Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Is Detroit that bad?

If you’ve been lying under a rock the last few days, well, that probably wasn’t very fun. But if you haven’t, you’ll know that the Seahawks, yes, our Seattle Super Seahawks are in the Super Bowl!

The ‘Hawks have never made the Super Bowl, which makes this feat even more remarkable. It still seems surreal to many.

But for how wonderful going to Super Bowl XL is for the team, the fans and the city, the Super Seahawks really picked the wrong year to go.

Why? Because they now have to go to Detroit.

I don’t intend to rip into Detroit (too much). I’ve never been and I’m sure there are some wonderful qualities about it.

But if you’re going to make it to the Super Bowl XL (which, by the way, stands for 40, not extra large – despite it feeling extra-large for Seahawks’ fans), how ‘bout playing in Miami, New Orleans or San Diego. Those are the most common spots for the Super Bowl, and frankly, there’s a good reason why.

Those cities are warm, festive and perfect for rich tourists who are pretty much the only people who can afford actually going to the Super Bowl.

And Detroit, yeah, not so much. The weather this week calls for possible rain and temperatures ranging from the mid-20s to the high-30s, Motown isn’t too big anymore, and instead of South Beach or the French Quarter, there’s, well, probably an assembly line or two.

But who knows. There must be something to do in the Motor City for the players (really, more like their wives and kids) and the fans (again, rich, corporate execs who could tell you the names of some good stocks, but not the names of the players in the Seahawks’ backfield).

For example, folks looking to kill some time before the game could go see a car show or visit the Henry Ford Museum.

Cars aren’t your thing, huh?

How ‘bout catching a basketball game? The Pistons play in nearby Auburn Hills. Maybe you’ll make it to the game on a good night and get your ass kicked by Ron Artest.

Don’t want to get too sported-out before the big game?

Maybe entertainment is more up your alley. They once made a movie that took place in Flint, Mich. Perhaps Michael Moore will be around filming a sequel to “Roger and Me.” You could be in a movie!

Not sounding too wild? There must be bars. I would recommend spending a while in one of those. Yeah, definitely hit the bars.

The Super Bowl being played in Detroit is the second time the game has been in Michigan and only the third time the National Holiday has taken place in a cold-weather city. (Minneapolis hosted in ’92).

Speaking of Minnesota, that wouldn’t have been a bad spot to go this year, despite the crummy weather. Tourists could have looked into renting a private cruise on Lake Minnetonka, à la the Minnesota Vikings. And former Vikings’ head coach, Mike Tice, probably would have had no trouble at all scalping tickets to the big game in his own backyard.

Too bad.

Following Super Bowls will be held in Miami (next year), Glendale (Phoenix), Ariz., Tampa, then back to Miami in 2010.

So, as you can see, for how wonderful this season has been for the Super Seahawks and the fans and the city and the local bars and the scalpers, aside from going to the Super Bowl XL, there’s not too much happening in Detroit.

This column was published in the University of Washington's The Daily.

In other news: Kobe Bryant scored 81 points Sunday night against Fairfax High School.


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