New Yorkers, this will make you throw up your baconeggandcheese.
There are few city-to-city rivalries that trump the general dislike that New York and Philadelphia sports teams have for one another. In general, the personalities of the two towns are not copacetic (even if they’re more alike than its denizens care to admit).
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That’s why, when pleasantries are exchanged between the two sides, it’s a bit jarring, head-scratching and headache-inducing. Take what happened on Sunday, for example, when the top of the Empire State Building was lit up in Eagles colors to celebrate Philadelphia’s NFC championship game win over the 49ers:
The building’s official account tweeted “Fly Eagles Fly!” an image of the building in green and white.
Fly @Eagles Fly! We’re going Green and White in honor of the Eagles NFC Championship Victory. pic.twitter.com/RNiwbCIkt7
— Empire State Building (@EmpireStateBldg) January 29, 2023
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For those who think this may be an elaborate troll job from the iconic New York fixture, it’s not: The scheduled lights for Sunday are the colors of the teams that win the AFC and NFC championship games. That means whoever comes out on top in the Chiefs-Bengals AFC championship game will have their colors displayed, as well.
Regardless, the symbolism disgusted many who felt as though it was a betrayal of the highest level from the ESB:
This is a disgrace.
— Tom Koehler (@TKREFRESH22) January 29, 2023
giants, bills, jets https://t.co/kD5yvNNMUh pic.twitter.com/s4lWTk1Mrv
— Jason Gay (@jasongay) January 29, 2023
I’ve never been more disgusted at the Empire State Building. https://t.co/NOZWTWyfMT
— Timothy Bella (@TimBella) January 29, 2023
Tune in tomorrow when the Empire State Building lights it up orange and blue for the Houston Astros!
— Art Stapleton (@art_stapleton) January 29, 2023
I have never imagined the sentence “The Empire State Building should read the room” before now
— Arif Hasan, but NFL 🏈 (@ArifHasanNFL) January 29, 2023
After all, the Empire State Building has to use its green and white lights for something.
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