Both Detroit and San Francisco are fantastic cities with great Americans who are wonderful sports fans.
Now let's try to figure out which city is better!
With the World Series between the Tigers and Giants ready to kick off, we thought it would be fun to determine which city is more likely to host a parade next week, but rather than break down the lineups, the starting rotations, the bullpens and the managers, we're trying to ascertain the upcoming World Series winner through cultural superiority.
Is it possible to determine the World Series champion based on which city is better in a totally arbitrary assessment of random cultural references from each place?
Sure it's possible. Why the heck isn't it possible?
Nobody has any idea who will win this series on the field. The Giants were left for dead six times this postseason and made it to the World Series. The Tigers had fewer wins than two teams that didn't even qualify for the playoffs and they made it to the Fall Classic as well.
Both teams deserve to be there and both fanbases will do their all to make sure home-field advantage is more than just whoever gets up to bat last. The fans matter, which is why the cities will be just as important in this matchup as the teams that represent them.
Besides, have you ever talked to a Yankees fan about anything? Recent struggles notwithstanding, Yankees fans have developed a superiority complex through the team's success. It's like somehow winning nearly 30 World Series has not only made the Yankees better than every other team, but the success had made their fans superior to the rest of us; like rooting for a winner has transformed them into winners by osmosis.
So, if a team's success can make those who live in the same city feel superior, maybe it works the other way around. Maybe a city's success can put one team over the top in this too-close-to-call World Series.
Let's give it a shot in a seven-game, winner-takes-all World Series of Cultural Superiority. Have fun with this, especially the city that loses.