Sixers fans were posing with a giant Vlade Divac cutout before the #PickSwap even happened

Sixers fans were posing with a giant Vlade Divac cutout before the #PickSwap even happened

Philly fans are a wild bunch to begin with and once you dig deeper into the segment of fans that would actually attend a draft lottery party things start to get even zanier.

And it's fantastic.

Last night's Lottery Party at Xfinity Live hosted by the Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast did not disappoint in these areas. There was the obviously ridiculous moment when they raised a Sam Hinkie banner to the rafters, putting the Process to bed for the final time (yeah right!). There were Shirley Temple beverages on special at every bar -- a couple extra bucks for vodka. There were temporary tattoos featuring a guy who was once a GM of a basketball team. People were actually putting them on their bodies. There were fans waiting in long line to speak to beat writers. There was a wedding proposal.

But perhaps the most hilarious of all of the nice little touches that were thought of for the big night was a giant cutout of Sacramento Kings GM Vlade Divac. 

And fans could pay $5 to take their photo with it. The money raised from the Vlade photos went to the Alzheimer's Association of Delaware Valley and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

This, of course, was because of the now legendary #PickSwap. Our guy Andrew Unterberger wrote in detail about the magnificence of the #PickSwap that Sam Hinkie put in place actually coming to fruition and how truly wonderful that is, so read that.

But it was also amazing that Sixers fans, before they even knew the #PickSwap would go down, had the faith and just enough missing marbles to take their photo with the giant Vlade before the #PickSwap even happened. They were trolling before it even went down and trolling after. Nik Stauskas even got in on the fun and he was part of the trade!

As I said the other day, you can call Philly fans many things: passionate, intense, loyal, strange, quite strange, weird, very weird. Just don't say they don't have a good time.

Thanks, Vlade. You're going up on the wall.

The Game of Zones-Joel Embiid mashup you didn't know you needed

The Game of Zones-Joel Embiid mashup you didn't know you needed

There are times in all of our Internet lives when we come across a piece of content that we don't quite understand, that we didn't really know we needed, yet fills our black Philadelphia sports fan hearts with joy anyway.

Today is one of those days.

And that piece of content is this Game of Zones x Embiid mashup.

If you're unfamiliar, this is the latest in Bleacher Report's fun take on a Game of Thrones / NBA mashup.

There's the mountain of a man that is Joel Embiid laid up with a presumably bum knee. There's the Temple of Shirley potion to give him life. There's the maester Sam Hinkie shouting off his analytics spells. There's Hinkie talking about growing the seeds and reaping the harvest. There's a terrifying looking Dario. There is a raising of the cat. 

Perhaps the best part is Jahlil Okafor attempting to hold the door.

What does it all mean? I don't know. But I trust it.

Jim Harbaugh takes blame for Jim Schwartz handshake feud

Jim Harbaugh takes blame for Jim Schwartz handshake feud

With one season in Philadelphia under Jim Schwartz’s belt, Eagles fans are well aware of the intensity the defensive coordinator brings to the sidelines. But before joining Doug Pederson's staff, Schwartz attracted plenty of attention during a five-year stint as head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009-2013. A highlight of his tenure in the Motor City developed a new wrinkle this week.

Maybe the most memorable moment during his time in Detroit was the unnecessarily ugly midfield feud in 2011’s Week 6 with then-49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. Schwartz marched to midfield for the postgame handshake after his Lions took their first loss of the season. Harbaugh, a usually-excited guy with cause for a little extra enthusiasm after a fourth straight win, came in too strong for Schwartz’s liking. Schwartz chased down Harbaugh as he ran for the tunnel and the two exchanged some choice words. Coaches and players flocked to the tussle. What started as standard postgame procedure became the national talking-point nobody needed for the ensuing week.

The six-year-old incident returned to the conversation this week with Harbaugh, now the head coach at the University of Michigan, admitting on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast (and as transcribed by ESPN) that he was to blame for things getting out of hand. 

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake," Harbaugh said on the podcast. "We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. ... There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as a loser. You just, 'Nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong."

On top of discussing his gifting Pope Francis a pair of Jordan sneakers and his theory that bringing a glove to catch a foul ball is acceptable for fans, Harbaugh went on to explain the last time he got in a real fight, as opposed to the silly scrum that went down at Ford Field that fateful day. He was 39, at the end of his days as a player, and got into it with two men at a restaurant.

"I did not win," he said. "I cannot say I won. I didn't get crushed, either. I got some blows in."

Harbaugh has a reputation for his passion, and the handshake debacle with Schwartz was no exception. It’s just that his passion often translates to doing things in a non-traditional way. He’s the khakis guy, always sporting his trademark dad-pants on the sidelines — he even tucked an Allen Iverson jersey into them once. He’ll do anything to get a leg up in recruiting, for example, sleeping over at a recruit's house for some “Netflix and Chill.”

Schwartz, similarly, is frequently fired up, and that aggression bleeds into his defensive scheme. 

Harbaugh is in the college game now, so the development in this nearly forgotten exchange isn’t life-changing. But if he ever returns to the pros, it’s good to know a postgame handshake with Schwartz wouldn't revive any bad blood.