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Philadelphia is the 2nd Best!

In the past 3 months, the city of Philadelphia has grown accustomed to seeing its sports teams finish in second place. 


Following Sunday’s Super Bowl loss, 38-35, against the Kansas City Chiefs, the city’s professional sports teams are 0-3 in championship matches or series in the last three months and change. 


Not only did the Eagles recently lose the Super Bowl, however, but back in November of 2022, on the 5th day of the month, the Philadelphia Phillies, the city's Major League Baseball team, fell in game six of the World Series to the Houston Astros to lose the series 4 games to 2. 


On top of that, not to add insult to injury, the Philadelphia Union, the city's Major League Soccer team, lost in the MLS Championship in a penalty shootout to the Los Angeles Football Club on the exact same day, November 5, 2022, thus creating the city of the second-place teams. 


While all of this may seem impressive because the city did have three teams make it to their respective championship matches, how does that become evaluated and compared to the teams that actually do win? Yes, the teams' success is top-tier in the leagues they play in, but is that enough?


Regarding the NFL and MLB teams, both surged beyond what experts had thought they would do before the season. 


The Phillies acquired Bryce Harper via free agency back in 2019, when they signed him to a 13-year, $330 million contract in hopes of bringing the franchise a World Series championship. 


After failing to accomplish this feat in his first 3 seasons with the team, the superstar finally led a surge to bring the Phillies to the championship series, only to fall just short. 


The Eagles surprised the entire league by skyrocketing out to an 8-0 start, dominating opponents week in and week out, and earning the No. 1 seed in the NFC for the playoffs. 


This team was sure to get it done, right? Nope, the Eagles also fell just short.


So what does the City of Brotherly Love need to do to get over the hump? Draft well? Done that. Sign the big free agents? Done that. 


Maybe it's a curse on the city that requires their sports teams to always come in second. Whatever it is, fans are certainly not excited about a constant silver medal.

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