History has shown that Philadelphia has had inferior teams compared to New York. That is definitely a reason to have an inferiority complex. No argument here. How do you argue with 27 World Series titles? You don’t because over the course of history New York has had the better teams.
But one of my best friends is a New York fan (it is amazing we get along at all) and he is always telling me that it is “What have you done for me lately?” And, lately, Philadelphia has had an edge. Of the four major sports teams in Philadelphia, three of the four of them are reigning division champions. Each of the three division champions has at least one New York team in their division (the Flyers actually have two New York teams in their division). And the only other sport that Philadelphia isn’t the division champion (basketball) was won by a team from Boston (Celtics). New York has seven professional sports teams (not including the Nets) and only one of them is the reigning division champion (2011 Yankees). That is enough to piss off the New York fans. Philadelphia is 3 for 4 and New York is 1 for 7? Wow.
In the summer time, Nnamdi Asomugha spurned the Jets, among other teams, to sign with the Eagles. The Jets were looking to become the best secondary in the NFL with the signing of Asomugha. Instead that honor was bestowed upon the Eagles with the signing of Asomugha. I’m sure few obscenities were muttered when they lost out of Asomugha.
These signings are examples that Philadelphia, not New York, is the center of the sports world. The division titles, the free agents, and, now, the hype has shifted the center of the sports world from New York just down I-95 to the south to Philadelphia.
People now have high expectations for the Philadelphia and people are constantly talking about Philadelphia. What New York is dealing with is what Philadelphia fans have lived with for as long as I can remember. Everything was all about New York and it was bothersome. Well, it isn’t that way anymore and I am sure it is bothersome to New York fans (whether you want to admit it or not).
After the Eagles loss to the Giants, it became quite clear that New York is battling with its own inferiority complex. Let’s think back two weeks to the Eagles-Falcons game. The Eagles lost 35-31 but people said that the Eagles were still the better team. Not a word of backlash from Atlanta. The Eagles lost to the Giants on Sunday but people still said that the Eagles were the better team. You would have sworn that people were saying the Eagles won the game the way New York lashed back! Shady McCoy might as well have blasphemed when he said that he felt the Eagles were still the better team despite the loss. Sounds like New York is a little testy and defensive, eh?
To all the Philadelphia fans- ignore it. Philadelphia is the center of the sports world and everyone else wishes they have what we have. Enjoy it. NLDS starts Saturday at 5:07 pm at Citizens Bank Park!
To all the New York fans- we know how it feels to be in your shoes. We don’t care.