Granderson’s Hoops Event

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I attended Curtis Granderson’s charity hoops game last night, and it would have to be considered a success. According to Jon Paul Morosi there were over 1700 fans in attendance at Avondale High School. The game featured the Detroit All Stars coached by Granderson against the Flint All Stars skippered by Nate Robertson.

The Detroit team, featuring Desmond Howard, Braylon Edwards, and Willie Burton ended up on top in a game that was made closer than it should have been by some horrible officiating from guest referee Dontrelle Willis. Edwards, who took home MVP honors actually seemed to be pretty irritated as Dontrelle made up calls to keep the game close down the stretch. Edwards came to play and he actually did play defense and had a few impressive dunks. He also hurdled the ball rack to dunk during half time.

Willis was very entertaining and an absolute clown who seemed to genuinely be having a great time. When questioned about his calls early on he retorted along the lines of “I came up all the way from Florida for this and I’ll throw everyone in this gym out if I have to.” He did throw out both Granderson and Robertson. Robertson offered to let Willis wear his glasses if it would help.

The half time show was a three point shoot out between Granderson and Robertson. Curtis won going away as Robertson couldn’t recover from a tough 1 for 10 in the first round.

Now with a crowd that big there were some frustrations. Doors opened at 5pm and I arrived with my kids at that time and waited for 25 minutes in the will call line while those who hadn’t pre-purchased tickets were able to walk right up and get them. Either mailing out tickets ahead of time, or having multiple lines for will call differentiated by last name would probably help next year.

Also, some were frustrated with the autograph process. Autograph tickets were sold for a signing session after the game. Even though the tickets were capped at 500, that still makes for a long line and a long wait considering it took the players a little while to get showered and start signing. There’s really nothing that can be done on that front. I did hear complaints from people around me who were upset that only Dontrelle and Curtis were signing. Many had brought UM football helmets and footballs hoping for Edwards and Howard (and probably Tyrone Wheatley who was scheduled to appear but didn’t). My take is that the autograph ticket cost $10 and it was being done for charity. I’m not sure what people really expected.

Even with the hiccups it was a great night for a great cause. It’s also great to see a young athlete be able to rally as much support as Granderson was able to attract.


  1. Rings

    January 27, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Great looking event and it’s cool that you attended!

    From the pictures, however, there appeared to be a lot of empty bleachers for the supposed 1700 ppl….

  2. billfer

    January 27, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I’d believe the 1700. A couple of the pictures were taken during warm-ups where the crowd hadn’t filtered in yet.

  3. Kathy

    January 27, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    The real scoop from an “Insider”. Bet it was a great time!!

  4. billfer

    January 27, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    No insider stuff, just a fan there with his kids. Who were absolute champs by the way and hung tough for the hour plus wait for autographs despite getting in line at a time they’re normally getting in bed. But there was no getting my son out of that line.

  5. Kathy

    January 27, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Fans that took great pictures to share with us, btw. Thanks!!

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  7. Deaner

    January 29, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Great shot of Nate Robertson.

    Thanks for letting me post your pics from Grandy.

  8. Stephen

    January 29, 2008 at 2:17 am

    Who was on the Flint Team?

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