When I think of Philadelphia 76ers television broadcasters throughout the years there are two names that pop into my head. The first is obviously current voice of the team, Marc Zumoff. The second is the guy I remember hearing as a kid, Zumoff's former partner Steve Mix.
Mix's name often comes up when discussing Sixers' telecasts with fans who have been watching this team for decades, but other than that you don't hear a lot about him.
Until now. The New York Post caught up with Mix in the strangest of places. He's an usher for the New York Mets down in spring training.
Mix and his wife moved to the Vero Beach area recently and he was looking for something to do to keep busy. Taking tickets at a baseball game turned out to be a great fit. Not only does he get to interact with fans who occasionally recognize him but he also gets to be the resident hoops head.
From Kevin Kernan:
J.P. Ricciardi, special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson, knows basketball, too, coaching the sport at Holy Name High School in Worcester, Mass., for 11 years and going to three state finals. One day he was going to his seat, saw the tall guy named Steve Mix and put two and two together.
"At first I said, 'That guy is really big to be an usher.' And then I was talking to him and I see the name Steve Mix and I say, 'How many Steve Mix can their be?' What a great guy, a humble guy," Ricciardi said. "It made my spring. I've been talking hoops with him the whole time. I've seen him help a lot of elderly people, too, he's really compassionate.'"
There's an anecdote about Dr. J. in the piece that is worth a read as well. The Doc called Mix "Sky" but not for the reason you'd think.
What is Philadelphia known for? The cheesesteaks, soft pretzels or maybe Rocky Balboa.
Yes, but we forgot the most glaring thing … booing.
It is safe to say that Philadelphia sports fans have mastered the art of booing — especially in the last couple years, or as we like to call it, "Trusting the process."
Bob Vetrone Jr. of the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted this out on Wednesday:
So if you are looking to make some money, then this might be a great bet as you and your friends huddle around the TV on Thursday night.
Per SportsBettingDime.com, Goodell was booed for a solid 25 seconds while presenting Patriots owner Robert Kraft with the Lombardi Trophy in February. But last year, Goodell was booed only for 10 seconds during last year's draft in Chicago. So place your bets wisely.
Who knows, maybe someone saved a snowball from the winter and will greet Goodell with it in true Philadelphia style.
Live draft coverage begins Thursday at 5 p.m. with Philly Sports Talk and continues until midnight on CSN, CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App.
The Eagles will have two fan favorites announcing a couple of their picks Friday at the draft from the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Former quarterback Ron Jaworski will announce the Eagles' second-round pick. And long snapper Jon Dorenbos will announce the team's third-round pick. Dorenbos was selected because he was the Eagles' nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.
If anyone can turn a third-round pick into a first, it's gotta be Dorenbos, right?
On Thursday, when commissioner Roger Goodell announces the Eagles' pick, he'll be joined by players from Martin Luther King High School in Philadelphia.
Accompanying Jaws on stage Friday will be the wife and son of U.S. Army 1st Lt. Demetrius Frison, who lost his life in combat in Afghanistan in 2011. Frison was a Philadelphia native and an Eagles fan.
Accompanying Dorenbos on stage will be the Central Bucks West High School football team. They will be there to honor legendary high school football coach Mike Pettine Sr., who died in February.
On the third day of the draft, a couple of celebrity super fans will get to announce picks. Actor Morris Chestnut and CNBC's Jim Cramer will do the honors.