What's your feeling about Philadelphia sports teams and their fans?
By Dan Connolly
Oct 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Back to baseball for a day.
(But a quick programming note first. With the Ravens' bye week coming up and the Orioles rather silent, I am going to be shutting the bar down, likely for the rest of October. That means probably no Prediction Friday this week or next, but we'll get back to sports talk in early November. Thursday will probably be the last day for a while, but I'll leave the key under the door in case you guys need an emergency drink.)
Anyway, I was in Philly on Monday and watched the Phillies come back to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and go up 3-1 in the National League Championship Series.
In the preseason I predicted the Dodgers would win the World Series. Technically, they are still alive, but I don't see it happening now. The Phillies are a very good team with a great offense and a dependable – if not formidable -- rotation.
So I am pretty sure they'll represent the NL again in the World Series.
Now I know if they play the Yankees in the October Classic, this place will suddenly become South Street South. But otherwise I am curious as to hear what Baltimore fans think about the success in Philadelphia.
There was a time when the two cities had a little geographical rivalry, especially between the Orioles and Phillies, who met in the 1983 World Series.
I went to a Pennsylvania college and the number of Philadelphia sports fans there grossly outnumbered Baltimore/Washington or New York area fans.
And so I had a lot of Philly sports shoved down my throat in four years.
It has been a long time since I have been a fan or hater of any particular sports team, though. So I want your opinion on the Phillies and Philadelphia sports in general.
To be honest, I think this Phillies team is pretty likeable. Also, two men with Orioles ties that I respect, third base coach Sam Perlozzo and assistant GM Scott Proefrock, are in line for a ring, and I'd like to see that happen for their sakes.
Plus, after the initial celebration wore off, Philly Phanatics were pretty darn civil and respectable this year as the fans of the defending World Champions. They didn't seem to flaunt it the way a certain crew up north has recently. I think part of it is that Philly fans are so used to falling short that they were waiting for someone to wake them up this year.
So I don't have a problem if they repeat. But do you?
Daily Think Special: What's your feeling on Philadelphia sports fans and their teams?