Spirit of Detroit has Lions pride
Detroit — Hey, Spirit of Detroit, Honolulu blue looks good on you!
The statue outside of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center building downtown at Woodward and Jefferson is sporting a Detroit Lions' jersey — a first for the Motor City icon — in anticipation of Sunday's game.
The Lions will take on the Dallas Cowboys in a playoff game at 4:40 p.m. Sunday. The game will be televised in Detroit on WJBK-TV (Channel 2).
The Spirit has worn Tigers and Wings jerseys in the past, but the Lions were — well, never good enough to merit him donning a giant Honolulu blue and silver one.
"This is the start of something new," Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand said. "The start of a new year, obviously, the start of a new season for us.
"Everybody is 0-0 in the playoffs, and we're fighting for that trophy with 11 other teams in there, and it all starts Sunday with Dallas."
Metro Detroiters gathered at the statue on Friday afternoon to snap some pictures of the Spirit in his new shirt with their mobile phones and cameras.
Mark McClure, 41, of Hartland, was among them.
He put on his Lions cap and took a break from his job with the federal government to walk over to the statue and get a quick photo.
"I was hoping they'd put one on the statue all week," he said. "The Lions don't get to the playoffs all that often and hopefully, it'll stay on there past this Sunday."
McClure said he won't bet on a Lions victory, but he thinks the team has a good shot at winning against the Cowboys.
Detroit Deborah Davis, 66, said she thinks the Spirit's new clothes are fantastic.
"I think it just solidifies the spirit that the city is coming back," the self-described Lions' fan said. "I think it's great that people can see this."
Detroit News staff writer Josh Katzenstein contributed.