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Of All Days, Why Am I Aching For The Sixers Today?

The Phillies are hours from a deciding Game 5 against the Cardinals. The Eagles are playing the first of many “must-win” games on Sunday. The new-look Flyers debuted last night and beat the Stanley Cup champs on their home ice. And I’m sitting here bummed about the NBA lockout. What a sucker.

Since the Phillies have become postseason regulars, October (and a little of November), have become four-for-four time in Philadelphia. The Eagles, the Phillies, Flyers and Sixers all playing or getting ready to. With Union in there too, we could be five-for-five.

For the last decade, the Sixers have been an afterthought in that group, but at least they’ve been there. After last year, there’s finally some promise. There’s still Doug Collins, there’s new ownership that might actually care about the team. They’re young, they play hard, and they’re fun to watch. For the first time in a long time, we could go into a season with something. 

Not so fast. Welcome to the lockout.

Instead, for the Sixers, I have nothing. No games to look forward to. NBA2K ’12 even has last year’s rosters because of this nonsense.

Even worse for the team and the league, most people will just move on, it seems like most already have. At least I’ll miss it. The lockout has turned the Sixers from an afterthought into a never-thought for what seems like everyone but me. The big story about the NBA lockout is that “we don’t care.”

There is a glimmer of hope that we’ll get a new CBA on Sunday, but only from one guy (CBS’ Ken Berger), and it’s only a glimmer. Most other NBA reporters have held firm with their predictions that we’ll miss half or a full season.

I know it’s not this simple; but to see that the players want 53% of basketball related income, and the owners want to give them 47%, and they can’t just shake hands and say 50% is infuriating.

I cheer for all of our teams, but first and foremost I’m a Sixers guy, and I can’t tell you how much that sucks right now.



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