Pistons or Wings? Cups finals schedule forcing fans to take sides

Updated: May 21, 2008, 1:00 AM ET
By Eric Adelson | ESPN The Magazine

DETROIT -- What is the NHL thinking?

The league gets a mulligan for scheduling its thrilling outdoor game in Buffalo against the New Year's Day bowl games. (What, Super Bowl Sunday wasn't available?) But now, a far worse offense: The first three games of the Stanley Cup finals will be played at the same time as Games 3, 4 and 5 of the NBA's Eastern Conference finals.

Who cares, you say? Well, just about everyone in Detroit, to start with, as fans here will now ...

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