Why It’s A Great Time To Be A Philadelphia Sports Fan

Story posted October 21, 2022 in CommRadio, Sports by Gia Sabatino

Philadelphia is known to be a city full of crazy die-hard fans that think their teams are the best even if their teams have losing seasons on losing seasons.

Over the past few years, Philly fans have been cheering for teams that are just mediocre.

However, it's 2022, and things are starting to change in the city of brotherly love as those mediocre teams have become serious playoff contenders.

Now, these fans are cheering for teams that are arguably the best in their respective leagues, and it doesn’t seem like it’s changing anytime soon.

The Road To Victory

After a win against the Cowboys on Sunday night, the Eagles moved to 6-0 on the season, remaining the only undefeated team in the NFL.

The last time the Eagles started 6-0 was 2004, and they went to the Superbowl that campaign.

Some might say the Eagles have an easy schedule, and although this might be somewhat true, the team is still winning the games it has to.

But with the Eagles, everything and everyone clicks. They have shown time and time again that they are here to compete.

With a quarterback as mobile and as dangerous as Jalen Hurts, with weapons like DeVonta Smith and A.J. Brown and Miles Sanders dominating on the ground, the Eagles have the firepower to make a deep run.

With an elite offense paired with a defense that’s second in the league in interceptions, Philadelphia has success written all over it.

The Eagles are not only dominating the NFC, but the entire league and they aren’t going anywhere.

The Fightins

Bryce Harper is on fire now more than ever, and everyone else seems to be following his lead.

The Phillies haven’t made the playoffs since 2011, and they have proved to be a force to be reckoned with so far this postseason.

After a rocky start to the season with a 22-29 record, the Phillies made a midseason manager change by promoting Rob Thomspon.

Ever since that switch, things have looked to be on the up and up for the Phillies as they finished the regular season 87-75.

The Phillies snuck into the playoffs and swept the Cardinals in the wild card round and then went on to face their division rival, the Braves.

After splitting the two games in Atlanta, the Phillies took advantage of playing at home and rode off their fans' momentum and energy to win the next two games, advancing to the NLCS.

Their opponent is another unexpected team making a deep playoff run in the San Diego Padres.

The good news: the Phillies have been the underdogs the entire postseason and have overcome each team they have faced.

The series is currently split, but the Phillies have played well away from Citizens Bank Park thus far in the playoffs.

The next two games in Philly should be electric, and with the support of the home crowd, it might just be what this team needs to take the lead in the series.

The Fightins have shown they can step up to the plate at the right time, and with their combination of pitchers and hitters, they’re unstoppable.

Sixers Are Making Their Declaration

The Eagles and Phillies aren’t the only hot teams right now. The Sixers start their season this week, and we can expect nothing but big things from them this season.

After five consecutive years of NOT making the playoffs, the Sixers have turned it around to five consecutive years OF making the playoffs.

They haven’t advanced further than the conference semifinals, but with all this Philly magic happening, there is no doubt this Sixers team is going to put on a show for us this season as well.

With the return of powerhouses Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxey and with the signing of PJ Tucker, this Sixers team is looking dangerous.

Even though it is early to tell, there are high hopes and predictions for the Sixers this year.

The Cherry On Top

As for the Flyers, they are off to a dominant start and looking to put up a fight in the Metropolitan Division.

The Flyers haven’t made much noise in recent years, but with a few new additions and extensions, the Flyers look to turn that around this year.

To make this city even better, the Philadelphia Union defeated FC Cincinnati on Thursday to head to the Eastern Conference Finals!

No other city is winning as much as Philly right now, and we would all be lying to ourselves if we didn’t acknowledge these teams' domination across all leagues.

Nobody does it like Philly.

Gia Sabatino is a first-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, please email gms6168@psu.edu.