1. Archive


One city is the cradle of the American Revolution, filled with history, but also with a bit of a chip on its shoulder after New York and Washington grew into bigger cities of commerce and government. The other is not so much one big city but an area called Tampa Bay. And it's so unknown to most that even well-educated TV people still can't figure out on which side of that bay the team actually plays its games. And if that sounds like we have a chip on our shoulder, then maybe we think we've earned it, like those Phillies fans. So we have that much in common with the City of Brotherly Love, but seemingly little else. We note the differences below.

Philadelphia Tampa Bay
Liberty Bell: An iconic symbol of the American Revolution that once pealed to celebrate freedom. Formerly housed in a Plexiglass enclosure that resembled a phone booth. Citizens Bank Park also has the Liberty Bell Homerun Spectacular. A hundred feet above street level, it rings after every Phillies home run. Bells Cowbell: A recent addition to the RaysÍ fan experience that celebrates the founding of the Rays Republic. Currently guaranteed to get you in the doghouse if you ring it at the wrong time.
Powdered, mostly white, probably made of some kind of real hair and snug fitting underneath those tricornered hats. Wigs Rayhawks, fauxhawks and everything in between: Blue, synthetic (and likely flammable) and never designed to fit under a 9 = 8 hat.
Rocky climbing all those steps without breathing heavily. Inspirational movie scene Don Ameche breakdancing at the Coliseum in the movie Cocoon without requiring an oxygen mask.
Philly cheesesteak: thinly sliced pieces of steak cooked on a griddle with onions and often topped with a glop of Cheez Whiz on a hoagie roll. Best eaten in frigid conditions so your churning stomach can generate some heat and keep you warm. Signature sandwich Cuban sandwich: basically made from ham, pork and a slice of cheese on Cuban bread. Best eaten during an Ybor City jaunt with out-of-towners who canÍt believe theyÍve never had one before.
The Billy Penn Curse: Legend holds that when a building went up in downtown that was taller than the statue of William Penn on top of City Hall, the cityÍs major sports teams began to experience the sting of defeat at crucial times. The fear of the curse is so strong that on Oct. 16, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter decreed that no Phillies hat or jersey would be placed atop the statue. History will tell whether the tactic has worked. Bedeviling obstacle The Devil itself: The Rays had 10 losing season as the Devil Rays. In November 2007, the Devil was dropped, and the team has gone from worst to first in the AL.
Throw-downs: Philly fans once threw batteries at J.D. Drew, who held out for a year after the Phillies drafted him and eventually signed with the Cardinals instead. Fans Throw-backs? Rays fans for many years were ridiculed for not knowing they were supposed to throw back a home run ball that had been hit by an opposing team.
Phillies: On July 15, 2007, the team became the first team in the history of professional sports to amass 10,000 losses. Futility factor Rays: Never a winning season for 10 years until now.
Citizens Bank Park: The field is sunk 23 feet below street level. Notable stadium difference (besides that top) Tropicana Field: Sits a mere 6 feet above sea level Ñ and we always hope thatÍs enough in case of the Big One.
Benjamin Franklin: Noted inventor, writer and Founding Father. Famous resident Debra Lafave: Notoriety queen.
First Continental Congress: A gathering of esteemed men who helped chart the course for democracy. Important gatherings FetishCon: A gathering of people attending steamy-sounding seminars that might be banned were it not for the First Amendment from all that activity coming out of Philadelphia.