Depressed Fan Field Trip '09 is a definite go. I received the tickets in the mail yesterday, there are still four tickets available. More info after the jump, along with the player to listen to last night's SixersBeat radio show and a few words about Allen Iverson to kick off your Friday morning.
If you already paid for tickets, I'll be in touch over the weekend and have the tickets in the mail to you early next week. If you're interested in joining us, as I said, there are four tickets remaining. They're lower-level seats, section 115 row 14, face value is $101, the cost to you is only $25. It's a Saturday game, two weeks from tomorrow in the 19th at 7 p.m. vs. the Clippers. You'll have to send me the payment via PayPal, you can buy between 1 and 4 tickets. Drop me a line ASAP if you'd like to join us.
Also, if anyone has caught AI fever, can't make our field trip, but would like a good deal on tickets to a game at the Wach, frequent reader (and field trip attendee) Will passed on word that the American Lung Association has teamed up with the Sixers to offer discounted lower level seats to the Friday, December 11th game against the Rockets. Lower level seats are $35 if you go to this address www.nba.com/sixers/promocode.html and enter the promo code 523LUNG.
As promised, here's the player to listen to last night's SixersBeat radio show, enjoy. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by clicking the nifty iTunes button on the player and listen to it at your leisure.
Finally, a few words about the most sensational news story of the season for the Sixers. I've clearly stated my opinion on signing Allen Iverson, what I believe the motivation for the move was (financial and a distraction from the horrible results we've seen on the floor) and the ramification of the move on the team in the short and long term. But what's done is done. Allen Iverson is again a Sixer, I firmly believe he wants to be here, he wants to play basketball, he wants to play for the Sixers and if you know anything about the guy, you know he's going to bust his ass to win games.
It's time to forget about what brought him here, and what it means in the big picture and throw my support behind him and the team. Monday night is a new beginning, there are some very positive things he can do for the team, no matter how unlikely I may think they are, and I will be rooting for him and the team, unconditionally from this point forward. I am not a tanking advocate, I will continue to ride Eddie Jordan when he makes asinine decisions, but let me state this as clearly as possible. I would love to be wrong about his affect on the team, in fact, nothing would bring me more joy than to look back at the words I wrote prior to his signing and have to write a big apology to everyone involved. I'm much more interested in seeing the Sixers succeed than I am in pounding my chest with a series of "I told you so," posts at the season's end.
As a Sixers fan who enjoyed so many minutes of Iverson's career, my biggest hope is that he can now rewrite the ending to his NBA story in the City of Brotherly Love, and that he can walk away from the game with his head held high, this time leaving the Sixers as a conquering hero, rather than a fallen legend. He may not deserve this second chance after his actions over the past season and change, but I'm glad he's got it now, and I hope he earns it with both his play and his behavior.