It’s Undeniable

Well, let’s get those proud New Yorkers going again. Let’s hit’em while they are down. Let’s say it loud, and with joy and a superiority complex (thanks to commenter Nick for setting me straight).  Boston is the best sports town in the country.  It’s the home of the most devoted, maniacal, and intelligent sports fans anywhere. It’s the home of the world champs in baseball, the home of the dynastic world champs in football (3 out of 4 no less, so we’ll forgive them the uglier-than-the-Sox’-world-champs-hats), the home of an undefeated hockey team (wink wink), of a mediocre but improving basketball team that is one of the most storied franchises out there, the home of the best sports bar in the country (The Fours, as anointed by Sports Illustrated this past week), the native home of the wittiest sportswriter in the country (Bill Simmons of ESPN, in case you were wondering) [Edit: Simmons is apparently from Connecticut, but we still love him].  It’s the home of the best baseball stadium around (if not the one with the best sight lines), the best baseball beat writer (Gordon Edes, y’all), and the best Sunday sports section (the Globe, of course).  The one weak link? Sports radio.  WFAN takes that one, even if that know-it-all Mike Francesa still refuses to respect our beloved Pats (we forgive him his blinding friendship with the Big Tuna).  But otherwise it just doesn’t get any better than Boston, we are beamingly proud to say.

13 comments… add one
  • Blah Blah Blah. Best this, best that. We won’t condescend to respond to that insecure encomium but to remind you that you departed by choice from that frosty and provinicial hamlet on the Charles.

    YF February 8, 2005, 11:09 am
  • SF, you’ve done well. And from where you are now, there’s only one way to go. Welcome to the anxiety felt by all kings. It will be short-lived but finally you get to feel what it’s like to be a real born and bred New Yorker.
    And you were also right about sports radio. WEEI is the worst thing in the world.

    Nick February 8, 2005, 11:16 am
  • WEEI stinks. It’s awful. Except for the redeemable Dale Arnold, the rest of the bozos are just unlistenable. Though Steve Somers could fit in well up there…
    As for YF’s lame retort: BITE ME!!!!!!!!!! Boston rocks like Vince Neill circa 1987!!!!!!!

    SF February 8, 2005, 11:53 am
  • Also, YF misses the boat entirely. If I had said that Boston was the “best place to get a dumpling at 3 in the morning”, or the “best place to see emaciated childhood stars dine on mesclun greens at faux bistros on the west side” or that it had the “best kosher delis anywhere”, or that it was the “best town to see the work of Isamu Noguchi” or that it was “the city with the most self-promoting, egotistical, 9-11 exploiting and hypocritical ex-mayor in history” he’d have a claim. But I didn’t say that.

    SF February 8, 2005, 11:59 am
  • Boston is the best town if you want to go to bed early.
    SF, you lost me with the Dale Arnold comment. He’s the worst part of the station. A smug condescending dweeb; the Franscesa of EEI

    Nick February 8, 2005, 12:54 pm
  • I recall Arnold being reasonable – it’s guys like John Dennis, Ted Serandis, and Glenn Ordway (ESPECIALLY Ordway) who make me seethe. Arnold used to call Bruins games as well (does he still?) and I used to think him a pretty decent voice. Perhaps in the last few years he’s gone to piss. Again, I concede that ‘EEI sucks.

    SF February 8, 2005, 1:17 pm
  • Also, going to bed early is underrated. But having that 3am dumpling available isn’t. NYC is a great town, and I love living here. But YF should get over the fact that Boston rules the sports world, and thank heavens it does: it makes living here in New York even better. Schadenfreude. I love it.

    SF February 8, 2005, 1:30 pm
  • Actually, you are wrong about Bill Simmons. He grew up in Greenwich, CT. I know because I went to high school with him. Also, he’s not a real Red Sox fan like he claims to be. When he was at Brunswick (our high school) he was a Mets fan.

    Joe February 8, 2005, 2:06 pm
  • I think even Fransesca has come around and finally given the Pats all the props they deserve. They are the Borg. Resistance is futile. A true, and in some ways, frightening dynasty in an age of salary-cap parity. And actually, he’s always regarded Tom Brady with a certain dreamy quality, little hearts fluttering around his head as he talks about the dimple-chinned kid, not quite the Glen Closeian obsession that YF has with Jeets, but in the same ballpark.

    Spidey February 11, 2005, 10:49 am
  • In fact, Spidey, Francesa was on the FAN Monday saying that he wanted the Pats to be down 3 with a minute to go, since the last two times they won the Super Bowl the game was tied, and that they had to prove to him they could do it under pressure, and being tied wasn’t pressure. He gave them as little respect as YF seems willing to give the three-time champions. Francesa’s an ass, has always been one, always will be.

    SF February 11, 2005, 1:30 pm
  • Well, he did say that he was rooting for the Eagles b/c his brother is a lifelong fan, but I don’t know that he was dissing the Pats in any intentional way. He routinely praised Beli/Crennell/Weis to high heaven (how could you not after the Colts and Steelers games?), and if he wanted to see the Pats behind late, my guess is that he was just hoping to see Brady pull one out Elway-style, to add to the legend. But who knows. And who cares! Football is over! Bring on the pitchers and catchers!

    Spidey February 11, 2005, 1:50 pm
  • Even though I’m from Boston, I still can’t stand EEI. Arnold is unbearable, can’t believe anyone likes him. Francesa is probably the top guy in radio- (Unless you wanna say Rome?)
    Call him an ass or whatever, but listening to Francesa squirm as the Sox were coming back last year was so sweet! He said before game seven,
    “Some day a team will come back from down 3-0……. But not on this day, not on Mickey Mantle’s birthday.”

    izzo July 9, 2005, 6:50 pm
  • WEEI is the best sports talk radio station in the country. Dale Arnold is one of the most talented radio/commentator personalities in sports today!

    BriHam7 June 5, 2006, 2:27 pm

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