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.
Living in Philadelphia, there are very few things that you can count on day in and day out. The city is always changing and if you don’t change with it, it will run you over and leave you in the dust.
One of those few things you can count on is Action News. Day after day, night after night they are there, informing us about the events of the day and doing it with style and professionalism that few can match.
One of the reasons for that is Action News Sports Director Ducis Rodgers. Originally from Chicago, Rodgers has made Philadelphia home since 2012 when he came to Action News after working for ESPN and WCBS-TV in New York.
Rodgers has cover Super Bowls, the World Series, the NCAA and everything in between. He is also a heck of a nice person and despite not being born here, he has quickly become a Philly guy through and through.
We asked Ducis Rodgers 14 Questions. Let’s see what he had to say.
1 – Favorite Philly sports team and why?
Eagles. Nothing can affect the mood of an entire city for a full week than what happens on a Sunday at the Linc. I love that kind of drama.
2 – Your earliest Philly sports memory?
I grew up in Chicago as a Cubs fan. 1979. Phillies beat the Cubs 23-22 in 10 innings. Mike Schmidt hit two home runs (including the eventual winner in the 10th off of Bruce Sutter)
3 – Favorite place in Philadelphia to catch a game?
Chickie & Pete’s on Packer Ave.
4 – The best cheese steak in the city can be found at…
Jim’s Steaks on South Street.
5 – Wing Bowl: grand Philly tradition or a disgusting display of excess?
I like my food eaten slowly and fully digested.
6 – The first time a Philly sports team disappointed you?
See Question #1 above – but I’m over it now.
7 – Which team will bring the next championship to the city?
Tough question. I will go with the Flyers. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, once you get in – anything can happen. They just have to get in first!
8 – Favorite Philadelphia athlete and why?
Ryan Howard. He might be the most normal, down-to-earth person you will ever meet. And he’s funny as heck!
9 – Most overrated Philadelphia athlete and why?
Riley Cooper – one good season (because of DeSean Jackson being double-covered). Nothing great since.
10 – If you needed one Philly athlete, past or present, to have your back in a fight, who would it be?
11 – If you could be present at any one Philly sports moment in history, what would it be?
12 – What is the best part about being a part of the Philly sports culture?
Seeing the passion firsthand. It’s incredible to see and hear people live and die with each and every game regardless of whether that team is in first place or last place. There’s no city in America that can lay claim to that fervor.
13 – What is the worst part about being a part of the Philly sports culture?
The nation’s misconception that all Philly fans are nuts. That’s simply untrue.
14 – What is your proudest moment as a part of Philly’s sports scene?
An Eagles Super Bowl parade (it hasn’t happened yet, but I’m hopeful.)