The Philly Fan Project
This four-part series is all about you - the Philadelphia sports fans - what you think, who you like, how you enjoy sports.
WRAPPING UP 2010
In a survey conducted by the Daily News in conjunction with the Sports Industry Research Center at Temple University, 60 percent of all respondents said their view of Michael Vick has become more positive over the course of this season.
"What I remember is the gratitude they showed," said Ryan Howard. "The city had not had a championship in so long and that we were able to give it to them in baseball just filled everyone with overwhelming happiness."
AT THE GAME
As the economy continues to cough and wheeze, it comes as no surprise that sports fans are feeling the pinch. Many fans surveyed by the Daily News and he Sport Industry Research Center at Temple University said they've cut back their spending, including for tickets and merchandise.
HOW THEY DOING?
Rich Hofmann: The numbers speak of an underlying devotion to football and to the Eagles, and to the notion that fans are generally happy about the team, just not thrilled. Joe Banner hit on something, and it seemed exactly right: "It's because of the accumulation of almosts."
A survey by the Daily News and Temple University's Sport Industry Research Center found that Philadelphia fans love the Eagles, but have eloped with the Phillies. Asked to identify their favorite team, 54 percent of the respondents selected the Phillies. The Eagles drew 30 percent.