The similarities between the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia 76ers over the last few years are pretty obvious.
And not just because Joel Embiid was in Houston this week rooting for the Astros.
The Astros hit absolute rock bottom in their attempt to build back up to be a true contender. They didn't want to be a middle-of-the-pack team for years and years and years. They wanted to be a championship team.
It was a process that if you're an NBA team, they label with the negative connotation of "tanking."
In baseball it's simply called a rebuild. Why such negativity with the NBA version, you'd wonder? And a guy like Sam Hinkie lost his job over it.
But the Astros' plan came together Wednesday night and all those years of losing are forgotten. One man plenty of Philadelphians still hold a candle for took notice.
Hinkie's Twitter account isn't very active, so when he does weigh in on something, plenty of people take notice.
Hinkie was always a man with a plan. He took the Sixers to the lowest of lows with the hopes of hitting those lottery odds to land a generational talent.
Hinkie may be gone but parts of the process are still in place and the Sixers seemingly have two generational talents in Embiid and Ben Simmons. Not to mention the unrealized potential of Markelle Fultz.
Hinkie loves it when a plan comes together. Philly fans are still hoping Hinkie's own plan eventually does as well.
UPDATE: Embiid reacts to the react:
A wise man once said, "The only thing better than beer is free beer."
I think Benjamin Franklin said that.
And Philadelphia Eagles fans may have some free beer coming their way if and when they beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl in two weeks.
A quick refresher: Lane Johnson had a quote back in training camp in August about providing Birds fans with beer if the Eagles won the Super Bowl. That's when Bud Light chimed in, saying "win it all and the party is on us."
Welp. Fast forward a few months and the Eagles are one win over Tom Brady away from that party.
CBS Philly recently followed up with the Bud Light folks who issued a statement.
“Bud Light has not forgotten about our commitment to Lane Johnson, the Eagles and the city of Philadelphia. We will be sharing plans soon, but in the interest of not jinxing the team ahead of their upcoming games, we are not going to unveil any plans at this time,” a spokesperson tells CBS Philly.
While it would likely be quite costly, it's a smart marketing play.
Bud Light's DILLY-DILLY spots are a staple on the jumbotron at Eagles games this season. And they've even made a special "Philly! Philly!" commercial.
Philadelphia partied on Sunday night.
It was a very fun party.
Eagles fans all across the city from the Far Northeast to the South Philly stadium complex used Broad Street as their meeting spot.
It was a joyous atmosphere. Nick Foles was their hero with his last name replacing “Skol” in a mock Vikings chant that echoed off the buildings all evening. Odd chants about his anatomy also proved popular. Tom Brady emerged as an early enemy, with not-so-fond chants about him being used as a rallying cry.
Everyone was on their best behavior. There was no need for trouble because everyone was so damn happy that the Eagles are actually going to the Super Bowl.
That’s fun to type: the Eagles are going to the Super Bowl.
There were no arrests and no injuries at the packed corners of Broad and Walnut, according to the Philly Police Department.
The most mischief I witnessed there was a jubilant fellow climbing on top of a lottery kiosk only to be told to get down by police. When the police got a hold of him after his descent, chants of “Let him go!” seemed to work, as he was set free after a stern warning much to the crowd’s delight.
Everything else was high-fiving random people, enjoying the cops turning a blind eye to open containers for one festive evening, and E-A-G-L-E-S chants. So many Eagles chants.
“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Joe smile so much,” my friend Ashley said at one point.
Just wait until we win the Super Bowl.
Some scenes from the party. City workers tried to prep for the party by greasing polls across the city. Crisco was not a big enough challenge for some Birds fans.