Last week I attended my first Pistons game ever and it was awesome. The Pistons didn't play very well against the Wizards (I assume because they had already made it to the play-offs so they weren't playing their first stringers), the hot dogs were disgusting and we were totally in the nosebleed section. But I had a great time learning about the game, watching the game and just soaking up the game atmosphere.
I even managed to get over the excessive amount of corporate sponsor signage that covered every surface save the court itself. "Fine," I reasoned, "corporate sponsors are a part of professional sports and they deserve recognition for the money and resources they provide." To a point. What I couldn't get over was when the announcer said, "Bank One has graciously provided $1,000 for this half-time lottery game, let's hear a big round of applause for our corporate sponsor Bank One!" Asking for a round of applause for a wealthy corporation that donates a small sum of money to make itself look good is, in my opinion, crossing the line. It's like applauding for money. And that--again in my opinion--is disgusting.