Thursday, July 08, 2004

Torture Chamber

Local sportswriter Sal Paolantonio gets the honor of writing the ESPN.com Page 2 piece explaining Philadelphia's selection by the Deuce's Cold Pizza as the country's second most tortured sports city. Ever the former political reporter, Sal Pal delves into America's origins, when the fledgling nation's government fled to Washington and its financial center beat a path to New York, to explore Philly's perpetual second-city status. With the Phillies contending (though by no means a lock) in a polished diamond of a ballpark, in the shadow of Veterans Stadium's rapidly decreasing rubble pile, Paolantonio speculates that maybe, just maybe, the Philadelphia curse has been exorcised.

As for the local faithful's notorious mean streak, he runs a great quote from Larry Bowa:

"They work for every dollar they earn," said Bowa, who was on the '80 [Phillies] championship team. "Nothing is given to these people. They're blue-collar workers. They love to see people get their uniform dirty. They love to see people put in time at their job. They love to see passion, emotion."

Now, the No. 1 most tortured city will be revealed Tuesday. The obvious suspects -- Boston, Chicago, and Buffalo -- have already appeared on the list. There are just two major metro areas that have sporting legacies but are not represented: Los Angeles and New York. Given the Lakers' recent success, you'd be hard-pressed to call what passes for fans in the City of Angels tortured. (That's a little harsh, I guess; you can find a real fan or two in Southern California.) They wouldn't dare choose New York, would they? I know the Yankees haven't won a World Series in, like, three years, but still. Calling New Yorkers tortured sports fans would be insane even by sports media (official motto: "If it happens in New York, it's NEWS TO YOU. So sit back and read it, loser boy.") standards, wouldn't it?

Wouldn't it?


10 Comments:

At July 8, 2004 at 10:26 PM, Blogger Matt said...

I've been speculating on this weeks. My guess wass that Philadelphia would head the list. I don't have a clue who #1 is now.

 
At July 9, 2004 at 1:33 AM, Blogger Brian said...

Didnt check over the list before saying this, so correct me if my guesses for number one are wrong.

Milwaukee?
Washington DC?
Seattle?

 
At July 9, 2004 at 8:39 AM, Blogger mark said...

how about Baltimore? losing the Colts and all...

 
At July 9, 2004 at 9:27 AM, Blogger tom said...

I thought Philly would end up no. 1 as well, but since they didn't, that "honor" has to belong to Detroit.

 
At July 9, 2004 at 10:56 AM, Blogger Matt said...

It can't be Detroit. Yes, their baseball and football teams stink, but the Pistons just won and teh Red Wings have won a few Stanley Cups recently - one of which was a sweep over the Flyers. Again, it can't be Detroit.

 
At July 9, 2004 at 12:47 PM, Blogger Brian said...

I suppose Cleveland has already been taken?

 
At July 9, 2004 at 1:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its gotta be cleveland. no title since 1964 and losing a beloved franchise only to see them win the super bowl a few years later.

greg

 
At July 9, 2004 at 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not to mention The Fumble

greg

 
At July 9, 2004 at 10:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seems awfully convenient that Shallow Center didn't post any comments about Thursday night's Phils game.... Abreu and a walk-off home run! .... guess he just couldn't handle it.

- Hatmuseum

 
At July 10, 2004 at 1:14 AM, Blogger tom said...

Yeah, I guess it has to be Cleveland, but Detroit's got to be in the top ten. Tigers? Lions? How would you like it if Barry Sanders was your guy and he quits so close to the all-time rushing record?

 

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