Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tale of the Tape - Philly v. TB

The Fall Classic starts tonight. The experts have made their picks. The bloggers have made their picks (for the record, I say Phils in 3, the Rays won't even show up for game four.) Who's right? Who's wrong? Let's stack Philly and Tampa/St. Pete up "Tale of the Tape" style and see who really has the edge heading into tonight.

Favorite Baseball Team
Philly - The Phillies. The Camden Riversharks have a few fans in the Delaware Valley, but I think the Phils still hold the majority of interest.
Tampa - The Yankees. The Yanks have trained in Tampa for years, have a very large, very nice spring training complex and an organizational office complex in downtown Tampa directly beside the home of the Buccaneers, Raymond James Stadium. If you are in Tampa and ask, "Hey, where do the Rays play?", you'll get two answers. "Who?" or "Over in one of the ghettos of St. Pete."
Advantage - Philly. We here at WSBGMs do not condone liking the Yankees, no matter where you live, but especially if you are 1000 miles away.

Worst Fan Representative
Philly - Meatloaf. I got nothing personal against 'Loaf, except that damn "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" song. It is so annoying and it's eight minutes long. If that dumb skank would just do the guy in the first part, it would save all of us about six mintures of hell...
Tampa - Dick Vitale. A once great basketball announcer has gone from ambassador of college hoops to biased, annoying caricature of himself. He's on ESPN banging on the Rays all the time, but you know his favorite player is still Derek Jeter.
Advantage - Philly. I hate that song, but at least it had Todd Rundgren on guitar. (Todd is an Upper Darby native and composer of one of my favorite tunes, Bang On The Drum All Day.) Dick Vitale has no redeeming qualities.

Mascot Misbehavior
Philly - The Fanatic angers TJ Simers and Tommy Lasorda (read Tommy's blog...) with his violent treatment of batting helmets and Lasorda effigies. But it's all in good fun. No harm, no foul.
Tampa - A ray killed the Crocodile Hunter. Ouch. Harm and foul.
Advantage - Phillly.

Best City Party
Philly - The Mummers Day Parade. I don't really care about the history of the parade, to me it was just an excuse to get drunk (I know, who needs an excuse...) and trip out watching all the crazy floats and costumes roll down Broad St.
Tampa - Gasparilla Pirate Festival. In short, "pirates" sail into Tampa, come to shore, "take over" the city and then parade up the major streets throwing "beads, coins and other items while shooting blank pistols from floats."
Advantage: Push. Sounds like two enjoyable days of drunken debauchery.

City Nickname
Philly - "The City of Brotherly Love"
Tampa - "Cigar City"
Advantage - Tampa. Sure, cigars cause cancer, but love causes AIDS and herpes and syphilis...

City In Film
Philly - Rocky, Philadelphia, Trading Places, The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, that movie about the Eagles guy, etc, etc.
Tampa - Edward Scissorhands was filmed in Land O' Lakes, Fl.
Advantage - Push. Philly has quantity, but Scissorhands was dope.

Philly - 3
Tampa - 1
Push - 2

There you have it, the numbers never lie. The Phils will take this series based on their dominance of urban culture.

Oh, and in case you forgot...



GM-Carson said...

Philly would kick Tampa/St. Pete's ass!

Kevin McGuire said...

I did a similar comparison on my site yesterday. Check it out if you get a chance;

Kevin McGuire said...

Lake Fred said...

The Phillies need to just continue what they have done in the last two series. Tampa opened with a back door entrant in the ChiSox, then played a team they knew well and it took seven games. Now they are playing the stealth Phillies, way off the radar. They won't know how to pitch to Howard and he'll put dents in the Trop roof as the Phils roll in Tampax, I mean, Tampon Bay.

furiousBall said...

i'll be at the flyers game tonight, staring at my iphone the whole night

Rich Baxter said...

Let's go Phillies, Game 1 of the World Series!

I am going to the Clearwater Phillies stadium this morning to get my 'World Series' hat!

Can't wait, for Game 1 - I think the Phillies win it!

GM-Carson said...

I have to admit that Lake Fred's reference to Tampa Bay as "Tampax" and "Tampon Bay" was hilarious, in a middle school way, but still funny nonetheless.

GM-Carson said...

ESPN expert picks

Heavily favor Rays, no shock there.

ripjgarcia said...

This Jim Caple guy?

Majors vs. AAA...

Are you kidding me?

GM-Carson said...

Phils in 5.

MVP- Burrell, with 2 jacks, 8 rbi, and .300+ avg.

Surprise moment- Moyer pitching 7 shutout innings with the lone run coming on a Pat Burrell homerun to win Game 3.

SirAlden said...

Phillies in 6.

Good luck everyone. The Phillies Pitching is up to the task. The Phils had last year to deal with the nerves of the post season, and now have come through perfectly against the Brewers in 4, the Dodgers in 5, and now the Rays in 6.

Go Phillies!

GM-Carson said...

Coste is the DH tonight, wise decision Charlie.

BloodStripes said...

Received some bad news today and have to go interstate for several days. Meaning I will miss games 3,4,5. I can't believe it. I will gladly miss out if it means the Phils win. I'll watch 'em all when I get back. But for now. Lets go Phils!!!! Take game 1.

Dan said...

Good. I don't want to be favored. The Phils want to be the underdogs, I really believe that.

Also, was that the Backstreet Boys singing the national anthem? Does this mean the terrorists have won?

BloodStripes said...

LOL @ Dan.

Those backstreet Poofters just killed your anthem America. That was definitely a win for the bad guys.

BloodStripes said...

New kids on the block as well. Tampa is gay.

back, back, back, back, back................GONE.

Go UTS!!!!

Dan said...

Dude, I'm gonna say this: everybody thinks that rays are cute little touchable animals until one of them decides to revolt and put his stinger through Steve Irwin's heart.

Little bastards.

Let's make the entire genus pay during this series.

BloodStripes said...

Thats right Dan. A bloody Ray killed my fellow countryman. Make 'em pay Phils!!!

BloodStripes said...

Phillies do it better!

3 more wins.

SirAlden said...

Let's Put Another One In The WIN Column For The Phightin' Phils!

100th Victory of the Year!

Jimmy Rollins was right.

Solid-Solid Win. 3-2.

Myers Tomorrow.

Jacobin said...

Three more wins... three more wins... yes we can!

GM-Carson said...

Backstreet Boys and David Archuleta have performed the national anthem for TB gay is that?