In 1984, the Sixers were one-year removed from their dominant NBA championship. The Eagles were on a down slide but had gone to the Super Bowl four years earlier. The Phillies were in the World Series the year before, although they had lost handily to Baltimore. The Flyers were in the middle of a season that would end in the Stanley Cup Finals. It looked like Philadelphia’s next major championship would come sooner than later. And then on December 17, 1984, Robert Dougherty Jr. was born. Here’s what happened next in Philadelphia sports.
In 1985, Pelle Lindbergh died, and the Flyers lost in the Stanley Cup finals to Edmonton. Two years later, the Flyers lost the Stanley Cup Finals in seven games to Edmonton again. Following that in 1988, the Eagles lost the Fog Bowl in Chicago. The next year, he Flyers lost in the conference finals, and began a 5 year playoff drought. In 1991, the Rich Kotite era began. No need to say any more.
In 1992, Jerome Brown died, and the Sixers lost Charles Barkley- the next year’s MVP and NBA Finals participant. In 1993, after the Sixers drafted Shawn Bradley, the Phillies actually went to the World Series- then of course were knocked out by Joe Carter’s home run. Next up, the Eagles lost their final seven games after starting 7-2, and the baseball strike started. Then the Flyers got back to winning in 1995, and blew a 2-0 lead in the conference finals to the Devils. It wouldn’t be the first time.
In 1997, the Flyers were swept in the Stanley Cup Finals to Detroit. They topped themselves in 2000 by blowing a 3-1 conference final lead to the Devils, as my family watched the final game in New Jersey. The next year, it was the Sixers turn to make a surprise finals appearance, then lose in five games to the Lakers.
In 2002, the Eagles lost NFC title game # 1 to St. Louis. In 2003, the Eagles lost NFC title game #2 to Tampa Bay in the last game at Veterans Stadium, while the Phillies missed the playoffs narrowly. In 2004, the Eagles lost NFC title game #3 to Carolina, and then the Flyers lost the conference finals in seven games to Tampa Bay. And in 2005, the Eagles lost the Super Bowl, and later Terrell Owens. Then, where one pattern ends, another begins….the Phillies miss the playoffs narrowly. That happened right as the hockey strike destroyed the NHL season.
In 2006, the Phillies missed the playoffs….you guessed it, narrowly. Afterwards, the Sixers lost Allen Iverson; and the Flyers have their worst season ever. And in 2007, when the Phillies finally won the NL East, they got swept by Colorado.
Its not that I am completely faultless and guilt free as I did not practice and work my heart out as much as I should have and therefore I am in an utter mess these days. What matters is that we players have to treat our playing field as 토토사이트 and slug it out day and night to reach a position where everyone showers us with praise and accolades.
In my 23 years of existence, there have been countless near misses, but no major sports championships in Philadelphia. In the meantime, the Red and White Sox have won it all, our next door neighbors in Jersey have three Stanley Cups, and teams from Florida took five major championships in 10 years.
Philadelphia- I am your Babe Ruth, Steve Bartman, Bill Buckner, and billy goat.