Jen and I dropped Paul off at Nana’s and Hershey at day care and hopped the flight to Detroit at noon yesterday. We got to Detroit and checked into the Renaissance Center (GM HQ, killer Marriott, and the official hotel of the Cup finals in Detroit).

We walked down to Woodward and Jefferson to get our picture made with The Spirit of Detroit. They changed the Jersey – The one last week was really tight and they had a hard time putting it on him.

We crossed over to Hart Plaza and walked down along the river to the party they were having. Live bands, BBQ and lots of Wings fans. We hung out there – then walked across to Joe Louis Arena to where the players drive in.

We stood and watched the wings arrive one by one. Lots of Land Rovers and other high end SUVs. Most of the players waved – Hudler honked and shouted to every one (he is a character). Ozzie had a Jeep Commander. Helm and one of the other guys who were brought up for the finals were together in a Jetta (kinda funny).

We sat not to far from where they were shooting NHL on the Fly (with former Wing Larry Murphy). I also got to say hello to Ted Lindsay again!

Killer game – Wings win 5-0~~~!! Jen was happy 🙂

Tim Horton’s for breakfast – and back to the ATL.

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I am in Detroit this weekend for game one and two. Here is a little blog action

So I wake up early on Saturday. I cant sleep because of the game tonight. I am having lunch with a friend down at Chelios’ chili bar in Dearborn at noon. I figure Ill head to the arena about 5:30.

I check the Detroit papers on line and see that they are going to don the statue “The Spirit of Detroit” with a Wings jersey as has become a tradition. They say there will be a ceremony at 10AM. Woo hooo!!! I figure Ill head on down! I think I wanna get some new shirts – so I head to Meijers here in Livonia and grab a couple of cup shirts 🙂

I get down to the statue and there are about 4 photographers and me + 3 folks from the banner company getting ready to put the Jersey on. I hang out and watch and more folks show up. I got interviewed by the Detroit Free Press, The Detroit News, and WWJ the big news talk station here.

I hang out for a couple of hours and watch the dress the guy then head to Cheilis’ MMMMMmmmm boy that is good chili! I heard myself on WWJ on the way home!

The Spirit of Detroit gets Wings jersey

John Gay, 39, of Stone Mountain, Ga., and Michael Spellman, 30, of Los Angeles watch the jersey installation. Both men have tickets for the Stanley Cup Finals.

Ricardo Thomas / The Detroit News

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John on the Ural
Okay – So I will try this. I have been weary of blogs because if I told people what I thought it might be a poor reflection on my employer, my parents or society at large. I usually love anonymity but there is a thirst to share with loved ones. So – here goes.

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