Sixers Promoting Their History, Coach, and Youth (But Not Dre or Elton?) (UPDATED)

Sixers Promoting Their History, Coach, and Youth (But Not Dre or Elton?) (UPDATED)

The Sixers posted three of their new television commercials to YouTube earlier today featuring their new tagline, "Passionate. Intense. Proud." One focuses on the team's storied history -- did you know they have the THIRD most wins in NBA history?!. Another focuses on Doug Collins and the third focuses on the Sixers' "Youth."

They're solid. But I wouldn't go so far as to say they're really good. The footage used is real nice, but the voiceover and music combo leaves a bit to be desired. [videos below]

One real noticeable thing about the spots: Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala are nowhere to be found while Evan Turner, Thad Young, Jrue Holiday, and even Lou Williams appear multiple times.

Now, perhaps Elton and Dre are featured in a spot yet to be seen, but if not, the decision to not market their two most expensive and accomplished players is a bit curious.

Or a sign of the direction they plan to go in down the road.


UPDATE: The Sixers' new CEO and Co-Owner, Adam Aron, left a comment on this post noting that additional commercials featuring Elton and Dre are currently in the works. We certainly appreciate his response, but his thought process on the voiceover and music being anything short of perfect still leaves a bit to be desired in our humble opinion. Yes, we're whiny. And picky. Bloggers.

That said, it's nice to see the new guys taking such an active role reaching out to those that care.

Aron wrote:

We are planning five 76ers commercials, actually. The Brand and Iguodala
TV spots are being edited as we speak. So you should read nothing into
our launching with our first 3 commercials. Need to keep the campaign
fresh after all.

And as for the music and voiceover "leaving a bit to be desired," you
are already writing about the comemricals and the Sixers -- and that one
and all is the reason why one runs advertising in the first place.

Adam Aron

CEO and Co-Owner

Philadelphia 76ers



Doug Collins:


The Philly fan who gave Russell Westbrook double bird said he was called fat

The Philly fan who gave Russell Westbrook double bird said he was called fat

Philly fans have a bad reputation. This isn't going to change anytime soon.

Regardless of which side of the Philly fan debate you fall, you'd probably agree fans shouldn't give the double bird mere feet from the athletes who are playing in front of them.

You've almost assuredly seen it by now, the image and footage of a Sixers fan flipping off Russell Westbrook last night in the highly-anticipated season debut. He was subsequently removed from his seats by security.

The New York Post got to the bottom of it all and even tracked down the fan's response on Facebook:

Dr. Richard Harkaway, a Philadelphia urologist who is originally from Long Island, wrote that it was Westbrook who initiated the confrontation, which ended with Harkaway being tossed from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia during the 76ers’ season-opening loss.

“To all my FB friends who are seeing a picture of me on the Internet giving the finger to Russell Westbrook. Actually two fingers,’’ Harkaway wrote in a private post. “Not as simple as it seems. I love to scream at the players and anyone who has been to a game with me knows this. Part of my charm. What you may not have seen on any of the video clips is what started the whole thing, which was Russell Westbrook saying ‘sit down f—ing fat boy’ when I stood up to boo.”

Do two wrongs make a right? Probably not. Being rude is being rude.

Do you think this fan's actions were justified after reading his response on Facebook?

Freddy Galvis, Odubel Herrera Gold Glove finalists at SS, CF

Freddy Galvis, Odubel Herrera Gold Glove finalists at SS, CF

Two Phillies are in the running for a 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove.

Shortstop Freddy Galvis and centerfielder Odubel Herrera were named National League finalists at their position on Thursday. Winners will be announced on Nov. 9. Galvis and Herrera are both finalists for the first time.

Galvis joins San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford, a Gold Glove winner in 2015, and the Chicago Cubs’ Addison Russell as finalists at shortstop.

Herrera is a finalist in center field along with Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton and Atlanta’s Ender Inciarte.

Galvis, who turns 27 in November, committed himself to improving his defense after making 17 errors in 2015 and he did that with a career season in the field in 2016. He led all NL shortstops with a .987 fielding percentage and made just eight errors in 625 total chances while earning praise from Phillies’ infield guru Larry Bowa.

Galvis led the NL with 153 starts at shortstop and had errorless streaks of 51 and 44 games. At the plate, he reached career highs in doubles (26), homers (20), extra-base hits (49) and RBIs (67). On the down side, Galvis hit just .241 and his .274 on-base percentage was the worst in the majors.

Herrera, who turns 25 in December, began his career as an infielder in the Texas system and completed just his second season in the outfield in 2016. His credentials for a Gold Glove are not nearly as good as Galvis’. Herrera’s nine errors were the second-most among major-league outfielders, but he had 11 assists, fourth-most among NL outfielders.

The Phillies selected Herrera in the Rule 5 draft in 2014. They selected Inciarte in the Rule 5 draft in 2012 and he opened the 2013 season on the Phils’ roster, but was shipped back to his original club, Arizona, during the first week of that season.