Philadelphia, City of Champions

Philadelphia’s 25-year, 100-season sports championship drought finally ended tonight, as the Phillies beat the Rays 4-3 in Game 5 to win the 2008 World Series and bring the Curse of William Penn to an end.
Much as I’ve made fun over the years of this city’s crazy fans and their relentless negativity, they deserved this win, and I’m generally happy for them. They supported their team, and kept the faith, even after that ridiculous 48-hour rain delay in the middle of Game 5. The Phils were undefeated at home in the postseason, losing only one road game in each series.
I’m happy for the players too, and especially manager Charlie Manuel, who took so much undeserved abuse and was widely expected to be fired two years ago.
The celebration will go late into the night tonight, with a parade to follow on Friday.

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