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View From Last Out

Author: John Crichton
Posted: Mar 29, 2017

Hey all, and welcome to another edition of View from Last Out. This is my monthly feature on whatever comes to mind. It’s been a little while since my last installment and I’m super excited to get back to it. This month I’m going to focus on something I heard on the radio today. It has to do with all four teams in Philadelphia and the outlook you have on them all.

The question posed to the audience today was, If you had to bet everything you own that one of the teams would win a title in the next ten years would you? Is there one of the four that you would bank on more than the others? This got me thinking about the state of our beloved teams. Each team has had their own ups and downs, but I sincerely believe that they are all on the uptick, but I’m not sure if I’d bet everything I have on each of them.

Let’s start with the Flyers. I’m going to get crucified for this buy the Orange and Black faithful but, even though I believe better days are ahead, I am finding myself more frustrated with them than any other team here in this city. The goalie situation being the main reason. Until they find their franchise guy, I can’t say they would win a cup in the next ten years. A goalie is the most important position in sports next to QB and without one it’s impossible to really compete.

For the Phillies, I also believe they are trending up but with the unknown of the farm system, and the fact that just recently, none of the “kids” came north with the big club, I am a little disheartened by this team’s future. We as fans need to see the kids out there and playing. I don’t believe they will compete for a playoff spot this year, so there’s no reason why the young guys shouldn’t be up, unless they’ve been extremely disappointing to management, which isn’t a good sign anyway.

The Eagles are on the right track and I do believe with the fact that they have their franchise QB in Carson Wentz, they have a great chance to compete and win a title in the next ten years. It’s going to take careful planning and additions by the front office as we go forward but things are very promising down at the Linc. This year’s draft will help mold the future and Howie Roseman is on the hot seat if he bungles it.

Finally, my beloved Philadelphia 76ers. I have been a faithful fan for most of my life and a season ticket holder for 14 years. I do see what is going on with this team’s franchise players and the injuries they suffered as well as the handling of said injuries and it does give me a bit of trepidation. I have faith that Embiid and Simmons will come back healthy and strong next season because I have no reason to believe otherwise. I stayed with this team through it all and can’t give up now. With the right draft pick this year combined with a big free agent signing, I honestly see them competing for a title in the next few years. Hopefully there are no more extreme circumstances that would lead to a change of heart, because they are making it difficult to keep beating their drum when getting crushed by doubters.

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  • robbi4327 said:
    on Thursday, November 3, 2016
    Great job, John! I'm excited for you guys!
  • Frank Donahue said:
    on Friday, November 4, 2016
    Great first Last out
  • John Crichton said:
    on Sunday, November 13, 2016
    Thank you Robin
  • SueB3136 said:
    on Monday, November 14, 2016
    Great job and I too see a promising future for my fellas in red pinstripes! #Phillies
  • TDon1933 said:
    on Monday, November 14, 2016
    Great article
  • John Crichton said:
    on Tuesday, November 15, 2016
    Thank you Sue and Tracy. I appreciate your support.
  • Deke said:
    on Wednesday, March 1, 2017
    As the oldest voice in the room I beg to differ with one minor detail. You say this team hasn't won squat since its inception. Well since its inception in 1933 they have won 3 NFL Championships. In 1948, 1949, & 1960. The '48 & '49 teams are the only teams to win a title with back to back shutouts. I understand what you're saying but someone needs to keep an eye on you. They are not Superbowl Titles but they are championships. Just for the record your beloved Frankford Yellowjackets won the NFL Title in 1926.