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It’s time for my breakdown and prediction of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Philadelphia Flyers. If you are looking for an in depth look at the players and coaching staffs, along with some deep scrutiny of the matchups at each position, then, frankly, you must be new here, because that’s not how I roll.
Here is the extent of what I know about the Blackhawks:
- They haven’t won the Stanley Cup since 1961.
- They have a bunch of guys who mispronounce their last names in the style of Patrick Roy.
- Their star player (allegedly) beat up a cab driver over 20 cents.
- They have a rookie goaltender with a name that will be difficult for us Flyers fans to chant derisively.
That’s about it. So my breakdown and prediction will be based on what I know about the two cities and superficial, meaningless items about the two teams. Since I lived in Philly for the first sixteen years of my life and visited Chicago once like 7 years ago, I feel this uniquely qualifies me to make such an analysis.
- History – Philadelphia is the cradle of American Democracy. Chicago was the home of Al Capone. ADVANTAGE – PHILADELPHIA
- Music – Despite what the people of Cleveland would have you believe, Philly is the birthplace of Rock and Roll. Chicago was very influential in the development of jazz. Normally, this would be a tie, but while we gave the rap world Will Smith, Chicago is responsible for Kanye West. ADVANTAGE – PHILADELPHIA
- Other Sports teams – Philadelphia is home to the losingest team in the history of organized sports (the Phillies), the most delusional team in the history of organized sports (the Eagles – hint: you are not the Gold Standard if you don’t have any trophies) the most unfulfilling team in the history of organized sports (the Sixers) and the Flyers. Chicago has a Super Bowl champion that is discussed regularly among the greatest of all time, six NBA championships, Ozzie Guillen, Wrigley Field, an original six hockey club and those loveable Cubs. A clear win for Chicago is marred by Steve Bartman and that monstrosity of a stadium that is in the spot where the real Soldier Field used to be. The stadium is a big minus, but still, the Sixers are a lot to overcome. ADVANTAGE – CHICAGO
- Tall Buildings – Philly has The Liberty Place Towers and The Comcast Center. Chicago has SIX buildings taller than the Comcast Center. One is owned by Donald Trump, though, so that doesn’t count. In fact, it gives negative points. Still ADVANTAGE – CHICAGO
- Food – Philly has cheesesteaks, soft pretzels, Tastykake and water ice. Chicago has deep dish pizza (if Uno’s is the only place you’ve had deep dish pizza, you have never had it), Italian Beef Sandwiches and the Maxwell Street Polish. If you are a Philly person that has never been to Chicago, this is a lot closer than you think. The pizza is that good. ADVANTAGE – PHILADELPHIA
- Cool stuff to do – Chicago actually has beaches on the shores of Lake Michigan. Of course, the water is always too cold to go in except for approximately 13 days in mid August, but still. Chicago isn’t called The Second City for nothing. There is a ton of stuff to do. Philly has Chickie and Pete’s and, uh, um, did I mention the cheesesteaks? ADVANTAGE – CHICAGO
So it would seem we have a tie. This series will come down to a seventh game. Who will win? ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose picked Chicago. ADVANTAGE – PHILADELPHIA
Flyers in 7.