Let's be honest, with increased security from the N.B.A., no beer & the fact that it is Christmas I doubt very much there will be issues.
Certainly there will be no issues with the Pistons team as our fans, even if they wanted to, will not be able to get to them.
The next home game vs. Detroit will be something differant for sure, everybody will be back (except maybe Ron) & since it won't be a holiday many more Detroit people will make the trip.
But we'll deal with that then. Let's talk about what to do now. Here are my suggestions & I want to hear yours.
1. Do not confront Detroit fans as they come into the arena. Yes, it will be tempting when you see someone wearing a Wallace # 3 jersey to yell a curse word or two at them. Restrain yourself. This will become very important for one of my later suggestions.
2. Do not throw anything at their fans or players. Again this will come into play later.
3. Do not become in any physical dispute with their fans.
4. Cheer for the Pacers.
5. Allow them to politely cheer for the Pistons.
Now here is where that increased security will work both ways. Since Dickface Stern thinks they need the security for our fans let us use this to our advantage.
Allowing the Pistons fans to politely cheer does not mean to allow them to taunt or to yell curse words in our fieldhouse.
So if you feel uncomfortable with the way one of their fans are boasting or if you feel threatened by their chanting I highly suggest the following.
6.If a Pistons fan becomes rowdy or taunts you or your section in any way find an usher & express your concern for the lack of safety in the area.
I assure you, you will see results in this. For those of you that are new to the field house the ushers are positioned at the entrance way to every isle. They wear dark green coats with light colored shirts that I believe are striped in green. They have name tags on as well.
BTW, we should follow the FCC ruling on this. You know how you can say the F word on T.V. as long as you are not refering to the act thereof.
Well, may I suggest that the very words Detroit Basketball be judged in the same context.
For instance when a fan on theirs says I like to watch Detroit Basketball we should let that run off of us like water off of a duck.
However, if some guy decides to stand up & yell DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeetrooiiiiiiiiiiiii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttttttttttt ttt Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaskeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee eeeeeeeeeeeetbaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallllllll lllllllllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think that should be considered a curse, don't you? A visit from one of our friendly & helpfull ushers will help remind them that cursing is not allowed. When you tell the usher this make sure you just say that the offending fan is cursing, he'll know what words he used.
7. If a group of Pistons fans sit together it is natural that they might feel the need to cheer their team. This is fine. However if they make any sudden moves, say standing in unison quickly , it's only natural that you would feel threatened.
Again a visit to our friendly ushers explaining your uncomfort about their sudden lunges, say it just like that they will know what you mean , will help encourage our friends to politley cheer their team.
Now we should encourage our friends from the north to enjoy the holiday & have a good time spending money in our state & city. But if a few of them spend money & then are ejected with no refund because they chose to be of ill will this should not weigh on our conscious.
Remember the spirit of the season & share the love that is Pacers basketball with our good friends from Michigan. Be so polite it sickens them.
I await your suggestions.