Philadelphia has become one of the saddest professional sports cities in North America. The City of Brotherly Love’s three major teams currently playing- Eagles (National Football League), Sixers (National Basketball Association), and Flyers (National Hockey League)- have given its fans only two home wins in Nov.
What was supposed to be a high-powered Eagles (4-7) offense barely sputters. In Nov., they were 0-2 at Lincoln Financial Field and failed to scored at least 20 points during a three-game skid. While fans are frustrated at head coach Chip Kelly for his personnel moves, Dunkin Donuts has awarded free coffee four times out of a possible 11 to those with the DD mobile application.
The Sixers (0-17), who were 0-6 at the Wells Fargo Center in Nov., have set the NBA record for longest losing streak at 27 games and started 0-17 for the second straight season. Rookie Jahlil Okafor’s fight in Boston on Nov. 26 wasn’t his first encounter with a heckler (he was threatened with a gun on Oct. 4 at a Philadelphia club). Another loss wouldn’t only extend the record skid, the Sixers would tie the 2009-2010 New Jersey Nets for the worst start in NBA history (0-18).
Meanwhile, the Flyers (9-10-5) have won three of their previous four games. They finished 2-2-2 at the Wells Fargo in Nov. Under the direction of first-year head coach Dave Hakstol, the Flyers defeated the New York Rangers in a regular season game at Madison Square Garden (3-0 on Nov. 28) for the first time in 11 meetings (lost the previous 10).
Even though Major League Baseball is currently in the offseason, the Phillies also suffered defeat after defeat in 2015. Manager Ryne Sandberg resigned in June as Pete Mackanin replaced him on an interim basis (Mackanin eventually signed as the full-time skipper). The Phillies were 63-99, the worst team in baseball (they’ll receive the first overall pick in the 2016 MLB Amateur Player Draft).
Sports Depot in Runnemeade, N.J. has been negatively impacted by the difficulties of the local sports teams. Owner Randy Benipal is selling all Eagles outerwear and Phillies items at 50 percent off.
The city’s lone bright spot at this time is Temple University’s football team. The Owls (10-2, 7-1 conference) have been in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll five times this season and captured the American Athletic Conference East title; it’s the second time in program history the Owls have triumphed 10 times in one season (10-2 in 1979). A win at AAC West winner Houston in the conference championship on Dec. 5 will most likely earn the Owls a spot in a New Year’s Six bowl.