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Sixers fans were posing with a giant Vlade Divac cutout before the #PickSwap even happened

Sixers fans were posing with a giant Vlade Divac cutout before the #PickSwap even happened

Philly fans are a wild bunch to begin with and once you dig deeper into the segment of fans that would actually attend a draft lottery party things start to get even zanier.

And it's fantastic.

Last night's Lottery Party at Xfinity Live hosted by the Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast did not disappoint in these areas. There was the obviously ridiculous moment when they raised a Sam Hinkie banner to the rafters, putting the Process to bed for the final time (yeah right!). There were Shirley Temple beverages on special at every bar -- a couple extra bucks for vodka. There were temporary tattoos featuring a guy who was once a GM of a basketball team. People were actually putting them on their bodies. There were fans waiting in long line to speak to beat writers. There was a wedding proposal.

But perhaps the most hilarious of all of the nice little touches that were thought of for the big night was a giant cutout of Sacramento Kings GM Vlade Divac. 

And fans could pay $5 to take their photo with it. The money raised from the Vlade photos went to the Alzheimer's Association of Delaware Valley and the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

This, of course, was because of the now legendary #PickSwap. Our guy Andrew Unterberger wrote in detail about the magnificence of the #PickSwap that Sam Hinkie put in place actually coming to fruition and how truly wonderful that is, so read that.

But it was also amazing that Sixers fans, before they even knew the #PickSwap would go down, had the faith and just enough missing marbles to take their photo with the giant Vlade before the #PickSwap even happened. They were trolling before it even went down and trolling after. Nik Stauskas even got in on the fun and he was part of the trade!

As I said the other day, you can call Philly fans many things: passionate, intense, loyal, strange, quite strange, weird, very weird. Just don't say they don't have a good time.

Thanks, Vlade. You're going up on the wall.

Flyers mascot Gritty comes down from Lincoln Financial Field roof before Flyers-Penguins 2019 Stadium Series

Flyers mascot Gritty comes down from Lincoln Financial Field roof before Flyers-Penguins 2019 Stadium Series

Flyers vs. Penguins.

Outdoor hockey.

Lincoln Financial Field.

Yeah, you knew Gritty had something up his sleeve (or fur?) for Saturday night's Stadium Series at Lincoln Financial Field.

In fact, we had a warning: 

Well, Gritty did not disappoint.

The guy actually came down from the roof of the Linc, lit up like a Christmas tree, as you can see in the video above.

Oh, and Gritty was not done. He got loose during a break in the second period.

This is Gritty's first outdoor game. He'll have many more, but this one will be especially memorable for the orange fella.

There's been plenty of other Gritty fun, too.

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Eagles social media pokes fun at MLB free agency

Eagles social media pokes fun at MLB free agency

Just how ridiculous is the Bryce Harper saga right now? Even the Eagles' social media team is getting in on poking fun at Twitter’s most infamous source of MLB news.

Heyman, a well-respected member of the MLB media community, has earned such a dig by the Eagles from his nonstop posts about MLB free agency that don’t seem to advance the story or provide new information.

In fact, each one of his tweets are now met with memes and replies poking fun at that very fact.

He is, however, still breaking news and has been on the forefront of the Manny Machado, Bryce Harper beat. However, the length of time both of these megastars have taken to make their decision is hurting Heyman’s Twitter clout. Or, is Heyman hurting himself, posting so many updates that go nowhere?

Either way, the Eagles' social media team probably came up with this idea, asked someone if they thought it was funny and they said, “Sure, why not, let’s post it.”

This is another reminder of the level of lunacy this MLB offseason has reached. Fortunately, the Phillies will play a real baseball game on Friday and NBC Sports Philadelphia+ will have its first broadcast of the spring this Saturday.

As for now, we continue to wait.

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