The Rise of Philly Sports

It seems as if every team is trending up.


 My dad always tells me about how unlucky Philadelphia sports teams have been.

 I always hear about the Flyers being Stanley Cup-less since 1975, making but losing six finals in the last forty years.

 Even though I wasn’t alive for most of it (or don’t remember it), the Eagles made the NFC Conference Championship game in ‘01, ‘02, ‘03, ‘04, and ‘08, losing in all of those years except 2004, where they eventually lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl 39.

 And it doesn’t stop there. The Sixers haven’t won a championship since ‘83 when the team had Julius Erving and Moses Malone. The Sixers made the finals in ‘01, but lost to a Lakers team, consisting of Shaq and Kobe. The Sixers fan base endured years of team rebuilding and made the playoffs for the first time last year since 2012.

 The Phillies won the World Series in ‘08, but lost the World Series to the Yankees in 2009. However, the team fell apart shortly after Utley, Howard, and Rollins declined.  After 2011’s devastating NLDS loss to the Cardinals, the Phillies went on to miss the playoffs in every year since.

But all of that bad luck will finally go away.

It started with the Eagles’ 2017 season. They went 13-3 in the regular season, and went on to win the Super Bowl, their first ever. That same year, the Sixers were starting to build a dynasty with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

 Now, it seems as if every team is trending up.

 The Sixers will make the playoffs for the second straight year. Along with Embiid and Simmons, they also have Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris. If they can keep Butler and Harris, the Sixers will continue to be a force in the East and be a definite contender for a championship for years to come.

 The Eagles made the Divisional Round of the playoffs last year, but lost to the Saints. Now that Wentz is healthy and the team improving with the acquisitions of DeSean Jackson, Malik Jackson, and Jordan Howard, the Birds will also be  a contender for years. Not to mention that they still have Fletcher Cox, Malcolm Jenkins, a young and talented CB core, Alshon Jeffery, and two great TE’s in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert. The Eagles will be continue to excite fans.

 The Phillies might give fans the most hype. It started off with Rhys Hoskins and Aaron Nola and continued in this year’s offseason. The Phillies added Jean Segura, Andrew McCutchen, (arguably the best catcher in the league) J.T. Realmuto, and David Robertson. The amazing offseason was capped off when the Phillies signed Bryce Harper, one of the best players in the MLB. Harper will be with the Phils for thirteen years and is still at the beginning of his prime. This new Phillies lineup will be great for years and the chances for another World Series ring are very high.

 The Flyers, well, probably need to catch up. They will miss the playoffs this year, but the future’s still bright. Carter Hart shined as the Flyers goalie and the team still has a young and improving defensive core. Claude Giroux, Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier, Nolan Patrick, and Travis Konecny will still occupy the offense, followed by many talented Flyers prospects.

 It’s been a long time coming, but it seems as if Philadelphia sports is finally finding the luck they have waited so long to have.