Good job, Michigan State. Your failure to rescue the city of Detroit from financial ruin has forced a once great boxing champion to play tic-tac-toe against poultry for money. I hope you're happy.

Yes, one of the most fearsome fighters in the history of pugilism squared off in a game of wits against a fucking chicken. Thomas "The Hitman" Hearns took on the mighty bird at the Greektown Casino in Detroit yesterday, in a two-round matchup of "Chick-Tac-Dough," which has to be the saddest promotion in the history of casino gambling—and that includes the celebrity impersonating blackjack dealers at the Imperial Palace.

DETROIT, April 8 /PRNewswire/ — Boxing legend Tommy 'Hitman' Hearns and 'Ginger' the Casino Chicken faced off on Tuesday, April 7 for the inaugural 'Chicken Challenge' of Greektown Casino-Hotel's 'Chick-Tac-Dough' promotion. 'Ginger' went 0-1-1 (one loss, one tie) against 'Hitman' Hearns.

The promotion will run from April 11 to June 9, 2009, giving every Club Greektown cardholder one (1) free attempt to challenge the casino chicken to a game of tic-tac-toe every day from noon to 8 p.m. Players that are able to beat the chicken at tic-tac-toe will be awarded $100 in Bonus Play.

A seven-time world boxing champion vs. a chicken. I weep for the future. In a completely unrelated story, Greektown Casino recently filed for bankruptcy, because apparently even the most profitable industry on the planet can't survive in Detroit. Hard to believe an idea factory like this one can't keep the books straight.

Tommy 'Hitman' Hearns Takes on 'Ginger' the Casino Chicken at Greektown Casino-Hotel's 'Chick-Tac-Dough' Promotion [PR Newswire]
How is Greektown $777 million in debt? [Sault Ste. Marie Evening News]