Round 2 of voting has ended. Winners are listed below.
Welcome to Round 3 of Billy Penn‘s pseudoscientific, made-up, but otherwise utterly reliable bracket-tournament-style contest crowning The Most Philly Thing Ever. We picked the most Philly things we could think of in four categories: the most Philly person, the most Philly food and drink, the most Philly thing from the outside and the most Philly pastime. You voted in Round 1 and in Round 2— now the stakes are higher, and the competition is stiffer.
We picked two competitors in each sub-category, and then seeded them. We’re now down to just two things left in each category. Welcome to the Elite 8, people. (Disagree with our seeding and selections? Send your angry tweets to @billy_penn and we may or may not argue back.)
As the Democratic union machine says, vote early and vote often.
Round 3: Most Philly person
Best Founding Father: Ben Franklin and William (Billy) Penn
Chef’s Empire: J
ose Garces and Stephen Starr
Will Smith and M. Night Shyamalan
Chris Matthews and Ed Rendell
The round 3 match-up:
It’s come down to this: The two most famous historical figures to ever come out of Philadelphia. Ben Franklin’s a founding father of our nation, but Billy Penn’s statue might be the face of Philly. And we’re, ahem, a bit biased on this one.
WINNER: Ben Franklin
Most Philly food or drink
The competitors: Most Philly Snack:
TaskyKake and Soft Pretzel Most Philly Sugary Sweet: Peanut Chews and Water Ice Most Philly Beer: Yards Brawler and Kenzinger Sammich-off: Cheesesteak and Roast Pork The round 3 match-up: We prob could have guessed it would come down to these two. TastyKake put up a good fight, but there’s nothing more Philly than a Philly Cheesesteak and a Philly pretzel. This is a toughie.
Most Philly thing from the outside
Filthadelphia and Killadelphia
Most Philly cliche (that’s really true):
Rocky’s town and Awful sports fans
Most musical representation:
“Summertime” and Motown Philly
Most Philly establishment: Wawa and Reading Terminal Market
The round 3 match-up:
Reading Terminal Market came from behind to pull out a win in the last round, so now the question is: What’s more Philly? A hoagie and a coffee? Or a roast pork sandwich and a trip to the market?
WINNER: Reading Terminal Market
Most Philly pastime or activity
Best Baseball Team:
Taney Dragons and Philadelphia Phillies
Best Basketball Team:
Temple U. and Philadelphia 76ers
Best Drunken Party: Mummer’s Parade and
Fat Tuesday on South Street
Best Parking Practice:
Center lane parking and Saving parking spots
The round 3 match-up: Good luck choosing between these two Philly institutions. The city thrives behind its beloved baseball team, but the Mummer’s Parade is the one annual party that no one outside the city *really* understands.
WINNER: Mummer’s Parade