Of course the Sixers' theme song was inspired by Sesame Street

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Of course the Sixers' theme song was inspired by Sesame Street

Everybody knows the catchy, Disco-inspired 76ers anthem — officially dubbed "Here Come the Sixers" — that has made a resurgence in recent years, but do many know the unique story behind it?

Now you can know pretty much everything you could possibly want to know about the song thanks to a deep-dive by the NYTimes in which they chat with a couple of people who created the song as well as Sixers execs who helped bring it back to the masses here in Philadelphia after a number of dormant years.

The Times' piece is worth reading in entirety but here are a few — maybe 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 — things we liked most about it.

It was created by a couple of guys in 1975, one of which used to get paid to dress up in a turkey costume by the Sixers while he was a student at Temple. His name was Randy Childress and he also happened to be in a rock band at the time. That's when then-GM Pat Williams came up with the idea of a theme song to liven things up at games at the Spectrum.

The words to the song? Big ups to Big Bird and Sesame Street who inspired musician Terry Rocap on that part.

One morning, after watching “Sesame Street” with his 7-year-old daughter, Rocap arrived with lyrics:

One, two, three-four-five, Sixers!

Ten, nine, eight, 76ers!

“And we’re going, ‘Oh, that’s great,’” Childress said. “So that’s where the initial burst came from, and then we built the whole song around it.”

It all makes so much sense now. Count von Count had to have had something to do with it.

One other nugget from the story that was fantastic? You've been to a wedding once or twice and thought it was fun, right? Well how about being at T.J. McConnell's wedding this summer when the DJ puts on the Sixers' 10-9-8-76ers jam?


"Everyone went nuts,” McConnell told the Times.

Here's a fun take we had on it back when Stranger Things season 2 first came out:

We've found the 1 thing that scares Joel Embiid

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We've found the 1 thing that scares Joel Embiid

We've found the one thing Joel Embiid is afraid of.

It's not an opposing big man. 

It's water.

We all know Embiid would have no qualms about sliding into Rihanna's DMs, but prior to those pictures, it was difficult for his mates to get him down a slide in the Bahamas. As evidenced by this hilarious video from Sixers minority owner Michael Rubin.

@joelembiid is not a fan of water slides 😂 (@michaelgrubin)

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Hey, as long as he doesn't have to face-up Hassan Whiteside in a pool, the Sixers should be OK.

In all seriousness though, Sixers fans would probably prefer that Embiid stays as far as possible from any type of contraption that could potentially lead to a freak injury.

Two former Eagles to compete on the Bachelorette

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Two former Eagles to compete on the Bachelorette

On the last season of The Bachelor, Becca Kufrin, aka Becca K., won the show by ending up with former racecar driver Arie Luyendyk, aka Arie, only to have him call off the engagement and wedding on national TV and propose to the show’s runner-up, Lauren Burnham, aka Lauren B.

Let’s hope these former athletes treat her a little better.

Today on their Facebook page, The Bachelor revealed the men that would be vying for the heart of the once-scorn show contestant and two of them stood out, former Eagles TEs Clay Harbor and Colton Underwood.

Harbor probably doesn’t require as much googling as Underwood because he was drafted by the Eagles in 2010 in the fourth round and pulled in 114 catches and nearly 1,200 yards with eight scores in his career for four teams. He won a Super Bowl with the Patriots in 2016.

Underwood was literally on the Eagles’ practice squad for six days in 2014 and was on the practice squad for two other teams without appearing in an NFL game.

If you already watch the show, a few former NFL players could be an interesting wrinkle to the house dynamic, but if you’re not a fan, I’m not sure these names, even as Eagles fans, will pull you in.

The show kicks off on May 28 at 8 p.m. on ABC.