The Philadelphia area is one of only eight metropolitan areas in North America that is home to a team from each of the five major North American sports leagues: MLB, the NFL, the NHL, the NBA and MLS. Each of these teams has a social media presence, of course, and a large part of that presence is a Twitter feed. How do they do? Let's check the Science!
5. The Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball
The Phillies' Twitter is just bad. There are rumors, even, that it is run by the folks at MLB Advanced Media, rather than a team employee! While rumors gonna rumor, and it's tough to know if they should be taken at face value or not, some of the foolishness that's come from @Phillies seems to lend light to the claim.
@Phillies I mean, why stay on top of the game and tweet things in a timely manner? It’s more fun to tweet them after everyone’s moved on!— Liz Roscher (@lizroscher) June 7, 2014
The feed seems to lag behind reality by an hour or more, at times, which is evidence that the tweeter is either not at the ballpark, or is in some other dimension. #BeastieBoys
Ladies and gentleman, #Phillies reliever Ken Giles: http://t.co/vGEwXoFVos pic.twitter.com/ZQvy0Ug13B— Phillies (@Phillies) September 9, 2014
There are also some grammar issues. Or, it could be that there was only one dude at the park. #INeverMakeSpellingErrors
So true. pic.twitter.com/BhO1KALcGJ— Phillies (@Phillies) September 14, 2014
Of course, they have been getting better, of late. #OfLate
4. The Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League
.@Sixers Only 12,701 seconds to go... #FlyEaglesFly pic.twitter.com/C9UqTBvxDZ— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 15, 2014
The Flyers' Twitter seems to grasp the seemingly basic concept of fan-outreach, and connects with the Sixers and Eagles, which, by the way, is fantastic. #GoGeography
Get your 3rd jersey at Gear Zone at @FlyersSkateZone or Fan Zone at @WellsFargoCtr. Hours: http://t.co/HLINFslzyf pic.twitter.com/Oa4Hrmy4NZ— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) September 20, 2014
Man do I want that blue jersey though. #Blue
The #Flyers staff has completed the #IceBucketChallenge. @Eagles, @Sixers, @Phillies, and @PhilaUnion– You're up. → http://t.co/eybLQ9TeFu— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) August 15, 2014
That's pretty well done right there. #NotAsGoodAsTheManThough
3. The Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League
"Very simply, we're from Philadelphia and we fight." #FlyEaglesFly https://t.co/UWn7yPuaQo— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 22, 2014
Now, I gotta be honest. I'm not a huge fan of how that went down, but to see this from the team's official Twitter account? That's a tuned in social media presence right there. #FlyEaglesFly
Saturday Morning may be over, but the cartoons never end. #FlyEaglesFly https://t.co/cnAzSHH99Z— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 27, 2014
Also this, though I'm not sure I understand all of what is happening. #CONFUSION #WeGotYourBack
Visited Children's Hospital of Philadelphia today to hang with the kids at their Pj party w/ @ewolff28 & Nate Allen pic.twitter.com/6aBOnQlGcq— Brandon Boykin (@BrandonBoykin2) September 24, 2014
And the players get into it too, which is outstanding. This one is great on so many levels. #ILoveTheseGuys
2. The Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer
So, I need to confess here. I played soccer when I was a kid, and I understand the basic rules: no hands. But that's about it. Soccer tactics, soccer fundamentals, they all kind of elude me. When the World Cup was going on, I started to get into it a bit more, and as a side effect, I picked up the @PhilaUnion and the SBN Union site, @BrotherlyGame. I still don't understand much of what's going on, but it's starting to gain on me, for sure.
JUST IN: @MLS released dates for 2014 postseason: http://t.co/nlK3IozYNk pic.twitter.com/7TH5p8YoSa— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) September 23, 2014
I don't know what is happening! #DOOP #DOOP #DOOPDOOPDOOP
...and now back to #PHIvHOU. #DOOP pic.twitter.com/1ffW8jYDje— Philadelphia Union (@PhilaUnion) September 20, 2014
Soccer is boring? How can these people be this excited! Of course soccer isn't boring! We're just doing it wrong! #DOOP #WhatDoesDOOPMean?
Game day lets go @PhilaUnion lets get the W #doop #comeonyouboysinblue #phillysblueandgold pic.twitter.com/7zUx13nPSZ— Mike (@LettersHome74) September 20, 2014
This was a reTweet but it totally counts because look at Franklin ready to fuck people up right there. #DOOP #I'llDOOPYouInTheFace #LightEmDOOPDOOPDOOP
An mention of Union Twitter requires a shoutout of some form to the Sons of Ben, which are a very fanatical supporters club.
SoB Next by @TwoPoleKevin @MLS #MLSNEXT pic.twitter.com/AW6Ezazjts— Sons of Ben (@SonsofBen) September 21, 2014
Because, frankly, if you don't think that's awesome, you need to turn in your badge and gun. #Frankly
1. The Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association
Now, guys, the 'Sixers get it.
Hey @Eagles... We got you something from the road! #BeatDallas http://t.co/xYzInUTa7n pic.twitter.com/RnMkGbWOcm— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) December 29, 2013
Go Eagles! #FlyEaglesFly
We win 86-84, now let's go Flyers!!— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) November 19, 2009
Go Flyers! #FlyFlyersFly
Congratulations to @CMBaseball41 on being inducted into the @Phillies Wall of Fame tonight. #BrotherlyLove— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) August 9, 2014
Like, Go Phillies, and things like that. #UhGuys? #FlyEaglesFly
Also, as far as takes on player Twitters go, the Sixers' Joel Embiid has one of the hottest.
I just wanna tell y’all some. I don’t slide in anyone’s DMs so NO it’s not gonna happen #ninjawemadeit #Johanna— Joel-Hans Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) July 25, 2014
We hope you have enjoyed this Scientific! approach to analyzing Philly Twitters. Stay tuned next week for another exciting episode of Power Rankings from the files of The Good Phight! In Color!
PS. No mention of Philly Twitter would be complete without a shoutout to my mans @FanSince09, who is a true supporter of are troops and the Dawkins of Twitter. Should probably of kept J.A. Happ.
Thanks, Philly twitter, for making this awful Phillies season tolerable. Thanks to the beats for their accessory to felony fraud.— FanSince09 (@FanSince09) September 29, 2014
Seriously, if you're on Twitter, and you like scorched takes, justice leaguing of fools and catching criminals, follow the Fan. #WearingABaneMaskForJustice
Previously, on The Good Phight Power Rankings:
IV: One Sided Games
VII: Roy Halladay's Twitter Feed
VIII: Runs Batted In
IX: Cody Asche Puns