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Great Moments in trash talking

Dec 27, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

Red Sox fans

The Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen relished spending Christmas in New Jersey because he could use the time to taunt his Yankees-fan relatives:

As the snow and the wind got worse, all the people from North Jersey who were supposed to come for dinner wimped out. They called to cancel. Of course, they cited the weather. We knew better. They weren’t about to drive a couple of hours down the Jersey Turnpike in whiteout conditions to listen to some jerk from Boston talk about how great the Red Sox were going to be, how great the Patriots are, how there is no other city in America that could run the table in 2011: football, basketball, hockey, baseball. We could win ’em all. No other city can even come close to saying that.

I sometimes chafe at the unrelenting passive-aggressive tendencies of Midwesterners. I long for people in my neck of the woods to be a little more open with their feelings and let things out rather than have everyone smiling politely at everyone else while they secretly seethe. But then I realize, hey, at least there’s a passive component of passive-aggressiveness. And no one ruins Christmas dinner with this kind of silliness.

Anyway, between the offseason the Red Sox are having and the offseason the Phillies are having, this is shaping up to be one of the loudest and most boastful springs in living memory.

  1. isaidallo - Dec 27, 2010 at 2:34 PM

    NY can run the table too. So can Chicago. Boston sports fans are ignorant.

    • thinman61 - Dec 27, 2010 at 3:22 PM

      Usually it’s Boston sports journalists who are ignorant, and Cullen isn’t even that. He’s a columnist on the Metro & Region beat, mailing this one in for the holiday break.

    • Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Dec 27, 2010 at 3:53 PM

      So can us in San Diego…..nah! Just kidding.

      /wipes tear of laughter from eye…..eye fills with tear from sadness.

      • solidzac - Dec 27, 2010 at 4:04 PM

        I know quality matters more than quantity for the most part, but it’s always struck me that only two other markets have more than one team in any given sport – Chicago has two baseball teams, L.A. has two basketball teams and two baseball teams. The NY area has two teams in every sport except hockey – in which we have three.

      • jhu1997 - Dec 27, 2010 at 8:31 PM

        solidzac, the SF area has two baseball teams and two football teams.

      • bloodysock - Dec 27, 2010 at 11:32 PM

        The Rangers and Islanders are both NHL teams in the NY metro area. Counting the Nets who now play in Newark, NY metro has two teams in all four major sports.

    • bloodysock - Dec 27, 2010 at 11:29 PM

      The Bills are going to win the Super Bowl since they are the only football team that plays in NY?

      Must be going by the name on the helmet.

  2. pauleee - Dec 27, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    I was going to say Philly, but then I saw the Sixers’ record. Yikes.

  3. Rosenthals Speling Instrukter - Dec 27, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Great Moments in trash talking

    NY Fan: You Rapscallions are nothing but fizzles.

    Bos Fan: How dare you, you are hardly worth the derby you wear on your head.

    The brawl ensues.

  4. Brian - Dec 27, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    yeah, well, your mom!

  5. strategeries - Dec 27, 2010 at 10:22 PM

    What do Alex Ovechkin, John Wall, Stephen Strasburg/ Ryan Zimmerman
    and (hmmmm, think of a Redskin people have heard of, uh …
    yeah, Rex Grossman, that’s the ticket), all have in common?
    Washington to sweep in 2012. Ya heard?

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