The Philly Sports Scene in 2022

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?

DRAFT TRIP 2022

Phillies

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.

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The Sixers

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.

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Flyers

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.

Eagles

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.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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