MNF at FF in the D

Yes, it’s preseason. But it’s Monday night, and around here, that means a lot.

The Lions have yet to host a Monday night regular-season game in their fairly new digs at Ford Field. A shame, really; the stadium is stunningly beautiful. I heard the announcers last night from Houston rant about their home, Reliant Stadium. Yes, a lovely place it is, but it simply cannot match the sheer originality and local flavor of Ford Field.

Now, of course, an equally sad story has been the Lions themselves. We all want to think this year is different, and while I have no doubt they’ll have an improved record over recent years, they’re still a player or three away from real contention. Joey Harrington will certainly be on a short leash, with Jeff Garcia (ex-49er under Mariucci) will be waiting to take the spot if he fails to create points.

Regardless of the regular season (just 2 weeks away), this is a big night for the Lions and the city. Many, many people will be seeing Ford Field for the first time, and there’s no doubt that the emphasis will be on the fact that the Superbowl will be played there in a few short months.

Are we ready, as a city, for this kind of spotlight?

3 Comments so far

  1. ZuDfunck (unregistered) on August 29th, 2005 @ 4:08 pm

    Detroit will do just fine.

    It’s the perceptions ofDetroit that don’t fare as well.

    With the AllStar game from MLB having gone OK. I am a lot less nervous about the Super Bowl.


  2. lance (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 8:07 pm

    Detroit has begging for the spotlight for the past 30 years…the real question is whether or not the rest of the world is ready to see the real Detroit.


  3. Erica (unregistered) on September 4th, 2005 @ 4:13 pm

    I’m working my way towards running a marathon, and I’m strongly considering coming back home next fall to run the Free Press marathon. The biggest draw (besides running to Windsor, over the bridge and back through the tunnel), is that the finish is at Ford Field.



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