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Detroit Tigers bring Xmas in July

CUBA USA BOYIt's the story that keeps on giving as more and more organizations hold "Christmas in July"-type events in the final nine days before the timeline becomes unusable.

Today's entry comes from the Detroit Tigers, who announced that they will be celebrating the unseasonal holiday in style this Thursday, transforming Comerica Park into a winter wonderland complete with live holiday music, toys soldiers, Christmas trees and yes, the man himself, Santa Claus, will be there.  He'll even be bringing some of his elves.

The event, now in its second year, will also include some of the Salvation Army's familiar bell-ringing workers, known to normally flank store entrances in Santa hats during the holiday season, collecting money for the poor.

Naturally, Santa will be throwing the first pitch--although it's unclear whether or not he'll be wearing his typical suit, or perhaps a more seasonal pair of shorts and a Hawaiian shirt?  Dr. Seuss' Christmas-Stealing Grinch will lead the audience in "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch.

Stafford “overrated”?



Richard Cato is blogging from the NFL draft:

Cheers of “overrated” greeted top overall pick Matt Stafford as Detroit wasted no time in selecting the quarterback with the number one overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Lions fans, with a strong showing up on the 3rd balcony here at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, were visibly upset and the feeling had nothing to do with his arm strength or abilities as a player.

“I love it and hate it at the same time” said a Lions fan discussing the pick. While franchise quarterbacks are hard to find, it is always tough to swallow guaranteeing USD $41.7 million dollars to a rookie quarterback. And that doesn’t even take the global recession into account, particularly devestating in Detroit. Stafford is guaranteed more money than the contract All-Pro Albert Haynesworth signed this offseason (USD $41 million).

Motown revving up for Final Four


spartansDetroit may be at the heart of the U.S. economic meltdown, but for a sports fan there are few places better than the Motor City, even if it is sputtering along these days.

This weekend Motown is revving up for one of the biggest parties in American sport, with close to 100,000 college basketball fans hitting town for a bit of March Madness and the Final Four.