Depending on who you talk to, this is either one of the best or worst times to be a fan of pro sports in Detroit.

You might be asking yourself how this makes any sense at all. Either the teams are good or they're bad, end of story.

The problem is that things aren't that clear cut in the Motor City. There's little question about the quality of the teams . . . they stink. There are a lot of questions about the state of things in Detroit sports though. Let me explain.

With the completion of Little Caesars Arena in Downtown Detroit, all four pro teams are now within a few blocks of each other.

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This was a tough pill to swallow for those of us who enjoyed driving 30 minutes to the Palace to watch the Pistons play. In the big picture though, it makes a lot of sense to have the teams play where the highest concentration of people are.

I know a lot of people who have already taken advantage of the Lions and Tigers being so close, now you could conceivably watch all four teams play in one weekend!

So the million dollar question is, does it matter that they all suck right now?

I can't remember a time when all four teams have been as bad as they are right now. Even when the Pistons were really bad, the Shock were winning championships!

All four teams have either been eliminated from the playoffs, or are struggling to find the last spot in their playoffs. It's been a long time since we were forced to root for guys like Otis Thorpe, Bobby Higginson, and Charlie Batch. I hope that this dry spell is much shorter than the days when the Pistons logo looked like this.


So the question we have to answer is, Does the proximity of the teams override how bad they are?

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