Okay, I see that these searches are the only reason anyone is coming here. So, now we're one episode away from the game - which is taking place in Akron, OH of all places - and I'm losing it from anticipation. If New York doesn't win I'm personally going to track down the players and hurt them, even my hero Darren Jiang. Why is this so much more exciting than actual professional sports which pits cities against each other? Is it because of that age-old thing, that argument that pro sports would be better if you had to actually be from the city you played for?
I'm not for New York merely because that's my city though. They are simply the more appealing team. They're already cohering as a team and growing and putting their egos on hold while almost all the guys from the Chicago team have terrible attitudes and huge egos, not to mention rap sheets longer than your arm and a bunch of kids. Could you believe that fat kid from Chicago who got cut and he had all this attitude and his whole family was with him and saying "You're making a big mistake" to the coaches? He had to sit out a practice game because he was two hours late to practice and he wouldn't even cheer for his teammates in that practice scrimmage. The most hilarious thing was he and that other guys' excuse for being so late, "I don't have a car and I don't wanna have to get up and 7 o'clock in the morning." Now that's the attitude of a winner! These clowns are impossible to root for, even when they're not punching each other.
Everything about the matchup points to New York having the advantage. They have more talent, better shooters, better coaching, better chemistry, and more heart. However, the Chicago team does have a couple of things going for it: size and sheer physicality. Their guys look huge and they play a more physical game. I'm afraid they'll dominate us in the paint and on the boards. A lot will depend on how the game is called. Anyway, if Chicago wins it will only be because they play an ugly, hacking low scoring game and the ref lets them get away with it. Also, I'm still predicting ugly racial animosity coming from their side.
The different attitudes of the two teams point to the ways in which New York is a superior city to Chicago. Chicago is so segregated and spread out. A poor black kid can grow up in a horrible, crime-ridden neighborhood and never see anything beyond it. In New York you can just hop on a train and see something completely different. Also, New York has largely taken care of its terrible crime problem while Chicago hasn't. The danger and difficulty of moving around in Chicago is one reason these kids are so circumscribed in their neighborhoods and seem to have no concept of a larger reality outside.