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Monday, June 15, 2009

City of Champions

Very recently, the sports fans in Pittsburgh have taken to calling themselves by a name that Edmontonians are very familiar with - the City of Champions. But Edmonton has been using that moniker for a long, long time now.

I don't know whether to feel cheated or feel disappointed. The last Edmonton Stanley Cup was back in 90 and Pittsburgh fans count NFL titles whereas Edmonton fans count Grey Cups.

Here's what Pittsburgh has achieved:
  • 3 Stanley Cups
  • 6 Lombardi Trophies
  • Great NCAA tradition
Here's what Edmonton has achieved:
  • 5 Stanley Cups
  • 13 Grey Cups
  • Great CIS tradition
So the questions are, who is the real "City of Champions," and can there be two "City of Champions" simultaneously?

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Blogger thickoil said...

Time for a history lesson.

1) Pittsburgh was the first city known as the "City of Champions" when the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers each won multiple championships in the 1970s.

2) In fact, the “City of Champions” name was coined by former mayor Laurence Decore after Black Friday. It has nothing to do with River City’s sports teams. It is meant to refer to the fact that Edmonton, after coming together as a community in response to the tornado, was a city of champions (i.e., all Edmontonians are champions).

June 15, 2009 at 7:16 PM


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