XPN Essential Songs

August 21, 2008

I’ve been waiting for this list, for a while. Or a list just like it.

For the past 4 years, the radio station in Philadelphia, WXPN comes up with a list of the best somethings in music.  The first year it was songs, the second year it was albums, the third year it was artists, the fourth year it was moments. 

And each time (except for the first year), the answer was obvious (and dominated by the 60’s and 70’s, which is normal given their demographics).
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The Run…

September 27, 2007

One of the great things about living in a city, like Philadelphia, is when a sports team goes on a run.

Now, every year, every sports team, challenges for the playoffs.  But its rare when one goes on a run.  A run usually is the following:

  • When a team is dominant for the entire year, from beginning to end.
  • When a team starts putting the pieces together at clutch moments towards the end of the season. 

Basically, when the sports team’s wins or losses are the lead story on the 11 o’clock news; when your (non sports fanatic) wife/girlfriend says “So how did the Phillies do last night”; when you can causally walk around your workplace and hear multiple conversations about a team.  That’s a run.

The last two years the Phillies have had a chance to win the wild card.  This year, the Phillies are challenging for the wild card and the NL East division. 

They’re the best offensive team in the National League.  According to most baseball writers the have three potential MVP candidates on the team (Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, and Ryan Howard). And amazingly enough, it’s a likeable group of guys. 

And when the run happens, you just have to ride it. There’s that buzz that tingles up the back of your spine.  The anticipation of the game.  The dreams you have of a parade down Broad Street. 

Don’t get me wrong… The Philadelphia sports fan in me knows the story too well.  The ghost of the 1964 Phillies can be heard whispering in the shadows.  The memory of the petering out of the last two or three years is still evident.  And the curse of William Penn.

And then there’s the general pessimism that can be brought out by topics such as Phillies ownership, Pat Gillick, Charlie Manuel, or even Adam Eaton. 

But no…

This year feels different.  This team may not make the post season, but they will not go down.  They are going to fight til the end, smacking the ball out of the home stadium. 

And just to be sure, the Iron Workers of Local Union No 401 have been working for months on the new Comcast Center Building, which is to be the ‘new’ tallest building in Philadelphia.  And just to be sure, a new statue was placed on top of the beam to be used at the top of the building.

Just in case…