Chicago threw the first blow, sort of. Architecture writer (they have those?) Blair Kamin, who writes a feature called "Cityscapes" (how quaint), attempts to knock Philadelphia by taking shots at our skyline. What we are left with is a 500 word bloviation that winds up complimenting and boring the bejesus out of us. Apparently Chicagoans designed most of Philly's buildings (who knew! also, who cares?!), so his entire attempt at criticizing Philly turned into a disturbing circle jerk for Chicago's architects. Here's the link if you want to read it, but we're warning you, it's boring as all hell.
Since Chicago is so hung up on things aesthetic, they decided to show their support for the Blackhawks by placing hockey helmets on their Art Institute Lions. Creepy.
This could backfire, remember the time we put a Flyers jersey on Billy Penn? Or the giant Phillies hat he wore in '93? Didn't work out so well. Of course, that could be because of the curse that he placed on the city for not being the highest point any more. That curse was lifted in 2008 when workers on the Comcast Center placed a small statue of him on the roof, and the Phillies then went on to win the World Series…
In other Stanley Cup related nonsense, Joe Biden received a Flyers jersey at the Water Works last night. Joe is a fan of all things Philly sports… or a shrewd politician, we're not sure.
It would be nice to see Obama get in on the action, since he's from Chicago. I'm going to avoid the obvious black guy and hockey joke (oops), but putting the POTUS seat on the line would really give credence to those NHL "History Will Be Made" commercials… just sayin.
And this is odd. Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon is have a hockey themed travel day. Yes, the first place Rays are now having theme parties. Since they are flying to Toronto during the Stanley Cup Finals, Maddon thought it would be good idea for his team to show support for Canada's national pastime (which by the way they were eliminated from) by wearing hockey jerseys on the flight. Umm, ok. Could you ever imagine a coach like Andy Reid doing something like this?
"Ok guys, on the flight to San Fran let's all wear manpris and pastel cut-offs"