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Welcome to Round 4 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, Round 2 and Round 3— now the stakes are higher, and the competition is stiffer. Only two more rounds to go.
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 Final 4, people. (Disagree with our seeding and selections? Send your angry tweets to @billy_penn; we may or may not argue back.)
As the Democratic union machine says, vote early and vote often.
Your Final Four:
In one corner, you’ve got the champion of the Most Philly Person category: Ben Franklin. This founding father hails from one of the toughest competitions, but reigned supreme in the last round over our beloved Philadelphian Billy Penn. But he’s up against a tough one: Coming from the most Philly Food group is the cheesesteak. We probably could have guessed this intense matchup from the beginning. So what will you choose? A man who contributed to the freedom of ‘Merica? Or the freedom to choose whether your want your sandwich wit whiz or not?
For your consideration:
Annnnnd one more time:
That is all.
WINNER: Ben Franklin
For the second matchup:
Needless to say based on our seeding, we were a bit more surprised by this kinda odd matchup of Philly’s most famous market up against its most famous really-very-bizarre-if-you-think-about-it parade. So what’s more Philly? A DiNic’s sandwich and a 4th Street Cookie? Or a bunch of drunk dudes dressed weird strutting down Broad Street?
Also important to consider: That time there was such thing as an opera flash mob in Reading Terminal and everyone was like wtf.
And then there’s this sad Mummer, who has just had it:
WINNER: The Reading Terminal Market
A recap of the competition:
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
Most Philly food or drink:
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
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
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 Fa t Tuesday on South Street
Best Parking Practice:
Center lane parking and Saving parking spots