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Allen Iverson was basically the face of Reebok from 1996 until the mid-2000s, and they were still putting out new Iverson sneakers (not re-issues) until 2009. There was a period of time where every family within the city limits of Philadelphia had at least one pair of these in the house, and to this day, Iverson (along with Shaq) is probably the one athlete most affiliated with Reebok in people’s minds. That is why Iverson’s lawyer made a whole fuss over those Nike shoes above.
According to the Associated Press, those Nike sneakers — part of the Zoom Flight ’96 collection — will no longer be released. Nice Kicks described the shoe as an “imagined Allen Iverson PE of the classic 1996 hoops shoe, featuring a 76ers color palette of blue nubuck with red and white accents … a speckled midsole, ice clear outsole and AI’s #3 on each heel.” Iverson’s lawyer described the shoe as an unauthorized use of Iverson’s identity, likeness, and persona. Nike says the shoe will still come out, but in “other color schemes” and presumably without the #3 on the back. If you’re really dying for an Iverson sneaker though, there are always the old stand-bys.
And that is a sentence I never thought I’d type.
When Kyle and I sat down with Scott O’Neil to talk about the business side of the Sixers, the toll all of these losses take, and the in-arena experience, O’Neil mentioned wanting to give back to the fans who show up to watch what is unquestionably a bad basketball team (my words, not his). And Monday night, they will give back if you give back… an entire box of macaroni and cheese.
The Sixers are hosting … you know what? I can’t even type these words myself, here’s what the press release says:
The Philadelphia 76ers today announced details for the first-ever macaroni & cheese drive, taking place on “Mac & Cheese Monday,” November 24 when they host the Portland Trail Blazers at 7:00 p.m. to benefit regional food bank Philabundance.
Fans in attendance are encouraged to bring one or more boxes of macaroni and cheese – one of Philabundance’s the most needed food items – to the game, and will be asked to use them as noisemakers for the first half of the game. At halftime, bins will be available on the concourse for fans to drop off their donations.
Fans who donate will receive a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming 2014-15 Sixers home game.
Please, please, please do not use the mac and cheese boxes as noisemakers. Donate food? Yes. Get free tickets in exchange? Sure. Shake boxes of mac and cheese around like this is some post-apocalyptic world where mac and cheese is currency and you’re placing a bet on a cock fight? Hell no.
Email from reader Joseph:
This has to be a new low. According to Papa Johns, a Sixers “Win” = any time they score 90+ points. This is a change from the other teams, who have to score a certain number of points, goals, or runs AND actually win the game.
What’s more incredible – or sad… probably sad – is that this is the first time the Sixers have “won” in their last five games.
Late last night/early this morning, after the Sixers fell to 0-11, Liberty Ballers‘ Michael Levin tweeted sarcastically, “do u think the sixers are tanking? yell your opinion repeatedly on twitter dot com.” We all know what is happening, and many fans are okay with it. But the national media focus on it — and the stupid “Could Kentucky beat them?” argument — has been on a high over the last few days. Levin likely expected a few Tweets in response from angry fans, or ones in agreement. He probably didn’t expect this, from rookie K.J. McDaniels’ mom:
She was then later nice enough to formally answer the question:
And then she took a stroll through Levin’s recent timeline, just dropping some knowledge:
So she’s seen the product on the court and is not happy about it. In fact, she hasn’t been happy about it for some time now. Here’s a Tweet from 49 days ago:
Oh. At least we know she won’t be down at the WFC with a “That’s My Boy #14″ sign anytime soon. But do we think (impressive) McDaniels will re-sign when that one-year contract is up or naw?
Dude, I would have happily taken those tickets off of your hands if you didn’t want to watch the Sixers. But, since you reminded me the Cavs/Spurs game is on, I’m alright.
Sixers sideline reporter Molly Sullivan tweeted today that she is filming a promo for live Sixers game streaming on the NBC Sports Live Extra app. That’s a pretty big deal. Regional sports networks are literally the last content vertical to embrace streaming. League packages have always come with local blackout restrictions, and you even have to wait a period of time (~24 hours) to watch an archived broadcast of a local NBA or NHL game. But Sixers games are now available to stream,* we believe locally, on that NBC Sports Live Extra app as long as you are a CSN Philly subscriber with participating cable provider. In other words: you still have to pay a cable bill that includes Comcast SportsNet, which, if you’re Sixers center Henry Sims, you won’t be doing anytime soon.
You know who’s happy about this development? The creepers are happy about this development:
This guy‘s happy about it, too.
Sources say the move to streaming will bring the average regular season Sixers viewing audience up to… 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6… six people.
*Apparently, this is already a thing and we missed it.
UPDATE: A CSN rep says there are very few geographic restrictions and that you can log in and access the stream as long as you are in the United States. There’s a full FAQ here, with this interesting bit:
Q: How do I stream the Flyers?
A: The National Hockey League has not yet granted live, local streaming rights. We hope to come to agreement on terms that will enable us to offer those games and other Flyers-related programming on CSNPhilly.com and via Live Extra in the future.
Michael Carter-Williams, Sixers point guard and arch-nemesis of Stephen A. Smith, had mentioned in his Players’ Tribune essay that he watches “The Ellen Degeneres Show” with his step-father to take his mind off of the rough things in his life. He wrote:
“Every guy in the league deals with losing in his own way. Some come home, turn on the Xbox and try to get revenge on NBA 2K. The vets might watch a movie with the kids or jump in the hyperbaric chamber. The more progressive guys are turning to meditation and yoga.
I’m too impatient for that stuff. For me, it’s all about Ellen. I just think she’s awesome. So every weekday at 4 p.m., my stepfather and I pause the basketball talk, grab some snacks and watch “The Ellen Degeneres Show”. It might sound funny, but this is one of the ways I’m able to get away from the frustration of losing. Last winter, when we went on a near-historic losing streak, I was not a fun guy to be around.”
Well, today’s episode of “Ellen” hasn’t aired in the local market yet, but imagine MCW’s surprise when he sees his own — positively thrilled-looking face — next to Ellen’s. Video of the segment can be seen over here, but in it Ellen says that the entirety of Team Ellen (and she brings them all out) will be on the Sixers’ side against the Celtics tonight. I hope someone on that team can shoot the three. That Viking looks like he can probably post-up down low.
[Congratulations to the Sixers– the only local franchise that makes it necessary to denote players by team and position. Like, I’d never write Phillies Second Baseman Chase Utley or Eagles Running Back Darren Sproles. But the Sixers… well, let’s just say I, local sports blog editor, had to Google the name JaKarr Sampson when Jim wrote it yesterday. Turns out, he got 20+ minutes in three consecutive games last week. Who knew?!]
Sixers Center Henry Sims went on an all-too-familiar Twitter rant about his Comcast cable service yesterday:
In the absence of any response from Comcast to an NBA player who plays his home games under two giant signs with letters situated in such a way as to convey the message COMCAST COUNTRY, Verizon FIOS’ Twitter account stepped in to fill the void:
#TeamFIOS. I’m #TeamFIOS, too, Henry. But I’m telling you, their customer service isn’t much better*:
Damn near unattainable, my man.
*It’s here where I’d like to call attention to AT&T, which – you’re not going to believe this – actually has good customer service. There are some quirks with their system, website and plans, for sure, but I’ve had nothing but good experiences every time I’ve talked to them. Once, a rep offered to lower my bill by upgrading my plan. No strings. Just cheaper. They’re helpful, willing to explain stuff, and generally try to make you not feel like you’re a piece of gooey scum stuck to the bottom of their shoe. That’s the bar the cable companies have set– gooey scum on bottom of shoe. The future of awesome.