Giants, 49ers Ready For War, But Fans Say Bay City Is Just One Of A Kind

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — With Sunday’s big football game, you may expect a story about bad blood between New York and the opposing team‘s hometown.

While it’s easy to bash Boston, poke fun at Green Bay or pick on Philadelphia, does anyone have anything bad to say about San Francisco?

The Giants and 49ers are rivals on the gridiron and it could get ugly when the two teams tangle on Sunday for the NFC Championship, but when it comes to the competing hometowns, is there really a lot of animosity between cities?

1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck Reports From San Francisco

Our Big Apple pride is strong, but really, how can you bash the “City by the Bay?”

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The scene outside Candlestick Park on Friday afternoon. (credit: Glenn Schuck, 1010 WINS)

“I think of a very welcoming, very liberal people,” one New Yorker told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello.

“San Francisco’s a great place,” said another.

“The people are great, the little trolley cars. It’s cute. I love it,” another women said.

It’s certainly understandable how New Yorkers can display a fondness for San Fran. New York has a gritty subway while San Francisco has those adorable cable cars. New York had the tragic “summer of Sam” while they had the psychedelic “summer of love.” New York has street hot dogs while out there the rice is so nice it has its own catchy jingle.

“It’s kind of hard to say, ‘oh San Francisco, why would anyone live there?’ It is one of the great American cities,” said Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal.

Gay pointed out the Big Apple and the Bay City have some obvious things in common.

“The great Joe DiMaggio, of course, was from San Francisco. The San Francisco Giants baseball team originally began as the New York Giants on the Polo Grounds with Willie Mays. You know there’s some shared DNA there,” Gay said.

And of course, San Francisco’s signature song was made famous by a New Yorker. Tony Bennett wasn’t the first New Yorker to leave his heart in San Francisco. Let’s just hope Giants fans don’t get their hearts broken there.

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