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Time’s Yours Podcast: Understanding Iguodala

As the Sixers become a more talked about topic in Philadelphia, the subject of Andre Iguodala has come to the forefront again.

Over the years, for several different factors, the Philadelphia fan relationship with Andre Iguodala has been a strained one.

Pat Gallen and I discuss why that may be, and if Iguodala will ever be appreciated in Philadelphia for what he does more than criticized for what he doesn’t. We also compare the relationship with him to that with other players who have played in Philly, like Donovan McNabb, Cole Hamels, Mike Schmidt and Eric Lindros.

Follow Pat on Twitter @PatGallen_PN and check him out on Phillies Nation and 97.3 ESPN radio.

Follow Spike on Twitter @SpikeEskin, and check him out on CBSPhilly.com and 94 WIP radio.

You can read what I wrote about rooting for Iguodala on CBSPhilly yesterday at this link.

Subscribe to the Time’s Yours podcast on iTunes.

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Someone Please Save Us From Ourselves

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I knew with the Phillies finished earlier than we figured, and with the Eagles finished perhaps after week 4, the sports climate in Philadelphia was probably in trouble. I didn’t know it would be this bad though.

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The Bandwagon, Chapter 4: You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’

In The Bandwagon this week, Ryan (@Petzrawr) writes a letter to Andy Reid. Read the full story

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Ryan Howard Is Filling The Donovan McNabb Void

Josh Robert (@JRob215) takes a look at how fans are treating Ryan Howard, and it’s a familiar feeling. Read the full story

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Free Boosie: The Rules Of What Teams Athletes Can Cheer For

I only call this Free Boosie because it was inspired by Mareese Speights (who wants to free Boosie) and Lee Russakoff (who also does).

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The Bandwagon, Chapter 2: Calm Like A Bomb

Philadelphia, with all due respect, you need to get yourself a prescription for Xanax. I mean this with love; you’re a hell of a lot of fun, but this week has been exhausting. Read the full story

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Could Philly Turn On The Phillies?

I was in the car on Monday, listening to WIP callers lose their minds over the Eagles loss to the Giants, and I got to thinking about the Phillies.

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Philly Sports Fans Should Own Their Identity

Let’s go back to school for a minute here with a multiple choice quiz. Tell me which one of the following statements is true:

A) Philadelphia sports fans are the most loyal, most supportive, most dedicated sports fans in the United States.

B) Philadelphia sports fans are the most temperamental, nasty, vindictive, mean fans in the United States.

If you live here, you probably answered A. If you don’t live in Philly, you probably answered B. Here’s the thing: You’re both right.
Passion is a funny thing. Passion is an intense feeling that can sometimes make you do things you otherwise wouldn’t. Good, and bad.

Passion can make you walk a thousand miles uphill, barefoot, in the snow to protect someone you love. It also can make you spend nights awake crying, or worse, making phone calls and hanging up as soon as she answers.

The thing is, as soon as we Philly fans accept the dual effect of our unquestioned passion for our sports teams, we might stop being so bothered by the national media’s opinion of us. We might even notice that they treat us a little more fairly than we originally thought.

I couldn’t help but notice our Jeckyl and Hyde act last night during Roy Halladay’s no-hitter.

It was us, the passionate Phillies fans who were standing and cheering for nine innings, growing louder and more intense with each out. Waving flags. Willing our new ace toward history. The loudest baseball crowd in the world, with over a hundred consecutive sellouts It was also us though,10 years after Scott Rolen left town, still booing him lustily. Booing him essentially for deciding he wanted something different and leaving.

The best way to stop someone from hurting you with what they say about you, is to own it. If this is us, and I think it is, we should own it and take it away from them. If we admit that we can get a little out of control, but that’s what great about us, it’ll be one less stone they can throw.

We’re not the fans that cheered when Michael Irvin got hurt or the fans who gave Donovan McNabb a standing ovation upon his return. We’re both.

We’re not the fans who keep running on the field during Phillies games or the fans who sold out all of those games. We’re both.
We’re both, and that’s OK with me, because sports without passion is just a game. But sports with passion is so much more than just a game, and that’s why it’s so great.

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