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Philly2Philly.com relives top Philadelphia sports players and moments from the 2000's

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As we enter a new decade of Philadelphia sports, lets relive the best players and moments from the past decade. The decade saw three of the four Philadelphia teams compete for Championships. We saw great young players come into their own, and some of our favorite players ride into the sunset. We also saw MVP's and Rookies of the Year, and coaches that were voted the best by their peers. The past decade of Philadelphia sports was a wild ride, so buckle up, while we recap the best moments.

Philadelphia 76ers

The 76ers qualified for the playoffs seven times in the decade, only failing to make the playoffs three times. What will be best remembered about Allen Iverson steps over Tyron Lue of the Lakers in Game One of the 2001 NBA Finals. Things were looking good. Then.............the last decade of 76ers basketball was the magical 2000-2001 season. The Sixers made it to the NBA Finals that year only to be defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.

Best Player of the Decade- Allen Iverson

Early on in the decade Allen Iverson captured the hearts of Sixer and NBA fans alike. He was a superstar, winning the NBA Scoring Title three times, being an NBA All-Star every year of the decade, two NBA All-Star Game MVP awards, also winning the NBA MVP award in 2001.

Best Play of the Decade- Iverson Steps Over Lue

Game One of the 2000-2001 NBA Finals in Los Angeles, the Sixers were on their way to winning the opening game of the Finals. During a scoring surge Allen Iverson hit a jumper over a falling Tyrone Lue in the corner. After Iverson hit the shot he stepped over Lue never taking his eyes off him. It was if we had all hit that shot and we were all collectively stepping over not just Tyrone Lue by the vaunted Los Angeles Lakers as a whole. At that very moment we all believed, if only for that moment, that the Sixers could beat the Lakers and win the NBA title.

Philadelphia Flyers

The past decade of Flyers' history was a very turbulent one to say the least. It saw many goal-tending changes, captaincy changes and head coaching changes. Concussions and the inability to get along with GM Bob Clarke forced a trade of former "next one" Eric Lindros to the rival Rangers.

The decade saw a Flyer team that was for the most part almost there, each and every season. They just weren't able to bring home Lord Stanley's Cup.

Best Player of the Decade- Keith Primeau

Stats and achievements aside, Keith Primeau is the best player of the decade for the orange and black. He brought grit and determination to the ice each and every night. The leadership he provided during the 2003-2004 season willed the Flyers to within one game of the Stanley Cup Finals. He wore the "C" with pride and took the responsibility more seriously than past captains. He embodied what it means to put on the orange and black, and what it means to represent the city of Philadelphia.

Best Play of the Decade- Roenick's OT Goal Sends Flyers to Conference Finals

After claiming a 2-0 lead the Leafs battled back to force overtime. Mats Sundin was stripped of the puck and Joni Pitkanen threw the puck out to the Center Ice neutral zone. It was picked up by Roenick who had a 2-on-1 with Tony Amonte. Roenick faked a pass to Amonte then shot the puck past Ed Belfour to send the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals. Still remember Jim Jackson's call "Overtime Magic by JR sends the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals.

Philadelphia Eagles

The past decade of Philadelphia Eagles Football, or the "Andy Reid Era" was a very successful one, all be it without a Super Bowl win. Reid came in and turned this franchise around, under Reid the Eagles have become perennial contenders. No longer the laughing stock of the NFL, the Eagles are the self-titled "Gold Standard." The decade saw the Eagles make it to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl.  Freddie Mitchell's crowning moment as a Philadelphia Eagle will always be 4th and 26th.

Best Player of the Decade- Donovan McNabb

Been one hell of a decade for Donovan McNabb. Not to much too say to prove an argument that he's the best player of the decade for the Birds. McNabb is the Eagles' all-time leader in career wins, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns. Need I say more?

Best Play of the Decade- 4th and 26

Trailing by three with only 1:12 remaining in the 4th quarter of the 2nd round of the 2003 NFL Playoffs the Eagles faced 4th and 26 with their season on the line. "4th and forever" Eagles radio announcer Merril Reese stated before the play. McNabb dropped back, and the Packers Cover 2 defense broke down allowing Freddie "FredEx" Mitchell to get open in the middle of the field. McNabb's pass was complete to Mitchell, which allowed the drive to continue. David Akers tied the game up which sent it into overtime. Brian Dawkins intercepted a Brett Favre pass which he returned to the Packers 31-yard line. That set up the game winning field goal by Akers and one of the most dramatic wins in Eagles history. I remember literally holding hands with friends all bent down on one knee before the infamous "4th and 26." You better believe we all thought our praying had something to do with it afterwards.

Philadelphia Phillies

The past decade of Phillies baseball saw them win Philadelphia's only championship and their first since 1980. Their dramatic run is still fresh in Philadelphia Phillies-2008 World Champs!!our minds as they were able to come close to repeating the feat last season. It was the start of what could be a building dynasty. As the core of the 2008 World Series Champions is still intact, and they've added perhaps the best pitcher in baseball to that core. Yes, the Phils are here to stay, ready to make more memories in the coming decade.

Best Player of the Decade- Chase Utley

Many would say Ryan Howard without batting an eye. I mean come on, Rookie of the Year, MVP of the league, power numbers only replicated by the likes of Babe Ruth? He's gotta be the player of the decade no? Chase Utley is the choice because of his dominance at his position. With Utley's numbers he could become one of the best second baseman to ever play the game. He is clearly the best second baseman in the league at this point, something that can't be said about Howard at first. You also have to factor in the intangibles, defense, baserunning, and leadership.

Best Play of the Decade- Brad Lidge Strikes Out Eric Hinske to Win World Series for Phils

It's fresh in your mind and you know it. Just close your eyes and you can see it happening all over again. The result was not in doubt, all we needed was that final out. And another great call by Harry the K: "The 0-2 pitch, swing and a miss struck him out! The Philadelphia Phillies are 2008 World Champions of baseball!" Thanks Harry, we miss you.

Philly2Philly.com would like to welcome Mike Santa Barbara to the team. Mike can be reached at mike_santa_barbara@yahoo.com

 

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