Sunday, August 23, 2009

Detroit team 'Spirit' is a cool sports tradition

My apologies to Wings' fans for rekindling memories of that Pittsburgh series a couple months ago, but I thought this shot of the Spirit of Detroit was worth checking out.

Just when it looked like the Detroit City Council was going to screw up again and charge teams a small fortune to slap a jersey on the Spirit, they reversed course and decided that about $5,000 was enough to cover the maintenance costs that are incurred. Seems fair. I think Zetterberg makes that much before the Red Wings leave Traverse City.

An interesting note about the Spirit: When it was installed in 1955, it was the largest bronze statue cast since the Renaissance. Just one question: What size does that thing wear? I'm feeling the need for an Olde English D jersey in a few weeks!