It’s certainly a great time to be a Philadelphia sports fan.
It’s been more than a week since the Eagles won the Super Bowl for their first Lombardi Trophy. Yes, the championship ended a 57-year-old drought in Philadelphia, but it also appears to have had an unlikely impact on the city’s other sports teams.
Before the Super Bowl, both the Flyers and Sixers were mired in losing streaks. The Flyers had lost four straight games, while the Sixers were 1-4 in the week before the game, including a 100-92 loss to the Indiana Pacers the night before the Super Bowl.
But the Eagles’ underdog victory over the New England Patriots seemingly spurred a turnaround for both teams. After the Super Bowl, the Sixers and the Flyers have played a total of eight games. Their record? 8-0.
Chalk it up to dumb luck. Call it an injection of optimistic energy. Whatever the case, Philadelphia’s professional sports teams are undefeated since the Eagles won the Super Bowl.
The latest win was Monday night, when T.J. McConnell lifted the Sixers to a 108-92 win over the New York Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center, bringing the team to 29-25 for the season. McConnell was doused with water by teammates Robert Covington and Joel Embiid after recording his first career triple-double, which was also the first triple-double by a player coming off the bench in Sixers history.
“He was so active offensively that it was a miracle he had the energy to grab tough rebounds, but he never left a play unattended on defense, and he was rightfully named player of the game,” my colleague Sarah Todd wrote.
On Monday night, the optimism was apparent in the Flyers’ 4-1 win over the Las Vegas Golden Knights, one of the new team’s few defeats this season at T-Mobile Arena. “About 3,000 fans wearing Flyers jerseys gave the sold-out arena a super-charged atmosphere,” my colleague Sam Carchidi wrote, including tossing out loud “E-A-G-L-E-S” chants throughout the game. The Flyers have a 28-19-9 record for the season.
E-A-G-L-E-S EAGLES!!! pic.twitter.com/K2Z0C7OlCU
— Broad Street Hockey (@BroadStHockey) February 12, 2018
In addition to the Flyers’ winning streak, left winger Claude Giroux was named the NHL’s No. 1 star of the week Monday. Over the last four games, Giroux has collected six points, including three goals, and already has eight more points this season than his 2016-17 total.
There was a similar uptick in 2008, after the Phillies’ championship. After the final game of the World Series, the Sixers, Flyers and Eagles won their next games. For the Sixers, it was a 116-87 win over the Knicks on Oct. 31, and the Flyers defeated the New York Islanders in overtime 3-2, on Oct. 30, 2008, The Eagles followed up those wins with a 26-7 victory in Seattle over the Seahawks on Nov. 2, 2008.
But that success was short-lived. All three teams lost their next games, including the Eagles, who fell to the Giants at Lincoln Financial Field, 36-31.
The Flyers will be next up to keep the city’s winning streak going. They’ll face off against the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Wells Fargo Center.