- 08/30/2011, 05:08PM ET
bspike47 said 08/30, 05:19 PM
Philadelphia. It has the teams, the consistency, the fans, and the potential.
I'll start off with the fans. Philadelphia has amazing, if not the best, fans. They have the three, in my opinion, fundamentals, which are needed to be good fans:
2. Knowledge of the game
3. They banter well
Obviously, the Philadelphia fans have a great amount of heart and passion. From tailgating before games to car-horn concerts after the game in the parking lot, I believe that the Philadelphia fans have the most passion out of every other cities' fans.
When I say "knowledge of the game", it does not mean if they know every single rule in the book, but it means that the football fans are true football fans, not just going to the game because they want to see guys in their twenties clashing into each other.
Finally, Philadelphians are great banterers. (banter - talk or exchange remarks in a good-humored teasing) Obviously the fans are not bantering in a 'good-humored' way, which also ties into my first reason - they actually hate pretty much any other team. They will do anything to get into players' heads, etc.
More too come in the next argument, and good luck.
Celtics Rule! said 08/30, 07:22 PM
Philadelphia is a solid pick. However, Boston right now is the place to be.
Think about it, 4 teams in one town that right now have the capability to make the playoffs in their respective sports.
My argument will be based on each team's on field performance
First, the Red Sox. Playoffs 6 of the last 8 years including 2 World Series titles. Currently hold the ML record for most consecutive sellouts that will hit 700 on Friday. Red Sox fans are not only knowledgable but courteous as well. They will give an ovation to an opposing team's player if he makes an outstanding play in the field as a show of respect (except a Yankee of course).
Second, the CURRENT Stanley Cup champions the Bruins. They have been in the playoffs 7 of the last 9 seasons. Again, consistency the continued with a sweep of the Flyers in the Eastern Conf. Finals last year on their way to their first Stanley Cup since 1971-72.
Next is the Celtics. In my opinion, not a better fanbase in the NBA. Made the playoffs 8 of the last 10 years, including 2 Finals appearances and 1 World Title to their credit. There is no better educated basketball fans in the NBA than the Celtic's fans.
bspike47 said 08/31, 02:15 PM
"Think about it, 4 teams in one town that right now have the capability to make the playoffs in their respective sports." All four Philadelphia teams made the playoffs last year, including the 76ers.
As for baseball, the Phillies are better than the Red Sox. The Phillies have the best record in the MLB. You can't even argue that the Red Sox are better, just look at the records and players. The Phillies have the better pitching, fielding, and hitting. Howard is tied with Prince Fielder for the most RBIs in the NL.
The Bruins and Flyers are turning into more and more of a rivalry nowadays and, if they played right now, would be a close game. The season series this year is going to be close - they play each other four times during the regular season, and I wouldn???t be surprised if they split the series.
Just putting it out there, the 76ers did make it to the playoffs last year, so I don't know what you are trying to say about the part about four teams making the playoffs. Although I am not a basketball fan, I do know that the 76ers are in a rebuilding stage. Just letting everyone know who was questioning the 'potential' part - the 76ers have potential.
Eagles are next.
Celtics Rule! said 08/31, 03:45 PM
What does your 2nd argument have to do with YOUR topic of ''Best Current Sports City in America''? All you did was argue which teams were better.
We are not debating who has the better teams, we are debating on who is the "Best Current Sports City in America."
Allow me to continue...
Next, the Patriots. In the playoffs 8 of the last 10 years, including 4 Super Bowl appearances and 3 World Titles. There is no question that they are one of the top franchises in football.
I bring up each team's recent history is that there isn't another city in America that has four franchises in the top four team sports that, if you are a sports fanatic, you can look forward to reading the paper each morning during the year and follow a WINNER. Each team has won a World Title within the last 7 years, and as a fan, there is nothing better than following a WINNER.
Boston has everything you want in a sports town right now. Teams that are winning and are consistently in post-season play, which is what fans want to see.
You want to talk about POTENTIAL? Every city has potential. But Boston has 4 PROVEN winners. Philadelphia only has 1 and that's the Phillies.
bspike47 said 08/31, 04:45 PM
It seems as if you are trying to tell me that a city's sports teams do not define if it is a good sports city or not. Therefore, my second argument is an addition to why Philadelphia is a better sports city than Boston. Unlike Boston, Philadelphia has good sports teams, but are in reality. By reality I mean that we do not have 4 unbelievable sports teams. Instead we have 1 arguably extraordinary team, 2 solid teams (Flyers and Eagles) and a team which is in it's rebuilding stages.
All four Boston teams are extraordinary. Boston is a city of fantasy, and once it all goes downhill they will realize what reality is.
On to the Eagles - although they are not an exceptional team they are solid. Last year the Eagles went 10-6 and lost to the Packers in the Wild Card week of the playoffs. This year, with their star QB Michael Vick, they have high expectations. The difference between the Eagles and the Patriots is that the Patriots have high expectations every year, while the Eagles, and all of Philadelphia worked their way to, and earned the high expectations.
All in all, Philadelphia has created a name for itself more than ever in the past 10 years.
I rest my case.
Celtics Rule! said 08/31, 05:26 PM
"It seems as if you are trying to tell me that a city's sports teams do not define if it is a good sports city or not."
WHAT??? I'm saying just the opposite! THEY DO HELP DEFINE!!
I said that Boston has 4 teams that people are willing to follow RIGHT NOW. That means Boston fans have something to look forward to 365 days per year, Philly does not.
Nobody goes to 76ers games unless Boston or another good team is in town.
As far as Boston being a city of Fantasy, Philly is worse. IF the Eagles don't play to their potential, watch their fans turn on them in a heartbeat. They are notorious for it more so than most cities.
You make it sound like high expectations are a bad thing. I love to live in a city where high expectations are abound. The only reason the Eagles have them now is only because of their recent signings, not because of their recent past history. You get high expectations when you win championships and Boston easily has outdone Philly there, and overall, won't turn on their teams like Philadelphia's fans will. Yes there will be some but on an overall fan base, Boston supports their teams win or lose. That tells me that Boston is a better sports city NOW
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