They say you can win anywhere if you can win here

from J. Cole (Ft. 50 Cent & Bas) – New York Times Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Often said when it comes to sports in New York. If you can win under the pressure of the New York media and fans…you can win anywhere.

This is a slight variation of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” “If I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere.”

Some New York “Winners”:

2 time Super Bowl Champion Eli Manning:

5 time World Series Champion Derek Jeter:

2 time NBA Champion Walt Frazier:

Cole’s mentor (and legendary NY rapper) Jay-Z invoked a similar line in his NY anthem Empire State of Mind.

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