A Philly sports night to remember
It's a day Philly sports fans will not soon forget.
Eat your heart out, Yankees fans. Forget it, Red Sox nation. Keep crying in your beer, Jets and Cowboys faithful.
We're the new king of the hill.
In their increasingly high-stakes war for the Back Page, the Eagles and Phillies both provided thunderclaps yesterday afternoon.
The Eagles struck first, stunning just about everyone in the NFL by signing the top free agent in the field, Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
No doubt the Eagles were smiling smugly as they finally put those pesky first-place Phillies in their place.
For a couple of hours.
No sooner than the Phils blew away the Pirates behind Roy Halladay, there was GM Ruban Amaro Jr. back in that most familiar place for him, sitting behind a microphone announcing a blockbuster deal.
The Phils had bagged Hunter Pence for several top prospects, none of them named Domonic Brown or Vance Worley.
Philly fans will be smiling all the way up the Northeast Extension as they flock to the first public practice for the Eagles at Lehigh this morning. How many old No. 21 Eric Allen jerseys do you think will be transformed into Asomugha specials.
A few hours later, another sellout crowd will descend on Citizens Bank Park to watch the best team - and organization - in baseball.
All hail the new kings of sports - Philadelphia.
Now, of course, the only thing missing is the parades. They have to be earned on the field.
Off the field, it will be a long time before we top a day like Friday.
The sports world revolves around Philly. It's about time.