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No invitation necessary, just hard work

Originally Published: June 10, 2011
By Joshua Epstein and Daniel Zott | Special to ESPN.com

For all the knocks against Detroit -- its economy, crime rate, etc. -- our hometown remains an extraordinary sports town. Not just because of the way the fans here consume sports, but also in the way that Detroit athletes become larger-than-life fixtures in the community.

Just look at Darren McCarty. The guy was a grinder for the Red Wings with some everyday-Joe-type personal problems, and he's been so embraced by Detroit sports fans that he sits in regularly on 97.1 The Ticket, ...

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