Today in Philly Sports History: Shakalaka, Shakalaka, Shakalaka, 1992

Today in Philly Sports History: Shakalaka, Shakalaka, Shakalaka, 1992

UB40's cover of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love." That was all that was keeping Tag Team from having the number one song in the country on July 30th, 1993, when their smash hit "Whoomp! There It Is" peaked at #2 on the Billboard charts, where it would stay for an astounding six weeks, shut out by both UB40 and Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover." However, the Macho Row-era Phillies did not hold the song's tragic failure on the pop charts against it, as it eventually beca me the team's theme in the midst of their 1993 pennant run--reaching a near-McFadeen and Whitehead peak when the Tag Team actually performed the song in between innings at one of the games--with special Phillies-oriented lyrics, of course. (The Tag Team were erroneously referred to by announcers as '95 South, of the 100% different, completley unrelated "Whoot! There It Is" fame)

The Phillies were arguably not the first sports team to use the song (The Braves, Bulls and Saints all used it around that time), and they wouldn't be the last--Tag Team re-recorded the song in a version for the Houston Rockets when they won the 1994 NBA championship, and Red Wings chanted along to it after Steve Yzerman scored the goal that beat the St. Louis Blues in the '96 NHL playoffs. For its pedigree, "Whoomp" was even included in the inaugural edition of Jock Jams, in an all-star lineup including classic '90s crowd-chargers like 2 Unlimited's "Get Ready for This," K7's "Come Baby Come" and Naughty By Nature's "Hip Hop Hooray".

For the decade-plus after they lost to the Blue Jays in the Series, neither the Phillies nor Tag Team did anything of particular relevance. And while the Phils certainly beat Steve Roll'n and DC the Brain Supreme in their return to the limelight, I do find it something of a shame that we never properly elected a theme song to last year's championship run. I bet it wouldn't have taken too much to get Lil' Wayne to CBP to do a version of "Got Money" with lyrics about Jamie Moyer and Pedro Feliz.

Penn can't stop Chase Edmonds in loss to Fordham

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Penn can't stop Chase Edmonds in loss to Fordham


NEW YORK -- Chase Edmonds ran for 152 yards, added 49 yards receiving, and scored four total touchdowns to help lead Fordham to a 31-17 win over Penn on Saturday.

Kevin Anderson threw for 231 yards and one TD and Austin Longi added 92 yards receiving for the Rams (2-1).

Edmonds scored three times in the first half and Fordham opened up a 24-10 lead at halftime.

Penn responded late in the third on an Alek Torgersen 2-yard plunge which cut the score to 24-17. The Quakers (0-2) had an opportunity to tie it late but were turned away on downs at the Fordham 27-yard line.

Edmonds added his fourth score on the ensuing drive to put the game out of reach.

Torgersen had 125 yards passing for Penn.

Fordham has won three straight in the series and is now 25-2 at home since 2012, third best in FCS during that time frame.

Tonight's Lineup: Jorge Alfaro catches, bats 8th vs. Mets

Tonight's Lineup: Jorge Alfaro catches, bats 8th vs. Mets

Jorge Alfaro is behind the plate for the Phillies tonight and bats eighth. Alfaro has appeared in just four games since being called up earlier this month, and has just one hit in 10 at-bats. 

Tommy Joseph is back in the lineup and batting fifth. Pete Mackanin has said that Ryan Howard would get a lot of playing time during the last few games, but it is Joseph who gets the start tonight. Joseph is batting just .154 against the Mets this season. 

Odubel Herrera, who has been hitting well in September, will remain in the three spot. He has two homers and is batting .391 over the past week. Herrera has two hits in six at-bats against Mets' starter Sean Gilmartin. 


1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, RF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF 
4. Maikel Franco, 3B 
5. Tommy Joseph, 1B
6. Darin Ruf, LF
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Jorge Alfaro, C
9. Alec Asher, P