by Keith Langlois

Chuck Daly, the coach who guided the Bad Boys to NBA titles and the Dream Team to gold medals, died at his Jupiter, Fla., home early Saturday morning.

Daly, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February, was 78. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Daly came to the Pistons in 1983 when they were a franchise awash in a history of mediocrity, playing before thousands of empty blue seats in the Pontiac Silverdome, and left them nine seasons later firmly established among the NBA’s most respected and successful franchises.

Daly’s No. 2 – representing the two NBA titles he won in 1989 and ’90, at the height of the NBA’s competitive best and bracketed by dynasties on both sides – hangs from The Palace rafters alongside the retired numbers of many of the players he coached, including Hall of Fame guards Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars. Daly was voted to the Hall of Fame in 1994.

“The Daly family and the entire Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment family is mourning the loss of Chuck Daly,” family spokesman and Pistons vice president Matt Dobek said. “Chuck left a lasting impression with everyone he met both personally and professionally and his spirit will live with all of us forever.”

Though Daly already had three decades in basketball when he came to the Pistons, it will be his time with them for which he will be most remembered despite his three other NBA stops and his college head coaching stints at Boston College and Penn. In 14 NBA seasons, Daly went 638-437, including 467-271 with the Pistons.

Daly’s greatest gift was his ability to manage egos and personalities – and there was no shortage of them with the Bad Boys, as the Pistons came to be known for their hard-nosed, blue-collar defense.

“It’s a players’ league,” he once said. “They allow you to coach them or they don’t. Once they stop allowing you to coach, you’re on your way out.”

Jack McCloskey, the man who brought Daly to the Pistons, assembled a deep and talented roster by the time the Pistons were ready to compete with the dynastic Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers. It took Daly’s deft touch to keep all of those sometimes volcanic personalities in check and manage the playing time of a team that had eight or nine players who were talented enough to start for most teams.

It was Daly’s achievement with the Pistons – both his winning and his hand at managing egos – that led USA Basketball to tab Daly to coach the 1992 “Dream Team” at the Barcelona Olympics. It proved to be a perfect fit.

“There were some huge egos there,” Palace CEO Tom Wilson said. “You never heard a bit about them. Somehow you had to manage all that stuff with a goal toward winning and managing minutes for guys who all felt they were the best player in the world. It was perfect. Plus the persona – Daddy Rich, the smooth operator. The image was perfect for that group of guys. The best coach in the world and the best group of players.”

That “Daddy Rich” nickname was bestowed upon him by John Salley for Daly’s affection for stylish suits. Daly’s wardrobe – he favored double-breasted suits, mostly in dark blues and grays – and perfectly groomed hair were the subject of constant media references as the Pistons rose to prominence.

But Daly never took himself seriously. Dubbed the “Prince of Pessimism” by Boston Globe columnist Bob Ryan, whose relationship with Daly went back to his Boston College days, Daly would say he was an “optimist with experience.”

Daly was born in Kane, Pa., and graduated from Bloomsburg State in 1952. He coached at Punxsutawney, Pa., High School from 1955-63, but networked throughout the East at coaching clinics and finally landed a job as an assistant at Duke in 1963, where he stayed until taking the head coaching job at Boston College in 1969.

After three years at BC, Daly went to Pennsylvania in 1971 – McCloskey, after a decade as Penn’s coach, had left five years earlier – and won four straight Ivy League titles, posting an overall record of 151-62 as a college coach.

He left Penn and college basketball after the 1977 season to join his longtime friend, Billy Cunningham, on Cunningham’s Philadelphia 76ers staff.

His first NBA job came in 1981 when Cleveland owner Ted Stepien hired him. The Cavs were a notoriously bad team, and badly run franchise, under Stepien. Daly knew it would be a tough job. He never even signed a lease, choosing instead to take a room at the Holiday Inn near the old Richfield Coliseum. He lasted 41 games – spending 93 nights at the Holiday Inn – and didn’t get his next chance for another season and a half, when McCloskey came calling.

That call not only launched the richest chapter in Pistons history, it established Chuck Daly as one of basketball’s all-time great coaches.
The first truck delivery to help Michigan families in critical need was distributed to 400 families of Orchards Children’s Services in Flint this morning starting at 10 a.m.

The money was raised by the 2009 Pistons Care Telethon in support of Feed The Children (FTC).


“For more than 46 years Orchards Children’s Services has remained committed to its mission of strengthening the community through programs and services. As a native of Flint and a leader of the organization providing services in this community we are excited to be a part of the city’s revival,” says CEO of Orchards, Michael Williams.

“With the support of the Pistons, Fathead and Rock Financial we are truly able to have a direct positive impact on Flint families by supplying them with needed food and valuable personal care items. This is truly a collaborative initiative and Orchards is blessed to be part of this outstanding effort in the city of Flint.”

Volunteers from Rock Financial and Fathead including Fathead CEO, Patrick McInnis and the Mayor of Flint, Michael K. Brown, will be on hand to help distribute free food and personal care items to pre-identified needy and foster families of Orchards Children’s Services. Each family is receiving a 25 pound box of food and a box of personal care items.

“It’s a great feeling to come back home to Flint and lend a hand to those who could use some help,” McInnis said. “I know I speak for all Rock Financial and Fathead team members in saying we are very proud to have been involved in helping so many families right here in Michigan.”

The funding for the food and supplies came from the Pistons Care Telethon, which culminated in a 17-hour telethon day and telecast of the team’s game on March 11, raised more than $450,000 in pledges to benefit FTC, with proceeds going to families in critical need of food and basic necessities throughout the state of Michigan.

Proceeds were raised with the help from fans, schools, churches, businesses, Pistons Care Telethon sponsors, Palace Sports and Entertainment employees and the generous support of the media. Fathead and Rock Financial supported the telethon with enough money to stock two trucks with enough food and supplies to feed 800 families. Truck deliveries will take place through December 2009 feeding and helping to sustain over 25,000 families across the state.

Orchards Children’s Services is located at 225 East 5th Street, Flint, MI 48502. Orchards can be reached at (810) 239-3264.

Feed The Children was founded in 1979 by Larry and Frances Jones and is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support.

Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters.

In FY 2007, Feed The Children distributed more than 135 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally, supplementing almost 800,000 meals each day. Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help those in need in 118 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit http://www.feedthechildren.org/.

The following products will be sampled during the day:

Throughout the day: Asiago breads
Mid-morning and afternoon (9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.): Strawberry, mango and caramel frozen drinks.

During lunch and dinner (11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.): Mini-versions of the Panera favorite ‘You Pick Two’ combo including the Asiago Roast Beef sandwich and Forest Mushroom soup

Known as the nation’s “bread expert,” Panera offers a variety of artisan breads, along with bagels, pastries, baked goods and hot and cold espresso beverages. Bakery-cafes are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving up hearty soups in edible sourdough bread bowls, hand-tossed salads, signature sandwiches and more.

To find the Panera location nearest you, visit www.panerabread.com.
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Detroit residents always get asked why they stay. 13 locals answer that question - and reveal their favorite treasures of the Motor City.

Ara Howrani

Ara Howrani, owner of Ameen Howrani Photography, likes to cruise Michigan Avenue in his "old school red hot" Cutlass Supreme.

Lived in Detroit: Almost my whole life
Favorite spot: Michigan Avenue

I love to drive around in my old-school hot rod, a Cutlass Supreme, and blast Jaydee, a local hip-hop producer. His music really represents Detroit, and I feel like I'm in a music video because I'm literally seeing what he's saying - especially on Michigan Avenue.
Michigan Avenue is one of the five major avenues that shoot out of the harbor, and it's my favorite because it's littered with little gems along the way: Campus Martius Park, Tiger Stadium, churches, cool underground galleries, liquor stores and more.

My favorite spot on the avenue is Lafayette Coney Island, a real greasy spoon with four items on the menu. It's a place for everyone who knows and loves the city: sports stars, firemen, the mayor.

Why I love Detroit: Personally, I love the creative potential as an entrepreneur. It's not oversaturated like New York or L.A. We have a lot more freedom here.

The city is raw and industrial, and that's made me who I am. I feed off it. I'm a free, open-minded person who's open to diversity and realness and rawness. Detroit made me this way.

Frankie Darcell

Frankie Darcelle, a Detroit radio/television personality (right), seen on stage at Chene Park Amphitheater with Kem, a Detroit-based R&B singer on the Motown Records label.

Lived in Detroit: 15 years
Favorite spot: Chene Park Amphitheater

I've hosted more than 300 concerts at Chene Park, but the magic never goes away. The whole city buzzes with excitement the night of a show. The amphitheater is situated right on the river, so people can park their boats right next to the stage. The front-row seats are so close that fans can almost reach out and touch the artist.

Everyone comes together at Chene Park. It's a lot of diversity right in the heart of the city. It's boosted by a lot of pent-up energy, because we have such long and gruesome winters. We love any opportunity to do something outside, and trust me, this is a music town. Motown was just the start of it.

Why I love Detroit: I was planning to stay three years for a job, and instead I've been here 15. Detroit gets a bad rap; media find the one burned-out house or the one guy with no teeth. I'm not in denial; we have a lot of issues. But some of us are middle-class and well-educated, and we stay.

I love this community. There are people here trying to save the city. I stay here for them, because I know I have a big voice here. Someone needs to speak for the people who are excited about the future of this city. That excitement is infectious.

Patricia Nemeth

Patricia Nemeth, an attorney, sits with her daughter, Sophina, at the Coach Insignia restaurant.

Lived in Detroit:
6 years
Favorite spot: Alice in Wonderland-esque chairs at Coach Insignia

The bar is located at the top of the General Motors building, almost 75 floors up. In the corner, where it's a bit darker, are the most glorious chairs you've ever seen. The four chairs are covered in red velvet, exactly like I'd imagine a queen's throne.

The chairs' backs are about six feet high, and I almost have to climb into them since I'm short. Then I look out the large windows, gazing over the city lights. It's so meditative; I just lose myself and forget about what's happened during the day.

Why I love Detroit: The view reminds me that everything I love to do is here in Detroit - my daughter Sophina's school, MGM casino, my neighborhood in the central business district - and I can walk to it. It's a very simple life for me, and I like that.

Those people are the reason I call Detroit home. They have a never-say-die mentality. If there is anything that can be said of Detroit, it's that we are survivors. Thanks to this city, that's how I think of myself, too.

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Tease your hair, put on some shades and, like, totally, get pumped for ‘80s Night.

The Detroit Tigers travel back in time to celebrate the 1980s on Monday, May 4 as they take on the Minnesota Twins at 7:05 p.m., the first game of a two-game series.

Sponsored by Belle Tire, ‘80s Night will feature awesome live music, giveaways, a rad car display and costumed characters pulled directly out of the ‘80s to entertain fans.

The first 7,500 fans will receive a Jack Morris Replica Jersey T-Shirt, courtesy of Belle Tire, in honor of Morris’ 1984 no-hitter. Other giveaways during the game include Cabbage Patch Dolls, autographed Def Leppard CDs, and concert tickets for upcoming Leonard Cohen and Pat Benatar concerts.

The festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with “The Delivery,” an ‘80s cover band provided by 89X Radio, performing fan favorites behind section 121 near the Big Cat Court until 6:45 p.m. Cal Cagno of 89X will sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh inning stretch.

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Witherell St., fans can check out eight DeLorean vehicles, courtesy of DeLorean Motor City, and a Ferrari 208 GTS and a Testarossa, courtesy of the Ferrari Owners Club. The DeLorean vehicle is most known for its role in the “Back to the Future” trilogy while the Ferrari 208 GTS and Testarossa are modeled after vehicles from the Magnum P.I. and Miami Vice television shows, respectively.

Cowabunga, dude! Fans can interact, take pictures and play video games with two Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Van, the original van from the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. These fighting reptiles from the 80s will be at Columbia Plaza from 5:30 p.m. until the bottom of the fifth inning.

If you were a fan of creatures from another galaxy – rather than mutant turtles – you won’t be disappointed as 30 various Star Wars characters will be walking throughout the concourse from 5:30-8:00 p.m. and available for pictures.

For more information, visit http://www.tigers.com/.
Tickets are available at the Comerica Park Box Office, online at http://www.tigers.com/, by phone at (866) 66-TIGER (84437), at Detroit-area Meijer stores and at Hockeytown Authentics, located at 1845 E. Big Beaver Road in Troy.

Hop on Twitter and Tweet about the game this evening!

Positive Cities Detroit will be hosting another live Detroit Tiger's Tweet Up from the Press Box.

Just add #+Detroit to see your tweets LIVE on Positive Cities Detroit website!

Stephen L. Betts

John Rich says they're 'Shuttin' Detroit Down,' but Toby Keith doesn't seem too worried.

The Detroit Free Press reports that the entrepreneurial Oklahoman has chose the Motor City as the location for his sixth I Love This Bar & Grill restaurant and entertainment center.

Taking the name from his 2003 hit 'I Love This Bar,' the franchise already has locations in Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Mesa, Ariz., and at a Cherokee casino in Catoosa, Okla.

Items on the menu include Honky Tonk meatloaf, Freedom Fries and Southern-fried Twinkies. One of the restaurant's specialties, the American Soldier Burger, is served free of charge to any military personnel with valid military ID.

Construction on the new complex will begin soon, and the restaurant is expected to employ about 200 people.
By Erin Branstner
Metromix

While most of us may not know the real reason behind celebrating Cinco de Mayo (note: it's surprisingly not Mexican Independance Day), the fact remains, who really needs a reason to consume massive amounts of tequila on a Tuesday. So put on your poncho and select a destination for what promises to be a Cinco celebration to remember!

Gator Jake's Bar & Grill - 36863 Van Dyke - Sterling Heights
May 5 : 9 p.m.
Sterling Heights may never be the same after today. Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Gator girls while you throw down on $2 Coronas and $2 margaritas. Enjoy live entertainment and shake what your momma gave ya.

Cactus Jack's - 7636 Auburn - Utica
May 5 : 1 p.m.
This Utica mainstay is kicking off Cinco de Mayo early this year. The party sets off at 1 p.m. featuring two big tents holding one giant celebration. Music will be provided by DJ Godfather on the 1's and 2's along with live entertainment by the Strangers. Drink specials include $1 one o'clock specials, $2 two o'clock specials and $3 three o'clock specials, so be prepared to drink all day.

17th Street Bar & Grill - 3905 17 Mile - Sterling Heights
May 5 : 1 p.m.
Prepare to party all day at this festive Sterling Heights hangout thanks to great drink specials like $1 1 o'clock specials, $2 2 o'clock specials and you guessed in $3 3 o'clock specials. $100 goes to the best dressed festive female in the house. This celebration is free all day and features the sounds of DJ Simon in the booth.
The Post Bar - 42875 Grand River - Novi
May 5 : 3 p.m.
Join the fun this year as Craig Jelinek and Kevin Cermak bring you this special Cinco celebration titled, "Corona & Margarita Madness". Complete information is available at cincobash.com or call 248-543-1000. Live band Collision 6 will be performing in the greenhouse while DJs Tom Keeling and Victor V get things moving on the patio.

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina - 21091 Haggerty - Novi
May 5 : 4 p.m.
What better way to celebrate Mexico's victory over the French than at On the Border in Novi. Don't miss this huge all day tent party featuring great live entertainment by the Killer Flamingos. Get in on $4 drafts and margaritas while you chow down on authentic Mexican cuisine. Tequila, anyone.

Main Street Billiards - 215 S. Main - Downtown Rochester
May 5 : 4 p.m.
With warmer weather on the way, what better way to celebrate this festive day than outside in one of Main Street's comfy cabanas. Take advantage of great drink specials all day like $2 Coronas and $5 margaritas, along with a complimentary taco bar for those late night cravings. Early arrival is suggested cause this party promises to be packed with sexy singles partying hard - Mexican style.

Orleans Billiards Cafe - 100 Macomb Place - Downtown Mount Clemens
May 5 : 5 p.m.
This local watering hole may be named after a city in Louisiana, but think a little more South for this special celebration. Enjoy authentic (meaning strong) margaritas and a tasty Mexican buffet from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. while you take in the sounds of the season.

The Box Sports Bar & Grill - 41570 Garfield - Clinton Twp.
May 5 : 5 p.m.
Red Bull is sponsoring this special Cinco celebration at one of Clinton Township's favorite sports bars. Get there early and take advantage of the free taco bar from 5-8 p.m. DJs Pannos and Thomas Etchenburg will be joined by percussionist Jared Sykes as they deliver all the best booty shaking grooves to move ya.

Tijuanas Mexican Kitchen - 1679 Dix Hwy - Lincoln Park
May 5 : 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Featuring the Moyocoyani Izel Dancers. The colorfully costumed dancers ranging in age from eight to thirty years old, will perform traditional regional Mexican dances outside the restaurant. Food and beverage service will continue all day.

Dooley's - 32500 Gratiot - Roseville
May 5 : 9 p.m.
Take a crack at the pinata and get your chance to take home some very exclusive prizes. Enjoy free roving Mexican hors d'oeuvres while you toss back a few cervesas including $2.50 Coronas and $2 Labatt's. So don your sombrero and prepare to party Cinco style at both Dooley's locations.
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