Would you take Rocky or The Mighty Ducks as a better sports movie?
Who has more songs on your playlist: Prince or The Roots?
And, if you had to choose one, would you rather shop in Center City or the Mall of America?
It’s the great debate that nobody has ever debated. Which is better: Philadelphia or Minneapolis? So, leading up to this Sunday’s NFC Championship game between the Eagles and the Vikings, we at the Living staff have compiled a list of each city’s staples to see which one is the best.
Best Sports Movie: Rocky vs. The Mighty Ducks
This is a tough one. While Philadelphia prides itself as the underdog city much like small-time boxer Rocky Balboa, there’s a real underdog with Minnesota lawyer Gordon Bombay’s Mighty Ducks hockey team. One competitor has a statue in its city and the other introduced us to child actors like Joshua Jackson (“Dawson’s Creek”, “The Affair”) and Keenan Thompson (“Keenan and Kel”, “Saturday Night Live”.) Still, this isn’t really close, is it?
Best Artist: Prince vs. The Roots
If this were a March Madness bracket, Prince would definitely be the number one seed for Minnesota pop culture. The artist has won seven Grammy awards, an Academy award for his score in Purple Rain, and multiple lifetime achievements and hall of fame inductions. While the Roots are sometimes overlooked as just the Late Night Show band, and while lead singer Black Thought is wildly underappreciated in terms of the greatest living MC’s, there’s a reason the number one seed has never lost in the first round in March Madness.
Best TV show: The Mary Tyler Moore Show vs. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” took place in Minneapolis and centered around the show’s main character and her friends. It was a groundbreaking show for its time and changed the way stories were told. Without Mary Tyler Moore, there would be no “Girls” or “Insecure” or even “Friends.” Fast forward a few decades to the present where “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” has had a prolific 14-season run making it the longest running live-action comedy series in T.V. history, and it has done all of this without losing its cynical charm. Just like Philly! Still, you can’t be a classic. Mary Tyler Moore takes this one by a slight margin.
Best Actor: Josh Duhamel vs. Bradley Cooper
Duhamel was born in Minot, Minnesota so it’s not Minneapolis, but Cooper grew up in Jenkintown so who’s counting. Duhamel is best known for his roles in the “Transformer” series. Cooper has found similar success with films like “The Hangover”, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “American Sniper.” Thsi race may be a little closer than we expected, but we’re going to have to side with the Philly guy with this one.
Best Public Art: LOVE Park sign vs. the Spoonbridge and Cherry
Since opening in 1988, the Spoonbridge and Cherry is located in the Garden of Minnesota’s Walker Art Center. The Garden is open 365 days a year and showcases more than 40 works from Walker Art Center’s collections. Sadly, the LOVE sign has been removed from LOVE Park since last year due to construction. Like an injury-prone football player, we can only judge it off of its availability.
Best Shopping: Mall of America vs. Walnut Street
Walnut Street in Center City offers everything from the Apple Store to chic clothing shops. But let’s get real here: nothing in Philadelphia can compare to the shopping experience at the Mall of America. It has the Lego Store, the Nickelodeon Universe and actual amusement rides inside of it. If you’re visiting either city with your kids, they would much rather ride a roller coaster then check out an organic makeup store by Rittenhouse.
Best Signature Dish: The Cheesesteak vs. Polish Sausage
The North Star State is best known for its bratwursts and sausages of all kind, but no Minnesota dish is as synonymous with its city then the cheesesteak and Philadelphia. And while most city dwellers would laugh off tourist spots like Pat’s or Geno’s, the great debate of the best cheesesteak in the city is as serious a topic as city government or trusting the process with the 76ers.
Best Historic Landmark: the Liberty Bell vs. the James J. Hill House
The James J. Hill House is a 36,000-square-foot mansion built for the railroad and empire builder and features tours and exhibits. However, a site like Independence Hall is tough to compete with (especially in the summer when you can hang out on the Independence Hall Historic Park) and the highlight of the hall is the Liberty Bell which overlooks it all. There’s a reason that more than 1 million people visit it each year.
It seems we have a draw between our two cities. Both offer a wealth of pop culture, arts, entertainment and sports. Why don’t we just let the two cities settle this debate on Sunday evening?