Great article I once read, and I figured this is a good time to share....Philadelphia: City of LosersPhiladelphia is the city that birthed a nation, but unfortunately has a history of losing from there on out. At the dawn of America, the city of brotherly love was the largest and most prosperous city in the country. Then little by little that status was taken away. New York took the capital in 1789 creating decades of resentment. Even until 1832 Philadelphia was the financial center of the new nation. However, when Andy Jackson vetoed the charter of the Bank of the United States, stationed in Philadelphia, the financial power followed to New York and Wall Street. So, by Jackson railing against the “rich Philadelphia bankers,” he initially cemented the loserdom of the home to the liberty bell.On July 15th, 2007, once again another imprint in the image of losing was cast. The Philadelphia Phillies became the first team in the history of sports to lose 10,000 games. What better way for it to happen, than in the form of a blowout. Phillies starter, Adam Eaton managed to allow six runs in only four plus innings. The final score of 10-2 tells the tale for the sports futility of the town, one loss to magnify all the others.The city has not seen a championship in any of the major sports since 1983 when the sixers won the title. Since that point Philadelphia Basketball made it to the finals once, getting their clock cleaned by the Lakers in 2001The same could be said about Hockey. Since their back to back cups in 1974-75, the Flyers have made five appearances in the finals, only to fall short everytime. Now the franchise is held down by team General Manger and President Bobby Clarke still thinks the Broad Street Bullies would work in today’s game. Now due to rule changes and skill improvement, it is a scoring game, uncompatible to the style Clarke won those two cups with as a hard nosed player.The Eagles, despite having a sweet theme song, have not won a championship since 1960. They beat the one of the best teams all time, the Chicago Cardinals, who did not alow a score all year. Oklahoma standout Tommy McDonald led the Eagles to victory 7-0, the only touchdown given up by that defense. Since then the Eagles made two Super Bowls and lost both. In 1981, the Eagles lost by the most points of any team in a Super Bowl to that point. Then after looking as if the Eagles had the momentum in 2004 versus the Patriots, in the first half. McNabb got sick and the Eagles choked. Prior to that, I should mention also that the birds made it to three consecutive conference championships, losing in all three.Finally, the team that made history a year ago. The Phillies came into the league as the Quakers in 1883 with a loss to the Reds. The tradition continued almost non-stop until the late 70’s when some talent came their way to go along with stud lefty Steve Carlton and the nastiest slider in Baseball history. In 1980, the Phils won the whole thing on the back of solid pitching by Carlton, and especially youngster Bob Walk. Pete Rose coming in 1979 seemed to be the final ingredient to the mix. Since 1980, the Phillies made two World Series and guess what, they lost. One of which, one the greatest moments in history of baseball, Joe Carter’s home run, occured. Notice that it is a game they are famous for losing.Of all sports figures, real and imagined, Rocky Balboa symbolizes Philadelphia Sports. As in the first movie, the one that won an Oscar, the Italian Stalion was able to get close , going the distance with the champ, but falling short. the Chicago Cubs are often called the loveable losers, so I guess that makes Philadelphia the city of Loathable Losers, a reputation Philly fans are proud of.
Giants really suck!
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