Philly prophecy fulfilled Easter Sunday

By MATTHEW NADU
Columnist — mnadu@highhopesblog.com
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The Sixers were just one of three Philly teams to win on Easter Sunday. (Courtesy Philly.com)

Not everything was prophesied this Easter Sunday.

Certainly if you prophesied the Philadelphia sports straight sweep, then no leftovers for you, because you’re a liar.

Let’s be honest, with the Phillies looking for their first swept of the San Diego Padres on the road in 32 years and the Flyers and Sixers both in elimination games, no one saw this coming.

But then slowly the pieces started falling into place.

It started with mashed potatoes on the floor as a jubilant celebration dance broke forth at the dinner table once Lou Williams and the Sixers officially cooled off the Miami Heat 86-82 avoiding the series sweep.

Sixers coach Doug Collins said it time and time again he doesn’t believe in moral victories at 60-years of age but on this holiest of days there’s a feeling of some pretty good morality here.

After chillin’ in the Flyers locker room like it was an after hours bar Friday night, Sixers rookie Evan Turner must of soaked up some kind of winning touch, probably from the pile of sweaty socks he was standing on by having his most promising game of his young career dropping 17 points in front of the home crowd.

The Sixers didn’t “shock the world” Marc Zumoff style but they certainly shocked the Delaware Valley and parts of South Florida if they weren’t too busy lubin’ up the coconut oil on South Beach — it’s an Easter tradition.

One game, that’s all we asked for and the Sixers delivered.

Then as we began to comatose from all the turkey and gravy a bit of the spirit began to touch our hearts because we actually considered tolerating that Hip-Hop bunny, for the kids’ sake, but then Michael Leighton snapped us back into reality. Leighton took to the net for the Flyers as they face their own elimination game down 3-2 to Buffalo in the first round of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

If you haven’t noticed where this article is going, well continue reading, you soon will, because like the miracle of Easter, the Flyers found themselves mounting a comeback after going down 2-0 in the first period. As is accustomed during Flyers playoff games, Peter Laviolette pulled his goalie yet again inserting Friday’s letdown, Brian Boucher, back in net after he gave up 3 goals on 11 shots.

Boucher said he wanted revenge and what better day for revenge then Easter? Slowly, as desert came around, the Flyers started looking like a No. 2 seed again tying the game at 3-all heading into their second straight overtime. OT, a no man’s land where they never seem to escape victoriously.

Meanwhile clear acrossed the country- do they even celebrate Easter in California- Roy Halladay was making his first start after one of his worst outings of his career against the Brew Crew.

As Doc took the hill and mowed down Padre after Padre, the Philly Trifecta began to take form. Fourteen, a new career high, San Diegans went down in all before Halladay was pulled with two outs in the ninth.

Again, one was the magic number.

All it took was one pitch for Antonio Bastardo to record the final out as the Phils swept their first four game road trip against the Padres since the Carter administration, 3-1.

Back in Buffalo as the day came to a close, the weight of this most perfect holiday fell on the shoulders of the Flyers and the stick of savior Ville Leino as he sent a rare rebound shot off Ryan Miller past the blue line and securely in the net for the 5-4 win.

Victory.

One win. One pitch. On OT goal was all it took to make Philadelphia happy.

Was that too much to ask for? Now pass the corn.

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