Monday, May 23, 2005

Football Chants at Baseball Games

I drove all the way down from upstate New York to Baltimore this weekend join friends in seeing my beloved Orioles play the Phillies on Sunday. Needless to say I was disappointed with the fact that the Orioles lost, but the most annoying thing about the game were the Phillies fans there. Throughout the entire game, and especially once it became clear they were going to win, the Philadelphia fans started chanting "E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!" over and over again. Leaving the stadium, the fans yelled it at any dejected, passing Orioles fan they saw.

Isn't it the height of lameness to make football chants during a baseball game? Doesn't this officially make Philadelphia the home of the worst fans in sports? Although chants of "dry heave" never took hold in response, I was consoled by the fact that Philadelphia had peaked with Ben Franklin and had done little since. (At least Baltimore's urban blight gets it attention on shows like Homicide and the Wire.)

Of note to Baltimorians, there is a real risk that the Triple Crown will stop being held in the city. Despite the fact that the Preakness has been held in the city for 130 years, the owners of the event are angered by the lack of revenue-producing slot machines at the track. Read all about in the New York Post.

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