While I'm glad I got the chance to discuss how the recession has disproportionately affected places like my hometown in Michigan, I wanted to end my guest blogging tenure on a more optimistic note. I believe Jackson and the surrounding communities will eventually find a way to cope with the loss of the manufacturing base and recover economically, but I think those solutions will arrive only through the commitment and hard work of the community. There is no longer any illusion that help will come from Lansing, Detroit or Washington; cities like Jackson are not politically important enough to warrant timely bundles of stimulus cash. I have already heard from a number of local entrepreneurs, organizers and community leaders who are doing their best to revive local commerce and I look forward to doing whatever I can to aid their efforts going forward.
Chances are I would have found an excuse to talk about the Pistons at some point this week, but Dwayne made that a lot easier by calling out Joe Dumars for signing Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. I'll admit my feelings about the signings are decidedly mixed. I was a communications intern with the team during the 2004 draft and stood five feet away from Joe Dumars as he discussed picking Darko over Carmelo, Bosh and D Wade. Our faith in Joe at the time was so great that no one in the press room openly questioned the choice; Joe D said Darko would be great, so we all assumed he would be right as usual. His trade for Sheed at the deadline that season put the finishing touches on a championship team and further cemented his reputation as a basketball genius.