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A Compilation of New York Times References to Throwing Snowballs at Santa

Jun 13, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

source:  For shame, New York Times. We expect this kind of hackneyed tripe from ESPN, but not the newspaper of record.

It turns out folks at the Times have been slipping references to Philadelphia’s most misunderstood and overblown sports fan incident into their reports for years, stereotypes which had gone largely undetected… until now.’s EJ Dickson took the time to compile 16 examples over roughly that number of years where NYT writers mentioned Philly, Santa, and snowballs in their stories. Random stories. One offhand remark was found in a game between the Mets and the Marlins. One of the articles isn’t even about sports at all. Here’s my personal favorite:

From a piece on Triple Crown contender and Philadelphia racehorse Smarty Jones:

Local boosterism is a curious mixture of pride and self-loathing. Philadelphians are more likely to defend the culinary significance of the cheese steak or the infamous booing of Santa Claus at a football game in 1968 than they are to preen about their history or great educational institutions, like the University of Pennsylvania and Temple. (June 5, 2004)

They know us too well.

And this is not even a complete list, not by any stretch of the imagination. Dickson says Santa has been mentioned twice in news involving Philadelphia during the last week alone, adding “the Grey Lady has consistently referred to Philly as ‘the city that booed Santa Claus.’


There’s no real explanation why, either, other than what appears to be some extremely organized and dedicated trolling – which a part of me actually wants to applaud. But it’s a stupid narrative, one it’s hard to believe still counts for style at an institution such as the Times.

>> The New York Times can’t stop trolling Philadelphia [Salon]

H/t @bountybowl

  1. Mark Stephen - Jun 14, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Can we please get off of this soapbox already.

    Philly fans are assholes. We are nothing close to saints and we shouldn’t pretend we are. Half of CBP is drunk by the third inning, and most of the Linc is drunk by kickoff.

    Seriously stop posting whiny, bleeding heart bullshit about how misunderstood our Santa story is. Get over it and move on. It’s Philly sports history and most of us are proud of it. In fact, we should probably be spending our time instead wondering why Rocky doesn’t even have a South Philly accent, he has a New York one…

    • willh888 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      I know three things

      You don’t go to baseball games in Philadelphia
      You have two first names
      whining about whining is hilarious

  2. Fitz - Jun 14, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Again, Santa Clause doesn’t exist.

    • willh888 - Jun 14, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      santa contract!

      • Fitz - Jun 14, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        Ha, auto-correct

  3. psudrozz - Jun 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    the grey whore employed walter duranty.

    they haven’t been the paper of record for decades.

  4. jsmith135 - Jun 14, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I’ve had enough of this New York Santa Philly BS. Does anyone remember what happened at an Islanders game in 2003?? Some drunk idiot Rangers fans decided to crash an Islanders/Santa party and start a Santa Brawl on the ice of the Nassau Coliseum, in front of little kids celebrating Xmas. New Yorkers seem to remember a misunderstood event at an Eagles game, but forget that one the worst displays of un-sportsmanship that happened in their own back yard….time to fight back on this one.


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