On theme songs:
This goes hand-in-hand with the attitude. Back in the '80s & '90s, you might’ve had a theme song written by someone like Eric B. & Rakim, or A Tribe Called Quest, or even pre-sitcom LL. Even a few years ago, at least it was Jay-Z. And now it’s Taylor Swift. And though I respect the shit out of her ever-growing #squad, she does not go hard. Nor is she from New York. Which seems about right for your city at this time.
Anyway, I’m pretty sure Boston’s theme song would be The Standells' “Dirty Water” as covered by the Dropkick Murphys, but actually performed by a group of guys from North Quincy coming out of TC’s Lounge (RIP) in 2007 around 1:30am.
From what I’ve read in Redbook, you guys are having it in New York. Well, people in Boston are also occasionally doing sex. This one’s a tie!
What’s that, New York? Your subway has 24 lines and services 5.6 million people per day? Oh yeah? Well, let me ask you a question: ARE ANY OF YOUR SUBWAY CARS PAINTED AN EXTREMELY BOLD RED OR A SOMEHOW EVEN BOLDER ORANGE? CAN ANY OF THEM TAKE ME DIRECTLY TO MALDEN CENTER SO I CAN CATCH THE 132 BUS TO REDSTONE SHOPPING CENTER? I didn’t think so.
NYC has, like, 70 teams across all the major sports. You even have two MLS teams. Sports fandom across NYC is fractured amongst the locals, and that’s BEFORE you factor in all the expats of other cities trudging to their Packers bar, or their Trinity Bantams squash bar. Whereas we root as one passionate, loyal, highly annoying, hyper-critical, always-feeling-persecuted-even-when-we-are-winning-everything, irrationally pessimistic fan base.
You think when I go home for Thanksgiving, my mom isn’t going to spend the entire car ride back from the airport explaining in crazy detail all of the fights Zdeno Chara got in versus the Montreal Canadiens, even though I don’t even really like hockey? Or that my conversations with my buddies from high school aren’t littered with references to obscure, mid-'90s Boston Celtics, like Chris Corchiani and Wayne Turner (Beaver Country Day!)? That’s Boston fandom, friends. Long memories and short fuses.
New York is a city of contrasts.
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