Given recent events in other cities, here is one man's list of players we don't need to see again in a Philadelphia uniform:
Curt "It's All About Me" Schilling.
Terrell "It's All About Me" Owens.
Peter "I Can't Find My Shoe" Forsberg.
Chris "I'm Badly Injured in Philadelphia but Not in Detroit" Webber.
Vicente "What Accident?" Padilla.
Plus Roberto Hernandez, Aaron Fultz, Cliff Politte, Paul Byrd, and any other Cleveland Indians mistakes.
I'll take back Troy Vincent as a coach, team official, business associate or media colleague. But it seems as if his playing days are over.
History lesson. For those who grew up in the 1950s and early 1960s, one of the most fabled events of our lives was Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series.
And for 35 years, only those who had seen it live had seen the entire game. The only image of the still-unmatched event was the familiar picture of Yogi Berra leaping into Larsen's arms after the final out.
Like many of the most historic events of that era, only a few black-and-white newspaper photos survived as a public record.
But in the early 1990s, one of those strange coincidences that make sports collecting fun popped up - an unnamed collector had found aging film of the game at a flea market in Oregon and saved it from destruction.
According to the Associated Press, an Alaska man acquired the recording while serving in the armed forces overseas. It was a common practice in the 1950s for the networks to send kinescopes of the World Series - made by using a movie camera to film a television broadcast directly off the screen - for U.S. forces to watch, with the condition that they be destroyed afterward.
The Larsen game survived, and from Alaska made its way to the flea market, where a collector noticed it and notified Doak Ewing, who has had it for more than 10 years.
Ewing, founder of Rare Sports Films Inc. of Naperville, Ill., didn't show it publicly or reproduce it for fear of having it pirated, he said.
It was aired for the first time on Friday at the Yogi Berra Museum and Learning Center at Montclair State in North Jersey.
Scary. Dick Vitale visited the Pittsburgh Pirates' training camp in Bradenton, Fla., on Thursday and addressed pitchers and catchers after a workout.
The former North Jersey high school basketball player lives in nearby Sarasota and showed up on his own.
Apparently, after boring millions of viewers for decades with his unlistenable hysterics on the air, Vitale has been reduced to wandering about Florida, boring honest citizens in real life.
Coaches' corner. Frank Broyles, who announced that he would retire as Arkansas' athletic director at the end of the academic year, was not only a great coach in his day. He was also a great recruiter of other coaches.
Broyles finished with a 144-58-5 record as a head coach and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983. His 1964 team was 11-0 and won the national championship.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones played for Broyles, as did future coaches Jimmy Johnson and Ken Hatfield.
Joe Gibbs, Johnny Majors, Barry Switzer, Hayden Fry and Jackie Sherrill all coached for him. A total of 25 former Broyles assistants eventually became head coaches in their own right.
Numbers. If there is anything that demonstrates the enormous gap between No. 1 and No. 2 in American professional sports, it was the two Super Bowl broadcasts in February.
The Super Bowl of football had a Nielsen rating above 40 for the 17th consecutive year.
The Daytona 500, the Super Bowl of NASCAR, had a rating in the 10s. So did the World Series.
So the NFL's championship game is four times more popular than whatever pro championship is No. 2.
The NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals, and the NCAA Final Four are all in single digits.
There's no challenger to the Super Bowl. But yet another indicator of just how fully the sport of football dominates America was the rating for the January BCS championship game, between Florida and Ohio State. That broadcast drew a 17.8.
Finally. Marty Scorsese will break his Oscar drought tonight. Twice. The oft-denied director will win in that category for The Departed, which also will win best picture.