Billy Joel vs. Burt Bacharach: World Series Tale of the Tape
On Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on FOX, the Royals will host the Mets for Game 1 of the 2015 World Series. With 162 regular-season games under their respective belts -- and seven big postseason wins, each -- these teams need just four more wins to call themselves champions.
Considering that the Mets and Royals have only played each other nine times in the history of the franchises, we thought it best to resort to science by turning to the fail-safe "tale of the tape" method. In doing so, we examined the cultural intangibles each team brings to the table for the purpose of formulating an accurate hypothesis as to which will emerge victorious.
Who ya got?
"King of Queens" vs. "Malcolm & Eddie"
We could tell you that "King of Queens" ran for nine seasons, to Kansas City-based "Malcolm & Eddie's" four. Or that Kevin James was nominated for an Emmy for his role as Doug Heffernan, but the real competition started and ended here: Jerry Stiller is in "King of Queens," but not "Malcolm & Eddie." Go Mets!
Guy with a giant baseball head vs. an actual lion
There are few mascots more beloved than Mr. Met, but we don't think name recognition or his giant baseball head will help him if he comes face to face with the king of the jungle. Somehow, we think an actual lion would win this battle. Roar, and go Royals!
"Premium Rush" vs. "The Lookout"
Even being a bonafide movie star couldn't help Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Manhattan-set bike messenger movie out at the box office. The 2012 film faired OK with critics, earning a 6.5/10 on IMDB and a 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, but fancy new JGL paled in comparison to gritty, chip-on-his-shoulder, trying-to-distance-himself-from-3rd-Rock JGL. His 2007 thriller "The Lookout" was set in Kansas City (but filmed in Canada). Its 87 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes is no joke, and Isla Fisher and Jeff Daniels turn in great performances in supporting roles. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor. Oh yeah, and go Royals!
Cam vs. Phil Dunphy
"Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet is about as an outspoken a Royals fan as there is. His co-star Ty Burrell is a diehard Mets fan. Burrell's character Phil is a sweet guy and a good dad, but Stonestreet's Cam is a better athlete, a better singer, a better dresser and, most importantly, a better dancer. Go Royals!
Pizza vs. BBQ
Barbecue is delicious, but it takes hours and hours to smoke properly, it's too messy to eat on the go and it's not something you could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for a week and still want more. It's not as good cold, can't be turned into a bagel and isn't available for $2 on every corner in Kansas City. That pork is delicious, but, it's not pizza. Go Mets!
Billy Joel vs. Burt Bacharach
Kansas City native Burt Bacharach isn't wrong when he sings that what the world needs now is love, sweet love. And his six Grammys, three Oscars and 73 Top 40 hits in the U.S. and UK are impressive. But Billy Joel has five regular Grammys and a Grammy Legend Award. He played the heck out of Shea Stadium, has been a New York icon for decades, is in the middle of a residency at Madison Square Garden and, oh yeah, played "Meet the Mets" in concert the other night. Go Mets!
The only thing more evenly split than the Mets-Royals all-time series is the culture Kansas City and New York are bringing to the table. It's going to take at least four -- and probably more -- games to settle this thing. Tune in to FOX to watch Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Coverage starts at 7:30 p.m. ET with first pitch scheduled for 8:07.