A hole in Hockeytown without Classic

Updated: January 2, 2013, 6:22 PM ET
By Craig Custance | ESPN The Magazine

DETROIT -- It's the kind of day when Dan Craig would have performed magic. The NHL's ice guru, responsible for perfecting the outdoor sheet of ice at the NHL's annual Winter Classic, would have appreciated the blanket of clouds overhead, with just enough sun fighting through to brighten the sky. The temperature is cold, but not too cold. Mid-30s Fahrenheit on a late December afternoon in Detroit.

And there is Comerica Park, empty. It was supposed to be home to a winter festival of outdoor ...

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