On Sunday the Philadelphia Eagles lost their fifth game of the season, effectively ending their playoff hopes.
On Monday, the national news swarmed Western Pennsylvania as the Jerry Sandusky rape scandal emerged, plunging Penn State University into an abyss that they'll not likely climb out of for the next decade or more.
By mid-week, it appeared that the NBA labor talks had soured and the season was in jeopardy of cancellation, eliminating Philadelphia 76ers games during the 2011-12 season.
Wednesday morning, "Smokin'" Joe Frazier, a Philadelphia icon and former heavyweight champion died of liver cancer. Frazier was born in South Carolina but moved to Philadelphia as a teen and called it home for the rest of his life.
Wednesday night, the Philadelphia Flyers were chastised for stalling and manipulating the rules. The skaters held the puck and refused to move it into the Tampa Bay Lightning's 1-3-1 neutral zone trap.
By Thursday morning, it was reported that Joe Paterno had been fired by PSU's board of trustees. After coaching 45 years and 548 games, his career as the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions was over.
As the hangover of the Phillies' failed season drifted over the city like a dark storm-cloud, sports fans can't help but wonder if this is the worst week in Philadelphia sports history.
Never before has this area, with its proud sporting history, withstood so many negative headlines.
With a long, meaningless football season ahead and the hardwood floor locked in the Wells Fargo Center's storage closet, Philadelphia fans have no light at the end of the tunnel.
Sports are intended to distract the populace from the anxiety of real life. Murders, corruption, natural disasters and scandal generally dominate the front page. The sports page is supposed to help you forget it all. Not the case now.
Fans have learned of the alleged horrific actions of a someone who was once a hero (Sandusky), mourned the loss of a legend (Frazier) and dealt with the bitterness of defeat (Eagles).
Its a cavalcade of emotions that has been difficult to bear.
They'll move on to play another day. Philadelphia is well-rehearsed in dealing with disappointment. No city is better equipped to fight through the recent troubles, learn and move on.
Penn State will move on. They'll clean house and should. Tom Bradley's interim tag will not be removed and they will find a fresh face to represent the university. Recruiting will struggle, but the area has such a strong athletic talent base, they will rebuild.
The Eagles will continue to be entertaining at the very least. They've lost quite a few games in this half-empty season, but every single one has been entertaining. The way Michael Vick unfurls spirals to speedy receivers and with LeSean McCoy "Barrying" just about every potential tackler, its hard not to enjoy. As bad as they've been, I don't think I've ever had as much fun watching the games. Much better than McNabb throwing ground balls and laughing about it.
Joe Frazier will live on in our memory. His fights will be written about in history books. As Bernard Hopkins suggested, he'll have a statue built in his honor. Joe is one of those people Philadelphians can always be proud of. He's that card in our back pocket that we show during arguments with fans from other cities.
The NBA lockout will work itself out and will provide fans with a better product. This stalemate was necessary. The league couldn't have continued on its current trajectory and systematic and financial changes had to be made. Going to Sixers' games last season was flat-out depressing.
And if none of that makes you feel better, just think, Spring Training is right around the corner.