Indeed, how does one choose the best of the best who represent this sports-crazed town on our fields, rinks and courts? It is not an exact science, but I mostly considered the following three factors:
1) Current performance level
2) Overall contribution here
3) Popularity and/or buzz generated
After mulling it over, I decided on what I will call The Deserving Dozen—12 athletes who combine enough of the above criteria to compete for the title as Philly's best.
In so doing, I was careful to have at least one representative of each of the four teams. Philadelphia Union fans, please accept my apologies.
As this is not an exact science, I have not shown the "scores" I tabulated for each.
So, feel free to similarly agree or disagree at its conclusion, even if you don't show your work.
Let us begin.