NYC vs. Philly: A tale of two cities

Who owns the better patriotic symbol? New York's Who owns the better patriotic symbol? New York's Lady Liberty, or Philly's Liberty Bell? Photo Credit: Handout (Bell); Jonathan Young (Statue)

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From the Mets-Phillies to the Giants-Eagles, New York and Philadelphia have their share of rivalries.

And while we're dissecting the Yankees-Phillies in the World Series, let's take a moment to have some fun of another kind.

Let's pit New York and Philadelphia against one another in an anything-but-baseball tale of the tape and see who wins.

>> Use the comments section to post your own "Tale of the Tape" suggestions and tell us who has the edge.

FAMOUS GREASY FOOD

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New York: Pizza
Philadelphia: Cheesesteak

The cheesesteak scores points for its high meat content and level of customization ("Wit Whiz or witout?" What a country!). But you can’t cover it in sausage, onions, garlic powder and red pepper, fold it up and carry it around Penn Station at 3:47 in the morning . . . not that we’d know anything about that.

Edge: New York

PATRIOTIC SYMBOL

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New York: Statue of Liberty
Philadelphia: Liberty Bell

The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France, which is one downside. But look at it this way: The Statue of Liberty is a statue. It’s huge and has its own island. People can walk inside its head. The Liberty Bell is a bell. It sits in a room in a museum. It has a huge crack in it.

Edge: New York

FICTIONAL BOXER

New York: Terry Malloy in "On the Waterfront"
Philadelphia: Rocky Balboa in the "Rocky" movies

It's hard to go against Marlon Brando and his "I coulda been a contender," but Stallone wins this one by a landslide. Rocky defeated Apollo Creed, communism AND Mr. T.

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Edge: Philadelphia

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REAL-LIFE BOXER

New York: Mike Tyson
Philadelphia: Joe Frazier

No boxer ever tore through the heavyweight division with the speed and ferocity of Tyson. Frazier was more of a polished fighter.

Edge: Philadelphia (Shhh! Don't tell Tyson).

MUSEUMS

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New York: Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art
Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Free Library of Philadelphia

We could have mentioned about 25 other cool museums and not scratched the surface in New York. Philadelphia, not so much.

Edge: New York

BORDERING RIVERS

New York: East and Hudson
Philadelphia: Delaware and Schuylkill

Size matters here. The Delaware and Schuylkill combined are 540 miles long. The Hudson and the East River are only 331 miles combined. If you’ve ever canoed the Delaware, you know that even the Hudson doesn’t match its beauty. Plus, you can swim the Philly rivers and live to tell about it.

Edge: Philadelphia

MASS TRANSIT

New York: MTA
Philadelphia: SEPTA

By virtue of its historic, vast subway system, we have to give the MTA the nod here. Any train system that gets you from Coney Island to Woodlawn for $2.25 deserves the edge.

Edge: New York

HALL & OATES

New York: John Oates
Philadelphia: Daryl Hall

Wow, this is a tough one. How do you choose between the two inventors of “rock and soul”? We’re going with Hall, but only because he actually sung the lyrics: “Watch out boy, she’ll chew you up!” Plus, he had great hair. Not to mention his lack of a mustache.

Edge: Philadelphia

PLAYGROUND HOOPS LEGENDS NAMED EARL

New York: Earl "The Goat" Manigault
Philadelphia: Earl "The Pearl" Monroe

The story of Manigault's life is a sad one, littered with drugs, jail time and a few "what ifs?" But that guy could ball! He's quite possibly the greatest legend at Rucker Park. With an HBO biopic about his life. Monroe achieved more fame at a higher level than Manigault, earning the nickname "The Pearl" and leading the Knicks to the 1973 NBA title. But back in Philly, he was known as "Black Jesus."

Edge: Philadelphia

JULIUS ERVING

New York: "Dr. J" is born, two ABA titles with Nets
Philadelphia: One NBA title with 76ers, slam dunks from foul line

Eriving grew up on Long Island and played his high school ball at Roosevelt, which is where the “Doctor” nickname originated. “Dr. J” won two ABA titles with the New York Nets, where he was the league’s lone attraction. Erving eventually was sent to the 76ers where he won another NBA title and dunked from the foul line. But his movie was called “The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh,” not Philadelphia. There's a reason for that.

Edge: New York

 

SUPER BOWL SUCCESS

New York: Giants 3-1 in Super Bowl, beat the Pats in '08; Jets 1-0 in Super Bowl
Philadelphia: Eagles 0-2 in Super Bowl, lost to Pats in '05

The Jets and Giants may own the biggest Super Bowl upsets in history, with their stirring victories in Super Bowl III and XLII, respectively.  More recently, it was the Giants who spoiled the Patriots' undefeated season en route to winning their third championship. How'd the Eagles do against Belichick's boys? We remember their quarterback puking ...

Edge: New York

 

BEST '80s MALE RAPPER

New York: Big Daddy Kane, Chuck D, KRS-One, Slick Rick
Philadelphia: The Fresh Prince

This one isn't even fair to discuss anymore.

Edge: New York

BEST ALL-TIME FEMALE RAPPER

New York: MC Lyte
Philadelphia: Eve

Eve got her start with DMX and the Ruff Ryders crew, and quickly emerged as the most talented female rapper of the day. But MC Lyte paved the way for artists such as Eve. Plus, Lyte can still cold rock a party in a B-Boy stance.

Edge: New York

EDDIE MURPHY IS POOR BUT NOW HE'S RICH MOVIES

New York: "Coming to America"
Philadelphia: "Trading Places"

Arguably Murphy's finest work, "Trading Places" centers around his character Billy Ray Valentine going from the streets to Wall Street thanks to Duke & Duke in Philly. He single-handedly brought frozen concentrate orange juice to the forefront of pop culture. But, in order for his plan to work, he had to travel to New York City to make it happen. But where in New York can one find a woman with grace, elegance, taste and culture? A woman suitable for a king. Queens!

Edge: New York. (In the face, Philly! In the face!)

WEIRD CITY TRAFFIC OBSTACLE

New York: Times Square pedestrian mall
Philadelphia: City Hall on Broad Street

The Times Square thing is fairly new, but it's a bit of hassle when you get there in your car and forget you can't drive down 7th Avenue or Broadway, depending on the day. At least with City Hall on Broad Street, you know what you're getting: A big structure in the middle of a main street that leads to a traffic circle with 83 lanes that will eventually guide you in the wrong direction three times before you get where you want to go. Think "Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament."

Edge: Philadelphia

STRANGE ACCEPTED PARKING PHENOMENON

New York: Double parking
Philadelphia: Parking on the median

Down in South Philly, they just park their cars in the middle of the street. Literally. There's a median lane which, everywhere else in the country, is used for emergencies or to create a divide between oncoming traffic. In New York, people do not hesitate to park their cars in the traffic lane next to parked cars. Hey, it's an emergency!

Edge: New York

CITY BASED SITCOMS

New York: Seinfeld, Friends, Sex and the City
Philadelphia: It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Boy Meets World

New York-based sitcoms are pretty much a dime a dozen. Seinfeld. Friends. Will and Grace. Caroline and the City. But is it quantity or quality? The drunken hijinx of Sweet Dee, Dennis, Mac and Charlie in their Philly-based bar "Paddy's Pub" have involved everything from rescuing a baby from a dumpster to Sinbad and Rob Thomas shacking up with Dennis in a Philly rehab facility. Mad points for creativity, colorful language and overall inappropriateness. And what girl didn't want to grow up to be exactly like Topanga in "Boy Meets World" (minus the DUI)? However, probably the most timeless and hilarious sitcom of all time, "Seinfeld" has its roots in New York City. More than 10 years after "Seinfeld" went off the air, the jokes are still relevant and hilarious.

Edge: New York

Use the comments below to post your own "Tale of the Tape" suggestions for NYC vs. Philly.

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