I'm not sure of the exact moment it happened, but at some point in the past few years Sixers fans overtook Flyers fans as the most insane fanbase in Philadelphia.
That point was emphasized today in a story by former television host John Gonzalez for TheRinger.com in which he tells the outlandish tale of an electrician who lost his marbles -- or got his wires crossed. Or something.
The crux of it: an electrician from New Jersey did a ton of work on the Sixers' new training complex in Camden during its construction and wrote little pro Sam Hinkie Process slogans on lighting parts that are now hidden in plain sight throughout the building.
#TTP. Hinkie died for our sins. 1 part courage, 2 parts patience.
The man wants to remain anonymous as defacing the building you're being paid to work on probably isn't great for your future employment, but wants to go by "Son of Sam." Which is pretty great.
"Any of us would have done the same thing in my position," Son of Sam told Gonzo. "Suppose you were an electrician in South Jersey and you were left alone in that building to do your work. What would you do?"
I feel like the easy answer to that question would be "your job," but nothing is ever easy in the world of the Philadelphia fan.
So why is this electrician coming out with this now? Well, he wants Joel Embiid's attention, which is the cherry on the Shirley Temple.
"I want Joel Embiid to know what I did," he said.
Trust the Process. Just not the electrician.
Longtime followers of The Process are well aware that Thursday night was a tag team effort.
Sam Hinkie put the Sixers in the position -- via a plethora of assets acquired during his tenure -- to allow Bryan Colangelo to deal with the Celtics for the No. 1 overall pick that turned into Markelle Fultz.
It's always a little strange hearing current employees give praise to former employees, but if anyone can do it well, it's head coach Brett Brown.
Brett was asked what his conversations with Sam have been since the draft lottery when the #PICKSWAP with Sacramento was executed.
"Just a random text basically saying 'thank you,'" Brown said. "I think organizationally we really haven't missed a beat. The volume of phone calls that I've been on in my four years, they're like every Monday you're on a conference call with the owners. We've tried to be so meticulously responsible in growing this patiently. Sam was excelent at what he did. I think Bryan [Colangelo] took that work and brought it forward. You can't help but go back and recognize how we arrived at the picks we had this year. I think you have to step back and really acknowledge the great work that Bryan did getting it over the line."
"You can't dismiss the position of the club and Sam helped us to get to this level."
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Process Trusters, like little kids, love attention. Good, bad, indifferent -- it doesn't matter. Just give them some attention.
So they're absolutely going to love the fact that the folks at The Ringer made a video game featuring Sam Hinkie as the hero battling the evil Colangelos.
And you can drive around as Hinkie in a tank! You can also put Joel Embiid on your back (to protect his knees) and fight the mightly collar of the Colangelo.
It's a thing that exists and you'll probably enjoy it for five minutes of your day.
God bless the Internet and long live The Process.