Philadelphia Phillies, Eagles and Flyers- 5 Reasons Philadelphia Owns New York
Who's your daddy?
Ask New Yorkers this question and they're sure to answer incorrectly. So, I'll answer for them.
Philadelphia is your daddy.
The old, tired talk of Super Bowls and championships from years past simply does not fly anymore. Don't take my word for it—just consider these five big reasons why Philadelphia owns New York.
5) Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants
What says "we own you" better than six victories in a row?
The Eagles have not lost to the Giants since 2008! Highlights include a 20-14 win against the 11-1 Giants in 2008, a 23-11 playoff victory in 2009, and a 27-17 victory in 2010.
And who could forget the "Miracle at the Meadowlands #2?"
The Eagles came out flat and played terrible for most of the game.
That was until Michael Vick exploded.
Down 31-10 in the final eight minutes of the game, Vick threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to tie the game. Three Eagle touchdowns and an onside kick recovery later, Matt Dodge of the Giants inexplicably punted the ball to DeSean Jackson, who proceeded to return the ball 65 yards to the house to seal the comeback.
I don't know which was sweeter—watching one of the greatest comebacks in Eagles history come against the Giants, or watching Tom Coughlin scream at his punter, despite his team collapsing.
Hey Tom, this one's for you: E-A-G-L-E-S, EAGLES!
4) Philadelphia Flyers vs. New York Rangers
This one is just too easy right now.
The Flyers are currently sitting atop the NHL with 71 points after 50 games, while the Rangers are currently in sixth place, with five teams within four points of them.
The Rangers keep putting slop like Sean Avery on the ice, while the Flyers have countered with the most balanced, deep team in the entire NHL. Not to mention six defensemen that could be a part of a top pairing on almost any other team.
Just to rub it in a bit, New York's leading scorer Brandon Dubinsky will be out 3-4 weeks with a stress fracture. By the time he comes back, the Rangers front office will already have their team vacation set for June to come visit Philly by train for the parade.
Cheers to Philly Nation on a Flyers parade this summer.
3) Sports Venues
Citizens Bank Park has sold out over 100 consecutive games.
It's an intimidating atmosphere, to say the least—just ask Cliff Lee. Lincoln Financial Field—home of the Eagles—boasts solar panels, which no other stadium in the world has. Morever, international teams like Manchester United and Chelsea have played here.
Nflgridirongab.com ranked "The Linc" as the toughest place to play in the entire NFL. The Wells Fargo Center ranked No. 4 on the toughest places to play on SportsIllustrated.com, as decided by the players, and Madison Square Garden didn't even make the list.
New Yankee Stadium continues to have trouble selling out with their ridiculous $4,000 seats, and New Meadowlands Stadium is shared with the Jets.
Do you think the Eagles would blow a big lead in "The Linc?"
I think not.
2) Cliff Lee and the Greatest Rotation Ever Assembled
After watching Cliff Lee single-handedly dominate the Yankees, first with the Phillies, and then again with the Rangers, it seemed a no-brainer that the "Bankees" would get their man.
After all, the Yankees always get their man.
Instead, Cliff Lee told New York, "You guys are not the only one's that can spit, I'm taking my wife and headed back to Philly to own you guys for the next five years."
Philly Nation—not to mention every MLB team—was delighted to see Lee snub the Yankees. Lee joined an already excellent pitching rotation in Philadelphia, featuring big names in Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels, and of course Doc Halladay.
The best part of it all?
Lee took two less guaranteed years on his contract and millions of dollars less—just to be a Philly!
I could end my argument there, but for emphasis I'll bring one more point to your attention...
1) The Fans
That's right. The Fans.
Forbes magazine called Eagles fans, "The most loyal in the NFL, based on attendance variance and ticket sale waiting lists."
Sure, we're still waiting for that Super Bowl victory, but that won't stop us from creating a 50-year waiting list for tickets. We'll buy every piece of Eagles merchandise, travel to away games, and take over other stadiums with our army of fans that bleed green.
The Phillies are sold out for the season and until 2012! Again, they have sold out over 100 consecutive games. Loyalty is right.
Cliff Lee summed it up best when he said, "there's nothing the Yankees could have done differently" to acquire him. Philadelphia fans don't need a teleprompter to tell them to get up and cheer, and the atmosphere of pitching at Citizens Bank Park is unbeatable.
The message to New York is simple: We Own You.
And don't expect things to get better any time soon.