So far in 2018, you’d think there’d be a lot to be happy about here in Philadelphia. The Eagles won a championship. Villanova is one win away from one. The Sixers have won ten in a row and clinched a playoff spot, and Markelle Fultz is back on the court. The Phillies actually spent some money and signed some guys I’d heard of, and even gave Scott Kingery a six-year deal. The Flyers are probably headed to the playoffs.
But of course, we all should have known it couldn’t last. That when things are good in this town, they’re probably too good, and won’t stay good for long.
Shouldn’t we all have known that new Phillies manager Gabe Kapler would spend his first weekend making the sort of inexplicable moves that made us all long for Charlie Manuel’s bungled double switches? One more loss, and Kapler’s going on the hot seat before his first home game. It just shows once again what I’ve always said: that analytics, plus coconut oil, equals losing.
We should have seen it coming that new Eagles acquisition Michael Bennett would get arrested for knocking over a paraplegic woman at the Super Bowl before last. Even if it’s an obvious play by a Texas sheriff who has it out for the Eagles, it still doesn’t bode well.
And yes, we should have known that Markelle Fultz, in his second game back, would accidentally break Joel Embiid’s face and concuss him to boot. And beyond that, Fultz refused to answer questions from the media after his first game, which if you ask me is a much more unforgivable sin than injuring your own franchise player. Fultz should be made to atone by, I don’t know, sitting out another 60-something games, just to be safe.
We as fans had gotten too happy, too positive, too complacent. Let the events of the last couple of weeks serve as a wakeup call that we’re still Philadelphia. And this town, the high of the parade is likely to give way to the low of another freak Embiid injury or Gabe Kapler using an average of 15 pitchers per game.
Other Philly sports takes:
- The Sixers probably have two first round picks this year. There’s really no excuse for not using them on Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson.
- Shame on Sam Bradford for signing with the Cardinals and therefore blocking a Nick Foles trade destination. And shame on Cris Carter for saying on TV that Bradford is “more accomplished” than Foles. Clearly, he’s still bitter about what happened with Buddy.
- Don’t be happy about that Kingery contract. Be outraged that he wasn’t called up a year ago. The deal reminds me an awful lot of one of those old Joe Banner deals that’s going to leave the young star underpaid and bitter a few years down the line.
- When the Red Sox won the World Series, they forgave Bill Buckner. When the Cubs finally won, they made peace with Steve Bartman. This is Philly, though- I have no interest in forgiving Andy Reid or Donovan McNabb, and neither should you.
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