Nov. 24 — For Philadelphia sports fans, it’s time to look ahead to a momentous 2022 as it draws to a close, especially with this milestone season to be thankful for.
It’s hard not to put the Phillies first, as their die-hard fans will surely appreciate the team’s return to the postseason and exciting run to the World Series. Now there’s some breaking news to be thankful for, as Bryce Harper’s elbow surgery has been called a “success.”
The Eagles may have lost their streak, but if it helps the team focus and win when it matters, who knows if it won’t be something to be grateful for in the future?
The Union, who finally had an active player at the World Cup and also continued to send American talent to Europe, capped off a great season with a heartbreaking final match.
As for the Sixers, their game against the Nets should serve as a reminder of exactly what the team lost and the momentum it gained in order to prove the true meaning of the phrase “good riddance.”
Finally, the Flyers. Honestly, given all the amazing performances by Philadelphia sports teams this past year, maybe it’s time for the Flyers to keep the city humble and test the loyalty of the fans.
So thank you for everything.
Or maybe Marcus Hayes says it best in a comprehensive list of what Philly sports fans appreciate.
— Andrea Canales, Inquirer Sports Staff, @phillysport, [email protected]
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(almost) perfect game
Quarterbacks may be underutilized in the NFL these days, but don’t tell the Eagles.
They called Jalen Hurts’ number a league-high 20 times in short-yardage situations this season and converted 19 of them. What is their secret? This is where the QB sneak becomes a great play for the birds.
Football is an emotional game, and Nick Sirianni is as emotional as the NFL coaches coming in 2022. Josh Tolentino spoke with the second-year head coach about his recent emotional displays.
Up next: The Eagles host the Packers on Sunday at 8:20 p.m. (NBC10).
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Inquirer Eagles beat reporters EJ Smith and Josh Tolentino
Did you make the right choice?
And how the tables turn. Yes, Carlos Correa was a member of the Houston Astros during the trash can brawl, but he’s also a talented shortstop and the latest on Philly’s options list.
Alex Coffey takes a closer look at all the pros, cons and possibilities regarding Correa.
The Sixers fell on the road
The Sixers’ good feelings over Ben Simmons and the Brooklyn Nets didn’t last long. With Joel Embiid, James Harden and Tyrese Maxime again shorthanded, they lost to the lowly Hornets 107-101 in Charlotte, N.C.
Up next: The Sixers visit the Orlando Magic on Friday at 7 p.m. (NBCSP).
“The Next Man”
The Flyers, who are on an eight-game losing streak, recently lost two more key players in Travis Konecny and Scott Luton to injuries.
As the ranks dwindle, John Tortorella looks for new leaders to emerge, as Giana Hahn writes.
Alex Ovechkin finished off the Flyers in overtime on Wednesday night as the Washington Capitals won 3-2.
Up next: The Flyers host the Pennsylvania rivals Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday (TNT, 5:30 p.m.).
Union at the World Cup
It’s old hat for big-name club teams around the world to have their players participate in the World Cup, but it’s a historic moment for the Union. Fans will get up early to watch Cameroon and even if Oliver Mbayzo is not on the bench, the moment will still be important, Jonathan Tannenwald points out.
Know Your Story – Philadelphia’s contribution to the United States’ World Cup victory over England runs so deep that the ripple effect of one particular man is felt throughout the soccer community today. Matt Breen has a story about Walter Bach that you already know.
The USA face England on Black Friday — Tannenwald previews the game and offers the Union prediction, and USA fans may not be happy about it.
Next: Follow all the World Cup news!
Worth a look
Legacy of a leader: Yolanda Laney was a role model for other women’s basketball players in Philadelphia, and her daughter, WNBA standout Bethnija Laney, is following in her footsteps.
Thanksgiving TV guide: What to watch in all the football offered on Turkey Day.
Falcons fly high: The St. Joseph’s sophomores are officially on a winning streak, albeit at Temple’s expense.
You’re talking about shortstops
Which free agent should the Phillies sign like Trea Turner, Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa or Dansby Swanson?
Trea Turner. He would be a great addition to the Phils and also has ties to Harper. If they can’t get him, Dansby Swanson would be my second choice. – Cathy T.
Turner is better with his speed and power, but I’d like to see Xander because he drives line drives to all fields and has that experience in the clubhouse. – Mike S.
Let’s take a brief look at Trea. But hats off to Jin. He loved it. – Tom O.
I think the Phillies should sign Trea Turner ASAP. He is ideal as a lead striker. . – Dave W.
We’re starting today’s newsletter with Marcus Hayes, Matt Breen, E.J. Compiled using reporting from Smith, Josh Tolentino, Keith Pompey, Giana Hahn, Olivia Reiner, Alex Coffey, Jonathan Tannenwald, Aaron Tully, Rob Tornoe and Isabella DiAmore.
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