The Best Philly Sports Moment of 2011. It’s that time of year…time for the ever-popular year-end lists. And a popular one that has been making the rounds this week is the best Philly sports moment of 2011. Mike Bertha and The Philly Post tackled it Tuesday morning (though only listed, didn’t rank its top moments). Our Philthy Stuff blog also posted Tuesday, though it included the top sports stories both on and off the field.
We polled many members of The 20 for their answers, and here are their responses:
@BrianPHickey: “May 26: Phillies infielder Wilson Valdez pitches in 19th inning for win over Reds”
@drewlazor: “I’d say Shady McCoy’s whole season up to this point. He’s been a radiant bright spot in a dim Eagles season & he’s only going to get better.”
@gonzoCSN: “I’ll go with Temple finally winning a bowl game. Last time that happened, the Owls wore leather helmets & the writers sent in stories via smoke signals.”
@christopherwink: “My Temple Owls over Penn State in March Madness: http://sbn.to/uHfuEZ”
@DPBell: “Flyers bested Buffalo in OT (April 24) to force a Game 7 in the NHL Playoffs. It wasn’t over until the fat lady sung…”
@PhillyGG: “The Eagles beating Dallas was a fantastic Christmas gift, even if it was utterly pointless.”
@GeoffMosher: “Guess I’ll have to go with Phils getting their 102nd win, the most in franchise history.”
@dhm: “The Phillies’ comeback win on Opening Day was probably my favorite. A foreshadowing of the 102-win season.”
@meechone: “I’d say the day the Eagles signed Nnamdi & the Phillies traded for Pence (July 30). Unfortunately, neither really panned out, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t believe they were both winning their league’s respective championships after they went down. Not really a momentous year.”
@jadeeney: “Joe Paterno getting fired for covering up child sex abuse at Penn State.” (EDITOR’S NOTE: Also chosen by Time Magazine and the Associated Press as their Top Sports Moment of 2011)
@RichNegrin: “Wow. Tough year. Probably Phillies clinching the NL East or both Phils & Birds front offices winning in free agency to help build a foundation.”
We want you to weigh in: What was the top moment in Philly sports for 2011?
The Philly Post, Philthy Stuff, The 20, TIME Magazine