Stanley Cup Final 2009 - Detroit vs Pittsburgh: A Tale of Two Cities

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Stanley Cup Final 2009 -  Detroit vs Pittsburgh: A Tale of Two Cities
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Congratulations to the maturing Sidney Crosby led Pittsburgh Penguins and their win in Game Six of the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals in forcing a sudden death Game Seven in Motorcity, USA on Friday night.

I have decided to call this final championship game, a "Tale of Two Cities." The two cities involved are truly polar opposites in both team make-up and geo-economical make-up.

With that said, I will explain my Stanley Cup Final 2009 Detroit vs Pittsburgh: A Tale of Two Cities.

In 1989, a young and upstart independent film producer named Michael Moore set out, with minimal financial backing, to create a documentary called, Roger and Me.

The movie was a satire about Moore chasing around the late, then CEO of General Motors, Roger Smith and his action of closing several auto plants in Flint, Michigan, Michael Moore's hometown.

Moore wanted to achieve an interview with the aloof Smith as to why he was closing all these auto plants in Flint, Michigan and relocating them throughout the USA. The young upstart Moore was a real pain in Smith's behind as he tried to pin him down for an interview.

The City of Flint ended up losing over 30,000 jobs and its total population was just over 125,000 blue collar workers. Flint was economically crushed by CEO Smith and General Motors' decision to leave town.

Today, we have an upstart young hockey team being produced in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who, much like Michael Moore, wants to knock down an older, wiser, and stubborn team from Motorcity, Michigan named the Detroit Red Wings.

The only difference in today's tale of two cities is that Detroit (the old city) and (ironically) the General Motors Corporation are fighting for their socio-economic lives, not just their Stanley Cup playoff life.

Pittsburgh, the young upstart, offers two Stanley Cups since 1990, a young, dynamic, and energetic team, and a growing population in the Greater Pittsburgh Area of 2.4 million people—a city that Forbes magazine called "one of the best places to live as a young person" and another almanac in 2007 rated it as, "the most livable city in the USA."

Detroit, the older, not so productive city anymore that is responsible for a once thriving corridor that populates over 5.7 million people, is in a deep economic slump.

The city is home to the "Big Three" in the North American auto industry. The core city is vastly empty with only a decreasing population of 916,900 people calling downtown "Hockeytown, USA" home.

The tale of Detroit rests dearly on the Detroit Red Wings' shoulders.

With Motorcity responsible for over 150,000 jobs directly relating to the declining American auto sector and being the engineer of over 13 billion dollars in economic spinoffs for the area, sadly the city is a larger version of Michael Moore's Flint, Michigan, which is only 66 miles northwest of Detroit.    

In Moore's Roger and Me, the young upstart film director finally nails down the slick and evasive Roger Smith. In retrospect, I would like to see Sidney Crosby, et al, nail down the slick and evasive Niklas Lidstrom, et al, but my heart tells me to go with the financially depressed City of Detroit.

My "tale of two cities" will end with Detroit winning their twelfth Stanley Cup (since 1926) and third in the last seven years. Both of these great American cities deserve respect and congratulations for a great season!

The student is still not ready to school the teacher, neither is the young producer!

Sorry Sidney, your time will come.  Look at what became of Michael Moore.

Not Sir Stanley's Cup, but an Oscar isn't that bad!

Mark Keilty

Toronto, Ontario

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