Monday, October 09, 2006
Motor City vs. Oaktown
Machon is not sure who he will be rooting for during this years ALCS. There is no real emotional pull for me to go either way. I am glad that Detroit has a winning ball club again, but they are not getting any sympathy votes with the Red Wings and Pistons in town. So let’s compare the two cities off the field.
-Founded in 1701 by the French and originally named “Fort Pontchartrain du Détroit”.
-City was referred to as the “Paris of America” in 1800’s due to the quality of the architecture in town.
-In the late 1800’s, early 1900’s, individuals such as Henry Ford, Walter Chrysler, and the Dodge brothers landed Detroit the label of “automotive capital of the world"
-Oakland was claimed by the Spanish Empire in 1772.
-Population boomed due to the gold rush in 1848
-The first cable car left Oakland and arrived in Berkeley in 1891.
Edge: Detroit. Looking back, the automobile seems to have been a bit more economically important than the cable car.
-Motown Records brought us: Aretha, The Temptations, Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Marvin Gaye and many more.
-Jazz. Detroit’s legendary jazz spot the “Black Bottom” became the regular stomping ground for the likes of Duke Ellignton, Ella Fitzgerald, and Billy Eckstine to name a few. Arguably, one of the three or four most important jazz cities(see St. Louis, New York, Chicago, New Orleans)
-Detroit Rock City. Native Detroit rockers include: Alice Cooper, Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder, Ted Nugent, Kiss, Iggy Pop and the Stooges.
-Today, Machon’s two favorite bands out of Detroit are The White Stripes and Sufjan Stevens.
-Can’t forget Eminem and D12 and Kid Rock.
-MC Hammer, Digital Underground, Del The Funky Homosapien, Too $hort, 2Pac (grew up in Baltimore & NY, but lived in Oak longest), Green Day, En Vogue, Tony! Toni! Tone!,.
-Many of South Centrals finest lived in Oakland including Snoop and Ice T.
Edge: We like to Hump Around as much as the next guy, but Detroit in a landslide here.
Cinema and Television
-Detroit: Detroit Rock City, Hoffa, Out of Site, Beverly Hills Cops, 8 Mile, Exit Wounds, True Romance, “Martin”, Presumed Innocent, Grosse Pointe Blank, Evil Dead, The Crow, The Virgin Suicides.
-Oakland:Rent, Hulk, Comedian, Matrix Reloaded, Too Legit: The M.C Hammer Story, The Rain Maker, The Cable Guy, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Basic Instinct, Mrs. Doubtfire, Made in America, “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper”, Sneakers, Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Edge: This is a tough one, but there won't be any draws this week, so let’s find us a winner. I really think the movies are pretty equal. In my opinion, Basic Instinct and True Romance cancel each other out. So I Married an Axe Murder and The Cable Guy should cover Beverly Hills Cop. You know what, I am going with Oakland here. I always enjoyed “Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper” more than “Martin”. Oakland also receives some bonus points for Jessica Rabbit.
Detroit: Xzibit, Tom Sizemore, David Alan Grier, John Hughes, Gilda Radner, Jerry Bruckhiemer, Tom Selleck, Diana Ross, Ed McMahon, Smokey Robinson, Rosa Parks, Robin Williams, Stevie Wonder, Kid Rock, Tim Allen, Francis Ford Coppola, Joe Louis, Madonna, Jerome Bettis, Thomas Hearns, Charles Lindbergh...
Oakland: Mark Hamill, Max Baer, Bill Russel, Tom Hanks, Rickey Henderson, Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, Jimmy Rollins, Joe Morgan, Jack London, Ezra Pound, Brandon Lee...
Edge: Detroit. The Detroit crew had their part in: The Godfather Series, Apocalypse Now, Saving Private Ryan, Point Break, Pimp My Ride, ALF, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Uncle Buck, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Rock, Remember the Titans, Days of Thunder, Top Gun, Three Men and a Baby, “Stop in the Name of Love”, The Supremes, “Heeeeerrrrreeeee’s Johnny”, My Girl, Civil Rights, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting, Mork, “Superstition”, Joey C, Home Improvement, “Like a Virgin”, etc. This list is scracthing the surface. Also, Joe Louis Knocked out Max Baer in 4.
Little League Affiliation
Detroit: Clarke was a Tiger.
Oakland: Machon was an Angel, but they recently became the Athletics. So the question is, do my Little League loyalties remain with the Angels or do I make the move north to Alameda County with the franchise?
Edge: Oakland. Machon was only a couple outs a way from a perfect game against the Tigers. Then they pinch hit John Erlick, who has a strike zone the size of walnut. On a 3-2 count, Teddy Ballgame (the legendary Swampscott umpire) called a questionable pitch ball four. Machon keeled over in disappointment, the catcher did not notice this and hurled the ball off Machon's frontal lobe. Extremely embarrassing .
Final Verdict: Detroit (3-2), better break out the Cecil Fielder Jersey