The History of Philly as a Four-Sport City is the Definition of Mediocrity, Except the Flyers


Over at the Washington Post today, they took a look at four-sports cities and how well they do compared to one-another. As you can see in the wheel above, Philadelphia is tied for fifth-best with New York City when it comes to winning percentage since 2005. But, that’s actually rounded up. Here’s how we compare to New York over the last ten years head to head (slightly skewed because they’re a four sport city but have more than four teams):

ny v philly

Again, that’s still skewed, since all sports are weighed evenly. For example, 16 NFL games are equal to 162 MLB games. That’s a good way to look at it, but if you break it down by percentage based off of weighted winning percentages — according to my own likely flawed math — the total win percentage is … .511 (I wasted so much math time).

Overall, since Philadelphia became a four-sport city in 1967, the city’s win percentage is a barely impressive .519, which puts Philly 4th behind Boston (.557), Dallas (.548), and Denver (.533). But the only thing saving Philly from true mediocrity is the Flyers. Here are the win percentages, by team, since 1967 (along with playoff appearances and championships):









The methodology uses points percentage for the NHL as the win percentage equivalent, and baseball data is through the end of the 2014 season. Sheil Kapadia wrote up the city for the longer piece on four-sport cities, but the next time you feel yourself being disappointed in the Flyers, just remember one thing: Without them, we’d be the definition of middle-of-the-road.

[h/t Deadspin]

18 Responses

  1. Can somebody please explain to me the weird obsession Josh Innes has with Mike Missanelli?

    1. Mike Miss called Innes a clown show a while back and Josh took that to heart. Mike has been #1 show in evening for a while, but the past two months, Josh and Tony (clown show) have had better ratings than Mike. So Josh is rubbing it in Mikes face kinda deal.

    2. It’s the same obsession Stern had with DeBella 25 years ago.

      Except Josh isn’t funny; knowledgeable; original; or capable of holding an audience.

      1. Same obsession Missanelli had with beating Eskin. Everyone does it. So, stop acting like its a big deal Innes is doing it. This stupid blog gets the most hits/comments from stories about the WIP/97.5 rivalry.

  2. “we would be the definition of middle of the road”


    I am not to be defined by the sports franchises I root for. Boyyyy, don’t make me ground you.

  3. Jimbo with another scalding take from a Deadspin article I read before lunch. Awesome.

  4. Never mind. This frigging comment section has a mind of it’s own sometimes.

  5. No comment section is truly fucked up today. Comments appear, then delete, and not just mine. Get on it Jim, we’re not done hating on you.

  6. Holy shit I wrote the word h-o-r-s-e as in “why is the boston symbol a h-o-r-s-e” and it fucking moderated. Fuck sake Kyle, 2013 is way over now.

      1. Why of course, he’s the only guy to ride a h-o-r-s-e. And it looks just like Revere, def not some equestrian faag or douchy polo player. Not at all….

        Go fuck yourself.

  7. I’ve been a fan of the 4 Philly pro teams since 1979, and they have only won 3 Championships! Thats 3 titles out of 140 seasons….

  8. I must be hitting 1000%, cause I am and will always be a 4 for 4 guy. E-a-g-l-e-s. EAGLES!

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