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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Quote of the Day"I don't have hate for Philly exactly -- they are like our redheaded stepchild. It's like a nothing city. It's just insignificant in comparison to New York."
-- Michael Stewart, random Yankees fan quoted in an article that brings the Phillies' hate like nothin' you're going to see today. I'm guessing that the Philly retort will come tomorrow, either in the form of a companion article in the Inquirer or via a mob hit or something.
A lot of us wanted to see at least one of the L.A. teams in this thing because of the contrast in styles and the weather and all of that. But really, it had to be New York-Philly to get this kind of trash talk going, and I for one am thrilled with it.
Posted by Craig Calcaterra at 1:12pm
Kelly F. said...
Speaking of Dutch: Yankee in an anglicized version of the Dutch word yanqui, which, in essence, means redneck, yokel, country bumpkin, etc.
Posted 10/28 at 10:34 AM
Simon DelMonte said...
My current analogy is also Yankees=Microsoft. Followed by Red Sox=Google: we thought Google and the Sox were different than the Yanks or Microsoft, but the longer we see them, the less we think this is true. And the Mets are probably Yahoo, with a lot of money spent and not much to show for it.
Not sure what the Phillies are. But the Royals are Atari and the Pirates are Commodore.
Posted 10/28 at 10:38 AM
As a Met fan, I’ve always felt the best retort to any Philly-fan trash-talking is “Yeah, but you have to live in Philadelphia.” Works for everything.
“We won the World Series!”
“You guys were a joke this year.”
(I kid, I kid. The problem with trash talking is that some people take it WAAAY too seriously. I actually like Philadelphia. And I realize that my team is, right now, a colossal cosmic joke. But still. New York versus Philly? Come on!)
Posted 10/28 at 10:39 AM
Vin- You really want to take Queens over philly?
Posted 10/28 at 10:58 AM
Mark S. said...
I for one love the utter ridiculosity of NY Post trash talk. My favorite quote from the Post story: “Another Yankee fan, Laura Nidelle, 24, insists the Yuengling-slinging rubes from Philly are uncultured and uninteresting…”
Posted 10/28 at 11:20 AM
Kevin S. said...
It might be heresy, but Yuengling is superior to Brooklyn Brewery. Also, this:
Surely all of us New Yorkers and all of the Philadelphians can find an end to this nonsense. And work together to make fun of Chicago.
reminded me of a Vikes-Bears game I was at a couple years back at Soldier. We were sitting in the upper deck with a lot of Viking fans. Instead of the inevitable back-and-forth abuse, the fans all came together for a rousing “PACKERS SUCK!” chant. It was awesome.
Posted 10/28 at 12:01 PM
TC, I come from the school of thought that says we should revel in our rep, within reason. Besides, the Visigoths got to sack Rome.
As for the trashtalk… I sense more of it than normal coming from NYC and my many Yankee friends. That might be wrong, but in previous championship chases, I always saw my fellow Philly fans leading the charge with trashtalk. Perhaps that was a manifestation of our desperation for a title, or a subconscious manifestation of our realization that our team was inferior. Maybe 9 years without a title for the Yankees breeds a little bit of doubt.
As for me, and for most Phillies fans, I’m feeling a serene confidence in this Phillies team. The fans have probably loved other recent Philly sports teams with nearly the same level of passion—the ‘93 Phils, the ‘00-01 Sixers, Jameer Nelson’s St. Joe’s team, the four guard Villanova group, etc. But this time, that adoration is accompanied by a sense of true confidence that we have the best team, no matter who’s on the other side of the diamond. I’m just a little too young to remember anything about the Broad Street Bullies of 1974 and 1975, but that might be the last time people in Philly felt this way about a team. And that was the last Philly team to repeat. Based on most measures, the Yankees are a better team. But the same could have been said about the Dodgers. At this point, I’ll take the WFC’s mix of talent, desire, and confidence against anybody.
As for bringing everyone together, I think Phillies and Yankees fans could probably come together on a rousing chant of “Cowboys Suck!”
Posted 10/28 at 01:53 PM
Here’s some fun. From Don Russell in today’s Inquirer:
“Look, I’m not saying money is the root of all evil. I’m saying the Yankees are.”
Posted 10/28 at 04:33 PM
Good job with the selective cutting and pasting there, George, but try as you might “not cuturally significant” and “but not culturally significant enough to be a world city” (which is what I actually said) are not the same thing. If you’re going to argue, argue with the whole point, which is that as much as Philly has to offer, it has less to offer than New York.
Posted 10/28 at 09:09 PM
Jim C said...
Yeah, Philly does not have as much to offer as NYC. Not as much dirt, not as much crime, restaurant prices not as much of a ripoff, not as much arrogance, and not as many arrogant a-holes.
Posted 10/28 at 09:31 PM
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