The Philly Curse

By Matt Campbell
April 29, 2004

Cecelia Francisco

The city of Philadelphia is in dire need of a championship. The last championship from any Philadelphia sports team came in 1983 when the Sixers won the National Basketball title.

Since then the city has seen their share of heartbreaking losses. The Eagles as we all well know have made it to the conference championship in three consecutive seasons and lost. The Sixers have been on a roller coaster with the inability to find a coach willing to give Allen Iverson a bigger leash. The Flyers have seen the curse show up just in time for playoffs. They made it to the Stanley Cup finals only to be sent home by the Detroit Red Wings in 4 straight games.

This year has given rise to yet another Philadelphia team cruising along, but perhaps this time the curse will be lifted. The flyers steam rolled through the first round game against the New Jersey Devils and now take a 2-0 series lead in the second round match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The road to a championship might quickly come to and end should the Flyers move on to face the Tampa Bay Lightening who hold a 3-0 series lead on the Montreal Canadiens. So far the Flyers and the Lightening are even in average goals per game throughout the 2004 playoffs, however Tampa Bay has a postseason goals against average of .86 while Philadelphia is giving up just under 2 goals a game.

The city of Philadelphia demands more out of their sports team than any other. Philly fans do not hesitate to let players know when they aren’t performing well, but that is all a part of the desire the fans have for seeing a championship parade down Broad Street.

Posted to the web by Lauren Joseph

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