City Pride and Sports Success

The Detroit Tigers are going to the World Series.  This is great not only for baseball fans, but for the city of Detroit as well.  The effects of this will be similar to the positive effects that the Super Bowl had on Detroit and our image.  But I argue that this is actually better because the fact that it is our own team having this success builds on pride within the city.  For whatever reason, people are just plain happier in a city when their local teams are doing well.  I’ve noticed this here in Seattle as well.

The question is, why?  Sports are a thing we (non-professional athletes) can do notching about, but that many care about very, very passionately.  I think there are a few major reasons:

1. It always makes the city look more attractive and fun
2. It allows people to live in fantasy land for the duration of the game(s) and forget about real life
3. It gives you something to brag to people outside of your city about

Are there other reasons?  Is this actually a bad phenomenon?

One Love. One II.



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About Garlin Gilchrist II

I am the City of Detroit's first ever Deputy Technology Director for Civic Community Engagement. My job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters. I currently live in Detroit, my hometown, with my beautiful wife Ellen and our twins Garlin III and Emily Grace. I'm from Detroit. I created Detroit Diaspora, and was formerly the National Campaign Director at I also co-hosted The #WinReport on "The Good Fight," a an award winning, nationally syndicated radio show that was one of Apple's Best of 2013. After graduating with degrees in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Michigan, I became a Software Engineer at Microsoft. By day, I helped build SharePoint into the fastest growth product in the company's history. On my personal time, I sought out opportunities to connect my technical skills with community building efforts across the country. This led to my co-founding The SuperSpade: Black Thought at the Highest Level, a leading Black political blog. I served as Social Media Manager for the 2008 Obama campaign in Washington, and then became Director of New Media at the Center for Community Change. I spent two years creating and implementing a strategy for the Center to take it's 40 years of community organizing experience into the digital age. I speak before diverse audiences on effective & responsive government, empowerment in revolutionary new organizing spaces, increasing civic engagement & participation through emerging technologies and protecting civil rights in the age of the Internet. Full bio here.

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