2021, a year that had great promise for sports in Philadelphia. Unfortunately, despite all the promise and hope, nothing worked out as the sporting fans hoped. The Philly sports scene in 2022 can only hopefully be better. Let’s dissect things, shall we?
We start with the Phillies. Any team that has a player with the polarizing magnitude of a Bryce Harper, has to be overflowing with promise and expectation. Great thought but, sadly for fans, Harper is not a pitcher. A team full of promises but, like a bad relationship, the promises were far from fulfilled.
Inconsistencies up and down the lineup, extended slumps from Rhys Hoskins, and a disappointing Alec Bohm. Oh, how could I forget, a pitching staff that was mired in Manager Joe Girardi’s analytics. Complete game? In the analytics world, 90 pitches or 5 innings, whichever comes first. Is it a flawed way to manage? Not if you have quality arms coming out of the bullpen.
The caveat is quality arms. So, we look to the upcoming season. Will adequate changes be made? The one positive. The Phil’s finished second behind Atlanta. Second is better than last but, much like crying, there are no Participation Prizes in baseball.
Another team that entered the season full of promise. The Ben Simmons debacle sadly, stole most of the attention and, to me at least, had to be a distraction on team chemistry. When the Sixers are good, they are very good. When they are off, anything but good.
If Doc Rivers and Company can find a way to get a team cohesion, the opportunities are endless. Still, a lot of basketball to be played but, they are on the clock and need to find an identity.
Truly an enigmatic season. The ten-game losing streak has, thus far, been the defining moment of their season. Injuries, protocol, less than stellar defense has hindered the growth of this squad. Mike Yeo seems to have righted their ship and has found a way to move on from the losing skein.
Carter Hart and Martin Jones have been everything you want in your goaltending. Felix Sandstrom played his first NHL game and looked like a ten-year vet. The upside? Getting the injuries behind them and with improvement on the power play can do nothing but improve the chances of this team.
Ahh…the Eagles. No team in Philly had more questions entering the season than this group. Is Hurts a game-ready NFL QB or, a work in progress? The jury may still be out but the results have been mostly positive. Young quarterbacks make mistakes. The issue is…do they learn from them?
Hurts seem to be doing just that. Early season play calling was called into question. That still is an issue although, vastly improved. To their credit, even the most hard-core fan questioned if this team was a playoff contender. It’s safe to say, a lot of folks have egg on their faces as the Eagles are pounding on the door of the playoffs. Will the knock be answered? We will get a clue after their first game of the new calendar year. Hopefully, the Philly sports scene in 2022 can really be interesting. Stick with Edge of Philly Sports for all your coverage.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.