Year In Review: A Timeline Of Philadelphia’s Joyless Year In Sports
It's been a tough year for Philadelphia sports. A. Really. Tough. Year.
Heading into 2015, Philly sports hadn't exactly been sunshine and rainbows but it didn't look like things could get that much worse. Then they did.
In fact, Rich Hofman of the Philly Voice even broke it down statistically to show that as of Nov. 23, the combined win percentage of the teams representing the four major sports is currently the city's second worst ever at .304. It is narrowly edged out by 1972, in which the teams combined for a .303 win percentage.
"In the 48 years since the Flyers joined the NHL and gave us a fourth team, the 2015-16 Philadelphia sports scene is on pace to be… the second-worst ever, but just barely," wrote Hofman.
That is god awful no matter how you slice it. I'm not willing to do the math on it personally, but I can't imagine that Philly's total win percentage has gone up very much in the five weeks since that article was written.
Still...this is America. So rather than push past a terrible year and try to envision a better future for the angry Eagles fan and his brethren, we prefer to revel in the saddest, most pathetic moments of the sports wasteland that has provided us with so very much to make fun of in 2015.
Here are the highlights of The Year Without A Winning Record for Philadelphia, from start to finish.
Chip Kelly gets rid of one of his best players ina trade for a linebacker who was coming off missing the entire 2014 season with a torn ACL. Alonso has recorded 34 total tackles in 10 games played this season.
Good ole Chip parted ways with Maclin despite the fact that he had already dispensed of LeSean McCoy and let go of DeSean Jackson the year prior. Maclin has 84 receptions for 1,084 yards and 7 TDs this season and is heading to the playoffs with the Chiefs.
Celebrating the one year anniversary of Chip Kelly beginning his mission to deconstruct whatever hope he had at possessing an elite offense. Inspirational.
Brutal. If you are going to be a the scrappy uggos of the Eastern Conference, you've really got to win. Or at the very least, not be one of the worst NHL teams ever.
What took them so long? The jig was up at least six days prior to this, according to our boy Sam Carchidi.
Oh Sixers. Of course you couldn't even manage to get luck on your side. Who do you think you are, the Cavaliers?
You'll be shocked to know that things did not get any better after Ryne left. In fact...
"You weren't just a disappointment, Ruben. You were a historical disappointment. A full-on flop of Biblical proportions. But we still gave you two more months than Sandberg!"
Not only that, but they managed to finish with their worst record since 1994 and the second-worst since 1969. So it wasn't just bad in a 2015 context. It was bad in a "the last 45 years" context.
Technically they TIED for the worst start in NBA history. #SilverLinings
Well that's what I get for trying to stay positive on that last one. Jesus, at this point I'd rather be an NBA fan from Seattle than a Sixers fan. Better to have loved and lost, am I right?
Oh god, even their soccer team that no one watches is a suckfest. Those seven ties really weigh on your mind at the end of a season like that...I would assume...
To be fair, this is probably the best thing that has happened to Philadelphia sports fans all year. As depressing as that whole experiment was, it's over now and it's time to heal. Peace be with you, Philly. It's bound to be shortlived so enjoy it while you have it.
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