This weekend was a tough one for Philadelphia sports fans. Our beloved Phillies flamed out in the NLCS against an inferior opponent, and the Eagles forgot how to hold a lead against the Titans. I could easily write a post full of recriminations of both the Phillies and the Eagles (hello Ryan Howard, how do you not swing at that pitch!? But don’t blame him, as set out in this post on FanGraphs) but those topics have been covered to death by both the mainstream media and in the blogosphere. Instead of harping on that mistakes that were made (Kenny Britt and his 225 yards and 3 TDs against the Birds), I am asking – where to I turn my sporting attentions after this tough weekend?
The baseball season is over, and with the Phillies already committing $143 million to just 16 players in 2011 there will be no major signings to keep the hot stove hot during the winter. Very little chance of entertainment or something interesting happening in that area.
The football season does not look promising either. This Eagles team is deeply flawed, but then again so is the rest of the NFL, and looked lost in the second half against the Titans. While Sunday’s game should settle any talk of a quarterback controversy, it didn’t provide much hope for the future. With the Eagles facing just two teams with records currently under .500 the second half of the season could be rough. While I haven’t given up hope yet, the NFC is a conference of parity, the Birds will need to get their act together to make some noise. Plus, this week is a bye.
It’s much to early to care about the NHL or the NBA in a meaningful way. Sure I will catch some games here or there, but these leagues don’t consume my attention until well into the spring (read when they get to the playoffs, with over half the teams making the postseason the regular season is rendered irrelevant).
We are still weeks away from college basketball tipping off, but here again is another sport where I just can’t bring myself to focus more than a small amount of my attention before conference play starts in January. Sure there will be some early season marquee matchups (Duke-Michigan State on December 1 or a rematch of last year’s title game – Duke-Butler on December 4) that will draw my interest, but the season doesn’t really start until you are in conference play.
College football provides me with some distraction, but with Penn State floundering my interest is only in seeing Boise State crash the BCS title party. What is a sports fan to do? Where do I turn for my sports distractions?
It appears college hockey, a realm where my alma mater – Boston University is a contender, and world soccer will be my areas of interest for the next several months. While I can never quit the Eagles, I need more than just one team to fulfill my sporting needs. So here’s to the Terriers! Here’s to Arsenal and Reading FC! My sporting hopes lie with you, don’t let me down.
Suggestions are welcomed.