Four heart-wrenching letdowns in recent Philadelphia sports history (and how they bounced back)

Robert De Niro’s character watches an Eagles game in disbelief in “Silver Linings Playbook.” – Photo via The Weinsten Company.

Today’s the day, folks.

Today is the anniversary of an infamous heartbreaking moment in recent Philadelphia 76ers history.

We will get through it together.

To commemorate the occasion (or add salt to injury) here are three other recent Philadelphia sports letdowns and how each team bounced back.

1. Philadelphia Flyers – This entire season and the loss of Giroux.

The Flyers finished 25-46 on the season after a string of heartbreaking losses, but the biggest loss had to be when hockey center Claude Giroux joined the Florida Panthers later this season.

The silver lining: The Flyers recently hired John Tortorella. Apparently, he’s a very strict kind of coach, so maybe it will bring more discipline to the team as they continue to rebuild next season.

2. Philadelphia Phillies – Unstable in 2021 and 2022

The Philadelphia Phillies faced a lot of uncertainties in 2021 and 2022, with a major issue being the bullpen. The team went 82-80 last season with Bryce Harper winning MVP, but the issues surrounding the Philadelphia baseball team lingered into this season until the firing of general manager Joe Girardi in early June.

The silver lining: The Phillies have parts of a really good team, but the issues that they are facing outweigh the good of the team right now. Though they had a win streak and are on the right track, there’s still some things they need to work on. Luckily, the team has baseball players and staff who *want* to be there.

3. Philadelphia Eagles – Alshon Jeffrey Dropped Pass

If it’s not the Sixers infamous pass, it would be this one. Former Eagles wide receiver, Alshon Jeffrey, dropped a pass in a 2019 (2018 season) Divisional Round game against the New Orleans Saints. The dropped-pass-turned-interception was just what the Eagles needed in order to win the game. Having the great season that the Eagles had, they had the opportunity to have back-to-back Super Bowl appearances.

The silver lining: It took a few years for the rebuild, but the Philadelphia Eagles are finally exciting to watch again. We caught glimpses of this last season with wide receiver Devonta Smith. Though the Eagles had struggles last season, it seems as though those issues are getting resolved. General manager, Howie Roseman, had an incredible offseason which included drafting impeccable talent.

4. Philadelphia 76ers – That pass – and everything that happened after it.

I don’t even think I need to describe this disaster. For those who don’t know – on this day, a year ago – the 76ers were in Game 7 of the Conference Semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks. Former Philadelphia 76ers point guard, Ben Simmons, passed up a wide open dunk and instead passed the ball, not helping the team minimize the lead the Hawks had. The heartbreak only grew when the Sixers lost the game, 103-96. Everything since then, until early February, was known as the “Simmons Saga.” There was a lot of issues that happened surrounding Simmons until he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets for James Harden.

The silver lining: The 76ers traded Simmons for Harden, which provided help to Joel Embiid to which he had a fantastic season. The Sixers can only get better from here, but it’s going to take a little more help from the team, including Harden, to elevate each other and get right next year.

What should have made the list, good and bad? Let me know in the comments!

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