Philadelphia: 100 Straight Losers

Philadelphia: 100 Straight Losers

A lifetime of rooting for teams that always let you down has taught many Philly natives how to lose,
itself an important life lesson. Fans have been conditioned for
failure. They expect defeat. Compound this trend with the city's
historical inferiority complex and you've got something worse than
fatalism: It's the perverse sense deep down that we don't even deserve
it.

Personally, it could be 500 straight seasons of losing and it wouldn't make a difference to me. The fact that bothers me most, rather than the sheer length of the current drought, is that I have no recollection of what a championship feels like.

That said, contrary to popular belief, I'm not angry. I'm at peace
with all of this losing crap. Am I getting tired of it? Absolutely. But
I'm not going to go jumping off any bridges anytime soon. I'm more
concerned with this season and less concerned with the last 100 seasons.

Sports Illustrated decided to document 100 of the most pathetic feats over the past 100 seasons. It's pretty solid.

Rich Hoffman also offers his nice take.

Screw all this negativity crap. I'm taking my balls and going... golfing.

>>100 Seasons ... 100 Heartbreaks [Sports Illustrated]

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

Union see 4-game winning streak end in shutout loss to Real Salt Lake

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SANDY, Utah -- Joao Plata scored his first goal of the season and Real Salt Lake beat the Union, 1-0, on Saturday night to snap Philadelphia's club-record winning streak at four games.

Plata tapped in his goal in the 36th minute after quickly exchanging short passes twice with Jefferson Savarino. Tony Beltran got the play started by saving the ball just before it went over the goal line.

The Union (4-5-5) had a chance to tie it in stoppage time, but goalie Nick Rimando blocked Haris Medunjanin's belt-high free kick and Salt Lake (4-8-2) cleared it after a scramble in front of the net.

Union goalkeeper Andre Blake made seven saves.

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick makes 4th rehab appearance in Lehigh Valley

Howie Kendrick on Saturday night made his fourth rehab appearance in Triple A during Lehigh Valley's 13-1 rout of the Louisville Bats in Allentown.

Kendrick went 1 for 5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. He also grounded into a double play and left two runners in scoring position.

It was his second rehab game playing third base. He played third during his appearance in the IronPigs' 8-4 loss Thursday to the Indianapolis Indians. He was 0 for 1 in three plate appearances with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice (see story).

The Phillies' plan for Kendrick was to have him play a minimum four games at Lehigh Valley. He played left field in two games and third base twice. Pete Mackanin said Wednesday that Kendrick would also get a game at first base but he hasn't gotten a game at first yet.

There is a chance Kendrick could be recalled Sunday before the Phillies’ series finale against the Cincinnati Reds depending on how he feels.

Kendrick has been sidelined since April 15 with an oblique strain. In 10 games before the injury, Kendrick went 13 for 39 (.333) with five extra-base hits and four walks while exclusively playing left field.