DETROIT MAKES PEACE WITH BARRY SANDERS
Something interesting happened during the NBA Finals.
Do you remember the night Barry Sanders sat next to Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo chatting?
First they showed Izzo on the big screen and he got the usual cheers.
But something interesting happened when they showed Sanders on the big screen. He not only was cheered but a good chunk of the Palace crowd began the old "Barry" chants we used to hear routinely at the Pontiac Silverdome during Sanders' hey day.
Those chants continued right up to his sudden retirement. The day Sanders faxed his hometown newspaper and bolted for England was the day the cheers dried up.
Cheers to jeers.
It was embarrassing to see Sanders at games because you just hope they never showed him on the big screen. Sanders always had that sheepish look on his face when folks belted him with boos.
There was even a luke warm response for Sanders when the Lions showed his acceptance speech into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the big screen during an open Lions practice at Ford Field.
Since then he made peace with the Lions and the community and it seems as if Detroit sports fans forgave Sanders.
I know of a number of people who said they would never forgive Barry. My guess is those numbers have dwindled over the years. Most have made peace with Sanders.
That doesn't surprise me because Sanders was one of those athletes you could not criticize. He had more rabid supporters than Steve Yzerman.
They left him when Sanders left them. Now they have returned.
Jeers back to cheers.