By Chris Toronyi

6.13 kilometers. 3.8 miles. That's what separates Arsenal and Tottenham - that and numerous trophies. But let's focus on the game itself. 

Many sports have rivalries, but most here in the US are more coast vs coast or city vs city. Yankees vs Boston in baseball, Giants vs Cowboys in the NFL, Celtics vs Lakers in basketball and hockey has the hated state rivalry between the Penguins and Flyers. Plus, U.S based teams. vs Canada's iconic teams in Montreal and Toronto. There are many others, but you get the picture.

But the North London derby is a battle between two teams in the same city. The same part of the city. It's quite amazing when you compare that to really any sport in the world. Ironically the two fan bases here in LA are separated by the Hollywood Hills. We watch our games in Studio City while the other lot watches games in Hollywood. Can't make this up.

Seriously, you have fans from both sides, all over the world waking up at odd hours, or walking to the bar to watch the match. Fans in Los Angeles will be at the pub at 4:30am to watch a regular season game between two city rivals. Would we wake to see the Dodgers play the SF Giants or Angels at 4:30am? Probably not. Ok, we wouldn't. It just doesn't have the same meaning or importance. It's missing the key ingredients: Pride and Passion. Real passion. 

Whether you're 3.8 miles away, over a hill or a couple thousand miles away, it's important. And it always will be.

And London will always be RED...    

Thanks for reading. And please don't forget to listen to this week's Arsenal America Podcast with John Cross of the Mirror, Phil Wall of the Arsenal Supporters' Trust and Black Scarf Movement. Enjoy.

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Stateside Gooner - Chris Toronyi

'Stateside Gooner' Chris Toronyi is a longtime Arsenal supporter and the host of The Arsenal America podcast, available every Thursday evening at ArsenalAmerica.com and on iTunes in the World Football Daily Club Podcast Feed. You can read more of Chris' thoughts on Twitter


The views expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect those of Arsenal Football Club or Arsenal Broadband Ltd.

 

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October 29: Positive drama
October 19: Club and country
October 11: Social madness
October 9: Shoot first...
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September 25: Feeling the love
September 21: A road win is a win
September 17: Saturday's synergy
September 9: (No) break time
September 4: The negotiation dance
August 28: Give it time
August 21: Game on!
August 10: Arsenal Ambition
July 26: The right silverware
July 6: Anti-anti-football
June 28: New additions
June 20: Failing chemistry
June 13: Summer school
May 8: Not the time to get ill
May 2: End of season variables
April 24: Making a point
April 18: Different kinds of tired
April 12: Emotionally spent
March 29: No doubt
March 23: An amazing run
March 13: Mad Men, mad season
March 6: Rush of emotion
February 29: Pride and joy
February 14: An evolving Arsenal
February 22: Anger is beautiful
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February 1: The value of value
January 31: FA Cup magic
January 24: We have to be supportive
January 19: This is a massive game

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