Sacramento Kings visit Pat’s, obnoxious cheesesteak outrage ensues
Last night, the Sacramento Kings decided to get in on the Great Cheesesteak Debate ahead of their matchup with the Sixers. The team posted a photo of some players on Twitter in front of their chosen spot. Of course, the Kings opted for Pat’s King of Steaks because, well, get it?
Haha. It’s a benign cheesesteak tweet from a visiting team. Nothing to see here, right?
Philadelphians just can’t help ourselves, can we?
Like clockwork, the classic anti-Pat’s and Geno’s rhetoric began to fly on the timeline. I genuinely saw people tweeting calling out the Kings for being tourists.
Like… yeah. No shit.
I am pleased to say that more rational voices prevailed in the end. In the grand scheme of cheesesteak crimes committed, the Kings aren’t even close to offenders. They just got a decent sandwich and a meme for the timeline. No harm, no foul.
I get that gatekeeping cheesesteaks is pretty much all we have going for us in Philly. But, hell, I’ve carved out a niche doing just that for The Liberty Line as our resident cheesesteak commentator.
It’s our right to call out fraudulent cheesesteaks, but Pat’s and Geno’s are not our enemies. If you want to be an asshole and say they’re not “real cheesesteaks,” that’s fine. Just know that your opinion now means nothing to anyone forever. I don’t make the rules; I just write about them.
There are far worse offenders both at home and abroad. The Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos, and Milwaukee Brewers all have offer some perverted version of our beloved sandwich. I won’t even use the word in this paragraph because what they did to them was so unholy.
Look, I’ve covered a lot of cheesesteak-related incidents. I’ve parlayed with the Philadelphia Hoagie Commission on several cases and am familiar with their way of thinking. I don’t speak for them, but I’m confident this is a matter they wouldn’t even deem worthy of a ruling.
It seems the issue was resolved in the court of public opinion. However, I think it also has to do with the fact that the Kings are a literal dumpster fire.
They’re not just any dumpster fire, however. They’re a dumpster fire at the Gates of Hell.
All that being said. If the Kings brass are willing to reopen their interest in a Ben Simmons trade, I’d be happy to take them and the players to a less commercialized spot and let them truly experience life in Philly before they get traded here.
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[…] If the Kings don’t have De’Aaron Fox, then I’m thinking we have another blowout loss from Sacramento incoming. Plus, the entire team was in South Philly last night in the snow eating cheesesteaks from Pat’s, which you can check up on how social media reacted to that here. […]