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Shorpy Saturday – Play Ball: 1902

By Jeffrey Buck

Not unlike today, an open field was a good spot for a pick-up baseball game even back in 1902. Sports clothing has come a long way but so has clothing in general. What’s your favorite sport’s memory as a child? Leave it in the comment’s section below.

Take a look at the photograph entitled “Play Ball: 1902“:

Play Ball - 1902


Detroit circa 1902. “Photochrom Company building, side view.” In the early 20th century, the Photochrom chromolithography process was licensed by William Henry Jackson and his partners to make millions of color postcards from the black-and-white Detroit Publishing glass negatives (like this one) seen here on Shorpy. The lot next door was a good spot for pickup ballgames.

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Indoor fun during the frigid months


Old Man Winter

By Jeffrey Buck

As the temps continue to drop around the metro area the appeal of indoor activities skyrocket. There is plenty of fun activities outdoors that take place but it’s still nice to get inside and find an activity that is both fun and family friendly. Over the years I’ve tried to find the best places for both kids and adults to escape the wind and snow to let out some much needed energy. Here is my list of places around Metro Detroit that offer just that:

Astro Lanes
32388 John R Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071
(248) 585-3131

Rock Climbing
Planet Rock
34 Rapid Street
Pontiac, MI 48341
(248) 334-3904

Royal Oak Middle School
709 North Washington Avenue
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 541-7100

Roller Skating (Traditional)
Riverside Arena
36635 Plymouth Road
Livonia, MI 48150
(734) 421-3540

Skate Park
Modern Skate Park
1500 North Stephenson Hwy
Royal Oak, MI 48067
(248) 546-7275

Bocce Ball
Plazzo di Bocce
4291 South Lapeer Road
Lake Orion, MI 48359
(248) 371-9987

Feather Bowling
Cadieux Cafe
4300 Cadieux Road
Detroit, MI 48224
(313) 882-8560

Trampoline Park
Air Time Trampoline & Game Park
662 East Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48083
(248) 918-0909

Joe Dumars Fieldhouse
45300 Mound Road
Shelby Township, MI 48317
(586) 731-3080

The Drive-in
11 East 14 Mile Road
Clawson, MI 48017
(248) 577-1203

Total Soccer
1319 Lexington Blvd
Royal Oak, MI 48073
(248) 288-2110

Ice Skating
Onyx Ice Arena
52999 Dequindre Road
Rochester, MI 48307
(248) 601-6699

Detroit Curling Club
1615 E. Lewiston
Ferndale, MI 48220.
(248) 544-0635

Dave & Busters
45511 Park Ave
Utica, MI 48315
(586) 930-1515

Whirlyball Novi
41550 Grand River Ave,
Novi, MI 48375
(248) 788-8900

Go Karts
Kart 2 Kart
42705 Van Dyke
Sterling Heights, MI 48314
(586) 997-8800

Baseball Batting Cages
Macomb Batting Cages
18810 Kelly Court
Clinton Township, MI 48035
(586) 846-4372

I know I have probably just scratched the surface, so if you have a favorite place to take the activities indoors during the winter months please share below in the form of a comment.

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2013 – 2014 Detroit Pistons Preview


Josh Smith Press Conference July 10, 2013 | Allen Einstein (NBAE/Getty Images)

The 2013-14 Detroit Pistons season gets underway October 8 at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Once again we look to our trusted sport’s gurus, Patrick Smith & Paul Buck, to give us their low down on what to expect this season.

1. Where do you think the pistons will finish this year?

Patrick Smith: The cop out here is to say that they should compete for the bottom three playoff spots, which yeah, sure. But that is too easy. They should be the sixth best team in the East. I really, really want to predict a disaster of a season for either the Knicks or Nets but their best players are too good and the bottom of the Eastern Conference is too bad so it is safe to assume the Heat, Pacers, Bulls, Knicks and Nets will all definitely be ahead of the Pistons. I also feel confident that the Magic, Bobcats, Raptors, 76ers, Celtics and Bucks will be worse. Every single one of them besides Milwaukee is actively trying to be worse for lottery combinations. That leaves the Cavs, Hawks and Wizards to compete with the ‘Stones for those last three slots.

There are all sorts of questions about spacing and shot selection and playing time for this Detroit team, but with Smoove and Brandon Jennings this team has more talent than its mid-level competitors and ultimately talent will win out.

Paul Buck: I think the Pistons can finish anywhere from the 6th seed to missing the playoffs. I think we have enough veteran players to play along with our young core. With Andre Drummond being our starting center, Monroe at PF, Josh Smith at SF, Billups at SG, if he stays healthy, and BJ at PG. Billups will be the leader on the court, and BJ will be taking notes and learning from the former NBA champion. If Greg Monroe can fit into the power forward role, it would mean a lot to our starting five. People say he is a natural center, but I think he can become a natural PF and will hold that spot down for years to come. Our front court can be one of the best once they get more experience.

2. Will Josh Smith work at small forward?

PS: Probably not. At least not for more than 12 minutes a game, but I don’t think he will be asked to play SF much more than the first six minutes of each half. Ultimately the addition of Josh Smith gives the Pistons the ability to keep at least one all-star caliber big man on the floor at all times. No other team in the league can do that. For the minutes where the jumbo lineup is out there the team will have to hope that the defense, rebounding and IQ provided by all three big men can make up for some very real spacing issues.

If Rodney Stuckey starts at shooting guard, which seems likely now based on what Langlois is writing over at Pistons.com then that starting line up is going to be very tough to watch in stretches. They will have literally one guy on the floor who is capable of hitting a long jump shot. That isn’t good. So Detroit is going to have to hope they can make up for that by dominating the stretches when the reserves are playing. Oh also they should get rid of Rodney Stuckey (more on that later).

PB: Josh Smith will work at SF, because he gives us a huge defensive threat at that position where we had Tayshaun Prince for many years. Smith is a more offensive minded player than Prince, but his defense and shot blocking ability is off the charts. He is a player who can spread the floor as well, with his mid-range jump shot and his ability to sink three pointers.

3. Is Brandon Jennings the long term answer at PG?

PS: Yes. He isn’t a perfect option, but I think he is above average and is a good fit for the guys around him. I think it is possible he makes a Chauncey-like leap, but it is foolish to expect something like that. Even if he doesn’t, he is a low-turnover, high-assist guy who is a scoring threat. It is interesting how much certain “smart” NBA people bag on Brandon Jennings considering that he takes care of the basketball, which makes up for a lot of the issues he has with shot selection. If he actually keeps his promise to shoot less he could be really good.

PB: I think Brandon Jennings can be the long term answer at point guard. The key here is that he is going to be able to learn from Billups who was once the leader and point guard of the Pistons. Jennings assists have gone up each of the last two seasons. He is a score first type player right now in his career, but he is only 23 years old and he is entering his 5th NBA season. Having Mo Cheeks, who is a former PG himself, in as the new head coach will also benefit BJ. I think he needs to realize that he has other shooters around him and should focus on dishing it to them rather than trying to get himself a shot. His field goal percentage has been pretty poor his whole career because he has been the main scorer for the Bucks in previous years. He has talent around him now and needs to use them.

4. What was your favorite/least favorite move of the off season?

PS: I love the Chauncey signing, mostly out of nostalgia but I also think it was a really smart move. He can shoot, he brings the leadership this team is so desperate for and he seems like he is interested in mentoring Brandon Jennings. Considering the fact that the Pistons are dreaming on Jennings mimicking Billups career, who better to help him do that than Mr. Big Shot himself?

My least favorite move is not cutting Stuckey before his contract became fully guaranteed and not amnestying Villanueva. If Joe D does either of those things then they could have signed Jennings outright without losing BK7 or Khris Middleton. Maybe you think the team was good to cut ties with Brandon Knight, and maybe you think Middleton was never going to amount to much. You are probably right about both of those things, but the point is both players are assets. With his contract and the abilities he has shown, the team surely could have got something BK, even if it was just a pick. As a fan you should be upset that the team gave up two valuable assets just to save money.

PB: My favorite off season move was bringing back Billups to finish his career here in Detroit; the place where he made a name for himself. I think he still has some juice left in his tank and that he will be a contributor to our team. He is going to mentor BJ and hopefully show him how to be a pass first point guard, but also still be able to get his shot off if he wants it. He has battled injuries the last few seasons, but even if he gets hurt he will be able to work with BJ. I am also a fan of Luigi Datome. He has been one of the best players in the Italian league. Brandon Jennings and Datome have also already played one season together when Jennings played in the Italian league instead of going to college for one year. I think that will help Datome make the transition to the NBA. Datome is a big small forward and he is only 25 years old. He could have the potential to be a solid NBA player and possibly a starter at some point in his career.

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Two Detroit-Area Firms Partner On Daytona Rising Project

Southfield, MI – The Design Build team of ROSSETTI and Barton Malow, two Metro Detroit-based firms, have been working with International Speedway Corporation (ISC), a parent company of the historic Daytona International Speedway, to completely transform the nearly mile-long stadium into a brand new experience for fans, sponsors, media, drivers and employees. The project, dubbed DAYTONA Rising: Reimagining an American Icon, is scheduled for completion in January 2016.

ROSSETTI, an award-winning architectural design and planning firm, began working with ISC through extensive visioning workshops to determine new design themes, programming of the grandstand and master planning of the site. Barton Malow, a full-service construction firm, joined the team to lead the Design Build project.

Together the Design Build Team is creating a game-changing venue for motorsports entertainment. The ROSSETTI design team was challenged with the task of transitioning 50 years of history at the venue into a modern venue for the next 50 years.

According to ROSSETTI President, Matt Rossetti, the firm analyzed extensive customer research to develop the key components for the redevelopment. “What fans want from their in-venue experience has changed dramatically in the last 15 years. Besides the modern amenities, they want to experience a sports community and social atmosphere that they can’t get anywhere else. We will give them that experience.”

“The team of ROSSETTI and Barton Malow make ideal partners for the historic DAYTONA Rising project – the single largest investment in our company’s history,” said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. “We will work together over the next three years to bring our fans, partners, community and the industry a unique experience unmatched in motorsports. We’re looking forward to the kick-off of this project and its completion in 2016.”

The vision for the DIS redevelopment emphasizes a complete street-to-seat fan experience.The architectural design of the grandstand is a visual and experiential interpretation of racing itself that will immerse fans in the experience. In place of the current grandstand will be a modern, 120′ high structure that spans nearly a mile along the front straightaway. The design creates a modern stadium-like atmosphere by using contemporary forms and materials. Sponsors will have the opportunity to create a brand immersion experience at each of the five new entrances (“injectors”) along International Speedway Boulevard. Escalators will deliver fans to “neighborhood” social areas. The central neighborhood, the “World Center of Racing,” will celebrate the history of Daytona International Speedway and its many historic moments throughout more than 50 years of racing.

According to Rossetti, the design also boosts corporate involvement to new levels. “Racing doesn’t happen without corporate support. We created a new value proposition for ISC’s corporate partners by integrating sponsorship right into the stadium design. It creates an immersive brand experience that is unlike anywhere else.”

Serving as Construction Manager, Barton Malow will transform the design vision into reality. The DAYTONA Rising project provides a series of construction challenges with the replacement of seating, re-construction of the Sprint tower, added amenities throughout the concourse, and improved access/egress walkways for fans – all of which will take place in between hosted race events over the next three years.

DAYTONA Rising requires a unique blend of safety, technology and careful coordination. To ensure ISC’s satisfaction, Barton Malow is implementing an array of tools and technologies to serve the project’s goals. Some of these tools include Synchro to coordinate schedule, manpower and logistics along with Prolog Mobile for field document management, Bluebeam Studio for all submittal reviews, Tekla Structures for contractors to add material tracking and installation information to model objects. The use of iPad technology in the field will tie together all systems to create a truly connected construction jobsite which is extremely important given the many contractors and personnel that will work on the project.

ROSSETTI and Barton Malow have collaborated together for 30 years, most recently on the University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena. The arena was named the #1 collegiate arena in the U.S. by Stadium Journey.

ROSSETTI also worked with Michigan International Speedway, an ISC-owned race site located in Brooklyn, MI, to boost its fan experience. Thirty new Pit Road Suites were completed in 2010 that feature stunning views of the front stretch and pits and include full hospitality amenities, a state-of-the-art press room, roof top patios and meeting spaces in the 67,000 SF building.  The first track in the NASCAR series to feature luxury suites overlooking the race course, the suites are popular for corporate entertaining and groups.

In addition Barton Malow’s portfolio of sports venue construction includes some of the challenging, complex sports’ renovation projects in the country including the expansion of the University of Michigan “Big House” – the nation’s largest football stadium, and the renovation of the Rose Bowl.


ROSSETTI is an international leader in sports design and planning. The firm’s expertise is based on over 40 years of design solutions for every type of sport – international games, professional, collegiate and recreation. Its portfolio includes work for the United States Tennis Association, The Palace of Auburn Hills, Ford Field NFL Stadium, University of Notre Dame Compton Family Ice Arena, Van Andel Arena and five Major League Soccer Stadiums. Clients also include a list of Michigan universities including the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Saginaw Valley State University. For more information about ROSSETTI, please visit us on the web at www.rossetti.com or follow the firm on Twitter www.twitter.com/rossettidesign.

About Barton Malow

Barton Malow Company provides construction management, design-build, program management, general contracting, technology and equipment installation services throughout North America. An industry leader in building information modeling (BIM) and integrated project delivery (IPD), the firm is consistently ranked among top contractors by Engineering News-Record as a premiere sports and entertainment builder. Barton Malow has a staff of over 1,000 in 11 offices and is headquartered in Southfield, Michigan. Annual firm revenues exceed $1 billion. Barton Malow is an equal opportunity employer. For additional information visit www.bartonmalow.com or follow the firm on Twitter www.twitter.com/bartonmalow.


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Weekend Events

2013 Detroit Kennel Dog Show

2013 Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show

By Jeffrey Buck

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are five events taking place this weekend around the Metro Detroit area.

1. Detroit Red Wings Game  – Sunday, 3/3 at 12:30 PM

The Detroit Red Wings take on their rival Chicago Blackhawks at Joe Louis Arena this Sunday at 12:30 PM. The Wings are currently second in the Central Division with a record of 10-8-3. They took down the San Jose Sharks last night in a shootout, 2-1.

2. Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show – Saturday, 3/2 & Sunday, 3/3 beginning both days at 9 AM

The Detroit Kennel Club Dog Show is staging its 110th and 111th dog shows this weekend at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Tickets are available at the door and start at $15 for adults and $8 for seniors and children. For more information on the weekends events, including schedule and pricing visit detroitkennelclub.com.

3. Van Gogh’s Bedroom in Arles, DIA – On display till Tuesday, 5/28

If you haven’t been to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, you have a rare opportunity to see one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The painting on loan, Bedroom in Arles,  will be on display in the Dutch galleries and will be joined by three other Van Gogh paintings owned by the DIA. For DIA hours and other information visit dia.org.

4. Enrichment Talks at the Detroit Zoo – Friday, 3/1 Saturday, 3/2 & Sunday 3/3 at 11 AM

The Detroit Zoo will be offering an enrichment and keeper talk series at a different habitat each day this weekend at 11 AM. They will start today with a talk at the otters habitat. Saturday’s talk will focus on the red and green macaws at the Free-Flight Aviary. And Sunday’s talk will focus on the snow monkeys. For more information visit detroitzoo.org.

5. The Lion King, Detroit Opera House – Now until Sunday, 3/3

The critically acclaimed production of Disney’s The Lion King is now showing at the Detroit Opera House. Tickets range form $35 to $150. Tonight there is a showing at 7:30 PM. Saturday has two showings, the first at 2 PM and a evening showing at 7:30 PM. Sunday has a matinee showing at 1 PM and an evening showing at 6:30 PM. For more information visit michiganopera.org.

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Motown Winter Blast returns this weekend

Motown Winter Blast | Detroit, Mich.

Motown Winter Blast | Detroit, Mich.

By Jeffrey Buck

Quicken Loans is the presenting sponsor of this weekend’s Motown Winter Blast being held starting today at 11 a.m. The weekend long event will continue from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. tomorrow Saturday, February 9 and will wrap up on Sunday, February 10 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

What a great weekend, with the addition of  fresh snow, to visit Campus Martius Park for family friendly music, food and activities  This year’s event sees the addition of several new activities that are sure to be hits, including:

With three stages of music, Michigan Lottery, Fathead & Meijer, there’s bound to be musical acts for the whole family to enjoy. For the complete lineup click here.

With so much to choose from this year be sure to take a look at the ‘Top 10 List’ put together by the Motown Winter Blast which highlights the must-do activities  Below is a map of this year’s activities:



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Meet Jordyn Wieber!

By Jeffrey Buck

Still have Olympic fever? Want to meet a gold medalist? Get over to the AT&T store in the Novi Town Center tomorrow to meet Michigan native Jordyn Wieber.

Fans will get a chance to not only meet Jordyn but she will be signing autographs and taking photos from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jordyn will also share stories from the Olympics and fans will be able to enter to win tickets to the Detroit stop of the USA Gymnastics Tour of Champions. The event is scheduled for November 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Those who don’t win can buy tickets by clicking here, which range from $25-$75.

Follow Jordyn on twitter: @jordyn_wieber


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