Critics say the Boston-New York sports rivalry is overhyped and of
little interest to those outside the Northeast Corridor. This is
technically true, but no two cities have ever made a more stronger case
that their teams really truly hate each other. Much of the credit for
this should go to the New York Post sports section
, with its
fondness for covers that refer to the Patriots as the "Hatriots"
the Red Sox as "Fenway
," George Steinbrenner as Pedro Martinez's "daddy
and, finally, Martinez as an actual baby
Still, none of these past hits could prepare us for the cover
the paper lined up in anticipation of Sunday's Patriots-Jets
divisional playoff game:
For the record, that's Patriots
head coach Bill Belichick as Darth Vader, Jets head coach Rex Ryan as
Han Solo, Mark Sanchez as Luke Skywalker, Jets center Nick Mangold as a
weirdly shrunken down Ewok, Rex Ryan's wife as Princess Leia, Jets
offensive line coach Bill Callahan (or maybe Joe Namath, we're not sure)
as Yoda, Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis as Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Tom
Brady as Tom Brady.
Not to be outdone, the cover of today's Boston Metro
used the foot-fetish
controversy currently dogging the Ryans as its inspiration for this
We're torn on which one we like better. On the one hand, "footy fun in
the Hub" is a quintessentially perfect piece of tabloid phrasing. On the
other hand, that's a whole lot of feet.
(H/T to Kevin Negandhi
and the Newseum
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