After a two day wait because of rain, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in Game 5 of the 2008 World Series to clinch their first title since 1980.
Not only was it their first title in 28 years, but it was the city of Philadelphia’s first major sports championship in 25 years.
When the 76ers were eliminated in the 2008 NBA playoffs by the Detroit Pistons, the city of Philadelphia became the first city with four major sports teams to go 100 straight seasons without a championship (Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, 76ers). The last championship came in 1983 when the Sixers defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals.
Before the Phillies won the World Series back in October, the city of Philadelphia had its fair share of frustration over the last 25 years when attempting to win a championship.
One loss by the Sixers in the NBA Finals. One World Series appearance by the Phillies. Two Stanley Cup appearances by the Flyers. Four straight NFC Championship appearances with a Super Bowl birth the final year. So many appearances and not one championship.
For 25 years, most fans had waited to celebrate another championship in Philadelphia. For other fans, they never even knew what the feeling of winning a major sports championship was like.
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There are no words to describe the atmosphere in the city of Philadelphia after the Phillies won the World Series. The city was overdue for a championship after they were put through so many heartbreaks over the last 25 years.
Now that the Phillies have won the World Series, they will always be known as the team that ended the 25 year drought for the city of Philadelphia. However, with the way the Philadelphia Eagles have been playing lately, could they have been the team to end the drought?
Before I go any further, I want to let all my readers know that I know the Eagles winning the Super Bowl may be a long shot. It’s still fun to think about though, right?
It’s still hard to believe the way the Eagles got themselves into the playoffs. When they lost to the Redskins in Week 16, their dreams of a playoff birth appeared to be shattered. Thanks to the help of the Bears, Buccaneers, and Cowboys, the Eagles were able to clinch the #6 seed in the NFC.
After last weeks victory against the Minnesota Vikings, a lot of people are questioning whether or not the Eagles are a team of “destiny.” Four of their losses this season were for a combined 19 points. After they tied the Cincinnati Bengals, who had a 1-8 record at the time, quarterback Donvoan McNabb received criticism from other analysts for not knowing the rules of overtime. He was even benched in the second half a week later during the Ravens game.
None of that seems to matter anymore. The Eagles have overcome numerous odds to get to where they are right now. Six weeks ago, their season appeared to be over. Now, they are one of eight teams remaining that we could see playing in Tampa Bay in a few weeks.
If the Eagles can win the Super Bowl, there is no telling how the city of Philadelphia will respond. They had waited so long for a team like the Phillies to bring them a championship to end the 25 year drought.
Now, their fans may be lucky enough to experience the feeling of winning two championships in the same year.
It’s a long shot, we all know that. If the Eagles end up winning the Super Bowl, they need to take it one game at a time starting with the New York Giants this weekend.
If the Eagles find themselves playing in Tampa Bay in a few weeks, the fans of Philadelphia will experience the same feeling that fans in Boston have gotten used to lately.
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