New York and Philadelphia are both wonderful cities, home to a wealth of exciting and unique history and art and culture and food, as well as some of the most loathsome sports fans that can be found anywhere in these United States. They are easy to caricature—New York fans are demanding in a high-handed and ridiculous way, and not nearly as smart as they thing; Philadelphia fans are people performing and displacing a number of DSM-listed disorders in their every shrieking moment, and tend to have questionable beards—but it's important to be careful, here. While both caricatures are broadly correct, like seriously almost right on the screws in both cases, it's worth remembering that there's more going on here. Little sub-ridiculousnesses and specific vanities and weirdnesses. There is a lot to savor, in other words.
There is nothing inherently New York about the New York Giants, except for their combination of mediocre grandiosity and old-money stodginess. There is nothing inherently Philadelphia about the Eagles, either, except for their self-thwarting overcompensation and unmistakably chipped shoulder. But 1) that's plenty, and 2) their rivalry is a good one even without the hacky cultural essentialism. It is always fun when they're paired up, as they are in Week 6's final NFL game. It is not always good football—and both these teams make enough mistakes to guarantee imperfection—but it is at least fun to talk about.
And that is what our heroes at the Footballz Podcast will be doing tonight, as ever. Mac and TD are back at full strength, and will be joined by former ESPN and current Golf.com contributor Lucas O'Neil and longtime Classical Family Member and truly delightful lifelong New Yorker Robert Silverman. They will discuss the football game, a little. They will listen to music and tell jokes and talk about other things, probably a little more than that. None of them are Jon Gruden. The NFL likes to say that Football Is Family, which is a gross thing when the NFL says it, and patently untrue where the Giants and Eagles are concerned. But here, tonight, it is true. As ever, you can stream tonight's broadcast at Footballz.org, or here.
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