Mafioso Network: Detroit Chapter

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.

Michael Cieslar
Michael Cieslar, a Bills fan living in enemy territory.

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:

Saturday morning at the Eastern Market is a must. For art fans, the Detroit Institute of Arts is a world class gallery.

 Best Food:

In Detroit, Michael says Slows BBQ and American Coney Island are gold. In Big Blue territory, Mika Sushi and Palios are the spots to get your grub on.

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.

About Jason DeHart

Jason is a UB alum with over six years of media experience including his time as the student voice for the UB Bulls football & basketball teams. He currently resides in Delray Beach with his wife and currently works for CBSSports.com as an online video producer. #billsmafia4life