The Windsor athletic scene took an industrial-sized shot of adrenaline straight to the face in the summer of 2010 as Border City Brawlers’ crew of derby girls blocked and jammed their way into Windsor Arena for the first time. In founding the volunteer-run, nonprofit roller-derby league, they pioneered a fresh form of competition for women of all ages, sizes, skills, and credit scores. Joined by house teams the Hiram Stalkers and 159ers, the Brawlers, a travel team of top competitors, face off against opponents atop flat tracks across the province, but they call Windsor Arena home. There, they skate, punch, and deliver physics lectures year-round to the roar of 1,000 spectators.
Teeming with 10 returning players, including 2010–11 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Ray McCallum, the Titans enamor fans and frustrate opponents with fast-paced play and dunking prowess. Today’s deal treats guests to upper-reserved seats equipped with chairbacks comfier than a blanket sewn from Peeps, allowing them to relax during their choice of more than 16 regular-season games. Fans can cheer on the Titans as they face fierce contenders such as St. John’s (December 5) and Butler (January 8). Fueled by applause from his dad, who doubles as the team’s coach, McCallum looks to lead scoring for a second year. Senior center Chase Simon will join senior forward Nick Minnerath to amass points and host fiery midcourt debates about the existence of gravity.
Stay & Play Social Club reunites adults with their younger selves with recreational sports leagues offered year-round. Players leave the daily grind behind at Stay & Play's summer events, which include volleyball, flag-football, and kickball leagues. Come winter, competitors wander indoors for bowling, euchre, and dodgeball. After each match or game, participants are welcome to migrate to a local pub for drink and pub-fare specials provided by the social club or to train for the future of extreme dodgeball using full pint glasses. Stay & Play's funseekers also foster a healthy community, sponsoring local charities and participating in cancer-awareness races.
Although their name fondly alludes to Michigan's proudest industry, the Detroit Pistons rolled off the assembly line in a different state entirely—Indiana. Automobile-part mogul Fred Zollner founded the team as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, joining the young National Basketball League in 1941. Under Fred's direction, the Pistons immediately found success on the court, winning back-to-back NBL titles in 1944 and 1945 and amassing 166 wins in just nine seasons. As the sport grew, so too did the team. In need of a bigger audience, the Pistons left Fort Wayne for the Motor City, where they continue to challenge Eastern Conference opponents in the NBA. Throughout the years, the team has claimed three NBA championships—most recently in 2004—produced hall of fame players, and earned the record for the highest-scoring game in NBA history—a 186–184 triple-overtime win over the Denver Nuggets in which both teams accidentally scored touchdowns for a whole quarter.
At Wonderland Lanes, pins stand at the ready seven days a week to facilitate family-friendly group outings. Gather together a crew of up to six companions and lace up rental shoes for two hours of pin-crushing competition and Olympic-style genuflection. Between frames, bowlers can grab a refreshing soda from The Wonderland Grille and relax. Wonderland Lanes holds various events throughout the week, including nighttime Glow Bowling. Learn the art of telepathy or check their online schedule for hours and pricing.
Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color??which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly-named Dye Zone?a polychromatic free-for-all, where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.
Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, gray, or another neutral color to give the dyes maximum visibility.