September 9, 2005, - 12:40 pm

Detroit’s Phony USA Today Superbowl Ad

By Debbie Schlussel
An ad, touting the Superbowl, in yesterday’s USA Today NFL section featured false “Fun Facts About Detroit.”
Among the phony claims, taken from the apparently-lying Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, are statements that Detroit:
* “Features the nation’s oldest freshwater aquarium, located on Belle Isle Park.”
Reality Check: The Belle Isle Aquarium closed permanently (as in FOREVER) early this year.
* “Is home to Vernors ginger ale, Sanders hot fudge, Better Made Potato Chips and Faygo soda pop.”
Reality Check: This is about half true. Vernors was long ago (1987) bought out by A&W/Dr. Pepper/Cadbury/7-UP, and, while available in Detroit, is not produced there. Sanders (of the hot fudge fame) went out of business a long time ago, but is being reborn in the form of a few stores.
Not that anyone would come to Detroit to see a stupid aquarium anywya, but it just goes to show, you cannot believe the hype about the Superbowl in Detroit. The only thing you can believe: It will be cold and miserable. The Detroit tundra is not a place for the Superbowl. Stay away.

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8 Responses

Just wondering if there is a twinge of touristophobia in there somewhere Debbie. Sounds like it might be personal. Exposing the false advertising thing is just a clever disguise =o)

Uncle Tim on September 9, 2005 at 5:50 pm

At least they have a football team. Los Angeles? heh

KOAJaps on September 9, 2005 at 11:51 pm

While its nice to see you showing off your fact-checking abilities, why are you relishing in “dissing” your hometown? Are you wishing you lived somewhere warmer? While they are embellishing Detroit quite a bit, I wish they’d have a Super Bowl here in the Northeast somewhere, but alas, the only domed stadium in the region is in “minor league city” Syracuse, NY and I doubt the NFL would hold it there.

hairymon on September 10, 2005 at 12:23 am

Hey Hairy, at least you have a team

KOAJaps on September 10, 2005 at 1:15 am

King,
I’ve always heard the majority of people in Los Angeles weren’t interested in a pro football team. If I recall, the LA Raiders played in front of a bunch of empty seats, leading some people to parody Davis’ saying as “Commitment to Empty Seats” while there. I would think with the TV market, if LA wanted a team the NFL would be more than happy to place one there, which they’ve tried for years to do.
Having a pro team is not that great. They swallow a lot of tax money and the games on TV are limited.

The_Man on September 10, 2005 at 9:23 pm

I take it back KOAJaps, the 2010 SuperBowl would’ve been in New York if they just voted for that stadium (maybe the 2012 Olympics too :-))
I hate saying this (it’s certainly not nice to say right now) but my gut feeling is that in about 1-3 years the New Orleans Saints will be the NFL team that finally goes to LA-LA Land. The owner has hinted it in the past, and I can’t imagine either:
A) New Orleans market ever being it’s pre-Katrina size again for a long time (which was about as small as a market was for a major league sports team)
B) The Superdome being used again (yes, I hear it’s a source of pride down there but I think it may be too damaged and its image is probably tarnished forever) nor money spent to build a new stadium
C) Baton Rouge permanently growing enough with New Orleans transplants to support the team (nor LSU agreeing to permanently share their stadium, nor money being spent to build another stadium)
D) The NFL choosing San Antonio (where the Saints will play some home games this year) permanently over a huge market like LA. Houston was one thing (huge in and of itself and also a former NFL market), San Antonio (which is more or less New Orleans sized and no NFL experience) another.

hairymon on September 13, 2005 at 10:14 pm

Saints in Los Angeles? Actualy, he Missions are out here like San Juan Capistrano and San Gabriel but calling L.A. saint? I don’t think so

KOAJaps on September 15, 2005 at 12:20 am

Hey King, we could rename them the L.A. Devils :-)

hairymon on September 15, 2005 at 10:50 pm

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