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Philadelphia Flyers Join Pantheon of Second-Place Finishers in Philly Sports History


The popular mantra amongst many Philadelphia sports fans is that the Philadelphia Flyers had a "magical season" and one which will be remembered forever, despite how it ended.  Many fans accept this even though they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in horrifying fashion in overtime of Game 6 on a cupcake goal by Patrick Kane. While it ended in heartbreak like so many seasons have in the past thirty years-they gave us many fond memories this year which we can hang our hats on.

Granted the Flyers gave us many wonderful moments during this postseason run, but it still resulted in a second place finish.  If there's one thing many Philadelphia fans are guilty of-it's settling for second best.

Maybe this is why Rocky is such a popular movie in Philadelphia.  Rocky as we all know finished second fiddle to Apollo Creed in the original film.Rocky and  Apollo Creed

There is a popular opinion among outsiders and national media types that Philadelphia fans were out of line Wednesday night by booing the Blackhawks during their celebration on the ice.  Really? What do you expect the Flyers fans to do? Cheer after getting the proverbial kick in the you know where for yet another time. Once again, the folks outside of Philadelphia show just how clueless they are.  For instance, this particular "blogger" (a Chicago fan of course) posts a blog post entitled "Flyers Fans A Classless Act." Oh how original!  He goes on to say, "There was no ovation when commissioner Gary Bettman commended the Flyers for their effort.  There was no reaction when the most coveted trophy in professional sports, the Stanley Cup, was brought onto the ice."  What did this Blackhawks fan expect thousands of heartbroken fans to do? Get up and clap and roll out a red carpet for the Blackhawks team that just killed the Flyers' season!

Maybe if this so-called writer "lived it" like we did and endured heartbreak after heartbreak in championship series' and games, then he would actually understand just how much it stinks to experience the highs and lows of a great season like this which goes up in smoke. Excuse me, but Chicago got to enjoy six championships by a team called the Chicago Bulls in the 1990's.  And, the White Sox recently won a title as well.

Second place is worthless in the world of sports.  End of story.  The fine line between being a champ and the first loser is razor thin and far too often Philadelphia teams have fallen on the wrong side of that line.

Ultimately, the 2009-2010 Flyers will be remembered in history much like the following teams in the clips below. 

For those of you who are squeamish, then I suggest you don't watch the videos below.  Brace yourself for many vile disappointing moments.

The 1984-1985 and 1986-1987 Flyers who ran into quite possibly the greatest dynasty in NHL history-The Edmonton Oilers.

The 1993 Phillies, who lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in six games.

The 1997 Flyers who were undressed by the Detroit Red Wings in a four-game sweep.

The 2000-2001 Sixers who gave us many magical moments like this Flyers squad, but who also ran out of gas against the Lakers.

The 2004-2005 Eagles who...well it wasn't that far ago.  We all know how this one played out.

The 2009 Phillies, who unlike the Flyers were down three games to one before bowing out in six games.

In the end, the Flyers will still be remembered as just another one of the Philadelphia runner-ups.  Cities like L.A., Boston, New York, Chicago, and Detroit are known for winning traditions. 

Philadelphia on the other hand, is known for coming in second.  And, we're also known for our "classless fans" by the clueless national media types and equally clueless fans in other cities.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com


3:05 PM
Tue Jun 15 2010

Frustrating for damn sure. Oh, and by the way, the '09 Phils were down 3 games to 1, before winning game 5 to bring it back to NY. It wasn't 2-2 after 4 games. Still sucked all the same, though.