Philly’s 2nd Gift to the World:Philly Sports

OK it’s not even the climax of this series but this is a sports town damn it so as the penultimate addition to this series I give you the gift we’ve all been waiting for (OK not all of us because some of us are cultured and enjoy other things but still…) Philly Sports.

To start it all off we have to go back to 1883 when the Philadelphia Phillies were formed and while it took 97 years the Phillies went to the promised land and brought us their first World Championship in 1980. We haven’t been able to attain that ultimate goal again but someday we will return. The city has been fortunate enough to have such greats as Richie Ashburn, Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt don the P and now we have a nice old fashioned, modernized baseball stadium.

Next up we have the Philadelphia 76ers which formed in 1937 as part of the old National basketball League. Once in the NBA we captured three titles in 1955-56, 1966-67 and 1982-83. The 76ers are the team with the most World Championships out of our four major sports. We have been lucky enough to have greats such as Wilt Chamberlain, Dr. J, Charles Barkley and Allen Iverson play on our hardcourt.

Next we have the Philadelphia Flyers, currently celebrating their 40th season by allowing other teams to defeat us in embarrising ways. While not the first NHL team for the city to support (we had the Quakers in the 1930-31 season) the Flyers have been the most succesful and one of the most watched teams in the NHL. The Broad Street Bullies captured a pair of titles in the 70s (1973-74 and 1974-75), we have had such greats as Bob Clarke, Rick McLeash, Bill Barber, Bernie Parent, Barry Ashbee, Ron Hextall, Rick Tochett, Dave Poulin, Eric Lindros and Peter Forsberg grace our ice. Thankfully Bob Clarke no longer runs the team though (I couldn’t resist the free shot).

Finally we have by far the most popular of the Philly sports teams, the NHLs Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles formed in 1933 and they racked up three NFL championships before it became the big one (The Super Bowl). The team has yet to win the big one and has had many great players play on our fake grass. I’m not going to name them because I don’t care to.

The city of Philadelphia also hosts a great college athletic program, with Villanova, St. Joe’s, LaSalle, Temple and Drexel all within shouting distance of each other college sports can get hot and heavy here.

But the real star of Philly Sports are the fans. We have a reputation here, one we love to uphold as the most knowledgable and vocal fans in the world. We’ll boo you if your bad and cheer you when your good but we also know more about sports than anybody else. Just ask us we’ll tell you.

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