Screw it, I'm cutting the brakes on the hype train

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Yes, it's only five games into the season. Yes, the Union have let us down before. But the time for cautious optimism is over.

As Philadelphia sports fans, we are all too familiar with the pain that comes with a disappointing season. We've seen it time and time again. The Eagles, Sixers, Flyers, and Phillies all have long and storied histories of coming up just short of greatness.

Albright reactions, women’s game, soccer and stocks

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Everybody reacts to the Chris Albright signing. Albright himself says, "For me growing up in Philadelphia and loving the game and playing it all over the area, to have a cathedral for soccer in Philly, it's special."

CSN Philly: "This was definitely my first choice," said Albright.

This is how real rivalries are made

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One game. Everything on the line.

This is the stuff that rivalries are made of.

Philadelphia Union vs. the New York Red Bulls. On national TV. It's so on.

If Philadelphia wins, the Red Bulls go home for a long winter. Their disastrous season is over. The Union win the Eastern Conference and home field advantage if they make it to the conference finals.

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Monday After

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Before we get the attendance numbers from the July 4th holiday, the big business story that burst onto the scene at the end of last week was the announcement that Philadelphia 76ers minority owners Erick Thohir and Jason Levien will join current owner Will Chang in ownership of DC United.  According to ESPN.

VIDEO: Sixers' Elton Brand Is Bad At Soccer, Very Bad

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The Philadelphia 76ers surprised a lot of people in the 2012 National Basketball Association playoffs, partially due to Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose suffering an injury that knocked him out of the series. Veteran power forward Elton Brand was a catalyst for the team's progression over the course of the year and helped the Sixers almost upset the Boston Celtics, who nearly made the NBA Finals.

Derrick Rose Suffers Torn ACL

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Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls had homecourt advantage throughout the 2012 NBA Playoffs. They appeared to have a good chance of winning a championship. However, all those hopes and dreams came crashing down to earth on Saturday when Derrick Rose suffered a torn ACL.

Due to the torn ACL, Derrick Rose will miss the rest of the playoffs and might not be ready to begin next season.

Rumor: Amare Stoudemire to the 76ers?

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One rumor making the rounds in the NBA has the Philadelphia 76ers interested in Amare Stoudemire of the New York Knicks. Although Stoudemire is off to a slow start this season, another team may want to acquire him and surround him with better players.

That said, that team is not the Sixers.

The Rest

Putting the Union into a Philadelphia context

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It's easy to throw the Philadelphia Union into the overall sports landscape, but is it an accurate measuring stick?

Forget about the mistakes of the Sixers that have left them moribund in the crawlspace beneath the NBA's Eastern Conference. Forget about the mistakes of the Flyers, who are now entering their fourth decade without sipping from Lord Stanley's Cup.

Business in Philly: Interview with Cara Joftis

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Cara Joftis has been the  VP of Marketing for the Union since September, 2009. Prior to joining the club, she was Vice President of Sponsorships and Brand Promotions at Citizens Bank for more than six years. She managed brand presence and messaging  for Citizens Bank properties in 13 states, including Citizens Bank Park.