I just wanted to give you guys a quick update on the First Annual Need4Sheed/Detroit Bad Boys Blogfest (which is just a fancy way of saying: "Natalie, Ian and I are joining some friends for a game and hope to meet you there"). As you can tell from the handy graphic Natalie made on the right, the game is on April 1 against the Miami Heat. It's a Sunday afternoon game with a tip-off at 1 pm, so there should be plenty of time for anyone interested to meet up before and/or after.
As for tickets to the game, Ticketmaster says the game is sold out ... but there are plenty of tickets available through all of the ticket brokers that advertise on this site. And honestly, after buying my tickets through StubHub last week (I've sold tickets before, this was my first time buying), I'm going to check those brokers before I ever go through Ticketmaster again. Including the cost of delivery (2nd Day FedEx), I paid $169 for eight tickets all together, which means I paid $21 apiece for tickets that have a $25 face value -- it was actually cheaper to use StubHub than Ticketmaster, especially since I avoided the usual garbage Ticketmaster fees.
Granted, I was looking for cheap seats (I ended up in sec. 224, which is in the second level behind the basket) and your mileage may vary if you want a better view, but my goal was just to get into the building since there's really not a bad view in the house. (The header up top was taken from the very last row before Game 5 of the 2004 Finals.)
If you haven't ordered tickets yet but still think you want to come, take a look at one of these brokers and do that now: StubHub, TicketLiquidator, TicketsNow and Vivid Seats. Do this soon -- the game is only nine days away.
Not that I think a Pistons fan needs a bribe to come out and heckle Shaquille O'Neal and the Heat, but like we said, there will be prizes handed out, including a few t-shirts and DVDs. Leave a quick note in the comments if you plan on being there, and be sure to fill out your right email address (no one will see it but me) as I'll be sending out an update the Friday before the game.