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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
In NHL, it's Clubber Lang vs. Rocky

By Jason McCallum
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The Philadelphia Flyers and the Chicago Blackhawks will meet in the Stanley Cup Finals, pitting two of the nation's largest cities against each other with a title at stake.

Across the four major North American sports, Chicago and Philadelphia have met in the postseason 10 times, splitting the series with five wins apiece.

In terms of the championship round, however, Philadelphia holds a 3-1 advantage, winning two World Series and one of two NFL Championship Game meetings. The cities have not met in a championship round since the 1948 NFL Championship Game between the Eagles and the Chicago Cardinals.

However, the fiercest championship matchup between these cities took place inside the ropes …

Rocky (Movie Still)
In the Stanley Cup finals, it's Rocky vs. Clubber Lang all over again.

Chicago tough guy Clubber Lang and Philadelphia underdog Rocky Balboa squared off twice in 1982's "Rocky III." In the first matchup at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Rocky lost his heavyweight crown via a second-round KO to the hungry challenger. Rocky was distraught at the time, having seen his longtime manager Mickey mortally injured by Clubber in a prefight scuffle near the locker rooms. But later, at Madison Square Garden and under the tutelage of former champ Apollo Creed, Rocky returned the favor with a third-round KO of the loudmouth from Chicago.

Notable Quotes

Interviewer: Do you hate Rocky?

Clubber Lang: No, I don't hate Balboa. I pity the fool, and I will destroy any man who tries to take what I got!


Interviewer: What's your prediction for the fight?

Clubber Lang: My prediction?

Interviewer: Yes, your prediction.

Clubber Lang: [looking into camera] Pain!


Clubber Lang: I'm the baddest man in the world.

Rocky Balboa: You don't look so bad to me.

Clubber Lang: What did you say, Paper Champion? I'll beat you like a dog, a dog, you fool!


And of course, for those of you more interested in the conventional sports matchups in the postseason between Philadelphia and Chicago:

NBA

Bulls defeated 76ers 4-1 in 1991 conference semifinals

Bulls defeated 76ers 4-1 in 1990 conference semifinals

NFL

Eagles defeated Bears 33-19 in 2001 divisional game

Bears defeated Eagles 20-12 in 1988 divisional game

Eagles defeated Bears 27-7 in 1979 wild-card game

Eagles defeated Chicago Cardinals 7-0 in 1948 NFL Championship Game

Chicago Cardinals defeated Eagles 28-21 in 1947 NFL Championship Game

MLB

Philadelphia Athletics defeated Chicago Cubs 4-1 in 1929 World Series

Philadelphia Athletics defeated Chicago Cubs 4-1 in 1910 World Series

NHL

Blackhawks defeated Flyers in 1971 quarterfinals

Jason McCallum is a production researcher for ESPN.com.


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