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On 7/7/2021 at 1:05 PM, Coach_J said:

Do I even dare suggest a meeting spot for forum folks between certain sessions?  Could be a helluva good time or a total disaster (or is there even a difference between the two?).

Over the years, I've met several people from this forum at meets, and one that identified me from my posts.  

It's always fun to put an actual face on a profile, although there would definitely be more potential for volatility if certain individuals had to reveal their screen names.  Probably just an informal gathering at Hockeytown Cafe after the semis would be fun.

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15 hours ago, Sheerstress said:

Over the years, I've met several people from this forum at meets, and one that identified me from my posts.  

It's always fun to put an actual face on a profile, although there would definitely be more potential for volatility if certain individuals had to reveal their screen names.  Probably just an informal gathering at Hockeytown Cafe after the semis would be fun.

I would prefer any other place than Hockeytown Cafe!! 

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On 7/7/2021 at 1:04 PM, Gantry said:

One of our gotos for NCAAs is to Uber a bit away from the walking crowds and find a divey bar with shuffleboard, if you know of any please pass along. 

Feather bowling.  Cadieux Cafe.

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On 7/7/2021 at 3:52 PM, dman115 said:

There are only two kinds of people in this world I can't tolerate...those who don't tolerate other peoples cultures, and the Dutch!!

It is wrong to stereotype people.  The Dutch do that.

 

By the way, Cadieux Cafe is Belgian, not Dutch.

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51 minutes ago, Lipdrag said:

It is wrong to stereotype people.  The Dutch do that.

 

By the way, Cadieux Cafe is Belgian, not Dutch.

You make it sound like that's a good thing.

 

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So this is what I'm thinking of doing.  I'll have a mystery destination picked out for Wednesday night before festivities begin; I'll post it with address that morning and anyone who wants to show is more than welcome to stop in and share some camaraderie and tall tales.  I'll do the same for a quick brewski after Session I on Thursday (after Session II I'm heading home to a local spot not near downtown--I'm old and can't stay up too late).  If it seems to be working, I'll do the same for after the morning session on Friday and Saturday, and then I'll keep my feeble ass up for an after-finals rendezvous on Saturday night (which my liver will regret on Sunday morning).  

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21 minutes ago, Coach_J said:

So this is what I'm thinking of doing.  I'll have a mystery destination picked out for Wednesday night before festivities begin; I'll post it with address that morning and anyone who wants to show is more than welcome to stop in and share some camaraderie and tall tales.  I'll do the same for a quick brewski after Session I on Thursday (after Session II I'm heading home to a local spot not near downtown--I'm old and can't stay up too late).  If it seems to be working, I'll do the same for after the morning session on Friday and Saturday, and then I'll keep my feeble ass up for an after-finals rendezvous on Saturday night (which my liver will regret on Sunday morning).  

You better not be doing the ol' Skandar Akbar trick of putting down an abandoned strip club for the "annual" TheMat.com posters party - that never happened. 

Ah memories. 

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2 hours ago, JasonBryant said:

You better not be doing the ol' Skandar Akbar trick of putting down an abandoned strip club for the "annual" TheMat.com posters party - that never happened. 

Ah memories. 

The only strip clubs I frequent are fully active!

But seriously, wouldn't pull a d!ck move like that.  I enjoy the camaraderie and storytelling and laughs too much, no matter how vast the differences with other posters.

And Michigan Wrestling, the OS typically sets up a huge tent for St. Patty's Day with bands, beer, and general incoherency.  A ticket to the tent is VERY expensive though.  I'll stick to the Grand Trunk and Jacoby's.

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Staying in the Greektown area (downtown).  It looks like there is lots to do near there.  Anyone familiar with this area?  Appears public transportation is close by, assuming it's all back up and running by March '22.

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3 hours ago, JasonBryant said:

You better not be doing the ol' Skandar Akbar trick of putting down an abandoned strip club for the "annual" TheMat.com posters party - that never happened. 

Ah memories. 

You showed me a match book from that one!

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43 minutes ago, d- said:

Staying in the Greektown area (downtown).  It looks like there is lots to do near there.  Anyone familiar with this area?  Appears public transportation is close by, assuming it's all back up and running by March '22.

Yes, plenty of places to eat and drink. You can pick up the People Mover on the west end of the Greektown Casino. Get off at the Grand Circus Park Station, then its a 1/2 walk to Little Caesars Arena. It's about 1 mile walk from Greektown, so if the weather is okay, it's not a bad walk.

What hotel?

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18 hours ago, Michigan wrestling said:

Yes, plenty of places to eat and drink. You can pick up the People Mover on the west end of the Greektown Casino. Get off at the Grand Circus Park Station, then its a 1/2 walk to Little Caesars Arena. It's about 1 mile walk from Greektown, so if the weather is okay, it's not a bad walk.

What hotel?

We are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown.  ;-)

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14 minutes ago, d- said:

We are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown.  ;-)

From the Hilton Garden Inn, you're better off just walking to the arena. Less than a mile walk.

Also, if you want to save money, park your car at Greektown Casino it's free most of the time. 

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9 minutes ago, Michigan wrestling said:

From the Hilton Garden Inn, you're better off just walking to the arena. Less than a mile walk.

Also, if you want to save money, park your car at Greektown Casino it's free most of the time. 

Thanks Michigan wrestling!

We're flying, so no car.  However, some in our group will likely drive, and I will share this tip with them.  Thanks.

Any suggestions on best restaurants, pubs, tap rooms/breweries in this area?

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6 minutes ago, d- said:

Thanks Michigan wrestling!

We're flying, so no car.  However, some in our group will likely drive, and I will share this tip with them.  Thanks.

Any suggestions on best restaurants, pubs, tap rooms/breweries in this area?

Some of my favorites, all very close to the hotel.

https://www.thebrakemandetroit.com/about/

https://www.detroitbeerco.com/

https://www.yelp.com/biz/pegasus-taverna-greektown-detroit

https://redsmokebarbeque.com/

https://goldenfleecedetroit.com/

https://www.basementburgerbar.com/detroit/

https://www.buddyspizza.com/downtown-detroit

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23 hours ago, d- said:

Staying in the Greektown area (downtown).  It looks like there is lots to do near there.  Anyone familiar with this area?  Appears public transportation is close by, assuming it's all back up and running by March '22.

For those of you on a tight budget, this is probably the cheapest way to get to and from the airport:

http://www.smartbus.org/Schedules/Route-Schedules/view/RouteImages/routeid/261

 

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3 minutes ago, Michigan wrestling said:

Yeah, it's less than a mile to the arena from the Westin. A great thing about the Westin, you're right across the street to Lafayette Coney Island! 

For a couple people coming from Chicago, a hot dog joint across the street could be dangerous.

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You put ketchup on a dog in Detroit you in for a ass-whuppin'!  Lafayette is THE place for an authentic Detroit Coney: steamed bun, natural casing dog, chopped raw onion, meat chili (no beans), and MUSTARD.  Was the staple of assembly line workers back in the 1920s and has kept going strong to this day.  Watch out going to the bathroom in the Lafayette--you have to walk down a very narrow stairway into the basement; I am 5'7" and find it tough to squeeze down the stairs.  Ask if a guy named Qassim is working--he will do magic tricks with toothpicks that are especially amusing after you've had about 8 IPAs at the Grand Trunk.  When you go to pay, the waiter will look at the money you hold out and say, "Yeah, that's enough" and take an amount that is pretty close to what the menu says the price should be.

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