05/11/12 10:15 pm EST
Embrace the feeling. Dig deep into your closets. Find those old Sixers car flags which became so popular during the Iverson era and put them on display. Play this old school tune and enjoy every last minute of it. Take a week off from watching the Phillies (you’ll probably save yourself from a week of anger and disappointment anyway). It’s officially time to rally around the Sixers.
They have been team irrelevant in the city of Philadelphia for too long, and it’s time for them to receive their proper due. It doesn’t matter how it happened, or for that matter what could happen next. What matters right now is displaying appreciation and gratitude for this eighth-seeded Sixers team, that just knocked off the top-seeded Chicago Bulls. It was only the fifth time in NBA history, that an eight seed was able to knock off a one seed.
What can be said about this Sixers season and this Sixers team is that they are far from normal. In terms of the playoff teams remaining in this fight for the Larry O’Brien trophy, the Sixers stand on an island all by their lonesome. They went from second place in the Eastern Conference in February, to barely squeaking into the playoffs as an eight seed come April. They lack a superstar. They have a coach in Doug Collins who went from a coach of the year candidate to nearly getting fired. Their starting lineup shuffled throughout the season more than a blackjack deck at a casino. They have a defense ranked third in the NBA, but an offense that stands all the way down at 22nd. They play in a city which by all rights wrote them off months ago. Yet this unconventional, under-appreciated team has placed itself a couple steps closer to an NBA Championship.