DETROIT — More than 100,000 people are expected to be in the downtown Detroit area for the two-sport doubleheader, of which several Red Wings players will be in attendance for the Tigers and Lions games on Monday.
“A few guys have tickets,” Wings defenseman Brendan Smith said. “They’re trying to get me to come but sometimes I like being home watching fantasy football and just relaxing on the couch.”
Smith said he could suffer two losses in fantasy football depending on tonight’s outcome at Ford Field. His fate depends on a Lions receiver not named Calvin Johnson. If Golden Tate can ‘put up a huge performance’ Smith may be able to salvage one fantasy win.
“I follow every game,” he said. “Obviously the Packers are my favorite but I watch everything with the Lions and follow their roster all the time.”
Drew Miller will also take in tonight’s games from the comfort of his couch. An avid Detroit sports fan, Miller keeps an eye on both teams.
“I watch a lot closer than most,” Miller said. “I tend to follow baseball more just because we have more time in the summer to watch and to keep up with them. But every week, I check the Lions’ scores or catch some of the games if I can. Just knowing some of the guys, meeting them from the Detroit area.”
As a University of Michigan alum, center Luke Glendening said he follows college football more closely and that his alma mater’s loss to Notre Dame was a tough one. However, he will be watching the Lions game tonight and a victory could lift his spirits.
“I think the city will be going pretty,” Glendening said. “Hopefully they pull out a big win.”
The Tigers play the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park at 4:08 p.m. while the Lions play across the street at Ford Field at 7:10 p.m. against the New York Giants.