The Sporting News conducted a bracket-style poll that found Detroit to be the best sports city in North America (it beat out Chicago in the final and Montreal and New York in earlier rounds).
I'm biased, but I think it's fair. Detroit is one of few cities that has 4 major sports teams that are all pretty much equally relevant, and 3 of them play downtown. Also, the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry lives within metro Detroit, as people there move west on weekends to cheer for their teams. As a city, fandom is balanced but still fanatic and passionate about their teams.
Currently 0-0 in the bottom of the 6th. FIster is pitching a great game, everyone needs to turn on their tvs and watch this game.
Well Tigers take on the Twins tonight. Delmon Young starts in LF and bats 3rd (THANK GOD).
1. A. Jackson (CF)
2. R. Raburn (2B)
3. D. Young (LF)
4. M. Cabrera (1B)
5. V. Martinez (DH)
6. J. Peralta (SS)
7. M. Ordonez (RF)
8. A. Avila (C)
9. W. Betemit (3B)
So, Jaromir Jagr wants back in the NHL. Apparently he (rather, his people) contacted the Red Wings. The FSD article mentions that the Wings had no problems offensively last year, and therefore aren't pursuing any forwards. I still think Jagr would be a sick pickup. He is 39, but definitely has a few more years left.
Crazy night last night - I live right next door to St. Andrews and The Kingdom night clubs in Downtown Detroit. Last night, at 1:52 AM, I woke up to 16 shots being fired as the night club let out, and looked out my window to see a guy, dead, laying in a pool of his own blood feet outside the club. The police came fast to look for a suspect, but man, the paramedics were SLOW.
I know shootings aren't unusual for Detroit, but also know these two night clubs get quite the draw from the suburbs. Since the news doesn't seem to think it is worth reporting - wanted to let the mgoblogosphere know in case it impacts your club of choice.
You may now return to your regularly scheduled spring game programming.
EDIT: Channel 4 reported on the shooting this morning. According to police reports, the man was in his car and tried to run over somebody outside the door, when the bouncers opened fire. The blood remains on the street this morning.
I saw a series of photos of old Detroit buildings in a piece done by the Denver Post.
There is no political statement intended here, just a sense of sadness.