The battle to be called New York's snowiest city is one of the grittiest competitions in all of urban badmouthing. But over the years, one city has dominated in the "Golden Snowball" race. Syracuse has won it 13 out of the last 14 years.
When it comes to clearing snow, Syracuse is "the city that never sweeps."
Once again, Syracuse has opened a sizable lead over perennial "allsnow-rans," Buffalo and Rochester. Even in a down winter - 28 inches below average for this date - the Salt City has a comfortable, Trumpian lead. It looks like the city that invented air conditioning will soon have another Golden Globe.
That annals of sports are full of Cinderella stories, where small town teams rise from nowhere to defeat Goliath. And this year, one such city has emerged.
Little New York City, a minor snow league franchise that is not even allowed to compete for the Snowball, just finished a weekend that Binghamtonians can only dream of.
This weekend, JFK Airport recorded 30.5 inches of snow - (and it's airports where the official Golden Snowball numbers are taken.) That total alone would vault NYC into second place for the 2015-16 crown. Normally, that would be it for New York City, a one hit wonder.
Another Nor'easter could be coming this week.
Could unheralded, little known NYC - a Division III snow town - find itself suddenly challenging for a Snowball? Maybe it's time for Albany to be demoted to some Virginia or North Carolina snow league, where it has a chance. Give the people of New York something to dream of. It's time to put them in the Golden Snowball.