Clearly New York overshadows anything within 200 miles of its borders, drowning out the incredible Philadelphia area as well as Boston. Yet Boston is nothing like New York and does not consider itself to be nearby or affiliated in any way with New York. Another issue of contempt is the fight over Connecticut. The gold coast of CT (ie - Fairfield County, ie - area code 203) is absolutely metro NY. The NY metro north trains run into Fairfield County and all roads lead to NYC. Yet outside of Fairfield County, you have Yankees, Mets and Red Sox fans. Greater Hartford associates itself with W. Mass and Greater Springfield (MA) much more than with Southern CT. So, it just might be part of the battle, that CT fans are so split. Lets remember that Hartford only has one pro sports team, and lets face it: hockey is only big if you're from Canada. Rhode Islanders, in spite of their somewhat New York-like accents, tend generally to be Red Sox fans unless they are transplants from across Long Island sound.