Super Bowl 48  

 

Boston vs. New York: And the winner is ...

Who do you have, Boston or New York? America, nay the world, was thrilled when the Patriots knocked off the St. Louis Football Club back in 2001. The world again had Boston's back when it rallied to beat New York back in 2004. But then the tide changed.

The Red Sox won a second World Series, and a number of their fans became more insufferable than the team we rooted against -- kind of like Ronald Miller after he broke up with Cindy Mancini to become popular in "Can't Buy Me Love".

After "Spygate" and a nearly perfect record, nobody liked the Patriots much either. Suddenly Boston was the villain. (Though, if you grew up a Lakers fan, you knew this already. Seriously, when the Red Sox won in 2004, I was screaming like Bobby "The Brain" Heenan after Hulk Hogan joined the nWo as I said we shouldn't root for that.)

But is Boston still the lovable underdog we once rooted for as we enter Super Bowl XLVI? Let's break it down.

Category New York Boston Give it to ...
NFL titles: 7 3 New York.
Bummed they moved: Brooklyn Dodgers Boston Redskins New York. Trust me, you don't want the Dodgers now.
Most despised sports team: New York Yankees Boston Celtics New York. Boston would win if you combine the equally loathed Sox and Bruins. But when a "Yankees Sucks" chant erupts in April in a game not featuring the Yankees, enough said.
NFL Legend: Lawrence Taylor Tom Brady New York. Talk to me if Brady wins Sunday.
Best player:
Babe Ruth

Larry Bird
Boston. The Joker to Magic's Batman, Bird was the perfect villain of the 1980s.
Superhero: Batman Deadman New York. Deadman is actually a rather interesting character, but you can't go against Batman. New York also has Superman, Spider-man and Daredevil. What does it say about New York's crime rate when they need so many super heroes? Although, I hear Aquaman has a house in Nantucket.
TV series:
"Seinfeld"

"Cheers"
New York. Both dominated their respective eras, but "Seinfeld" still holds up. "Cheers" really doesn't. Just look at Sam Malone's sweaters. Plus, "Curb" > "Frasier".
Movies: "Taxi Driver," "Ghostbusters," "Goodfellas" "The Verdict," "The Departed," "Goodwill Hunting" New York. There have been some fantastic Boston movies, but they just can't hold up against New York. I mean, "Goodfellas!"
Baseball movie: "The Natural" "Fever Pitch" New York.
Most professional sports titles: 53 33 New York. Yankees lead the way with 27 World Series championships.
Music:
The Ramones, KRS-One, Run-D.M.C., The Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, Sonic Youth, Youth of Today, Patti Smith, Blondie, Anthrax, and venues such as CBGB.

Pixies, Breeders, Dropkick Murphys, Aerosmith, Big D and the Kids Table, New Edition, Bell Biv Devoe, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Gang Starr with Guru, and DJ Premier.
New York. You could have made a joke about the Ramones and KRS-One vs. Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. But Boston holds its own, but in the end, Frank Sinatra from Hoboken turns it ugly like a 1980s Super Bowl.
Food-driven nickname: The Big Apple Beantown New York.
Style of clam chowder: Manhattan style New England style. New York. This is getting embarrassing. You are being beaten at your own thing.
Dessert: New York-style cheesecake Boston cream pie New York.
Actor/Fans:
Spike Lee and Denzel Washington

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.
Boston. That's right. You want to know why? Damon and Affleck don't show up at Lakers games like Denzel does.
Biggest sports moment of infamy: 3-0 Bill Buckner Boston. Not only were the Yanks up 3-0 on their rivals, but Rivera was on the mound.
Stadiums named after: Some corporation. Some corporation. Push. Really, no Mara Field or Grogan Stadium?
Don't go there: Jeter is overrated and would be a midcarder with the Royals. Schilling's bloody sock was fake. Oh, and Tom Brady fumbled the ball. Push. Both are accurate.
Cheaters never prosper: Bucky Dent's loaded bat. Spygate. Push. I guess they do.
Tunnel: Lincoln Tunnel. Ted Williams Tunnel. Push. But good to know what's important.
Crime boss: John Gotti Whitey Bulger Boston. Gotti went to jail, and while Bulger was eventually captured, he lived it up in Santa Monica, Calif.
Iconic song: "New York, New York" -- Frank Sinatra "Sweet Caroline" -- Neil Diamond New York. I always laugh when Red Sox fans sing this at Fenway. You know Diamond is from New York, right? He even went to NYU. This pleases me.
Pro wrestler: Mick Foley John Cena New York.
Iconic building Empire State Building John Hancock Tower New York. I Google'd "most famous building in Boston," and Google said, "I have nothing." True story.
Comedian:
Jerry Seinfeld

Louis C.K.
New York. Louis C.K. is no doubt the most talked-about comic going right now. But where does his show take place?
Best football team this season: Giants Patriots We will see on Sunday.


 

Wow. No wonder you guys hate New York so much. But it does appear Boston is still the underdog. I'm just not sure about the loveable part.

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