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Detroit sports teams boosting state’s morale: A fan’s take
Let's face it. As a sports fan, there is nothing more rewarding and gratifying than witnessing your favorite team(s) reach the postseason or world championship. There is a sense of affluent pride that goes along with it. No, we may not have had any direct part in their accomplishments, however, we feel as if we were somehow responsible for a part of the team's motivation in achieving their championship goals.
In the economically downtrodden State of Michigan, very little has garnered as much unity and excitement as the current success of our professional sports teams. While disheartened people are leaving the state in droves, looking for better opportunities, they, along with a multitude of others, are returning to the city of Detroit, in order to cheer on our athletic gladiators.
The Tigers and Lions, favorites to win the American League and strong contenders for the NFC North, respectively, have brought a fever to the state. There are Tigers' parties in Traverse City and Lions' game day tailgates in Alpena. Grand Rapids and Saginaw are, also, filled with the sights and sounds of Motown fandom. No matter where you are, there is likely a sign, pennant or flag posted in the vicinity, voicing support for our beloved jungle cats.
You simply cannot escape it. It's everywhere. There is a feeling the likes of which we haven't seen in decades. Emotions are high. Morale is climbing. People, once again, have something to talk about other than how disastrous our financial situation is and the collapsing of modern society.
For those brief hours on game day, we are all relaxed and enjoying ourselves. We are all friends, regardless of our situation, race, creed or color. The players and coaches of Detroit's professional sports teams have united the state, if only momentarily.
How well the Tigers and Lions will continue to perform is anyone's guess. As for now, their improved play is captivating the millions of Michigan sports fans who have very little to hope for, outside the play of their favorite professional athletes, as they grind toward the success often searched for and seldom achieved.
The author, D. Benjamin Satkowiak, is a successful entrepreneur and published author, who has tailored works on various sports, health and fitness topics. He currently serves as a Yahoo! Contributor Network "Featured Contributor" and beat writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and Notre Dame football.
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