December 06, 2018
When historians try to tell the story of Philadelphia in 2018, the tale will largely be viewed through the lens of sports.
As in, hey, that was the year that the Philadelphia Eagles won Super Bowl 52 over the New England Patriots (a game in which backup quarterback Nick Foles caught a “Philly Special” touchdown).
And the year that its people became obsessed – whether in adoration or disdain – with an orange monster named Gritty wearing a Flyers jersey, and that mascot all but overshadowed internal turmoil that led to the organization parting ways with general manager Ron Hextall.
And the year the Sixers “process” started coming into tangible-result focus.
And the year the Phillies started off hot but reverted to sub-500 form.
And the year the Union offered its supporters among the more rewarding seasons in club history.
And the year the Villanova men's basketball team won a third NCAA title.
So it became evident, while reviewing the better Tweets of the Year, that many of them were sports-related. With the help of the PhillyVoice sports staff, here is a collection of the best sports tweets from this year, not ranked but broken down by category.
(Oh yeah, be sure to check back Thursday, Friday and Monday for other Tweets of the Year lists.)
Love was in the air.
Getting ready for his big speech.
He’s into milk, and stabbing Charlie with a fork.
Ask and you shall receive.
I want the Eagles to win the Super Bowl just for the possibilities it brings for an epic @alwayssunny episode— Ted Hyman (@TedHyman247) January 26, 2018
Stomp, clap. Stomp stomp, clap.
Quite a shame that everybody couldn’t make it to the parade.
Cowboys fans think they hate The Eagles but the joke is on them because no one hates The Eagles more than Eagles fans.— Trill Bro Dude - Abolish ICE (@Trilladelphian) December 9, 2018
Whatchu talkin' 'bout, battery people?
Batteries hold a sacred place in the history of Philly fans. Congratulations, Philadelphia, and Fly, Duracell, Fly. pic.twitter.com/qkEcPbFj4N— Duracell (@Duracell) February 5, 2018
Why sports matter.
my Dad was a die hard,Eagles season ticket holder,he never got to see them in the Super Bowl,,today i went and sat with him and did a few shots with him and read him some newspaper articles #CheersDad 🥃 #FlyEaglesFly 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/OU0IzTwVoJ— Yerky (@1yerky) February 5, 2018
doesn't get realer than scattering your grandfather's ashes at the Eagles Super Bowl parade.— maurice (@tallmaurice) February 8, 2018
said they flew up from Tampa. pic.twitter.com/HPygzJahmD
The journalistic white whale that got away.
Obviously, if you know the dude who ate horse shit on Broad Street last night, let him know I'd like to interview him. https://t.co/RDFK96dVrm— Brian P. Hickey (@BrianPHickey) February 5, 2018
The one that didn’t.
The day everything changed.
Gritty is a safe-sex activist.
A crucial swing vote.
Bruce would approve (unless he’s a Devils fan).
nigh every woman's name used in a Springsteen song can, and in fact should, be replaced with Gritty— aunt dad (@antigonized) November 22, 2018
Unnecessary extra ink.
Thanks for including the signature. Wasn't sure I'd know who this was without it.— Mayor Rick Dees (@JustinSharpley) October 23, 2018
What CAN’T Gritty do?
1, 2, 345...
Even behind a mask, JoJo’s still the king of social media.
“No one cared who I was until I put on the mask”.... The Phantom of The Process pic.twitter.com/JOkQxCAxYA— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) April 12, 2018
Miss you, homie.
Sincerely yours,— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) March 27, 2018
The Philadelphia 76ers pic.twitter.com/gWxBkyLWSP
Harsh, but fair.
This annoying trio on the Heat could be mistaken for a group arrested for dealing meth in Lancaster County. pic.twitter.com/uLDj5EGjy2— Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) April 20, 2018
Harsh, but fair (Pt. II).
Fergie didn't sing the National Anthem that America needed. She sang the anthem that America deserved. pic.twitter.com/Q8gph81H0P— Jason Bolaños (@JBinAV) February 19, 2018
Harsh, but fair (Pt. III).
The Colangelo burner-account saga was a Twitter godsend.
This didn’t age well.
Joel Embiid: 32 points, 8 rebounds— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) November 3, 2018
Andre Drummond: 0 points, 1 rebound
It's only halftime 😳 pic.twitter.com/wgZA443w4F
Win a bunch of titles, and things change.
This is the first time Villanova has ever had three 1st-round picks in the same draft.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 22, 2018
10. Mikal Bridges
17. Donte DiVincenzo
30. Omari Spellman pic.twitter.com/N8C3rNTEPO
Meet the newest Philly mascot for about two weeks before Gritty arrived.
He gets Phang.
The next step in evolution. No remorse. Opposable thumbs. The perfect killing machine.— Robert Repino (@Repino1) September 11, 2018
*When deciding which Ilsinho ankle breaking goal is better..* pic.twitter.com/pLBvg7WTWu— SneakyFootballer82 (@jvtfootball82) November 16, 2018
The NFL Playoff equivalent of a World Cup semifinal is the conference championship game. In 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings 38-7 in the NFC Championship Game.— Zoo With Roy (@zoowithroy) July 11, 2018
The stages of flopping.
Big Boy running fast!
When the IPA is fruit-forward pic.twitter.com/JOYAirTSgi— The Christmas Stus (@RandBallsStu) September 13, 2018
They spelled “Nola” wrong.
Wonder what he’ll tweet after pitchers and catchers report.
Stickin’ it to IHOP.
We have a big announcement. 👀 pic.twitter.com/zDIiBag48r— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) June 11, 2018
Just one of 162.
As a Phillies fan right now... how do you lose 24-4 😵 pic.twitter.com/1H0cZIA4dF— Kelsie Bowman (@Kels_Bow) August 16, 2018
If you ever see a hot dog thrown onto the court or ice, this thread explains how that came to be.
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