Busted Coverage At The Final Four: Pimps, Pussycat Dolls, Double Fisting Draft Beer, 40 ozs And Painted Skulls

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We’re not positive on this one, but it seems Busted Coverage was the only non-commercially owned (in other words privately held) blog that braved shitty roads, possible car jackings and toothless meth addicts to see what was up with the Final Four.

We didn’t go to the game. This gig isn’t paying quite enough to squeeze out an extra $300 for 300-level tickets to Ford Field.

It didn’t help that Michigan State fan (all 200,000 of them, it appeared) were driving prices through the roof. Every plumber, electrician and steelworker from across the state seemed to descend upon Detroit for this memorable moment.

So BC did second best. We took in the sights and sounds and only spent $35. That’s just how bloggers seem to roll during a recession/depression.

This is your full recap of the action In Detroit. (All photos enlarge for closer viewing.)

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A Detroit Queen even sporting a pacifer – for some reason.

We said it yesterday. Detroit knows how to turn out for a sports event. These people are battled tested.

They can drink like soldiers, curse like sailors and look like freaks from the Sunset Strip.

It’s quite a scene, really.

The local blacks commingle nicely with suit-jacket wearing yuppies in from suburban Philly to catch ‘Nova. Then there are the North Carolina fans who have never seen so many black people in their lives.

Of course the police presence was insane. U.S. Marshalls, INS, Border Patrol, Coast Guard, State Police, Local Police, Sheriff. Name an agency and they were working OT.

The city (via the NCAA) has a huge fan fest area along the Detroit River where fans could get boozed up, eat a sausage sandwich and watch such acts as the Pussycat Dolls and Gavin DeGraw (Ryan Seacrest, Gym Class Heroes, Fergie and Staind today!).

$5 beers. Local microbrews were on the menu which pleased us very much.

There was no fee to enter the entertainment area which meant many of the locals showed up with their own 40s and all 10 of their kids.

After catching the Pusscat Dolls we made our way to the Greektown/Ford Field area where the tailgating action was full bore. MSU students were stumbling around with open containers. There were Solo red cups littering every street, giving Detroit a nice washing.

Liquor laws were thrown completely out of the window. People were walking around city streets with cases of beer. Name it, they were drinking it.

Let’s face it, fans couldn’t really hurt this city. It’s actually a selling point, in our minds.

“Come to Detroit, party your ass off, we’ll clean up when we get around to it.”

The Ford Field scene was intense. We’re talking super-drunk Michigan State types mixing with North Carolina sweater wearing doctoral hopefuls.

Villanova had their little scene going on in the parking garage next to Elwood’s, the tiny pub right outside Ford Field.

UConn didn’t have much of a prescense.

As you can imagine, it was Michigan State’s weekend to party.

And it looks like many of those people will be off work Monday and Tuesday – if they have jobs.

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Detroiters get to see hot women without paying a fee. Score!

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Brown baggin’ it during Gavin DeGraw’s set.

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Hands in the air during DeGraw’s classic “I Don’t Wanna Be.”

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Detroit pimp with some East Lansing recruits.

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Yes, North Carolina had a few fools in the crowd.

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Fan of the Day: double fisting, double-braided goatee sporting, bowling shoe wearing super Spartans’ fan.

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