I have invested a great deal of time in binge-watching NBC’s The Office on more than one occasion, with the most recent instance taking place during this period of quarantine.
One of the best aspects of the show, is its location — its proximity to the city we know and love.
According to Dwight K. Schrute, Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch is only a 30-minute trip to Philadelphia if you drive 240 miles per hour — which to be very clear, we don’t recommend.
So it’s really no surprise that the characters have often discussed things that we hold near and dear to our hearts in this city: cheesesteaks and Philly sports.
In fact, we have compiled a list of 20 mentions, references, and reminders of Philly sports across 19 of the show’s 201 total episodes.
Meet Ryan Howard.
I’ll leave it at that.
The lack of Sixers t-shirts during the matchup between The Office versus The Warehouse was quite disappointing, but this absolutely incredible find made up for it: a mask eerily similar to Joel Embiid’s mask in the 2018 playoffs and a Mike Scott.
Foreshadowing two greats, perhaps?
S2E3: Office Olympics
If you look closely, you’ll notice a Mike Lieberthal bobblehead on Dwight’s desk. A nod to the Phillies, right? Sure. But the reference goes deeper than just the red and white pinstripes.
Mike Lieberthal’s full name is Michael Scott Lieberthal. Mind blown?
S3E23: The Job
When interviewing for a job at the corporate office, CFO David Wallace jokes around with Jim about his candidacy for the position because he’s a Sixers fan. Clap your hands, indeed, Halpert.
S3E18: The Negotiation
Jim’s then-girlfriend complains about his priorities, saying, “You would rather sit on your couch and watch a Phillies game than go out to a movie with your awesome girlfriend.”
What is the issue here, exactly?
S4E9: Local Ad
Jim shows Pam Dwight’s profile in the game Second Life when she notices that Jim gave his character a job as a sports writer in Philadelphia.
Careful what you wish for, Beesly.
S4E15: Night Out
Ryan Howard pretends to be The Big Piece at a club.
Again, just going to leave it at that.
S4E16: Did I Stutter?
Ryan calls Jim into the conference room to ask the question we Eagles fans hate: Why?
Well, he really asks “How?” but you get the point.
S5E18: Blood Drive
Kevin Malone recaps his worst breakup, saying, “We were reading the paper and I said, ‘Oh my God, I think the Eagles could clinch the NFC East.’ And she said that we’re done.”
The Eagles, of course, had some fun with that:
This one was a sneaky one. Jimbo has made it pretty clear that he’s a Philly sports guy, but his love spreads as far as the Arena Football League, too. If you look closely at his desk when Kevin “moves in” during the Halpert honeymoon, you can see a football with what looks like the AFL logo on its side. Philadelphia Soul fan, huh?
S7E8: Viewing Party
Jim changes the channel during the company’s Glee viewing party.
S9E1: New Guys
In an effort to become friends with one of the new guys, Pete, Jim asks if he’s a fan of the Phillies. After a couple of *coughs* stupid answers, Pete says he’s a Red Sox fan.
C’mon, Plop. pic.twitter.com/pzgfHJkUH1— Bella Santos (@holabohla) April 14, 2020
S9E2: Roy’s Wedding
During the car ride back from Roy’s wedding, Pam tells Jim about a past plan to surprise him with Sixers tickets for his 30th birthday. Jim, already knowing about the gift, laughs with his wife about her mistake of buying courtside seats to an away game in Phoenix.
Sixers A W A Y 🥴 pic.twitter.com/m2toFCk8f5— Bella Santos (@holabohla) April 14, 2020
An away game nowadays? With their record on the road? Dodged a bullet there.
S9E3: Andy's Ancestry
At the end of this episode, Jim tells Pam that he’s accepted an offer at Athlead, a sports marketing agency in Philadelphia.
Kevin, Darryl, and Jim talk about the Sixers during their lunch break.
I bet they’re missing sports, too. pic.twitter.com/AoM4dOvm2i— Bella Santos (@holabohla) April 14, 2020
Later in that episode, Jim has a meeting with Sixers legend, Julius Erving.
A little 1-on-1 with Dr. J? Sure, no biggie.
At the 11:10 minute mark, the Philadelphia Flyers show up on the bottom of this presentation board on the bottom right corner at Athlead, the first reference we could find regarding the Flyers in any capacity.
Additionally, there are quite a few Eagles names on here, inlcuding Nick Foles, Jason Kelce and Kurt Coleman and even Andrew McCutchen, though it would be prior to him joining the Phillies of course.
Ryan Howard (yes, THE Ryan Howard) has a meeting at Athlead with Jim and Darryl. During their conversation, he shares his screenplay for “The Big Piece.”
I really laugh out loud every. single. time. pic.twitter.com/0kbS5WNUFf— Bella Santos (@holabohla) April 14, 2020
The other Ryan Howard even sent him a special video message during his retirement ceremony at Citizens Bank Park in one of the greatest crossovers we have ever seen.
"Everyone can agree that there's nothing more satisfying than celebrating all the time you had with The Big Piece.— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) July 14, 2019
That's what she said."
Ryan Howard on Ryan Howard pic.twitter.com/h3csBCn8Nn
S9E20: Paper Airplane
Jim gets a call from a colleague over at Athlead and asks if they’ve heard back from Phillies pitcher Cole Hamels yet.
S9E21: Livin’ the Dream
The last mention I noticed came from the final season’s 21st episode. Jim is once again trying to connect with Pete, saying “Go Phillies, right?” before realizing Pete stinks and doesn’t watch the beautiful game of baseball.
There you have it, all of the mentions we could find in this show regarding Philly sports, except the Flyers, which we are still unsure if Halpert is a fan of or not.
And before anyone gets spicy and feels the need to tell me how bored I must have been for doing this, just remember, you’re the one reading this.
We also unearthed this deleted scene that references The one and only Answer at 1:48 in this clip below.
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