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Philadelphia isn’t necessarily the city of champions yet, but it isn’t a bad time to be a sports fan.
The Eagles are 12-1 and easily the most dominant team in football. The Phillies are fresh off a surprise World Series appearance after taking the Astros to six games. The Sixers started out slow, but are fifth in the Eastern Conference at 14-12. The Flyers are not holding their weight, starting out 9-13-7.
There are also college teams in the area and other games in Philadelphia that can help make gift giving easier than you thought.
PlayPennsylvania has you covered with a Philadelphia sports gift guide.
Star power coming to Philadelphia
Philadelphia pro sports is loaded with star power, which isn’t a coincidence when you look at the record of each team. Most have made moves via trade or free agency to bring star power to the city.
The Eagles traded for star receiver A.J. Brown in April to pair with Jalen Hurts. Brown has helped the Eagles dominate the NFL with a 12-1 record. Get this A.J. Brown t-shirt with the old school Kelly green logo.
Most Phillies fans have had three years to buy Bryce Harper gear after he signed with the Phillies in March 2019. One of Harper’s best buddies is new addition Trea Turner.
Turner signed an 11-year, $300 million free-agent contract with the Phillies last week to solidify the infield. Harper and Turner played four seasons together in Washington. Get a loved one or friend a red Trea Turner t-shirt.
The Sixers traded for James Harden in February, but this is the first Christmas he’ll spend as a Sixer. Harden, perhaps the most decorated player in the city, is a 10-time All-Star, three-time scoring champion and won the 2017-18 league MVP. Get a loved one the sneakers Harden balls in, the Harden Vol. 5 Futurenatural basketball shoe.
The conference champion gift guide
As of now, there are two winners that hoisted conference championship trophies this season.
The Phillies made an incredible run to the World Series as the National League’s lowest seed, taking out the Cardinals, Braves and Padres in the process.
The Union took a different approach as the Eastern Conference’s top seed all season. They defeated FC Cincinnati and New York City FC, before losing to Los Angeles FC in the MLS Cup.
Though each team didn’t win the ultimate prize, conference champion gear is widely available for both teams.
Fact and fiction Philadelphia-based sports gifts
Last Saturday, the Army-Navy game finished in overtime at Lincoln Financial Field for the first time in 123 meetings between the two programs. The game will not be in Philadelphia again until 2027.
Do you know anyone that went to Army or Navy? Get all of the Army and Navy apparel you can desire right here.
Everyone loves our fictional boxing hero Rocky Balboa. Help a loved one or friend get motivated in the new year with vinyl wall art stickers of one of Rocky’s most famous quotes:
“It ain’t about how hard you can hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.”
Getting someone one of Rocky’s robes before his fights would make for a great Halloween costume in 2023.
The Jay Wright gift guide
Jay Wright retiring from Villanova after last season came as a shock to the entire basketball world. Wright did not take the victory tour that former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski did by announcing his retirement before the season.
Wright is up there with Coach K as one of the best college basketball coaches of all time. Did you ever wonder what made his program so good? Get his book, Attitude: Develop a Winning Mindset On and off the Court, either for yourself or a relative to see what made Wright a winner.
Eagles Christmas album
Lane Johnson, Jason Kelce and Jordan Mailata are all starting offensive lineman for the Eagles. Mailata, in particular, is a gifted singer, but Kelce and Johnson are no slouches, either.
Last month, the three lineman announced “A Philly Special Christmas” holiday album featuring themselves behind the mics.
Vinyl pre-orders began on Nov. 23 and sold out quickly in early December.
On the “Philly Special Christmas” Instagram account, the guys announced they are selling the final batch on Dec. 16. Deliveries start in February, but that is the least of Eagles fans’ concern since the album is such a hit.
By buying an album on the trio’s website all proceeds from the record will benefit Children’s Crisis Treatment Center and other charities in Philadelphia.
Former Eagle and current employee Connor Barwin, director of player development, announced that the record has already raised $100,000 and will also be available on all streaming platforms on Dec. 23.