stay classy, Philadelphia

Although Boston fans engage in their fair share of jeers that balance brutality with brilliance, I stand in awe of Philadelphia fans, who always manage to kick it up to the next level. I first noticed this years ago while watching a televised Flyers playoff game from the old Centrum, when, after each opposing player’s name was announced, the crowd screamed in unison, “sucks!” During this year’s NLCS, I watched with knowing admiration as, with each Manny Ramirez at bat, Phillies fans utilized a Fenway favorite, “you do steroids!” and later, “take a shower!”

Still, I have to hand it to the city of Philadelphia, who, according to, “took extra precautions this year, going so far as to grease utility and light poles to dissuade would-be climbers.”

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