With yesterday's season-ending 6-0 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Flyers concluded Philadelphia's 100th consecutive season without a title. Hard to fathom, really.
The 1983 Sixers are the last Philly sports team -- if you don't count the 1985 Villanova Wildcats basketball team -- to win a championship. Four professional teams, 25 years later, and we've hit the century mark.
It would have been a big upset for this Flyers team to get to the Finals, let alone win it. They've made tremndous strides from being the worst team in the league last year, to making the conference finals this year. They'll contend for a few years at least.
After the Flyers won game 4 to make it a 3-1 series lead for the Penguins, I said to my newsman, Jay, that I either want the Flyers to lose game 5, or win the whole series. The last thing I'd want would be for them to get to game 7, build everyone's hopes, and then lose.
He said, "Yeah, you'd hate to see them get blown out 6-0 in game 7."
So, at least the Flyers got the 6-0 game out of the way in game 5.
It's now up to the Phillies.
Meanwhile, I'm heading to youtube to find a few Doctor J, Moses Malone, and Andrew Toney clips from the '83 win over the Lakers.
Wow, that was a long time ago.