The Flyers failure in Pittsburgh was just one element of an incredibly crappy week. Photo courtesy of ESPN.com.
I know I tend to be just a tad bit negative in general with my posts here on PhinallyPhilly, and I never enjoy being one to “rub salt in the wound” so to speak (unless of course we’re talking about the suffering of fans of a hated division rival, i.e. the Mets.) But I can’t help but point out what a lousy week this was for Philadelphia sports.
I really don’t even know where to begin. April 12th through the 19th had more than it’s fair share of blown leads, heartbreak, tragedy, and even incompetence. So brace yourselves…keep a box of kleenex and a tub of ice cream at the ready and re-live the lowlights of the week that was.
Sunday, April 12th 2009
3:10 pm (ET) – Ironically enough things were actually looking up on Easter afternoon. The Phillies pulled off a dramatic 7-5 come-from-behind win over the Rockies that featured a bit more Matt Stairs magic.
5:00 pm – The first sign of trouble: the Flyers drop a very winnable game against the Rangers and miss out on home ice in the first round of the playoffs against Pittsburgh. Big freakin’ deal…that just means they’re going to finish off the sweep at home, right?
6:00 pm – To the surprise of no one, the Sixers lose to the Raptors 111-104 for their fifth straight defeat.
Monday, April 13th 2009
A brutal 24 hours that will forever be remembered as the day Harry the K passed away.
Tuesday, April 14th 2009
8:00 pm – The Sixers make it six straight losses, this time falling in their home finale to the KG and Ray Allen-less Celtics.
Wednesday, April 15th 2009
7:00 pm – The Penguins take game one in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup 4-1. The Flyers whereabouts on this night are still unknown.
7:05 pm – Adding insult to injury the Phillies game against the Nats is postponed due to rain.
8:00 pm – Whoa whoa whoa…the Sixers beat the Cavs by one, in overtime, in Cleveland?!? No way! What’s that? Mo Williams and Lebron didn’t play? Lorenzen Wright logged 35 minutes? Oh, nevermind.
Thursday, April 16th 2009
7:05 pm – The Phillies are destroyed by the Nats 8-2, handing Washington their first win of the season (they were 0-7 at the start of the day.)
Friday, April 17th 2009
7:00 pm – The Flyers blow a late 2-1 lead and lose to the Penguins in overtime, 3-2. They now trail two games to none in their best of seven series.
7:05 pm – Ryan Madson blows a late lead and the Phils lose to the Padres, 8-7.
10:00 pm – Danny Briere books a golf reservation for next Thursday. “I have a feeling I’ll probably be free that day.”
Saturday, April 18th 2009
7:05 pm – Brad Lidge’s 54-save streak comes to an end as the Phillies lose again to San Diego, 8-5. Lidge’s ERA is now 9.45.
So there it is, in all of it’s horrendous ridiculousness. Was the week ALL bad? Not for the Eagles, who learned who’d they be playing this season and made a big move for a Pro-Bowl caliber left tackle. Still that did little to offset the failures of the other big three, who went a combined 2-8.
If there ever could be a brightside to all of this it’s that there is still one day to go, and all three teams will have a shot at redemption. The Phils play a matinee against the Pads, the Flyers come home for Game 3 against Pittsburgh, and the Sixers head to Orlando for Game 1 of their first round playoff matchup. If all three win it will restore our phaith, if all three lose it would be a fitting end to a disastrous seven days for Philadelphia sports.
No matter what happens just don’t forget: there’s always next week.
And of course…
“You’re not drunk if you can lay on the floor without hanging on” –Dean Martin.