DETROIT SPORTS IS RED HOT
Now comes the big test.
The city of Detroit got through All-Star week, passing with flying colors.
People loved us. The media praised us as everything went off without a hitch.
But there was no snow, no 10 degree days, no bored media members spending a week here wishing they were in San Diego or New Orleans.
Super Bowl XL next February is the big test. That is when many of Detroit's demons could be exposed. If it passes that test it could go a long way toward cleaning up the cities' image.
The American League beat the National League 7-5 Tuesday night in the 76th annual All-Star game at Comerica Park. But that is not important.
What is important is Detroit is one of the nation's hot sports cities. Recently we hosted two NBA Finals, the Ryder Cup, a bowl game, a sold out crowd at Ford Field where Michigan State and Kentucky played.
Upcoming is the Super Bowl, an NCAA basketball regional, the return of hockey and of course the Final Four.
When you look at the land scape of sports Detroit is right there with New York and Boston in regards to best sports cities.
On Tuesday's Sports Inferno I said Detroit was the third best sports city behind Boston and New York. As I think about it Detroit is just behind Boston. Bean town edges the Motor City because the Red Sox and Patriots hold championship belts.
There is hardly a day of boredom in Detroit.
The Pistons made back to back NBA Finals and they keep us on our edge with the daily Larry Brown drama.
The Tigers are trying to make noise and some national experts said they are keeping their eyes on this team to make a run at the wild card in the second half.
The Lions have not made the playoffs in six years but we hold more passion for this team than any other. People are getting excited for the return of hockey. And I have to believe despite a salary cap and uncertainty in the lineup that the Red Wings will remain one of the elite teams in the NHL.
If that is not enough we are fortunate to have elite collegiate programs in Michigan football and Michigan State basketball.
This place is red hot and the All Star game made national folks take notice.
Now this could all fall apart in a few months. But it isn't often people are looking at us other than to ridicule about a burning car that occurred when nearly half this city was either in the crib or a twinkle in their parents' eyes.
We complain about being mistreated by the national press. Well, they are showering you with praise today.
Enjoy the fun while it lasts.