The Four Worst Philly Sports Teams


In the end, the Sixers even sucked at sucking.

They ended their season Wednesday night just as they started it: with a victory over the defending NBA champion Miami Heat. Given that everybody knew going into the season that the plan was to stink up the joint as much as possible, those two wins are … unforgivable? Because they helped give the Sixers only the second-worst record in the NBA this season — which means the even more putrid Milwaukee Bucks now have the best chance of capturing the top pick — and, with it, perhaps a semblance of a future in professional basketball.


Still, we’re not sure this is the worst season in Philly sports history. Yes, it was bad, but everybody knew to expect it. It’s the stomach-punch seasons — where expectations and achievement misalign badly — that should count. And there are lots of contenders for that prize. Here’s a nominee from each of the city’s major remaining pro teams:

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Mayor Nutter Joins Anti-Gun Coalition

We told you yesterday that former PA Governor Tom Ridge was on the advisory board of Everytown for Gun Safety, a new group funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to enact gun restrictions at the state and national levels. Now Mayor Nutter has joined the effort, as well.

One of the lobby’s primary demands is universal background checks. Nutter contends it is not an organized grab for everyone’s guns.

“I respect the second amendment,” he said, “but I believe I have a first amendment right not be shot.”

Philadelphia is one of 10 cities to join the effort. (CBS Philly)

D.A. Wants Parents’ Names, to Crack Down on Truancy

CBS Philly says D.A. Seth Williams wants to contact the parents of chronically truant students in order to end their chronic truancy, natch, but is stymied by a problem: The district won’t hand over the names of those students and their parents, citing federal privacy concerns.

“The letter writing, Williams said, would be the start of his office’s effort, and he said the pressure on parents who willfully ignore warnings of truancy would ramp up, escalating in a worst case to felony charges against the parent,” CBS Philly reports. But a district spokesman told the station that the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act is an obstacle to such cooperation.

New Penn State Prez Scrutinized for Handling of Abuse Allegations

The appointment of Eric Barron as the new president at Penn State was supposed to mark a turning point from the bad old days of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that did so much to devastate the reputations of the school and its football program. But that plan may have run into a snag.

The New York Times on Wednesday ran a story suggesting that Florida State badly mishandled a rape allegation against its star quarterback, Jameis Winston. Florida State’s president at the time? Eric Barron.

You see where this might be going.

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Report: Abandoned Sting Started With Diverse Targets

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has said she abandoned the sting operation that caught Philly Democrats taking cash on tape, in part, because the investigation settled on an almost exclusively African-American traget list, giving the project an appearance of “racial profiling” that would be fatal if the case made it to a jury.

But a new report suggests the scope of the investigation was initially much broader. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that confidential informant Tyron Ali “dealt with 25 black officials, 23 Caucasians and three Latinos, said the sources, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. Of the 51 people with whom Ali dealt, there were 27 House members, five senators, 11 lobbyists and eight Philadelphia city officials. The group included 39 Democrats, seven Republicans and five for whom party affiliation was not available.”

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Former Philly Mag Intern Is a Pulitzer Winner

There’s one other Philadelphia-related Pulitzer Prize we failed to take note of: Will Hobson, a former Philly Mag intern who now reports for the Tampa Bay Times, won the award for a series of stories he co-authored about homelessness.

The Tampa Bay Times reports: “The award was given to Times staff writers Will Hobson, 29, and Michael LaForgia, 30, whose reporting on the county’s Homeless Recovery program revealed that the agency — created in 1989 to provide transitional housing for the poor — funneled millions of public dollars to slumlords and placed families in unsafe living conditions.”

Hobson’s LinkedIn page notes that at Philly Mag, he “fact-checked and researched several pieces for the magazine. Wrote reviews of a film and a novel, and a short piece for the front section of the book.” Clearly, these were the skills he needed to win the Pulitzer. Hobson went on to be Inquirer’s Chester County correspondent for two years before moving to Florida.


Student Found Dead at Chestnut Hill College

CBS Philly reports a 22-year-old student was found dead at Chestnut Hill College. “Police were called out to the school, at 9601 Germantown Avenue, shortly after 8:30 a.m. for an unresponsive male found on a couch.”

Philly Mag intern Megan Welch passes along a statement from Sister Carol Jean Vale, the college president: “The Chestnut Hill College community is greatly saddened to announce the death of senior business major Bradley David Amerman on Wednesday, April 16. Our sincere prayers and heartfelt sympathy are extended to the family and friends of Bradley David Amerman and to the Class of 2014. Staff members will be available in the Counseling Center, Student Activities, McCaffery Lounge and Campus Ministry to all members of the College community who wish to discuss and share their thoughts.”

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