OT: How Canadiens view Detroit - Red Wing article in Edmonton Sun

Submitted by Search4Meaning on November 11th, 2010 at 3:55 PM

When an article starts like this, it just has to make your day:

 

"DETROIT — Welcome to Detroit, where the forecast, as always, is muggy, with a chance of murder.

When you’re trying to breathe a little life back into your year, this is not the place to visit. And not just because they use more white chalk at crime scenes than they ever did in the schools."

Wow!  Thanks Robert Tychowski of the Edmonton Sun for that upbeat start.

Link:  http://www.edmontonsun.com/sports/myoilers/2010/11/10/16078546.html

Comments

CRex

November 11th, 2010 at 4:14 PM ^

If you look at Mickey the wrong way he and Goofy will take you out back behind the Epcot Center and stomp the shit out of you.  You haven't felt pain until you've been beaten by a baseball bat while "It's A Small World" is playing in the background.  I learned that one the hard way.  

MgerBlerg

November 11th, 2010 at 4:35 PM ^

Yup the last time I was at Disneyland (same difference), the lady in front of us in line let her little kid drive her automatic wheelchair, lost control of it, and rammed it into a crowd of people.  Moral of the story - wear helmets at all times.

wigeon

November 11th, 2010 at 5:00 PM ^

we were in the Animal Kindgom, or whatever they call the part of the park with monkeys that smells like animal poop and fat people, posing for a character picture - 2 little kids, mom and dad, with Eeyore, Tigger and Pooh. I was in the back row and instantly noticed Eeyore taking a liking to my wife. He put his arm around her, started rubbing her shoulders, eventually the small of her back.

 I couldn't belive what I was seeing. When his hand dropped to her beltline, I thunked him upside the head and said "knock it off or you're getting fired today".

 It was actually pretty funny, in a "molested by character" kinda way. 

SFBlue

November 11th, 2010 at 4:19 PM ^

Way to kick a city when it's down.  If it makes them feel any safer, I think Canadian visitors are largely viewed as too insignificant to be victims of violent acts. 

EDIT: Oilers, 4-7-2, play the Wings tonight.  So the sportswriter is trying to give the punters back in Edmonton something to feel good about before they get gashed.

Blue in Yarmouth

November 12th, 2010 at 8:44 AM ^

every once in a while a post comes a cross that brings this crap up. I am Canadian and proud of it. What this jackass wrote is beyond bullshit but the way a lot of you clowns seem to lump every Canadian into a single group when one Canadian says something stupid is every bit as ignorant as the guy writing this article.

When I think of the USA I am smart enough to know that not EVERYONE there speaks with that southern twang (NTTAWWT), not EVERYONE sounds like a New Englander, not ALL of them shoot people and finally, not all are assholes.

In fact, most of the Americans I have encountered are pretty nice people and I don't let the fact that I have encountered some assholes who happen to be from the USA (like a few commenting on this thread) spoil my opinion of Americans at large.

These types of generalizations are something I would expect out of teenagers, not adults.

icefins26

November 12th, 2010 at 8:38 AM ^

I never said Detroit wasn't respectable but from an outsiders point-of-view, Detroit gets a bad rap because publicity for the city isn't always for the best reasons.  I'm not sure why people are surpised by this stereotype that Detroit has.  That's all.

mikoyan

November 12th, 2010 at 2:19 PM ^

It's not surprising that it has that stereotype.  It's just that it's aggrevating that the stereotype still exists.  I believe Washington DC has a higher crime rate overall but people don't constantly bash it (except for it's other criminals....approximately 536 of them anyway).  I mean yes, there are parts of Detroit that I'm not about to wander around in but then there are nice parts of it.

Sommy

November 13th, 2010 at 12:30 AM ^

Yeah:

East St. Louis has one of the highest crime rates in the United States. According to FBI's data of 2007, its murder rate hit 101.9 per population of 100,000, surpassing that of cities such as Gary, Indiana (48.3 per pop. 100,000), New Orleans, Louisiana (37.6), Baltimore, Maryland (43.3), and Detroit, Michigan (47.3), as well as that of its neighbor St. Louis (37.2). FBI data shows East St. Louis' rate of rape exceeded 250 per population of 100,000.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_St._Louis

jmblue

November 11th, 2010 at 5:12 PM ^

Detroit 187

Not helping the city's reputation.

Disagree - the show gives off the impression that the DPD actually solves murder cases.

Seriously, the city's reputation was so poor before the show that it can't really hurt it any more.  At least they're filming on location, so the local economy does benefit a bit.

Dan TrueBlue

November 12th, 2010 at 9:11 AM ^

I've got to disagree.  Detroit 187 is pretty darn good for the D.

Anywhere you go outside of Michigan, people think Detroit is full of nothing but gang-bangers who want to kill each other.  

The show puts real, human faces on what's going on.  It's a chance to talk about what the media doesn't: the people who really care about their city, and want to make it better.  It's a chance to show all the beauty that Detroit once had, and all the little gems that it still has, and the potential it will always have to be great again.  

Of course, bringing jobs into the city is good too.  The real benefit though, is empathy (not sympathy).  It's getting people to see Detroit as not just a hole in the ground and an object of derision, but as a living, breathing place full of people they know.

Brendan

November 11th, 2010 at 4:33 PM ^

When you have a badass team like the Red Wings who are a Stanley Cup favorite every year, obviously peeps are going to be jealous.  They will be even more jealous when Lidstrom lifts Detroit's 12th Stanley Cup over his head in June.  Hopefully it's against Montreal, just so we can rub it in a bit more.

 

Nevertheless, I think we should invade Canada.  Then we can try Crosby as a war criminal.