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Silverdome urinals for sale, but don’t ask Barry Sanders to sign one

Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders is carrie AP

What do you get for the Lions fan who has everything? If he’s already got the Lions’ terrible 2013 calendar or a shirt commemorating their undefeated 2008 preseason, you could buy him a Silverdome urinal.

Yes, the owners of the Pontiac Silverdome, the once state-of-the-art stadium that has been largely vacant since the Lions moved to Ford Field in 2002, are selling off its parts to collectors. Those parts include everything from stadium seats (because who wouldn’t want to sit in an uncomfortable stadium seat while watching a Lions game from the comfort of home?) to the scoreboard (because we all have room in our houses for stadium scoreboards) to the urinals (because . . . well, I’m not sure why).

Now, the bad news: That Lions fan who has everything would surely want that urinal to be signed by the greatest player ever to play at the Silverdome, Barry Sanders. But Sanders has already made clear that if you see a Barry Sanders autographed urinal for sale on eBay, it’s a fake.

Sanders wrote on Twitter, “FYI – I am not signing urinals.”

There surely are fans crazy enough to buy a Barry Sanders-autographed Silverdome urinal. Heck, I’m one of those fans. I grew up in the Detroit area and saw my first NFL game at the Silverdome (and I even saw Hulk Hogan body slam Andre the Giant there at WrestleMania III). I’d be willing to pay good money for a Barry Sanders-autographed Silverdome urinal.

But it won’t happen. If I decide to splurge on a Silverdome urinal, it won’t have a Barry Sanders signature. Maybe I could get Billy Sims to autograph it.

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44 Responses to “Silverdome urinals for sale, but don’t ask Barry Sanders to sign one”
  1. thepftpoet says: Mar 21, 2014 2:55 PM

    Adrian Peterson is a better RB than Barry Sanders.

  2. golicsloveschildfromphilly says: Mar 21, 2014 2:56 PM

    Look at the Lions franchise – other than Megatron and Barry – the entire franchise belongs with the urinals….and why oh why do we have to have them on Thanksgiving day? the competition committee should make this change!!!!

  3. bmorepositive123 says: Mar 21, 2014 2:57 PM

    Pissin your money away…

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 21, 2014 2:58 PM

    To recreate the live stadium experience, get one for your neighbor and your brother in law as well. Then you can get drunk, and stand next to each other complaining about “those bleeping Lions”.

  5. beerbratscheese says: Mar 21, 2014 3:00 PM

    Wasn’t the Silverdome just one big…..nah, won’t say it. Too easy.

  6. hrmlss says: Mar 21, 2014 3:00 PM

    What anbout an Ontarrio Smith autographed Whizzonator? What are those going for?

  7. theebadguy says: Mar 21, 2014 3:00 PM

    Holy Ground for wrestling fans. That’s badass you were there. Savage/Steamboat deserve mention as well.

  8. schmitty2 says: Mar 21, 2014 3:00 PM

    This story pretty much sums of the history of the Detriot Lions.

  9. liontuss says: Mar 21, 2014 3:03 PM

    Didn’t know you were a homeboy, Michael. Your writing seems better now. Go Lions from Windsor, Ontario!

  10. chiadam says: Mar 21, 2014 3:03 PM

    MUST…RESIST….EASY…DETROIT…JOKE!!

    MUST…FIGHT…INSTINCTS!!!

  11. packerfanfornot4life says: Mar 21, 2014 3:05 PM

    If you decide to “splurge” on a Silverdome urinal then you take getting excited about Lions memorabilia to another level.

  12. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 21, 2014 3:07 PM

    Poor Detroit.

  13. deflateddome says: Mar 21, 2014 3:07 PM

    I think they should install them as sinks in Lambeau. Since many of the turpentine swilling folks pee in the sink over there, might as well just add faucets to these urinals. Mark Murphy anticipates over 300 dollars a year savings by not having to clean up traditional sinks

  14. marvsleezy says: Mar 21, 2014 3:11 PM

    I saw WrestleMania III as well – They actually sold tickets to watch it on a huge screen at the local hockey arena – It was not on TV

  15. Frazier28/7 says: Mar 21, 2014 3:13 PM

    I gotta tell ya, that t-shirt commemorating their 2008 undefeated preseason was probably the funniest thing I’ve heard in a while.

  16. andreboy1 says: Mar 21, 2014 3:24 PM

    How many rings does this Barry Sanders have?

    Yeah

  17. jwcarlson says: Mar 21, 2014 3:28 PM

    Matt Millen is the obvious choice for a Lion’s Urinal signing.

  18. uglydingo says: Mar 21, 2014 3:34 PM

    How about a Matt Millen autographed toilet?

  19. dietrich43 says: Mar 21, 2014 3:35 PM

    Will Scott Mitchell sign one?

  20. kwjsb says: Mar 21, 2014 3:36 PM

    I have to admit… I have a piece of the score board from Cleveland municipal stadium, I must have settled since the urinals there were 10 foot long troughs.

  21. nyjetsfan08 says: Mar 21, 2014 3:39 PM

    As Iron Sheik would say, “Pontiack, Mishigun. 93 thousan peeples”. Actually, it wasn’t 93000 people but more like 78000. I wish I could’ve been there to watch WM III in person, but it was just as epic watching it on TV. The Shea stadium card where Hogan first slammed Andre was beyond crazy. The fans came to see their hero, Bruno, but, imo, Hogan and Andre stole the show.

  22. SmashMouthFootball says: Mar 21, 2014 3:42 PM

    So are these the individual, single user type of urinal, or the long, five guys shoulder to shoulder trough type of urinal? The trough could be a collector item….

  23. tampabaybucsman says: Mar 21, 2014 3:43 PM

    You know times are tough when your fan base deifies urinals to remind them of their glory days

  24. thetruthcampaign says: Mar 21, 2014 3:51 PM

    Where these the trough-style urinals. Ah, the memories.

  25. nflhof says: Mar 21, 2014 3:54 PM

    Wayne Fontes would sign one for you!

  26. weepingjebus says: Mar 21, 2014 3:55 PM

    Just ordered the 2008 Preseason Champs t-shirt. Not a Lions fan. I think you know where I’m headed.

  27. lionhunter909 says: Mar 21, 2014 3:56 PM

    Hurry now, there’s only 1 of those calendars left for sale(per the website)!

  28. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 21, 2014 4:08 PM

    The Silverdome was the subject for a school paper I had to write where the topic was your favorite place in the world. I’ve attended about 50 or so regular season games there, the number for Ford Field currently sits at 0. It’s funny how things work out like that sometimes. Well “funny” is probably not the best choice of words.

  29. gjdodger2 says: Mar 21, 2014 4:18 PM

    Get Bubba Baker to sign it. As Russ Thomas would have told you, he’d sign anything.

  30. suicidalionsfan says: Mar 21, 2014 4:52 PM

    I remember reading once that someone stole one of those long “pee troughs” out of the old Tiger Stadium….DURING a game !

  31. shatho1 says: Mar 21, 2014 4:58 PM

    why would anyone want to buy something that all the lions fans and haters have pissed in. they may be clean but just the thought of it. this puts a whole new meaning on piss on lions!

  32. chinahand11 says: Mar 21, 2014 5:27 PM

    No home is complete without the one-of-a-kind, silver and blue piss trough! Get yours now while supplies last!

  33. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 21, 2014 5:32 PM

    Deflateddome:
    “I think they should install them as sinks in Lambeau. Since many of the turpentine swilling folks pee in the sink over there, might as well just add faucets to these urinals. Mark Murphy anticipates over 300 dollars a year savings by not having to clean up traditional sinks”

    You know you might be onto something there. Alpine Valley is the only place I’ve ever seen people getting really excited to pee in the sinks. It was crazy because there were actually toilets/urinals available. Those local yokels were just having a blast though, peeing in the sinks. Now before anyone speculates, these were not tour kids from god knows where. One look at them and you knew they were locals. Bizarre (gross).

  34. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 21, 2014 5:44 PM

    To everybody talking trash about the D, shut yo bitch ass up. It’s a classic American city that has been mistreated, mismanaged, used, abused, and darn near destroyed by the greed of American industry/capitalism. It remains a beautiful city, if you allow yourself to see it, overflowing with amazing history and culture. It also represents a warning to the rest of this country: abuse, take advantage of, and take for granted the working man at your own peril. Even WE are not infallible.
    (Stepping off soapbox.)

  35. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 21, 2014 5:46 PM

    And one more thing, Barry Sanders was and remains the GOAT. Not the greatest all around RB, but the greatest ball carrier of all time.

  36. lambeauleep says: Mar 21, 2014 5:53 PM

    thepftpoet says:
    Mar 21, 2014 2:55 PM
    Adrian Peterson is a better RB than Barry Sanders.

    ____________________________________

    This comment in inaccurate at best, and boarders on blaspheme.

  37. govtminion says: Mar 21, 2014 5:59 PM

    Get Matt Millen to sign it… then rub his face on it.

  38. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 21, 2014 6:20 PM

    Corporate greed at its finest. Are the selling the dried out urinal cakes from the locker rooms too ?

    “You too can piss on a urinal cake that the Detroit Lions pissed on !!!!”

  39. IamtheBucsFan says: Mar 21, 2014 6:23 PM

    Good move Barry. Piss on it! Way to have some class.

  40. pabrownsfan says: Mar 21, 2014 6:38 PM

    Great story Michael. I give you a 10!

  41. dtownsportslions says: Mar 21, 2014 6:42 PM

    Good memories at the Silverdome with my dad.

  42. filthymcnasty1 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:02 PM

    Degenerate Viking fans use the sinks.

  43. ivanpavlov0000 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:08 PM

    I’d think some team might buy the very suspicious HVAC system that once guided a game winning field back on track and between the uprights! Can’t remember which game that was, but it didn’t look kosher.

  44. beedubyatoo says: Mar 21, 2014 7:46 PM

    I was at one football game at the Silver Dome and the urinals at half time in the men’s room were the sinks and waste receptacles.

    And some fools write disparagingly about the Packer fans

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