We're down to four days until the Super Bowl, and Detroit is really getting into form, whether that's for better or for worse remains to be seen.
With 3,000 media people and 100,000 visitors expected, it's gonna be more than a little crazy I think.
The styrofoam facades are up on the buildings downtown. Yup. Styrofoam fronts on the buildings. To make them look like marble. That's just a bit weird to me. That's just a small part of everything being done.
Additionally, Detroit is ready for the second Motown Winter Blast. It's a winter festival in the middle of the city that consists of a few anomalies like a 200-foot sledding hill and dogsled races. There are also heated tents with bands performing. Although last year featured local bands, this year's festival is bringing a few big national names (such as Smash Mouth, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Clint Black; not my thing, but whatever). Even so, I'm still saying that the real thing to see will be some local bands, including The Hard Lessons and The Orbitsuns. I made it down there last year, and it took us an hour to find parking. It remains to be seen how this year will go.
Jimmy Kimmel is in town all week, shooting his show from the Gem Theatre. He's really been plugging Detroit, but a large part of that has to do with him paying penance for these comments that he made during a halftime show of the NBA playoffs, when he was asked who he was rooting for:
Besides the fact that I'm a Lakers fan, I realize they're going to burn the city of Detroit down if the Pistons win.
Apparently all has been forgiven, though. People are lining up for hours to get into the show.
Even yours truly has been recruited by the Super Bowl hype machine. Channel 4 was at Punk Fitness class last night, doing a piece on "hidden gems" in Detroit. We'll be on WDIV on Sunday, sometime between 6am and 6pm. I have a strong suspiscion I will not catch it. Even if I have the tv on all day, they will air it while I'm in the bathroom or something.
So, whether it's going to make the Motor City look better or worse remains to be seen. All that can be said at this time is that, ready or not, the Super Bowl has come to Detroit.