Originally Published: January 22, 2004 7 a.m.
Go ahead, take your pick – Phoenix or Philadelphia. Unless, of course, successful big-time sports is your thing. Then phorget them both.
What a slump for the City of Brotherly Love and the Valley of the Sun! Forged together lately in a phorgettable fellowship.
Eagles fans throughout Liberty Bell-land are still coming to terms with another dream dashed on Sunday, the day the underdog Carolina Panthers choked away a third consecutive NFC Championship in Philly.
It's been 21 years – and counting – since Philadelphia last heralded a professional sports championship. Julius Erving and the 76ers' 1983 NBA title was the last time the city toasted champagne.
Phoenix has had the Diamondbacks in 2001, and even boasted the Arizona Rattlers' championship in … ahhh, Arena football doesn't count for true civic pride, does it?
But Phoenix has more in common with Philly these days. In fact, the city's last major victory was last summer when census estimates said that by May of this year, Phoenix will ascent up to No. 5 on the population lists for U.S. cities.