25 Reasons Why You Know You’re a Sports Fan From Philadelphia
25 Reasons Why You Know You're a Philadelphia Sports Fan
When it comes to the City of Brotherly Love, there's no debate the city of Philadelphia has some of the most passionate sports fans in the country. Of course, when you talk to fans outside of the city, they look at Philadelphia fans as nothing but obnoxious and annoying (which at times--can be true).
Whether you like them or not, you can't deny how the city feels about their beloved teams--whether it's the frustration suffered from the Philadelphia Eagles during the Andy Reid era (five NFC Championships with no Super Bowl win) to the excitement behind the Philadelphia Phillies winning the World Series back in 2008. Even the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia 76ers have seen their fair share of frustrations over the years, but no matter how tough times get--fans stick by their beloved teams no matter what.
Even though we've suffered more frustrating moments over the last couple of decades, it's easy to point out if you're a die-hard sports fan from the City of Brotherly Love based off the sports memories you've made over your lifetime. In honor of all you crazy, passionate sports fans, here's a list of 25 reasons why you know you're a die-hard sports fan from Philadelphia.
25. 76ers Drafting Shawn Bradley Still Haunts Your Dreams
While it's understandable why the Sixers would be interested in "The Stormin' Mormon" during the 1993 NBA Draft considering his height, Shawn Bradley will always be seen as one of the biggest busts of all time in Philadelphia.
24. You Will Always Boo J.D. Drew
The Phillies had plenty of reason to be excited over drafting J.D. Drew back in 1997, but he refused to join the team as he believed he wasn't receiving the type of money he deserves. So instead of suiting up for the City of Brotherly Love, Drew started out his career with the St. Louis Cardinals.
23. You Miss Pat Croce
Pat Croce made the Sixers fun to watch again when they were flat-out awful for years. Not only did Croce play a big role in drafting Allen Iverson in 1996, but he helped lead the team to the NBA Finals in 2001.
Oh and did we mention the man is an absolute dare devil--which the fans loved.
22. You Live For The Wing Bowl
One of the greatest Philadelphia traditions, the Wing Bowl takes place each year on the Friday before the Super Bowl. It may sound disgusting to think about all of the food consumed, but it's a glorious tradition.
21. The Love/Hate Relationship With Howard Eskin
Some fans love listening to him while others can't stand to hear the sound of his voice. Either way, Howard Eskin is one of the best in Philly when it comes to knowing sports and the best part about his interviews is he's never afraid to ask the questions everyone else is nervous to ask.
20. You Fell In Love With Jennifer Lawrence's One Scene From 'Silver Linings Playbook'
If you're an Eagles fan who didn't love Jennifer Lawrence before seeing Silver Linings Playbook, you certainly fell in love with her after the scene in which she recapped a few games from the 2008 season. Seriously--it's amazing. Just give it a watch and you'll see why (warning--explicit language).
19. You Miss The Legion Of Doom
With a powerful line consisting of Eric Lindros, John LeClair and Mikael Renberg, the Legion of Doom became quite popular for the Philadelphia Flyers in the mid 90's. While these three stars played a key role in helping the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Finals in 1997, they unfortunately were swept by the Detroit Red Wings.
18. Bashing The Mets Never Gets Old
While the Atlanta Braves or the Washington Nationals should be a bigger concern, there's nothing that drives Philly fans more nuts during baseball season than losing to the New York Mets. Oh and as Philadelphia Phillies fans, we'll never let them forget about their famous collapse in 2007--ever.
17. Dawkinism is a Religion of Its Own
What is Dawkinism? It's simple--Dawkinism is followed by anyone willing to put it all one the line every time and show extreme passion for what they love.
When it comes to the most passionate athletes to play in the City of Brotherly Love, it's safe to say nobody was passionate about the game of football like Brian Dawkins was (his tunnel entrance gives you chills every time). One of the greatest safeties to ever play the game, try watching the video below and you'll see just out passionate Weapon X really is.
16. The Thought of Missing Out on Tim Duncan in 1997 Still Haunts You
Back in 1997, the Sixers were one pick away from landing Tim Duncan--which would have been phenomenal considering the team drafted Allen Iverson the year before. Instead, Philadelphia used the second pick in the draft to select Utah's Keith Van Horn--who wanted nothing to do with the Sixers and ended up being traded that night.
Oh, what could have been.
15. You Hate Jessica Simpson For Dating Tony Romo
Remember that Philadelphia Eagles game against the Dallas Cowboys in which Jessica Simpson obnoxiously danced on camera in her Tony Romo jersey? Philadelphia fans sure do!
14. You Love Reminding Cowboy Fans About Tony Romo Choking
In case you've been living under a rock over the last couple of years, Tony Romo has established a reputation for choking in the fourth quarter when the Cowboys need him the most--and Eagles fans absolutely love it.
13. You Will Never Forgive Andrew Bynum
The Sixers had high expectations for Andrew Bynum when they acquired him from the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2012, but the center failed to suit up once during the 2012-13 season. Sure, Bynum may have had his fair share of knee problems, but everybody knows part of the reason why he failed to play with Philadelphia was due to his laziness.
Thanks for nothing Bynum.
12. You Love Watching Fox 29 Because of This Awesome Reporter
Not only does she do an amazing job with the traffic, but Fox 29's Kacie McDonnell is quite popular on gameday during NFL season when it comes to covering the Eagles. Oh and in case you didn't realize--she's a big hockey (and Villanova) fan as well.
11. Veterans Stadium Will Always Have a Place in Your Heart
It may not have been in the best shape before it was destroyed, but there were plenty of great memories from Veterans Stadium over the years (of course every fan is pleased with Lincoln Financial Field and Citizen's Bank Park now).
10. The Love/Hate Relationship With Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid
Five appearances in the NFC Championship in eight years and a Super Bowl appearance against the New England Patriots in 2005. Unfortunately though, Donovan McNabb and Andy Reid failed to give Eagles fans what they've always wanted the most--the Lombardi Trophy.
9. None of Your Friends or Family Outside of Philly Understand Your Love For Rocky
Who would idolize a fictional movie character like Rocky Balboa as much as Philadelphia fans do? Nobody--that's who.
8. Every Time Broad Street Bullies is on HBO, You Watch It
The title speaks for itself. No matter how many times you've seen the documentary, if Broad Street Bullies is on HBO, chances are you're going to watch it.
7. You'll Always Cherish the Allen Iverson Days in Philly
Despite everything that has gone down off the court, Allen Iverson will always be a favorite in Philadelphia as he was always one of the best athletes to watch. Iverson was so passionate about the game of basketball and to see a player with his size have so much success scoring--it was incredible.
5. Reggie White Will Always Be a Favorite Eagle
Reggie White spent the first eight seasons of his NFL career in Philly and even though he's remembered for being a member of the Green Bay Packers--he'll always be one of our favorite Eagles.
4. Other Fans Always Remind You About Throwing Snowballs at Santa Claus
It happened a long time ago, but no matter how many times Philadelphia fans defend their passion towards their city's teams, fans outside of Philadelphia will always remind us that "we threw snowballs at Santa Claus."
3. You've Watched Miracle at the New Meadowlands 100's of Times
By far one of the greatest comebacks and plays in Philadelphia sports history, the final 14 seconds of DeSean Jackson returning the game-winning punt against the New York Giants back in 2010 will never get old--which is why fans are never afraid to admit how much they've watched it over the last couple of years.
2. You Believe the Phillie Phanatic is the Greatest Mascot in Sports--Period
According to Philadelphia fans, the Phillie Phanatic is the greatest mascot in all of sports--and they couldn't be more accurate. If you attend a Phillies game, you'll understand why--there's no mascot that even comes close.
1. Final Call By Harry Kalas in 2008 World Series Makes You Cry--Every Time
Watching the Phillies hasn't been the same over the last couple of years, but Harry Kalas will always have a special place in the hearts of Philadelphia sports fans as he is easily one of the greatest broadcasters of all time. If you don't think so, just watch the video of his final call in the 2008 World Series--it will give you chills every time.
Oh and "High Hopes"--one of the greatest songs of all time. Period.