Who remembers the truly remarkable sporting news of 1980? It’s a bit of trick question. A four-part trick question – but one that every Philly sports fan should know.
The first part is easy. The 1980 Phillies won the World Series – winning four games to two from the Kansas City Royals. The second, third and fourth parts are that the Eagles, 76ers, and Flyers all went to their respective championship games for the 1980 regular seasons! These bits are harder to remember because none of the last three were victors:
- The Eagles lost to the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl XV, 27-10.
- The 76ers lost two games to four in the NBA finals versus the Los Angeles Lakers.
- And the Flyers lost Lord Stanley’s Cup two games to four to the New York Islanders.
The other nuance that makes this question tricky is that, whereas Major League Baseball plays its fall classic in the same calendar year that the season starts, the NFL, NBA, and NHL all hold their championships in the FOLLOWING calendar year that the season starts. Still, 1980 is the only time in history that a city with four major sport franchises sent each of their teams to that season’s championship round. (Currently, there are thirteen metropolitan areas with teams in all four major sporting leagues. Remarkably, the 1935 Detroit Lions, Tigers and Red Wings all won their respective championships.)
With the Eagles winning Super Bowl LII, Philadelphia’s chance to send all four teams to league championships in the same calendar year (which in my opinion, would be much easier to remember as a trivia question) is upon us. That means the rejuvenated 76ers are next on the list. Two seasons removed from logging the second-worst regular season 82-game record in NBA history (10-72), this year’s crew is on track to make the playoffs. (Sadly, the worst regular season 82-game record of 9-73 is owned by the 76ers of 1972.)
#HereTheyCome, an homage to the disco-era team song that has recently come roaring back into style with narrow neck ties, is the hashtag to follow for all things 76ers.
Listening to the anthem, one can’t help but be reminded of a simpler time – even if you weren’t around to see it. One reason may be because, according to the New York Times, the kernel of the song was inspired by Sesame Street! (1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Sixers…10, 9, 8, 76ers.)
Simple times, simple tunes. Simplicity matters. Trust the process. The highlight reel in this tweet makes the Sixers look like contenders!
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 23, 2018
#FlyEaglesFly. #HereTheyCome. I think there’s a trend about town here.
My point is that if the Flyers want to tap into that same sonic energy that carried the Eagles to victory and has been propelling the Sixers of late, they need a serious do-over on this year’s goal song before it’s too late!
With the Phillies in spring training, they have more breathing room to find a groove. Any groove.