If only everyone always felt this good about Detroit.
Overwhelmingly, the television images beamed around the nation Super Bowl Sunday were positive for a city whose usual image is as tattered as it is widespread.
Celebrities and VIPs were unfailingly kind to Detroit in their comments to the media. Complaints of blight, crime and cold weather were seemingly off-limits.
"I think Detroit has done a fantastic job," said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on ESPN.
"The city looks beautiful. They have done a great job with the facility," said Rice, who attended the game. "It's a great day for Detroit. The people of Detroit deserve a lot of credit."
Broadcaster Al Michaels agreed, as a colorful montage of the city's Super Bowl scenery flashed on the screen. It was, however, one of the few comments the game crew made about Detroit during the broadcast.
Actor Jim Belushi told WXYZ, Channel 7, that snow was fine with him. The California resident said he can catch sunshine any day.
Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen seemed surprised by his weekend here. "It's actually been really good," he said on WXYZ. "I've had a good time in Detroit."
Throughout the week, some in the print media were not shy about pointing out the city's deficiencies. And a year ago, the media complained openly about unseasonably cool weather in Jacksonville, Fla. Whether it was low expectations or better manners, harsh words were seldom heard.
"They (the Detroit Lions) have never made it to the Super Bowl, but they (the city) have put on quite a show," said ESPN broadcaster Trey Wingoduring Sunday's pre-game show.
Prominent Metro Detroit businessman Larry Wisne said the feedback he has received was positive as well.
"People are almost astonished about how good we can be," he said on WDIV, Channel 4. "The people of Detroit have really done a great job."
"It's exciting to see Detroit get out and clean it up a little bit," singer and Metro Detroit native Uncle Kracker said. "It kind of makes you wish Detroit was like that all year-round."
The grittiest images of the city came in a pregame segment on ABC with Detroit native, Steelers running back Jerome Bettis. Even then, it was only a flash of gray skies, razor wire and factories.
ABC's viewers saw the city's skyline lovingly framed throughout the game at times with Motown music serving as the soundtrack. The skyline's signature feature, the Renaissance Center, figured in many of the shots.
Aerial shots also showed the Ambassador Bridge as a reminder that Detroit is an international border, too.
Notably, the national broadcasts made no mention of the shooting death of a reveler early Saturday morning on Woodward Avenue or the Sunday morning stabbing death of a homeless man near the Motown Winter Blast.
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