It's been twenty five years (Twenty five years!) since the city of Philadelphia last won a championship. And that championship was given to us by the Sixers, the least favorite team in the city.
Anyway, if you are a math whiz, then you can do this math: twenty five years, four teams. How many seasons is that? You got it, one hundred.
That's one hundred losing seasons. One hundred heartbreaks. One hundred missed opportunities.
Those twenty five years have also been filled with many disappointments with players, coaches, and management.
A big name on this disappointment list is Eric Lindros.
All Philly fans know this name, and many overall sports fans know this name. He was supposed to be the next great player. He was our future. He played well for some of his Flyers career, and looked very promising in his first few years, but injuries slowed him down. His play started to fall off, and his relationship with the city and the team was becoming poor. He moved on to the New York Rangers after one season of not playing and his play was never the same.
Another huge name on this list is Terrell Owens. We ALL know this one.
Owens came to town with as much excitement as any free agent in Philadelphia history. The entire city was buzzing about T.O..
Things went very well for a year. The second year was a bit different. T.O. (or Drew Rosenhaus) became greedy for more money, and demanded it from the Eagles. He soon became a large distraction in the team.
After many incidents that the team found detrimental to the organization, he was suspended mid-way through the year. Owens' career as an Eagles was over.
There are many more names I could put on this list, but I'm going to move on.
We've gone over the disappointing players, but what about the disappointing moments?
Where oh where do I start....
Let's begin in 1987. The Philadelphia Flyers made it to the Stanley Cup Finals, and played the Edmonton Oilers. The Flyers were down 2-0 and 3-1 in the series, but rallied back to tie the series at 3-3. It was shaping up to be one of the most exciting moments in Philadelphia sports history, but a 3-1 loss in game seven ended those thoughts.
Next up is the 1993 World Series. This team was a wild and crazy bunch that was thought to be exactly what this city needed. The Phillies were also down 3-1 in the series, but only got the series to 3-2 as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Phils in game six on a walk off home run. Philly fans began wondering when they would win again.
Then we had the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals. The Flyers were right back in the Finals ten years after their last attempt. They lost this one too, but they never had a chance here. The series was a heart breaker for Flyers fans everywhere, as they were swept 4-0.
The next team to get close was the 2001 Sixers. They reached the Finals to play the Los Angeles Lakers headed by Shaq and Kobe. The Sixers got off to a good start by winning game one, but the Lakers took the rest of the games and won the series 4-1. The itch for a championship in Philadelphia was becoming a need.
The Eagles were the next to reach their respective championship. They reached it in 2004, when they faced the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX. They lost that game 24-21, but the three years before 2004 were the real heart breakers. The Eagles reached the NFC Championship game three straight years and lost them all before reaching the Super Bowl in their fourth straight try.
And now we have the Phillies. The entire city of Philadelphia is depending on these Phillies to bring them to championship and end this one hundred season drought.
After winning game one of the Fall Classic, they are currently losing 2-0 in the second inning. Things aren't looking great as I write this article, but they've got a 1-0 series lead. A game two loss tonight wouldn't be the worst thing ever since we have that 1-0 lead, but it would certainly calm the minds of Philly fans everywhere.
For the mean time, let's all just watch our Phillies, cheer them on, and pray that they don't blow our chance to end this drought. Because with the way the Flyers are playing, the Phillies are our only help.
Let's go Phillies! Bring a championship back to the City of Brotherly Love!
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