Hip Hop is dead.
The 76ers anthropomorphized rabbit mascot named Hip Hop who came on the scene in the Allen Iverson era to the thrill of nobody has gone the way of the Dodo bird.
The new owners of the 76ers surveyed their season ticket holders and were looking for ways to improve the game-night experience. (One might suggest the best way to do that right now is to have games.) What fans wanted was the rabbit mascot to disappear, like Jimmy Hoffa.
And so it is done, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. But don’t think that the 76ers will be without a mascot.
To spare the sensibilities of the one or two children who weren’t scared to death by the rabbit, the team will say that Hip Hop fell in love, married and moved away to start a family. Apparently, it either was that or announce that they were going to boil him in a pot on a really big stove in a remake of “Fatal Attraction”….
The task of coming up with a replacement for Hip Hop will fall to two firms specializing in the business. One is Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, which began as the workshop of the late creator of the Muppets. The other is Raymond Entertainment Group, whose founder is Dave Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic.
Do the 76ers really need a mascot? Well, as long as it isn’t an anthropomorphized cheese steak, we’ll give it a chance.
There are times I feel like we are going a little Fox Mulder with the lockout, trying to find signs that it is about to end where no such sign exists.
And then there are things that just hit you over the head.
Like the emails sent to employees of the Nets and 76ers, as reported at Deadspin.
The New Jersey Nets ticket sales office, idle for most of the fall, is holding a series of hastily called meetings today under the theme “Be Ready.” One staffer tells us that a department-wide email has been circulated, instructing employees that “it’s time to get back to work.” The short-staffed 76ers’ team office has been told that Monday will be “all hands on deck,” as per orders from the league.
Yes, these kind of letters have gone out from several teams earlier in the lockout, trying to keep employees on their toes. Yes, there are still big issues to be solved — BRI and luxury tax issues. Yes, one should never underestimate the power of Dan Gilbert to screw a good thing up.
That said, I think pretty soon we will be talking basketball, not lockout. Which would be a nice change of pace.
Does it make anyone else sad when a famed pro athlete auctions off a lot of his memorabilia?
Julius Erving — who you remember best as Dr. J. doing a scoop shot in the finals for the Sixers — is doing just that, according to the Atlanta Journal Consitition (via Ball Don’t Lie).
The majority of the story is about how Erving bought a golf course that seems to be a huge financial drain and has led to a bank suing him. Then comes these to paragraphs.
In an unrelated matter, many of Erving’s basketball memorabilia items, including his 1983 Philadelphia 76ers World Championship ring, will be up for bidding Friday, SCP Auctions said Tuesday. Other items on the auction block include Erving’s ABA championship rings from 1974 and 1976 with the New York Nets, MVP trophies from both the NBA and the ABA, and jerseys.
The minimum bid is $25,000 for the NBA championship ring, and $20,000 for each ABA title ring and the NBA MVP trophy, the auction house said. In a statement released by the auction house, Erving said he plans to donate a portion of the auction proceeds to the Salvation Army.
Unrelated. I can’t prove otherwise, so you make your own call.
But if you want some vintage Dr. J and Sixers memorabilia, there is an auction for you coming up. And the cause could be a good one.