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NYC vs. Cincinnati: A tale of two cities

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Fans cheer for the New York Jets in celebration of their 37-0 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. (Jan. 3, 2010) Credit: Getty Images

While everyone is analyzing the Chad Ochocinco-Darrelle Revis matchup, and whether or not the Jets can stick it to the Bengals two weeks in a row, let's take a break and have some fun.

Time to compare the cities of New York and Cincinnati in (mostly) non-football categories.


New York: "Taxi" 
Cincinnati: "WKRP in Cincinnati"

Loni Anderson had the more pinup body type, but Marilu Henner had the red hair. And as quirky as the WKRP crew was, do you really think that's better than putting Danny DeVito, Tony Danza, Christopher Lloyd and Andy Kaufman in the same taxicab station? C'mon.

Edge: New York


New York: Dream Street
Cincinnati: 98 Degrees

Nick and Drew Lachey, or Jesse McCartney and a few dudes you never heard of? Not even close.

Edge: Cincinnati


New York: David Cone
Cincinnati: Type of hot dog

As a Yankee, David Cone threw a perfect game, won four World Series and got Mike Piazza to pop-up and end a fifth-inning threat in Game 4 of the 2000 World Series. As a Met, Cone became a star.

Edge: New York


New York: Coney Island hot dog
Cincinnati: Cheese coneys

Can you ever go wrong with a Nathan's hot dog? Nope. The Cincinnati cheese coney -- which includes so much chili, onions and shredded cheese that it swallows the actual hot dog -- is a culinary delight. Right up until the part where you taste the actual hot dog. 

Edge: New York


New York: Arch-nemesis of the '90s
Cincinnati: Hometown hero of the '00s

As a member of the Seattle Mariners, Ken Griffey Jr. single-handedly beat the Yankees in the first round of the 1995 playoffs, scoring the final run in extra innings from first base in Game 5. Yankees fans are still furious about that series. When we remember how great he was as a Mariner, we also recall his tragic fault: injuries. Nearly all of them happened as a member of the Cincinnati Reds. In eight-plus seasons with the Reds, Griffey had 100 or more RBIs just once.

Edge: New York


New YorkPaul O'Neill
Cincinnati: Paul O'Neill

O'Neill helped lead the Reds to the 1990 World Series. Then, after the 1991 season, he was traded to the Yankees for Roberto Kelly, won the AL batting title in 1994 and then four more World Series rings. He also destroyed an untotaled amount of water coolers.

Edge: New York


New York: Lou Piniella
Cincinnati: Lou Piniella

He managed three seasons for the Yankees, posting a 224-193 record before getting fired after the 1988 season. After a year off, Piniella guided the Reds to the 1990 World Series championship and began to perfect his craft as an umpire's worst nightmare on close calls. In three years, he was 255-231.

Edge: Cincinnati


New YorkBoomer Esiason
CincinnatiBoomer Esiason

Esiason played 10 years with the Bengals, leading them to Super Bowl XXIII and winning the 1988 NFL MVP award. He was 62-61 as a starter for Cincy. In three seasons with his hometown Jets, Esiason went 15-27 as a starter, including a 2-10 record during a 3-13 season in 1995 under coach Rich Kotite. But, Esiason is co-host of WFAN's "Boomer & Carton," the No. 1 morning radio show in New York, which is no easy feat.

Edge: Cincinnati


New York: "Saturday Night Fever"
Cincinnati: "Wild Hogs"

OK, we're not even going to insult you with an analysis here.

Edge: New York


New York: "Cocktail"
Cincinnati: "Rain Man"

I see America reading, the varied stories I write. America is commenting on something tonight. Still, "Rain Man" was about winning huge at the blackjack table, regardless of where that table was located.

Edge: Cincinnati

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