The 2009 World Series was a damaging to the psyche type of loss. Not only does it hurt to be so close to a championship but to have it all taken away by a lousy team from up north just plain sucks. With a 4-2 win today for the Flyers over the New York Rangers the Flyers did what every Philly phan revels in no matter what the sport, they beat New York! There is just something about a win over any New York team that just feels so sweet. It wasn’t a Broad Street Bullie beat down we would have liked but nonetheless it was another “We Run New York” statement win.
The Rangers outplayed the flyers in the first period with only a 1-1 score to show for it. Whenever Philly meets New York it is always a smash mouth, grind it out contest but today the Flyers skated to a rare penalty free 4-2 win. Oh how badly I was waiting for Shelley to beat the snot out of agitator Sean Avery. Regardless, with 2nd period goals by Claude Giroux and Dan Carcillo (Carcillo!?!) it was enough to preserve the win. Kris Versteeg scored his first goal as a Flyer, an empty netter with 45 seconds to go in the game. This was a bounce back win for the Flyers. After losing to Carolina 3-2 on Friday night the Flyers have now won 6 of 8.
The Flyers are 4-0 against the New York Rangers in 2010-2011 continuing the recent trend of Philly dominance over New York. If you have failed to realize the trend just ask Tom Coughlin. His on the field tantrum was priceless as DeSean Jackson completed “Miracle at the Meadowlands Thrice” making it the 6th consecutive victory for the Eagles over the Giants. As we all know Jackson scored on a 65-yard punt return with time expired to give the Birds a 38-31 victory and sole possession of 1st place in the NFC East.
The storyline could not have been written any better. It was a well timed slap in the face to New York on their home turf as we ripped the division from their hands. I can still see all the young Birds like Shady and Maclin standing on the bench after the game screaming “We Run New York” at angry Giant fans. Arrogant yes, but when it comes to the Philly-New York rivalry no rules apply. I have about as much love for New York as babies do for a diaper rash.
When you think about Philly dominance over New York the first thing that comes to mind has to be the laughing stock in Queens that is the New York Mess. The rivalry between the Phillies and Mets is one of the best in baseball. Throughout both teams history they have enjoyed success at opposite times causing very little tension between the teams until recently. The infamous 2007 season started it all when the Muts coughed up a 7 game division lead with 17 games to go unfolding quite possibly the biggest collapse in baseball history. The Phillies won the division on the last game of the season and have owned the NL East division since on their way to a 2008 World Championship and 4 straight division titles.
It is safe to say that We Run New York when it comes to baseball. Yea, yea, yea I know what you are going to say. The New York 27 time Skankees took it to us in the 2009 World Series. To be honest I could care less about your trophy case. The Philly dominance continues in 2011, just ask Cliff Lee. The Yankees are old and after CC their pitching staff is a joke. So what is that 4 aces to 1? The Yanks will be lucky to make it to the playoffs let alone a date with us in the World Series.
We can even talk basketball dominance because the Sixers currently lead the head to head matchup with the Knicks at 2-1. Yes the Knicks are ahead of the Sixers in the Eastern Conference playoff race by 2 games but with their sad attempt at landing Carmelo Anthony I foresee the trend to continue on the court with the Sixers finishing ahead of the Knicks in the playoff race.
There is no love lost between Philly and New York. I can still remember Phillies-Mets games at the Vet watching the fights that broke out in the 700 level as people tumbled down rows of seats. The tension is strong anytime a New York team is in town. So as the Flyguys took home a 4-2 victory today at Madison Square Garden I couldn’t help but enjoy this one even more. We Run New York!