The Gold Standard?

When the Phillies won the World Series, the Eagles may have believed they’d get a break. Now that the city had its first championship in 100 seasons, the Birds may have concluded Philly fans would ease up on the criticism. But if they thought that, they didn’t understand Philadelphia. Things are now significantly tougher for […]

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We’re World Champions

Philadelphia, that was awesome. That was a world-champion parade A world-bleeping-champion parade. “Charlie! Charlie! Charlie!” From 20th and Market to City Hall; from City Hall to South; from South to Shunk; from Shunk to Lincoln Financial Field; from Lincoln Financial Field to Citizens Bank Park. You guys were there. Lined up anywhere from eight to […]

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I Have a Dream

Take a deep breath, Philadelphia. Here we go again. At 8:37 p.o. (post-Obama) the Phillies will finally have a shot to close out the World Series in a mad three-inning dash. The city isn’t ready to talk about the possibilities that lie on the other side of those three innings yet, so let’s talk about […]

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Knowing Is Half the Battle

It took the Matt Stairs home run for the ’08 Phillies to know this was it. And now, Philadelphia finally knows it too. This feels different. This doesn’t feel like the past 100 seasons where we hoped. This feels like it’s it. This time we know. Game 4’s romp was bliss. There was no anxiety. […]

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Hate It or Love It

You’ll have to forgive me. It’s been 15 years since the Phillies have been involved, so I had forgotten: I hate playoff baseball. I hate watching the Phils squander opportunity after opportunity. I hate seeing guys I thought were clutch look so clueless out there (I’m talking to you, Werth and Dobbs). I hate wasting […]

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One More Ollie…

So here’s the thing: This stuff doesn’t happen to Philadelphia. In Philly, when the inexplicable occurs, it’s inexplicably bad. In Philly, when your manager and first baseman try to give away the game, they give away the game. In Philly, a 40-year-old has-been (or never was) can’t catch up to a professional fast ball and […]

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The Fall of SportsCenter

I never thought I’d be a “remember when” guy. I never walked 20 miles uphill through the snow to get to school, I don’t reminisce about the days when a loaf of bread cost $1.19 (mainly because…who outside of a Renaissance Fair buys an entire loaf of bread?), and I don’t harken back to the […]

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LeBron Already Had His Pippen

Well, we all knew LeBron was overmatched. We knew going into the NBA finals that, other than No. 23, no one in a Cavaliers jersey is an elite player. But can’t his coach help him out a little bit? Because, clearly, his teammates can’t. For a coach who “excels on the defensive end” (which I […]

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The Ultimate Anti-Tank Weapon

The second half of the 2007 NBA season was a joke for almost half of the league. Bad teams purposely tanked games to get better draft picks, and they were blatant about it. As fans of the game, we should demand better. We should demand teams put their best players on the floor and do […]

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Hope Springs Eternal?

Every year baseball beat writers and columnists write about the first week of the baseball season like it’s the dawn of a new age. Every city has hope, every team has a shot, everyone is in first place. No matter where you live, you read this story each April, and every year it rings true. […]

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