"Granite City is never going to be Edwardsville as hard as they try to be, so they should focus on just being a better Granite City. Its not the best place in the world and its not the worst place in the world. Its just a place."
I think in a facetious round about kind of way --- that is what I was trying to say.
I said something like Granite City should enjoy being Granite City and have fun with it and create energy around it.
But because Granite City is Granite City, it won't work.
That second thing I said is that because of the inferiority complex that you mention --- it won't happen.
People will be down on their town, turn on each other....create some beautiful hoosier drama while they're at it. You know the kind --- on topix -- "So and so is talking about so and so....and that better watch they back..." and things like that.
I was thinking along the lines of "Keep Portland Wierd"
I think it would be a great gag....an unofficial Warrior Pool and Darts League....
They could create "Unofficial State Champion" banners.....and maybe some suckers in other towns will want in in the act....
But then when they create pool camps to beat the Warriors...then we know they'll have to move on to another gag.