As the Bills take off to Detroit we highlight another Bills Mafia member living in enemy terrain. This week we meet a native Michigander, Michael Cieslar. A Bills fan passed down by tradition, Michael lives in Ann Arbor and is a graduate of Central Michigan, a UB rival.
He, and his sister, became Bills fans through their father. This was despite moving to Tulsa, Oklahoma, back to Ann Arbor, a stop in Chicago after college, and finally settling back home in Michigan. His father clearly instilled the Bills faith early and often.
In fact, Michael stated that his father, a Canisius High School graduate, would take the family to church and a sports bar afterward to watch the Bills and it stuck with him ever since. It became a tradition of faith and football.
Michael stressed how being a Bills fan is great, and describes the Mafia as, “being a part of one big family that puts away all of their differences for 16 weeks and just want the Bills to win.”
That sense of family has carried on with Michael and his sister. They text back and forth during the games and always make sure to watch a game together each year despite distance. In fact, Michael will be attending the Jets game with his sister since she lives in New York City.
For any visiting Bills fans, Michael gives the following suggestions as you explore Detroit.
Best Tourist Spot:
Bills Backer Bar:
When he was in Chicago, Michael frequented Lincoln Station, but now he sits at the Blue Leprechaun in Ann Arbor. Though it’s not a full-on Bills bar, Michael loves the hodgepodge of fans that come in and you can’t beat eight dollar pitchers of Newcastle.
Best Thing About Detroit:
Though it’s not happening this weekend, Michael says that if you like electronica, then DEMF is for you. It happens once a year on Memorial Day weekend, but it’s something that visitors should look into.
Finally Mike suggests that Bills fans try to soak up the Detroit sports scene when attending the game. The Tigers will be playing in the ALDS and though the Red Wings will be finishing up the preseason away from Joe Louis Arena, fans should have fun visiting any downtown spot.
We’d like to thank Michael for taking the time to share information about Detroit with us. He can be followed on Twitter at @cesaw1313.