For the past five years, Philadelphia sports have been about the banner years. We adopted the idea that the only way a season matters is if it ends with a championship. It’s not much fun experiencing sports through that lens. It takes all of the magic out of the equation. In place of that rapidly declining set of standards, I am proposing a new definition for a “banner year.” A banner year is any year of the extreme highs and lows that accompany a Philadelphia sports franchise. It is an experience that should never be taken for granted. These are our teams. They play for us. When they shine we should hold them high. When they falter we should let them have it, but no Philly franchise’s season should be held without significance. These are the banner years. Every single one of them.