Denver vs. Tampa: The battle for the best NHL city
Like most competitions, the Stanley Cup Final is about more than just the game.
Why it matters: The victorious city and state get major bragging rights. (Tampa’s repeat hockey and football championships led to the nickname “Champa,” for example.)
Quick take: John has lived in both Tampa and Denver, and he argues it's barely a contest for which is the best.
Here's his city scorecard:
- White sand is sticky. White-capped mountains are beautiful. Denver's landscape wins.
Best quarterback: Russell Wilson vs. Tom Brady
- The open-air stadium with its party deck and epic sunsets is far better than the claustrophobic dome. Denver all the way.
Best weather: 300 days of sunshine vs. 300 days of sunshine
- Both claim the same number of sun-filled days, and it's a push when it comes to snow vs. humidity. Call it a draw.
- The line that starts "friends around the campfire" easily tops "wasting away again." Denver for the win.
Iconic food: Denver omelet vs. a Cubano sandwich
- Pork, ham, mustard, cheese and pickles — with Cuban bread — is everything you need. Tampa ekes out a win.
- The Denver beer scene is so diverse and strong that Tampa can't compete. A vote for the Mile High City.
- The invasion of middle-aged adults dressed as pirates at Gasparilla, and the debauchery that follows, is actually a sight to see. Arrr, Tampa takes this one.
- Kerouac's iconic descriptions of Colfax Avenue barely edge out Hiaasen's unmatchable humor. Read both, but Denver wins.
Best celebration song: "Chase the Sun" vs. "Goons"
- Denver's song played after goals is so good that I could listen to it for three hours. Denver scores.
The bottom line: Tampa is a decent place to visit for a weekend, but Denver is where you want to live.
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