2008: The Year in Philly Sports

2008 was an up and down year in Philly sports that will be remembered for everything from the end of "Curse of Billy Penn," Vai knocking out Jose and the infamous tie.

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The biggest sports story of 2008 had to be the Phillies run to World Series glory.
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The Phils came back in the final weekend of the season to beat the Mets, again.
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The Phils seemed like a team of destiny as not even a two-day rain delay could dampen their World Series victory.
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The Phillies parade down Broad Street drew two million people to revel in the streets along with the Phanatic.
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There were other memorable sports moments (though non nearly as huge as the Phightin Phils) in 2008.
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Joey Chestnut defended his Wing Bowl championship in January.
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After talk about a Philly-free NCAA Tournament for the first time in more than a generation a trio of Big-5 teams went on March runs to make it into the Madness. St. Joe's and Temple were one and done, but Villanova captivated local college basketball fans making it to the Sweet 16 where they lost to eventual National Champion Kansas.
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Infused with a group of young superstars the Flyers turned it around after a league-worst record in 2007 to make it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals in May. The Flyers fell to the Penguins in five games.
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In July NBC 10's own Vai Sikahema gained national recognition when he knocked out former Major League Baseball player Jose Canseco during the "War at the Shore" celebrity boxing match.
The Philadelphia Soul may have started the championship trend after bringing home the Arena Bowl championship in July. Unfortunately they won't have a chance to defend in 2009 as the AFL has cancelled the season because of economic woes.
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In July the 76ers got the crown jewel of the free-agent market when they signed power forward Elton Brand. The verdict is still out on Brand's impact as he struggles with injuries and the Sixers remain in the middle of the crowded Eastern Conference.
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In August the eyes of the world looked east to China for the Olympic Games. A slew of local Olympians competed in Beijing including Carli Lloyd (middle) who scored the gold-winning gold for the US Women's Soccer team.
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The Eagles entered 2008 as a popular pick to go to the Super Bowl but things quickly fell apart as the team struggled with consistency and gaining short yardage.
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Donovan McNabb supplied the fuel for the fire of local and national sports radio after he admitted that he had no idea that teams could tie following an embarrassing tied game against the hapless Cincinnati Bengals in November.
In December the Army cadets marched onto the field before the Army-Navy Game but Navy would march off the field with the victory.
In December the Sixers in the midst of a disappointing season fired head coach Mo Cheeks.
How about another banner in 2009? Time will tell.
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