Philadelphia Phillies, Sixers, and Eagles: Will Somebody Please Make a Move?

chris klinknerSenior Writer IJuly 1, 2008

The Eagles, the Phillies, and now the Sixers.

We as Philadelphia fans dream big. When a local team needs improvement we ask for the best.

More often than not what we end up getting is disappointment.

During the offseason we screamed for a dominant No. 1 receiver to come to the Eagles.

We sought the best. We created every possible scenario to get Chad Johnson, Roy Williams, Larry Fitzgerald, or Anquan Boldin to the Eagles. Heck, we would have even settled for Javon Walker (good thing we missed on that one)!

And when training camp rolls around this month, none of those players will be in Eagles green. Yes, the Eagles did land Asante Samuel, but was the secondary really a major concern? The disappointment continues.

Over the past few weeks we have watched our Phillies slump and struggle to hold onto the division lead. The once mighty offense has gone dormant. A similar problem occurred during last year's playoff run.

Despite the recent struggles the offense is too powerful not to regain their swagger. However, the key to the Phillies making a postseason run is improved pitching. Just ask Jimmy Rollins: "We do need to get some pitching help, there's no doubt about that."

If the Phillies need pitching, we as fans again want the best. We don't want Kris Benson. We want C.C. Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, or Erik Bedard.

And what will happen come August 1 (after the trade deadline) is most likely a repeat of the Eagles' situation. Brett Myers will still be our No. 2 starting pitcher. Again, the disappointment continues.

At 12:01 this morning, free agency began in the NBA. To continue their rise in the Eastern Conference, the Sixers need a low-post threat, a dominant power forward.

Who better to fill this void and spend our cap money on than Elton Brand or Josh Smith? Late news is that Brand has unexpectedly opted out of his current contract with the Clippers.

Unfortunately it appears that the Clippers are about to offer Brand a new, more lucrative, long-term deal. That’s right, he is going to pick the lowly Clippers over our beloved Sixers. Just pile on the disappointment.

One hundred seasons and counting...