehow completing a team-record 20 consecutive passes, Stafford’s hand hit Terrell Suggs helmet on a throw and immediately swelled up. It did not look good.
Then backup QB Jake Rudock, former Michigan man, threw a pick-6 on his first career series. The Lions season is now on a trajectory straight to the bottom that goes deeper than the Mariana Trench. The Lions, like the Red Wings, were easily and embarrassingly crushed.
Again, head coach Jim Caldwell, who just signed a 3-year extension before the season, and offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter might want to start sharpening their resumes because things are not looking good for either one.
So, all three Detroit sports teams IMPLODED on the road while the real implosion scheduled at home went awry. The Pontiac Silverdome, scheduled to be imploded and destroyed at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, is still standing today after explosives were unsuccessful in breaking the steal beams, according to WDIV.
“It’s going to collapse — we just don’t know when,” one official said. “We just have to wait and let gravity do its job.”
I’m not sure whether to be embarrassed that the implosion of the Silverdome was completely botched or thrilled that it was built so structurally sound that it is still standing after all of those explosions.
As usual, Twitter was quick to react. Overall, not a great weekend for Detroit.
UPDATE: The Pontiac Silverdome underwent a second implosion at 4 p.m. on Monday. Unfortunately, the Pistons, Red Wings, and Lions do not get a do-over.