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It’s Always Winning in Philadelphia

Posted by Pat Gallen, Mon, December 20, 2010 11:44 AM | Comments: 12
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Before Desean Jackson scampered 65 yards to paydirt, sealing an improbable comeback at the new Meadowlands yesterday, this week was filled with holiday cheer in the Philadelphia area. Simply put, this city can’t lose right now.

It’s something seldom seen if you’re from Philly or similarly root for the teams in this town. Orange and Black fans are reveling in the exceptional run put forth by the resident hockey team. The Flyers are in the midst of a five-game winning streak, have the most points in the NHL, and look to be a team on their way to the top.

You know it’s a hell of a week when even the lowly Sixers are chipping in, making this city look good. Winners of seven of their last nine, the Sixers pushed the Celtics to the edge of defeat two Thursday’s ago and even gave the Lakers a scare before L.A. went on a late run on Friday night.

To end the weekend, the Eagles overcame a 21-point halftime deficit to sink the Giants in the middle of the chase for the NFC east.

For years and years, it was a sad sports town. Now, the contingent looks down from their ivory tower (except for the Sixers of course, we won’t go that far).

And before you accuse us of blasphemy for five paragraphs without hinting at our Fightins, somewhere in the middle of all this was the greatest free agent signing in Philadelphia sports history. It turned heads, made rival GM’s curse under their breath, and sent shockwaves throughout the industry. Cliff Lee became a Phillie when no one thought it was possible.

The man who left prematurely actually wanted to come back to Philadelphia. Think about that for a second. A top free agent who was spurned by the club exactly a year ago enjoyed his stay in Philadelphia so much so that he took less money to rejoin the club? You mean, the same city that hates babies and Santa Claus, hates their own families, and hates you? It happened.

This may not turn out to be quite the same as 1983 when the Sixers won it all, the Phillies made the World Series, and the Flyers went to the playoffs, but it’s shaping up to be a hell of a year.

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  • Posts: 2978 Chuck A.

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    I’m still in shock that Matt Dodge didn’t punt that ball OUT OF BOUNDS. Unbelievable win. The Eagles almost seem like a team of destiny right now with a win like that. It kind of reminds me of 2008 when the Phillies won four straight from the Brewers in September to tie the wild card race and propel them to the division, then the pennant and, ultimately, the WFC.

    Oh, and yeah….the Sixers??? Someone on CSN last night suggested that they might even be a playoff team??

     
  • Posts: 953 betasigmadeltashag

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    I know that this probably makes me a bad fan, but despite living in the Philadelphia area from the ages of 4-18 and Bloomsburg area unitl I was 29 I am not an Eagles fan, become more of a fan when I moved to Vermont in 94 because I loved how they Booed McNabb on draft day and despite what Vic is doing this year, became one of the best QB in Eagles history, and I did not have to listen to Eagles fans all the time. Saying that I hate NY teams so I did love the end of the game, remembering the mircle in the meadowlands.
    Only 55 days until pitchers and catchers

     
  • Posts: 18 Kieran Carobine

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    We all know what a crap shoot the NBA East is after Miami and Boston. So if the Sixers can keep this up we could see all Philly teams in the playoffs this year. Also, with the way the Eagles and Flyers are going, they could join the Phillies in championship series (game for Eagles). It really is a great time to a Philadelphia sports fan!

     
  • Posts: 523 Bruce

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    I keep in mind the sobering thought of how the Giants were dominant in the 1st half and had an answer for every play by Vick and team. It’s when mistakes by coach Couglin and players precipitated a monumental collapse in the 4th quarter. Nevertheless, Vick turned up his game (with his legs) and willed the team to a memorable win.

    I’m looking forward to seeing the Phillies paint the town RED (over green) next October. :-)

     
  • Posts: 15 RichieAllen

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    Its now funny that after all the bitching we all did last year about Cliff Lee….He miraculously comes back.I cant think of a better Christmas present.I still cant believe it.Go Phils.

     
  • Posts: 193 bfo_33

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    I remember in 1980 when Sports Illustrated predicted that Philadelphia would be the sports city of the decade. After a promising start, it all fell apart pretty quickly. By 84, all we really had was the Flyers.

    Through the rest of the 80s and 90s, the teams tried to convince us we were one guy away from getting a ring, and they knew the guy. Sometimes, we were close (Barkley, Iverson, Dykstra, Lindros, McNabb, Thome), but more often than not, expectations fell well short (Rickey Watters, Jeff Ruland, Lance Parrish, Greg Jeffries, Buddy Ryan, Freddie Mitchell,….). Since 1978, the Cowboys have won 4 rings, Giants and Skins 3 rings each. We all know where the Eagles stand.

    Despite all the disappointment, I still follow the Phils and Eagles, dabble in hockey (but haven’t watched a Sixers game since Barkley left town). The Phils finally got another one, is this the year for the Eagles and Flyers? Definitely the most promising time in Philadelphia sports since the late 70′s/early 80s. Let’s hope for more than 2 rings.

     
  • Posts: 2978 Chuck A.

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    I said this yesterday on another thread but that Eagles game on Sunday had the look and feel of ….and I hate to say this word….but “destiny” all over it. Honestly, no one in the NFC scares me at this point. The AFC is another story with that well-oiled Patriots machine doing their thing. But when I watched the last 8 minutes of that game unfold it really reminded me of the Phils 2008 season….September in particular where they came out of nowhere to first tie the Wild Card during that crazy weekend vs the Brewers…and then win the division from the Mutts, and, of course, take it all.

    The Sixers basically suck…but I guess they are making a little noise. They are YEARS probably from doing anything notable.

    Still….everyone…..ENJOY THIS!! Philly sports teams that are entertaining….and winning!!

    Still….all in all….everyone….ENJOY THIS. Pro sports teams that are entertaining us and winning, too!!

     
  • Posts: 2978 Chuck A.

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    Well, that post got messed up somehow. I had written how the Flyers had captured us last season and are playing great hockey this year, too. And, I’m not sure what happened with my double statement about enjoying Philly sports. Oh well, you get my point…

     
  • Posts: 122 Jay aka Phillyboy

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    IT IS THE BEST TIME TO BE A FAN OF PHILLY SPORTS TEAMS RIGHT NOW………..I FOR ONE AM LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!!

     
    • Posts: 2978 Chuck A.

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      Jay, you see that someone copied exactly what you said below?? That happened to me a few days ago on another thread. WTF??

       
  • Posts: 45 JakeyJ

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    The Phils,Eagles and Flyers are all set to contend for championships for at least the next couple of cycles.The Sixers are the only major Philly team that has it’s work cut out for it. It’s still too early to tell if the recent coaching changes with the Sixers pan out like we want. But I see no reason to go negative on any of Philly’s sports team with the moves they’ve been making. To one degree or another, they all have been working toward success.

     
  • Posts: 0 Barbara Chavez

    IT IS THE BEST TIME TO BE A FAN OF PHILLY SPORTS TEAMS RIGHT NOW………..I FOR ONE AM LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!!!

     
 
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