Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.
Being a fan of Philadelphia sports teams really sucks at the moment. We haven’t said that in a long time. I’m talking about sustained depression, not the momentary agony of an Eagles defeat.
Before October rolled around, the Philadelphia sports fan was still in the glow of a Phillies team headed for a deep run in the playoffs and an Eagles team that had flaws but that figured to be in the postseason hunt. The Flyers were entering the season with a top goalie and a lot of changes but a load of talent. However, lingering in the back of our minds was the NBA lockout.
The Phillies led wire-to-wire in the National League East and finished with 102 victories. Three of those victories the final weekend of the season versus the Atlanta Braves doomed them to face the sizzling hot St. Louis Cardinals. Between Cliff Lee not being able to hold a 4-0 lead and an offense that never lived up to expectations, the Phillies lost in the first round. That championship season of 2008 is fading away fast and an aging team is headed into a season of uncertainty, despite the signing of all-star closer Jonathan Papelbon. (Go here for more pictures by Tom Briglia)
I picked the Eagles to be 11-5. Call me stupid but I wasn’t the only one. Nobody figured the Birds to be 3-6 at this point in the season. Going by my predictions in the final games, the Eagles will now finish 6-10. It could get ugly this Sunday night against the Giants with Vince “Dream Team” Young as the likely starting QB for an injured Michael Vick.