Points by Ben Simmons during Game 3 victory over Nets

At Phillyphanatics.com, we take the best that digital media has to offer (immediacy, interactivity, video, audio and full-color visual appeal) and combine it with the best elements of “old school” sports journalism (judgment, responsibility and thought-provoking columns). Our goal is to be informative, innovative and entertaining, as we strive every day to make our site the best it can be for Philadelphia sports fans – the most passionate and knowledgeable fans in the world!

In living up to being the online community for Philly sports Phanatics, we welcome commentary and feedback from Philly Phanatics and even from non-Philly Phanatics. The commentary is moderated, so you will have to keep it clean (nasty is OK, but vulgar is not). For your information, our privacy policy is also posted on this website.

We also have opportunities to advertise your business on PhillyPhanatics.com. If you want to reach a growing number of passionate, well-informed sports fans with your message, please contact us for further details.

The Fan Source, LLC is the producer of PhillyPhanatics.com. The Fan Source, LLC is co-owned by local businessman Ron Opher and local sportswriter and former editor of the Philadelphia Metro newspaper, Eric Fisher.

Ron and Eric hope you enjoy the site, keep coming back, and use our social media buttons and opportunities to subscribe to our free weekly e-mails with article links and special offers so you can tell everyone you know about it!


PhillyPhanatics.com has its roots in Monsieur Outler’s high school French class. In the back row, where Ron Opher and I sat, sports conversation received equal time to language instruction. (Unfortunately, that was also reflected in my grades in French, but that’s another matter.)

Fast-forward twenty-some years. Ron and I continued to offer our opinions on sports, only this time our comments were usually made in group email discussions rather than in French class. In the summer of 2010, I suggested to Ron that we expand our sports discussion to a wider audience by creating our own Web site – and before long, PhillyPhanatics.com was born.

Ron possesses a treasure chest full of sports knowledge. He also has experience running various businesses, and integrating digital media into those businesses. I have 22 years of journalism experience, almost entirely in the Philadelphia area (The Intelligencer, Metro, The Myerstown Herald, West Chester Courier, freelance writing for The Inquirer, radio appearances, and more). My goal is to use my journalism skills to help create an informative, entertaining and interactive Web site that Philly sports fans will enjoy.

Thank you for reading. I hope you are enjoying PhillyPhanatics.com.

Oh, and thank you, Monsieur. May you rest in peace.

Eric Fisher


Ron Opher has been an attorney in private practice since his graduation from Villanova University School of Law in 1989, serving clients in the financial services industry. Ron started his own mobile music video entertainment business (Dance-a-Vision) during his student years at the University of Pennsylvania and made it a great success. Ron is currently co-owner of The Center on Central, a creative arts center in Paoli, PA and serves as a consultant to service-sector businesses on operational efficiency issues, maintaining a business issues blog at www.ron4law.com. Ron also founded the local charity Daddy’s Spirit Moves Me Forward, whose mission is to assist children whose fathers have died.

Despite these career twists and turns, one thing Ron had not done – and always wanted to do – was to combine his passion for sports, his entrepreneurial spirit, and his writing and analytical skills honed as a practicing attorney. It didn’t take much arm-twisting from cohort Eric Fisher, a top-notch journalist and editor and longtime friend from high school, to launch The Fan Source, LLC and the PhillyPhanatics.com website.

6 Responses

  1. David Poss Says:

    If the Fighting Phils can keep it up, they will tie the Braves in 2020 with 14 consecutive division titles. Congrats on the website. Very cool, despite the subject matter.

    Posted on September 28th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

  2. Ron Opher Says:

    Thanks for the kinds words, David…wondering if you wrote this before or after checking out the Top 10 Braves We Love to Hate?!?

    By the way, we’re not expecting anything near 14. 7 sounds about right. More importantly, another World Championship for the Fightins would make 14 trips with only one trophy pale in comparison!

    Posted on September 28th, 2010 at 7:07 pm

  3. Kurt Says:

    Nice work here on your new site. Well written and appeals to the Philadelphia sports fan. Anything less than an appearance in the World Series would be a disapointment

    Posted on September 28th, 2010 at 8:00 pm

  4. Ron Opher Says:

    Thank you, Kurt – please keep visiting and tell everyone you know who might like to know about phillyphanatics.com!

    I agree with you that the Phillies should be a prohibitive favorite to win the NL pennant, especially given the likely field of teams. But as they say, that’s why they play the games. So keep rooting and keep checking in with what we will have in store.

    Posted on September 28th, 2010 at 8:31 pm

  5. Jacques Says:

    A fine website, gentlemen, keep up the good work mes amis.

    Posted on September 29th, 2010 at 12:28 am

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