Dan Shaughnessy Defends Detroit?

Now I’m confused. I remembered this article, but not the author..Dan Shaughnessy. Do I owe the man an apology, or is this complete hypocrisy.

Shaughnessy made the case for why the Detroit Lions must play on Thanksgiving. Here’s some highlights:

You can make fun of the Lions if you want. Why not? Everybody does.

It’s like picking on the fat kid in gym class or laughing when somebody falls face first into a puddle.

Knock yourselves out. Enjoy the yucks. The Lions were 0-16 last year and are 2-8 this year.

Just don’t take away my Lions on Thanksgiving.

…Piling on the Lions is a parlor game across NFL America.

Now, compare that with his most recent statement about Detroit:

Think about it: For the next five weeks, you could live in downtown Boston and your wife could shop on Newbury Street. Or you could live in downtown Detroit, amid the boarded-up buildings and the proverbial skeleton frames of burned-out Chevrolets. Is this really a tough call?

Really. Why wouldn’t Damon come back to Boston?

Shaughnessy says its mean to pick on the fat kid, but then picks on the fat kid..

Yeah, no apology..this is hypocrisy. But a good article.

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One Response to “Dan Shaughnessy Defends Detroit?”

  1. Tiger Rick Says:

    I have lived in the Detroit area all of my life. I have been to every major city east of the Mississippi and St. Louis, San Francisco and LA. None of these large cities, with the exception of Newark are remotely close to the unique hell that Detroit is. No downtown to speak of besides the stadium areas, no shopping areas, empty broken down skyscrappers, the fake storefronts on Woodward, the school district, the city council and school board, even the cigar store Indian who is now the mayor, you just can’t make it up.

    I don’t know why those of us who live in this area feel compelled to delude our selves and rush to the defense of Detroit, every time some out of town journalist excercises his rights under the fifth amendment of the Constitution and tells the truth. The suburbs of Detroit are a fine place to raise a family, just as the suburbs of Chicago, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, North Carolina and I am sure Boston are as well. But the city of Detroit, I don’t think so. You can raise a family in the Lincoln Park area of Chicago and let the kids ride their bikes outside. Name one neighborhood in the city of Detroit, where it is safe to do that.

    Shauhnessy may have been intemperate, but what he said was true. Although, I don’t think Damon’s wife came up to Detroit, nor would she come up to Boston. I think she likes the Tampa area just fine, and like most wives, would have no trouble spending Damon’s money in Tampa, Detroit, or Boston. And for all the talk about how much Damon is in love with the Tigers, I think he would take less money to play with the Rays next year. Damon like Inge, who has been told he is the heart and soul of the Tigers, is just looking for some fool to give him a contract next year.

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