Bill Reader, deputy sports editor at The Seattle Times, puts a spin on the
tired traditional “city vs. city” story by examining the respective pop culture benchmarks of his city and Atlanta rather than arguing about traffic, parks and airports.
(He still couldn’t resist getting in a couple shots at our weather–Seattle is one to talk–and Ted Turner, but we’ll that slide because he name checks MLK Jr., Jimmy Carter and the Starlight-Six Drive-In Theatre.)
Among Reader’s categories are “Best movie set in city” and “Current hitmakers.” That makes sense because each city has been featured in some famous flicks and is home to important music movements. But Grunge is dead while hip-hop is forever, so Atlanta’s rappers trump some dude named Macklemore.
Reader also has a category called: “Most bizarre housing crisis involving a prominent local athlete.” That’s really just an excuse for him to bring up Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes (RIP) burning down Andre Rison’s mansion, which is fine because that story should be mentioned as often as possible.
Reader says Seattle had “The best Lenny Wilkens” because he won a title there and not here. He gives Seattle the comedy edge in part because of Drew Carey but does anybody outside of Seattle associate Carey with that city? And he argues “Frasier” reruns are better than “Matlock” for TV marathons, potentially angering any senior citizens who find his story using The Google.
Reader’s final verdict: “By my count, that’s five for Seattle, five for Atlanta … and one no-decision. Oh well, let’s just settle it on the field Sunday.”