Bret Michaels, the Poison frontman, is from Pittsburgh, left; Twisted...

Bret Michaels, the Poison frontman, is from Pittsburgh, left; Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider grew up on Long Island.

Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis grew up in the Pittsburgh area, shined at Aliquippa High School and again in college at Pitt. And that's about the extent of football analysis in this piece.

We've got Roderick Boone, Bob Glauber, Neil Best and the rest of the Newsday sports team over here breaking down the AFC championship game between the Jets and Steelers.

Here, we break it down a bit differently. It's a pop-cultural examination of each team's city.


New York: Born in Staten Island
Pittsburgh: Grew up and rose to stardom

Aguilera was born in Staten Island and lived there for a few years, technically making her a native New Yorker. But those pipes of hers were harnessed in Pittsburgh. She sang the national anthem for all the major pro teams in Pittsburgh, which we can't hold against her.

Edge: Pittsburgh. (See the photos to prove it.)


New York: "Youz"
Pittsburgh: "Yinz"

The western Pennsylvania dialect tells us that the plural of "you" is "yinz." As in "Yinz going to da Stillers game?" In New York, "youz" can be both plural and singular. When obliterating the actual English language, it's better to be able to do it across all speech platforms.

Edge: New York


New York: "Saturday Night Fever"
Pittsburgh: "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh"

As much as we loved "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh," a '70s cult classic movie about a struggling basketball team that comes together based on astrology, John Travolta is John Travolta and he's electrifying as a disco dancer.

Edge: New York


New York: Grew up in Roosevelt, played for Nets
Pittsburgh: Starred in "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh"

He played Moses Guthrie in "The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh," which would be a career achievement if not for being the first true dunk artist in the NBA. Erving grew up on Long Island and played basketball at Roosevelt High School. He wasn't a great player then, but he was by the time he played for the ABA's New York Nets, which played on Long Island. He led them to an ABA title in the 1973-74 season.

Edge: New York


New York: Bagels
Pittsburgh: Heinz Ketchup

Tough one here. Do we give credit to Heinz Ketchup and its other products for being universal foods that are exported the world over? Or do we praise New York for keeping the secret of how to make the best bagels, thereby creating a commodity? Here's the difference: When you're traveling out of New York, New Yorkers know better than to attempt a bagel. But we'll put ketchup on our burgers wherever we go.

Edge: Pittsburgh.


New York: Dee Snider
Pittsburgh: Bret Michaels

Snider grew up, formed the metal band Twisted Sister and recorded their first album on Long Island. But Bret Michaels is Bret Michaels and glam-rock band Poison is something to believe in.

Edge: Pittsburgh.


New York: "The Cosby Show"
Pittsburgh: "Mr. Belvedere"

Mr. Belvedere was an English butler who came to a suburb of Pittsburgh to live with a middle-class family. Bob Uecker was funny as the dad, and that's about it. Bill Cosby is a comic genius, and the Huxtable family ruled the ratings in the 1980s. "The Cosby Show" made it possible for other African-American shows to reach the airwaves -- and a crossover audience. Without "The Cosby Show," we may not have had "In Living Color," "A Different World," or "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." Probably why it's No. 39 on our list of 75 TV shows that made an impact.

Edge: New York.


New York: Jerry Orbach on "Law & Order"
Pittsburgh: Melina Kanakaredes on "CSI: NY"

No points off for Kanakaredes, who grew up in Pittsburgh, starring on a show set in New York. That's life. She was pretty solid for six seasons as Det. Stella Bonasera from 2004-2010. But Orbach as Det. Lenny Briscoe is nearly untouchable as far as television cops goes. Orbach was the cagey veteran detective from 1992-2004 who never went an episode without dropping at least one awesome wisecrack about a perp.

Edge: New York.


New York: "Empire State of Mind" by Jay-Z
Pittsburgh: "Black and Yellow" by Wiz Khalifa

Was there anything more amusing in 2009 than watching Mayor Bloomberg rocking out to Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind"? We think not. But that song took hold of the city and is linked to the Yankees' World Series victory. And at least it says something about the city it represents, where as Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" pretty much just says "Black and Yellow" over and over again. Watch the music videos for each song below and see if we're right. One hand in the air for the big city!

Edge: New York

"Empire State of Mind""Black and Yellow"



New York: Howard Stern
Pittsburgh: Rush Limbaugh

Limbaugh has become a conservative political personality on the radio who says some outrageous things that some people take as gospel and some dismiss. But he began as a Top 40 DJ in Pittsburgh from 1972-74. Stern grew up in Roosevelt, started out in radio all around the country and returned to New York as the self-proclaimed "King of all Media." He says some outrageous things that some people take as gospel and some dismiss. Stern gets the nod here for working his way back to the No. 1 media market in the country, then blazing a trail with a $500 million deal to jump to Sirius Satellite Radio. On a side note, Stern's wife, Beth Ostrosky, was born and raised in Pittsburgh.

Edge: New York


New York: Leschea
Pittsburgh: Shanice

New York City ate up the smooth flow of Leschea's "Fulton Street" in the summer of 1997. It was a Top 10 single for seven weeks. But the Brooklyn-born Leschea's popularity ended somewhere near that big four-by-four. Pittsburgh's Shanice blanketed the country with her catchy 1991 gem "I Love Your Smile." It was (and still is) a fond song representing a special time in R&B. Shanice also had a second song "Saving Forever For You" that was featured on "Beverly Hills 90210," and really, what more did a singer need back then? Watch the videos below and see.

Edge: Pittsburgh




New York: Bobby Bonilla
Pittsburgh: Bobby Bonilla

In six seasons with the Pirates, Bonilla hit .284 with 114 home runs and was a four-time All-Star. In five seasons with the Mets, well, um, let's just say this: the Mets are still paying Bonilla 12 years after his last at-bat with the them.

Edge: Pittsburgh


New York: Won Super Bowl III
Pittsburgh: Born and raised in Beaver Falls, Pa.

Namath began his football life as a little fella running around the fields just outside of Pittsburgh. After playing college ball at Alabama, Namath came to New York, became "Broadway Joe," gave the sports world its greatest guarantee and led the Jets to its only Super Bowl victory.

Edge: New York


New York: Chris Jericho
Pittsburgh: Kurt Angle

When it comes to technical wrestling skills, very few are better than Kurt Angle. When it comes to charisma, personality, and longevity, Chris Jericho is champion. Jericho was born in Manhasset and raised in Canada. He wrestled for the biggest organizations during his 20 year career: ECW, WCW, and the WWE. He’s a four-time world champion and became the first undisputed WWE Champion by beating wrestling icons The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin in the same night. Angle is an Olympic gold medalist but that means absolutely nothing in the soap opera world of pro wrestling. It should also be mentioned that Jericho’s dad, Ted Irvine, played 15 seasons in the NHL. Six of those seasons were spent playing with the New York Rangers.

Edge: New York


New York: Mike Tyson
Pittsburgh: Michael Moorer

Moorer was a multi-time, multi-organization champion who was born in Brooklyn but grew up in the Pittsburgh area. He's best known to casual sports fans as the guy who lost to a 45-year-old George Foreman in 1995. Tyson, from Brownsville, certainly had his fall from grace as well, but no boxer in the past 30 years has had as meteoric a rise as Tyson.

Edge: New York


New York: "Born on the Fourth of July"
Pittsburgh: "All the Right Moves"

Cruise brilliantly and admirably plays the part of Ron Kovic, who was paralyzed in the Vietnam War and returns home to become an anti-war activist after feeling betrayed by his country. It's one of Cruise's best films. The real-life Kovic grew up in Massapequa, where part of the movie as filmed. "All the Right Moves" is one of the least talked-about Cruise movies, which is confounding since it's one of his best as well. Cruise plays a tough-edged high school football player in a dying western Pennsylvania town who is desperate to earn a college football scholarship. His coach, played by Craig T. Nelson, wants nothing more than to make his life miserable. The football scenes are pretty good, too, especially by 1983 standards.

Edge: Pittsburgh


New York: Resurrected Rangers franchise
Pittsburgh: Won five scoring titles, two Stanley Cups, one MVP

This one doesn't seem like it would be close. . . until you consider how truly bad the Rangers were before Jagr lifted them back to respectability. They floundered near the bottom of the league for nine seasons before Jagr and his band of Czechmates turned things around. Jagr put the franchise on his back in 2005-06, carrying them back to the playoffs while setting a new Rangers scoring record and narrowly missing his second MVP award. Two Stanley Cups? Nice, but he had plenty of help from Mario Lemieux. Five scoring titles? Not bad, but most of them came on an average Penguins team. The only thing that almost convinced us to go with Pittsburgh is that he sported that awesome curly mullet in his Pens days.

Edge: New York

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