PHILADELPHIA — As he listens to old men who lament, “I’m never going to live to see a Super Bowl,” Bruce Graham, a playwright, has begun to wonder about himself. “I’m making sure I take my anticholesterol medicine now,” Graham, 58, said with a laugh Wednesday, “so it will give me another year.” The mediocre Eagles (6-9) have fired Coach Chip Kelly ahead of Sunday’s finale against the Giants.
All of Philadelphia’s pro teams could miss the playoffs for a second consecutive season. Defeat, so often excruciating here because the teams were good enough to break your heart, has lately become something else: grim and routine and fetid with historic ineptitude. The Phillies needed a final-game victory to avoid 100 losses last season while posting the worst record in baseball.