A Poor Four-For-Four

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Eagles fans watch as their team losses to the Bengals 34-13 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Thursday, December 13, 2012. (Steven M. Falk/Staff Photographer)

One of the advantages in having a team in each of the four major sports is that rarely is the time when none are good ... "good" here being defined as finishing with a record over .500.

Ladies and gentlemen of Philadelphia, welcome to "rarely."

Assuming the NHL season is shot — and all indications are that it is — and that Andrew Bynum is no closer to appearing in a Sixers game than I am, it will be four consecutive seasons that none of the Philly teams will have finished over .500. That will be the third-longest stretch of mediocrity for the city since the Flyers debuted in 1967 to make it a four-for-four town.

The city went six straight seasons (1971-72) without a club with a winning record once, and five straight (1993-94) another time.

Conversely, there is the stretch of 19 consecutive winning seasons by the four teams, running from the 1977-78 winter campaigns through the 1982 Phillies. (And boy, what we wouldn't give for that kind of run now.)

Below are the seasons (chronologically) in which each team finished with a record over .500. The "P" column indicates number of rounds advanced by that team in the postseason.

   PHILLIES       EAGLES                 FLYERS               SIXERS      
 Season  RS          P  RS         P  Season  RS                  P   RS          P 
 1967  82-80        1967-68      62-20  1
 1968          1968-69      55-27  
 1969          1969-70      42-40  
 1970          1970-71      47-35  
 1971          1971-72        
 1972          1972-73  37-30-11  1    
 1973          1973-74  50-16-12  3    
 1974          1974-75  51-18-11  3    
 1975  86-76        1975-76  51-13-16  2  46-36  
 1976  101-61        1976-77  48-16-16  1  50-32  2
 1977  101-61        1977-78  45-20-15  2  55-27  1
 1978  90-72    9-7    1978-79  40-25-15  1  47-35  1
 1979  84-78    11-5  1  1979-80  48-12-20  3  59-23  3
 1980  91-71  2  12-4  2  1980-81  41-24-15  1  62-20  2
 1981  59-48    10-6    1981-82  38-31-11    58-24  3
 1982  89-73        1982-83  49-23-8    65-17  3
 1983  90-72  1      1983-84  44-26-10    52-30  
 1984          1984-85  53-20-7  3  58-24  2
 1985          1985-86  53-23-4    54-28  1
 1986  86-75        1986-87  46-26-8  3  45-37  
 1987          1987-88  38-33-9      
 1988      10-6    1988-89    2  46-36  
 1989      11-5    1989-90      53-29  1
 1990      10-6    1990-91      44-38  1
 1991      10-6    1991-92        
 1992      11-5  1  1992-93        
 1993  97-65  1      1993-94        
 1994          1994-95  28-16-4  2    
 1995      10-6  1  1995-96  45-24-13  1    
 1996      10-6    1996-97  45-24-13  3    
 1997          1997-98  42-29-11      
 1998          1998-99  37-26-19    28-22  1
 1999          1999-00  45-22-15  2  49-33  1
 2000      11-5  1  2000-01  43-25-14    56-26  3
 2001  86-76    11-5  2  2001-02  42-27-13    43-39  
 2002      12-4  1  2002-03  45-20-17  1  48-34  1
 2003  86-76    12-4  1  2003-04  40-21-21  2    
 2004  86-76    13-3  2  2004-05  —    43-39  
 2005  88-74        2005-06  45-26-11      
 2006  85-77    10-6  1  2006-07        
 2007  89-73        2007-08  42-29-11  2    
 2008  92-70  3  9-6-1  2  2008-09  44-27-11      
 2009  93-69  2  11-5    2009-10  41-35-6  3    
 2010  97-65  1  10-6    2010-11  47-23-12  1    
 2011  102-60          2011-12  47-26-9  1  35-31  1
 2012            2012-13  TBD    TBD  

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