The Sixers' Process was one of the most talked-about sports topics of the 2010s, a controversial approach to winning that cost Sam Hinkie his job.
But not everyone is waist-deep in sports culture, and Jeopardy! viewers learned that the hard way Wednesday night.
When Alex Trebek rattled off a $1,000 clue in the "Current Sports Nicknames" category, Sixers fans' ears were burning. The prompt:
"Joel Embiid in 2019 won the trademark for this nickname of his that also describes the 76ers' strategy of improving the team."
Easy stuff, right? Apparently not for Paul:
ALL TIME great answer on jeopardy for the “current sports nicknames” category . I think Joel Embiid has to go by this now pic.twitter.com/u7UcuZoaQm— Christopher Powers (@CPowers14) March 5, 2020
Oh, Paul, no.
The answer, of course, is The Process. The answer was not "Do a 180", which would be the silliest sports nickname I've ever heard. "Do a 180" sounds like something you'd yell at your friend while you watch them play Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2.
This is basically the polar opposite - or, as Paul might say, a 180 - from the Jeopardy! Greatest of All Time tournament earlier this year, when Philly native Brad Rutter shouted out the Eagles for their 41-33 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
Incredibly, it seems Embiid noticed Paul's answer and decided to adopt the nickname, at least temporarily:
JOËL “DO A 180” EMBIID pic.twitter.com/reO1V3nCQt— Joel “Do a 180” Embiid??? (@JoelEmbiid) March 5, 2020
Also, the gaffe didn't cost Paul the match: he ended up winning Wednesday night's show. Way to go, Paul!
And, Paul, if you're reading this, it's okay that you didn't know about Joel Embiid. You'll get there one day, if you watch some games and maybe follow @NBCSPhilly on Twitter. It'll come. Just trust the process.
More on the Sixers
- Some wacky ideas for Philly sporting events played without fans
- Sixers Talk podcast: Can Sixers save this rough road trip?
- Sixers outmanned, outgunned in road loss to Anthony Davis and Lakers
- Celebrate Matisse Thybulle's birthday with his silliest moments as a Sixer
- Watch Avery Bradley take the ball right out of Al Horford's hands