[May I recommend listening to Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball while reading this post?]
Every year I do a Top 10 Philly Sports Moments of the Year post, in which I roll out, from 10 to 1, the… top 10 Philly sports moments of the year.
Problem this year: there aren’t 10.
There might not even be five.
The Flyers and Sixers didn’t play a meaningful game all year. Neither did the Phillies. And the Eagles only started doing so in November.
So, we’ll do it live:
10) Eagles beat the Redskins on Monday Night Football
Chip Kelly’s first game and the first legitimate reason to be excited about Philly sports since the Flyers were in the playoffs in 2012.
4) Eagles crush the Bears before heading into the final week against Dallas
Even this was a mostly meaningless game, but it cemented what we were starting to feel about this team– that they are scary good and insanely likable. We’re from Philadelphia and we fight.
3) Brandon Boykin’s interception to clinch the NFC East
It’s the first time in nearly two years that I recall jumping out of my seat and screaming in weird ecstasy about a major Philly sports moment. Really, think of the last time there was a play that actually impacted the course of a season. You’ve got to go back to:
2) The Southwest Philly Floater
This was number one until three weeks ago. Shoutout to my Mom and my cousin Bern.
1) Snow Bowl
This, not the Cowboys game, will be the one you remember 10 years from now. Major snowstorm hits right at game-time, appears to endanger the entire season. The Eagles look finished and then EXPLODE for 28 fourth quarter points and LeSean McCoy sets an Eagles single-game rushing record… in the snow. Merry Christmas, Philadelphia.
Athlete of the Year: LeSean McCoy
Not sure you can even make an argument here. He was the best player for the best team in the city.
Coach of the Year: Chip Kelly
First year as an NFL head coach– wins the division, has leading passer and rusher in league. Yeah, he’s for real.
Douchebag Media Member of the Year: Randy Miller
Oh boy, was this a tough one. The Core 4, as a whole, might take it. But Miller defending Bryz and then bashing him the minute he got cut was one of the most pathetic things I’ve seen from a sportswriter, perhaps ever.
Special runner-up: Flyers beat writers complaining about Instagram.
Most Awkward Moment of the Year: Paul Holmgren has no time for Michael Barkann’s antics
Lowest Point of the Year: Charlie Manuel gets fired
Probably the saddest you felt about the state of the Phillies was when Ruben Amaro threw Charlie under a bus in a fucking-a-beach-ball firing.
Best Drunk Athlete Encounter: These guys bumped into Ryan Howard and Cliff Lee in Center City
Boner of the Year: Our new logo
Quote of the Year: “We’re from Philadelphia and we fight.”
This will be on his statue when the Eagles win the Super Bowl. [It’s also on a t-shirt.]
Hottest Significant Other of the Year: Cody Asche’s girlfriend, AngieDelicious.