Mayor Frank Rizzo, the last of the "Big City Mayors" waves to generations of Philadelphians from the steps of the MSB. Doubtful if any of todays politicians will ever be remembered so fondly.

I often chronicle what’s wrong with Philly. Like most life-long residents I/we take a certain sadistic pleasure in our misfortune. (Eagles, Flyers, Sixers and most years Phillies, corrupt, inept government etc). However like most Philadelphians it’s not that I don’t want to love my hometown. It’s just that at times it’s a very difficult place to understand. It’s REALLY hard to be from Philly because Philly’s always THIS close to getting it right only to fall flat on it’s face. It’s like Charlie Brown: unable to resist trying to kick that football even though you know deep down inside that Lucy will never let that happen. So we throw snowballs at Santa to make up for it.

When Peach sent me this link (she has an I Pod permanently attached to her left hand these days) I thought it pretty much summed up Philly’s attitude. Often our good points are overlooked because of some drunken slob / fan or corrupt politician. I hope in some small way this paints a (lighthearted) picture of the Philly we want and the Philly we all know and love. At least most of us…



Like any large city, it is hard to define Philadelphia in just one way. It has its rich neighborhoods like Society Hill and it has a lot of poor neighborhoods. Just read the history of Philadelphia and you will respect the city and realize other cities don’t even come close. No, its not fancy or glitzy, but that’s why I believe it is a great city. It has integrity, like the hard working people in the city. In the USA, it might be the most historically influential city. It was the first capital, and was home to the first hospital, zoo, stock exchange, public library, public grammar school, public volunteer fire department, university, bank, computer, modern sky scraper, and the list goes on. Still want to disrespect this city? Philadelphia is a city unlike any other. Run by sports, completely unhealthy food, violence and beer this city is home to some of the best people you will ever find…if you are from here. Outsiders are never welcome and if you are a fan of any other football team besides the Eagles, you will have a tough time simply walking down the street. The city pulls together hopes for every season and continually has their hearts shattered every year.

People not from Philadelphia claim the inhabitants are the worst in the country, however if you are a local you would never want to live anywhere else. Home to friendships that you could never find in another part of the country, this city has a sense of pride to it that is unmatched anywhere. During the summer, on a trip to the shore you are guaranteed to see at least 10 people from your neighborhood and there is no question you will be drunk for about 80% of the time you are there.

Besides Canada, this may be the only other place that would be hurting without hockey because it is often painful to watch the Sixers and Phillies play. Finally, Philadelphia’s reputation of not being the city of brotherly love will be further reinforced after the unparalleled riots that will occur after the eagles win the super bowl. E-A-G-L-E-S! EAGLES!!!

Philadelphia is the most diverse and authentic city in America. Everyone in every neighborhood takes pride in where they come from (including generations before them) and makes it known to outsiders that they will never be one of us.

Anyone that does not like Philadelphia or its residents is simply jealous. Jealous of our uniqueness. Jealous of our passion for sports, no matter what the score is they still represent our blue-collar heritage. Jealous of our extremeness. Jealous of our overwhelming personalities. Jealous of the way we pour our hearts into everything we do. Jealous of our food. And most importantly, jealous of our pride.

We don’t care what others think. We don’t try to be like any other city. We simply are who we are. The Vet was not an arena that held sporting events, it was our family. It holds memories for every resident. The Philadelphia flair is something that is embedded is us since birth. We can speak to other Philadelphians in our slang and feel an unwritten camaraderie that cannot be shared by others. Our life is our city and it is something that no one understands unless you are truly from here.

For those that are not fans: Please continue to tell us how much you don’t like us or our city because it only gives us more fuel to tell you why we are and always will be better than you.

Philadelphia – The City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia isn’t just a city that lies between the shadows of New York and Washington, it is a city where the Eagles are the topic of dinner conversation year round. It is where a meal consists of a cheese-steak, Natty light, soft pretzels, and TastyKakes for dessert. It is where there is a Wawa on every corner, and you look forward to the 1st day of Spring when Rita’s gives out free “wooder” ice. It is where you know it’s a hoagie, not a sub and the shore, not the beach. Most importantly, where everyone is brothers and it is okay to say hello to someone you don’t know if they are a birds fan. That is Philadelphia, the city of Brotherly Love… Outsiders will never understand.


6 Responses to PHILLY: THE REAL McCOY

  1. Old NFO says:

    But your crime and ‘other’ issues are getting out of control, no thanks to the city administration…

  2. Bob G. says:

    Rizzo might have had his “issues”, but I felt a helluva lot SAFER living (and working) in Philly when HE was running the show.
    (as did the PD and FD).

    I miss THOSE days.

    Stay safe out there.

    • From Rizzo’s days until Street took over, I can easily recall driving from either my friend’s house in South Philly or from a bar in Center City back home to Overbrook and never going more two or three blocks without passing a police cruiser or walking beat cop. How could you NOT feel safe?

  3. Jake says:

    I agree , he did have some issues but somewhat kept the city much safer that those who came afterwards.Saw him in action after the Columbia Ave Riots in 64. the PPD kicked some ass and shut things down. Can remember his viewing at the Cathedral after standing in a 6 block line to get in.Awesome man and is missed by many. Stay safe,Jake

  4. I saw an article yesterday about a Detroit FD ambulance being stolen during a call. The ignition kill switch failed, so-o-o I wondered aloud about fleet maintenance in a city like Detroit, where >10% of the fire fleet is out-of-service on a daily basis and opined how Philly, with a corrupt and undermanned police force, a nearly part-time fire department and a school district full of cronie that isn’t held accountable to anyone but the powers that appointed them and turns out more McDonalds burger flippers than college-qualified or trade trained graduates is rapidly becoming East Detroit. Why? A long-running one-party (Dems) regime, backed by union goons (apologies to the FOP and IAFF) and perpetually sidetracked by urban class warfare that seeks to play the blame game instead of moving our society forward.

    I’ve long-since lost any love for this s**t-hole of a city and it’s why I’m moving to the burbs next month (with a Rita’s and Wawa around the corner), but I’m sure you’ll never be able to take the Philly out of me.

  5. […] The human garbage that comprise the Westboro Baptist Church – the scumbags who protest the funerals of U.S. servicemen – will be in Philadelphia on December 20th. They will be picketing outside two area Catholic high schools: Archbishop Ryan and Father Judge. They will be outside Archbishop Ryan from 7:10am to 7:40am, and outside Father Judge between 2:00pm and 2:20pm. WBC to come to Archbishop Ryan High School to show the children at this school some truth for probably the only time in their lives. They have been taught a steady diet of lies their whole lives with a side of pride and rebellion. You raise these demon-possessed brats to have no knowledge of the Bible, much less a true understanding of their God. Now there is an entire generation that has no idea what it means to be obedient to their God. Instead, they worship their feeeeeeeeeeeelings. How shameful. They have NO moral compass! They grope around in darkness day and night, believing the twin lies (God loves everybody and It’s OK to be gay) that they have been taught their whole lives. The parents, preachers, teachers, and leaders – all the way up to Antichrist Obama – are to blame. You have all neglected your Deutoronomy 6 duty. Shame on you!! Your destruction is imminent! (H/T – Captain America) […]

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