Washington: A City of Losers

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Washington: A City of Losers

When it comes to sports, Wash­ing­ton is the home of losers and crybabies.

That’s why the city can’t under­stand why Bryce Harper left.

The Wash­ing­ton Post described his deci­sion to leave DC for Philly: “He left adu­la­tion and a city that loved him for a new start in America’s No. 1 town for boos.”

Actu­ally, Harper left a fickle fan base that doesn’t sup­port a team when it isn’t win­ning. Philly sup­ports both win­ners and losers, with far more knowl­edge about the games than DC. Before the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals won the Stan­ley Cup last year, the city hadn’t seen a major sports vic­tory in nearly 30 years.

Just a side note on the oft-​repeated slan­der about Philly and boos — mainly dat­ing back to Eagles’ fans throw­ing snow­balls at Santa.

As Philadel­phian Brian White explained before last year’s Super Bowl, Santa and the Eagles deserved it.

It turns out that 54,000 Eagles fans at Franklin Field had a lot of rea­sons to be angry on that snowy Dec. 15, 1968. They arrived to find their seats buried in snow.”

The team was 212, its worst record in a decade.

So here it is, a mis­er­able day in a mis­er­able sea­son in a mis­er­able city, and the mis­er­able Eagles are get­ting ready for their mis­er­able half­time show, com­plete with cheer­lead­ers and a brass band,” White wrote. “There’s just one prob­lem. There’s no Santa. He was stuck some­where in New Jer­sey, trapped by the snowstorm.”

A team staffer saw a man dressed as Santa in the crowd: 19-​year-​old Frank Olivo, a skinny, scruffy kid with­out presents and an equip­ment bag filled with damp towels.

Here come the boos. Here come the snow­balls,” White wrote. “Of course, it wasn’t really about Santa. It was about a ter­ri­ble team with a ter­ri­ble owner and a ter­ri­ble coach, and a city that had had enough.”

The Phillies paid Harper a lot of cash. But that’s because Philly wants to win and under­stand how to make it happen.

From his first news con­fer­ence, it appears that Harper feels rather com­fort­able in his new city. He decided not to wear his old uni­form num­ber, 34, in def­er­ence to the Hall of Famer Roy Hal­la­day. His jer­sey became the fastest seller ever.

He praised the blue-​collar spirit of Philly, remind­ing peo­ple that his father twisted rebar in Las Vegas to sup­port his family.

I think you’re always remem­bered for win­ning, and what bet­ter place to do it than in Philly?” Harper told reporters.

As for the boos, those come with the ter­ri­tory from fans who really under­stand the game.

When it comes to sports, Washington is the home of losers and crybabies.

That’s why the city can’t understand why Bryce Harper left.

The Washington Post described his decision to leave DC for Philly: “He left adulation and a city that loved him for a new start in America’s No. 1 town for boos.”

Actually, Harper left a fickle fan base that doesn’t support a team when it isn’t winning. Philly supports both winners and losers, with far more knowledge about the games than DC. Before the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup last year, the city hadn’t seen a major sports victory in nearly 30 years.

Just a side note on the oft-repeated slander about Philly and boos—mainly dating back to Eagles’ fans throwing snowballs at Santa.

As Philadelphian Brian White explained before last year’s Super Bowl, Santa and the Eagles deserved it.

“It turns out that 54,000 Eagles fans at Franklin Field had a lot of reasons to be angry on that snowy Dec. 15, 1968. They arrived to find their seats buried in snow.”

The team was 2-12, its worst record in a decade.

“So here it is, a miserable day in a miserable season in a miserable city, and the miserable Eagles are getting ready for their miserable halftime show, complete with cheerleaders and a brass band,” White wrote. “There’s just one problem. There’s no Santa. He was stuck somewhere in New Jersey, trapped by the snowstorm.”

A team staffer saw a man dressed as Santa in the crowd: 19-year-old Frank Olivo, a skinny, scruffy kid without presents and an equipment bag filled with damp towels.

“Here come the boos. Here come the snowballs,” White wrote. “Of course, it wasn’t really about Santa. It was about a terrible team with a terrible owner and a terrible coach, and a city that had had enough.”

The Phillies paid Harper a lot of cash. But that’s because Philly wants to win and understand how to make it happen.

From his first news conference, it appears that Harper feels rather comfortable in his new city. He decided not to wear his old uniform number, 34, in deference to the Hall of Famer Roy Halladay. His jersey became the fastest seller ever.

He praised the blue-collar spirit of Philly, reminding people that his father twisted rebar in Las Vegas to support his family.

“I think you’re always remembered for winning, and what better place to do it than in Philly?” Harper told reporters.

As for the boos, those come with the territory from fans who really understand the game.