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Monday, July 11, 2005

Time to Shine

As a life long Detroit area resident (except for my college years in Toronto and a few in Florida), I thank Jason Whitlock for this article.

from ESPN, Beginning this week during the Major League Baseball All-Star festivities, the city of Detroit will be brutalized by sportswriters from across the country. The maiming and name-calling and dissing won't stop until the completion of Super Bowl XL.
By the time it's over, the victims will include Kid Rock, Eminem, Madonna, Coleman Young's unborn great-grandchildren and Flint's Michael Moore.
Beating up on Detroit is easy. As the center of the free-falling automotive industry, known chiefly for crime, high unemployment and urban blight, Detroit is an easy target. Motown's 30-something mayor wears an earring, zoot suits and, if you believe the whispers, throws a house party that would make Snoop blush.
Yeah, making fun of Detroit is about as trouble-free as cracking a fat joke on Kirstie Alley. I've done both. It's really nothing to brag about.
But the truth is, especially when it comes to sports, Detroit is as good as it gets.
Yes, if we're buried under 10 inches of snow during Super Bowl XL, Paul Tagliabue should be forced to stand outside Ford Field butt naked apologizing to every fan as he/she enters the stadium. In fact, instead of looking to pass steroid legislation, Congress should pass a law tying the Super Bowl to three cities....continued...

Also, Mitch Albom does Detroit proud in his Detroit Free Press article today.
The New York Times wrote about Detroit over the weekend. A story about our baseball stadium. Not our gorgeous, new, comfortable, well-lit stadium in the heart of a thriving theater district, but our old and unused stadium at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull. I swear, there must be some rule at the Times that it only write about Detroit if the words "decay," "decrepit" or "destruction" appear in the headline.
Well, with the world arriving for Tuesday's All-Star Game, may I share a few facts that elude certain myopic reporters: 1) We still play baseball here. 2) We play it in a beautiful building. 3) That Olde English 'D' doesn't stand for "dying."
It stands for other things, like "decent," which is how Detroiters behave even when their team is losing (try that one, Yankees fans), and "dogged," which is what this city is -- and has to be -- to ward off false and lazy assumptions to which outsiders, especially media types, stubbornly cling....more...