14 Questions is The Philly Sports Cave’s monthly column that tries to bring you closer to the vibrant and always interesting Philadelphia sports culture. Each month we choose a person who is in some way connected to sports in the City of Brotherly Love and ask a standard set of 14 questions about them, the teams they love and the city they call home.
There is a very good chance that if you are a Philadelphia 76ers fan and you are on Twitter, then you know who Tom Moore is and follow his feed. The Sixers beat writer for the Bucks County Courier Times, he is a constant presence on social media where he answers readers’ questions, breaks news about the team and shares his insights and observations.
And Moore does all of that while writing some of the most informative and engaging articles on the Sixers you can find anywhere, online or in print.
Moore studied journalism at Syracuse in New York and has been writing about sports in the Philadelphia area ever since. He has been covering the Sixers for 28 years and in that time has also written for the Intelligencer and Burlington County Times.
We asked Tom Moore 14 Questions. Let’s see what he had to say.
1 – Favorite Philly sports team and why?
It was the Phillies growing up in the late 1960s and into the 1970s, the Flyers in the mid- to late ’70s and then the Sixers.
2 – Your earliest Philly sports memory?
Attending a Phillies game at Connie Mack Stadium in 1968 when I was 4 or 5. I wore a red team batting helmet and sunglasses.
3 – Favorite place in Philadelphia to catch a game?
I cover the Sixers and Eagles home games, but would say the Fox & Hound or McGillin’s.
4 – The best cheese steak in the city can be found at…
5 – Wing Bowl: grand Philly tradition or a disgusting display of excess?
I’m not a big fan.
6 – The first time a Philly sports team disappointed you?
When the Phillies traded Rick Wise, who I really enjoyed watching pitch, to the Cardinals (Feb. 25, 1972). That deal worked out pretty well for the Phils, since they acquired Hall of Famer Steve “Lefty” Carlton in return.
7 – Which team will bring the next championship to the city?
The Eagles seem like the only hope for the next few years, so they have the best shot in the short term.
8 – Favorite Philadelphia athlete and why?
Maurice Cheeks. He was a tremendous, unselfish point guard as a player and an absolute gentleman during his time as coach of the Sixers.
9 – Most overrated Philadelphia athlete and why?
I thought Bobby Abreu received more credit than he deserved when he was a Phillie.
10 – If you needed one Philly athlete, past or present, to have your back in a fight, who would it be?
It’d be Luke Jackson, a rugged power forward on the Sixers’ 1967 NBA championship team.
11 – If you could be present at any one Philly sports moment in history, what would it be?
Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point night with the Philadelphia Warriors in Hershey (March 2, 1962). The late Harvey Pollack – what a treasure of knowledge and statistical innovator that man was – told me all about it, but it wasn’t the same as being there.
12 – What is the best part about being a part of the Philly sports culture?
Getting to write about Eagles games that so many Philly fans are watching and heavily involved.
13 – What is the worst part about being a part of the Philly sports culture?
Everybody – especially the media and fans – jumping from one side to the other (great to terrible) so quickly after a win or loss.
14 – What is your proudest moment as a part of Philly’s sports scene?
Covering the 2001 NBA Finals between the 76ers and Lakers. It’s the only time in 27 years on the beat that the Sixers advanced beyond the second round of the playoffs.