Being a Philadelphia sports fan isn’t always easy — that’s probably an understatement — but things are looking up lately.
I mean, after all, THE PHILADELPHIA EAGLES WON THE FREAKING SUPER BOWL.
But that’s not all. Ever since the Eagles hoisted Vince Lombardi Trophy on Feb. 4, the rest of Philadelphia’s professional sports teams have not lost a game.
The Sixers are 4-0 since Super Bowl Sunday. One more win would tie their longest win streak this season.
The Flyers, meanwhile, are also 4-0. A win over the New Jersey Devils tonight would give them their second longest win streak on the season.
Prior to the Eagles winning the Super Bowl, the Sixers and Flyers weren’t doing so hot. Philly’s NBA team went 1-3 in a four-game stretch while Philly’s NHL team lost four in a row. So I think it’s clear the Eagles are to credit for their turnaround.
While the winning streak is probably just a coincidence, not everyone feels that way. Just ask Sixers forward Dario Saric:
Dario Saric on why Sixers have been so good at home: "Maybe that kind of Eagles atmosphere......you can feel the atmosphere(in city) is different."— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) February 13, 2018
Or Sixers head coach Brett Brown:
RE: Eagles Super Bowl influencing how the Sixers play, Brett Brown says there's something to it. Invoked the "Pygmalion Effect" when asked the question last week.— Kevin Kinkead (@Kevin_Kinkead) February 13, 2018
The Pygmalion effect, for those unaware, is described as “the phenomenon whereby higher expectations lead to an increase in performance.”
Whether that’s true or not, it’s certainly nice to see the other Philly teams stepping up now that the Eagles’ season is over.