Flyers' Exit Extends Philly's Title Drought to 100 Seasons

City of Brotherly Love has been trophy-less since 1983
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted May 20, 2008 2:30 AM CDT
Flyers' Exit Extends Philly's Title Drought to 100 Seasons
In this Nov. 25, 2007, file photo, New England Patriots cornerback Asante Samuel (22) returns an interception for a touchdown ahead of Philadelphia Eagles' Brian Westbrook in the first quarter.   (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

The Flyers’ elimination from the NHL playoffs was more than the end to a hockey season in Philadelphia—it was the 100th consecutive season to see one of the local teams came up short of a championship. “Fans have been conditioned for failure,” suggests Sports Illustrated, which chronicles the 100 worst moments in Philadelphia sports since the city last raised a banner in 1983.

Some of the highlights:  

  • The Phillies become the first professional team to reach the hallowed 10,000 loss mark.
  • Charles Barkley is traded to Phoenix for 70 cents on the dollar. Sir Charles captured the MVP the following season in the desert.
  • Philly loses the 2002 NFC Championship when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who’d never won a road playoff game, beat the host Eagles 27-10.
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