Our old pal John Gonzalez — former sports columnist for the Dallas Observer, now doing the same at the Philadelphia Inquirer — was interviewed by sports blog The Big Lead. You can read it here. Here’s a relevant-to-Dallas-readers passage:
Q: Having criss-crossed the country covering sports, we’ll ask the impossible: Compare and contrast sports fans in the following cities: Philly, New York, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas.
You can toss out LA. The weather is too good on the Left Coast for anyone to care about anything out there. Dallas is a better city than people give it credit for, and the women are gorgeous, but the fans down there are a little squirrelly. Chicago has great fans, but they’ll never get their due because they aren’t on the East Coast. In terms of passion and intensity, I’ll put Philly, NY and Boston fans up against anyone. Quick story: I was in Holland a few years ago during the NCAA tournament. Nova was playing Boston College. My buddies and I go into this bar and the game is on and the whole place is going nuts. There were about 20 guys from Philly screaming at approximately 20 guys from Boston – in Holland. I didn’t see anyone from Dallas.
If you don’t know Gonz and need a little theater of the mind, imagine that answer in this voice.