Top 5 Things for Philly Fans to Look Forward to in 2013

Maybe Andrew Bynum might actually put on a jersey this year for the 76ersPhiladelphia sports had what I hope is a forgettable 2012. The Phillies were 81-81, the Eagles were 4-12, the Flyers haven’t played this season and Andrew Bynum borrowed Chase Utley‘s knees. I wanted to write a top 5 list of things to appreciate about 2012 , but I could only come up with that it’s finally over. I decided to be slightly more optimistic and put together a list of the top 5 things to look forward to in Philly sports in 2013.

5.) The Phillies at the trade deadline.

The Phillies appear to be done making offseason moves. Whether the team is good or bad, I foresee a lot of activity from the Phillies and Ruben Amaro Jr. come July. If the team is good, they’ll target a corner outfielder with some power. If the team isn’t good, there’s a good chance RAJ unloads Cliff Lee for some younger prospects. A lot of it has to do with the health of Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Roy Halladay. Those guys need to be healthy and productive if the Phillies want to compete for a playoff spot.

4.) Flyers Hockey

The Flyers will play hockey in 2013. I don’t know if there will be a “this season” or if it’ll happen in late September when the new season starts, but there will be hockey and I’ll be happy. I can only watch replays of Claude Giroux decking Sidney Crosby and then scoring shortly after so many times. (That’s a lie. It never gets old.)

3.) The End of Domonic Brown Speculation

Is anyone else sick of hearing about Domonic Brown? That doesn’t mean I don’t think he’s going to be any good, I just want to see it. He’s been hyped throughout the organization for as long as I can remember and he’s yet to get a real chance with the Phillies. For whatever reason, John Mayberry Jr. has gotten his chance before Brown. Thankfully it appears he’ll be getting some significant playing time and we’ll all finally figure out how good or bad Brown can be.

2.) It can’t get any worse for the Phillies or Eagles . . .

At least I don’t think it can. I refuse to believe Roy Halladay got that much worse so quickly. Maybe it’s because most of Philadelphia, myself included, views him as a supernatural being. No one wants to see Superman putzing around with a walker. I see him bouncing back with a solid 17-win season.

The Eagles might end up having the same, or worse record, but at least it’s different. There aren’t “Dream Team” or “Dynasty” expectations floating over this team and that’s refreshing enough for me. Eagles fans have been pining for change and now they have it. I’m excited to see what happens.

1.) The Eagles Overhaul

After how bad this team has been for 2 years, it’ll be more than enjoyable to watch it get dismantled. Andy Reid was the first to go and I’m sure he’ll have a parade following him that would rival the Mummers. No players are gone for sure, but I’d have to imagine, or even fantasize, that I’ve seen my last Vick fumbles, Nnamdi Asomugha failures and offensive line blunders. I’m just excited to care enough about the Eagles to yell at my television again.

After 2012, Philadelphia fans are expecting to fail. Here’s to hoping we see white rally towels at Citizen’s Bank Park in late October, 76ers basketball in late spring, the Eagles getting a win in February and Giroux raising the Conn Smythe.

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Matt Plunkett

Matt Plunkett is a Philadelphia native currently living in the South Jersey area. As the former Temple University mascot, Hooter T. Owl, his perspective on sports is always an interesting one. If you love Philly Sports and have a sense of humor follow him on Twitter @MattPlunkett.