Pistons target Cavs fans to fill Palace

In the last live blog, we talked about whether game three will be a true sellout. I said no. This report from Mary Schmitt Boyer of the Cleveland Plain Dealer confirms my suspicions:

The Pistons even sent an e-mail to Cavs season-ticket holders offering tickets for sale.

This reminds me of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler’s first year in Ann Arbor, 1969. The Wolverines’ attendance had been down, and Michigan Athletic Director Don Canham bought ads in The Columbus Dispatch advertising tickets for the Michigan-Ohio State game.

Schembechler, livid about the promotion, led the Wolverines to a 24-12 upset of the top-ranked Buckeyes. (Not that the ticket sales were his main motivation. He was playing his mentor, Woody Hayes). Canham never had to try to lure Ohio State fans to Michigan Stadium again.

Except I don’t think the Pistons will pull the upset.