Its been dark times in Philadelphia sports since the Eagles have lost to the Saints in the playoffs 2 years ago. Philly fans have suffered through the Eagles going 10-6 and missing the playoffs after a end of the year collapse. Some of the Eagle fans had their hopes up for Marcus Mariota which didn’t come to fruition.
The Flyers are saddled with terrible contracts and have missed the playoffs 2 of the last 3 years. This is a franchise that prior to the recent slump made the playoffs all but a handful of times since there inception in 1967. And as written about yesterday, anything can happen once in the NHL Playoffs. (Depsite my post yesterday about the fun of being objective, the Flyers not in the playoffs is gut wrenching)
The Phillies…well they’re the Phillies. Other than watching Cole Hamels every 5th day, its been torture. Not only is the product on the field embarrassing but the Boso the Clown as the GM makes it worse. The Phillies are stuck right now in the tunnel and light at the end is very hard to find.
The NBA franchise has just tanked the last 2 years. It was the right move for the 76ers after being stuck in purgatory since the Finals run in 2001. But its a lot of losing. The bigger slap in the face was the Cavaliers winning the lottery last year and taking Andrew Wiggins from the Sixers in the draft.
Sports times are tough right now in the City of Brotherly Love. With the background of all the franchises above, a local radio station this morning had people call in to atone for their sports sins. The hope of this is to turn the luck of the city. The first test will be Tuesday when the Sixers test their luck again in the NBA Lottery. My atonement is below and I think many may be surprised……………
(Im sure many are hoping for the #1 pick, but my hope is for the 2 or 3 pick and more importantly getting the Lakers pick. Ill have more Monday on my hopes in a post).
I bleed Eagles green. From the time I was 4 years old when I fell in love with the team, I have seen many ups and downs. More downs than ups but every year I came back. I had a couple chances when I was young with Buddy Ryan but it never came through; partly because of Buddy not caring one iota about the offense, partly because of bad luck in the Fog Bowl, and partly because the year they had their best team Randall Cunningham tore his ACL in the first game.
Nonetheless, the Buddy Ryan era didn’t result in the ultimate prize. The 90s had their moments but it was mostly a struggle. Following a 3-13 campaign in 1998 Ray Rhodes was fired and Andy Reid was hired. Not many knew who Andy was or what to expect.
Fourteen years later, Andy compiled 130 wins and holds the franchise record for wins. He aided the Eagles in getting to 5 NFC Championships and gave me the opportunity to watch the Eagles in the only Super Bowl I have ever seen them in. For 10 of those 14 years, the Eagles were extremely relevant. They were talked about as Super Bowl contenders year in and year out.
Did Andy have his flaws? Sure he did as most of you had heard me rant about. Was it Andy’s fault that he was here a couple years to long? Not totally, Jeffrey Lurie wouldn’t move on. So certainly the last couple years became more apathetic than anything. In fact, I refused to enter the stadium after the Eagles lost to the Cardinals in the NFC Championship until Andy was gone.
But today is the day…. May 15th, 2015 that I want to state to all that the Andy Reid years were awesome. Eagles fans were lucky to have that run that we did. Ultimately, he didn’t deliver the trophy we all wanted but he got us close. And he gave us the best run in Eagles franchise history.
So Andy, thank you for what you did here. I want to be atoned and forgiven for all I have ever said.
The days are dark and the times are tough but here is to the turn around. And more importantly to you Andy (just don’t win a Super Bowl before us)