Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Is Philly the sports capital of the world?

Boston teams may have won seven championships in the last decade, but the recent buzz surrounding the Phillies and Eagles has Philadelphia threatening to usurp Beantown as "The Sports Capital of the World."

Is Philly the sports capital of the world?

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Cliff Lee and the Phillies hold a 3.5-game lead over the Red Sox for the best record in baseball. (Jae C. Hong/AP)
Cliff Lee and the Phillies hold a 3.5-game lead over the Red Sox for the best record in baseball. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Boston teams may have won seven championships in the last decade, but the recent buzz surrounding the Phillies and Eagles has Philadelphia threatening to usurp Beantown as "The Sports Capital of the World."

A poll on ESPN.com indicates, thus far, that our fair city has decisively yanked the status of top dog in the sports world from Boston. Philadelphia led the early head-to-head vote by a margin of 69 percent to 31 percent.

It's not hard to see why many consider Philadelphia to be the current center of the sports cosmos. The Phillies hold the best record in Major League Baseball, thanks in large part to marquee pitchers Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, and the Eagles have become the darlings of the NFL thanks to a recent flurry of big-name signings and bold acquisitions. Along with the Flyers' major shakeup and the sale of the Sixers, the city's teams have become a mainstay in the national headlines.

With the Phillies quite possibly on a World Series collision course with the Red Sox, and with the Eagles and Patriots both popular (if early) Super Bowl picks, Boston and Philly may get the chance to settle this argument on the field in the very near future.

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Want to weigh in on the debate? Cast your vote in the ESPN poll here.

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