Hello from Japan. Glad to see that the Sixers finally have a blog up on SBN. I am a Philly native, but I have to confess I am a Blazers fan. I used to like the 6ers in the Barkley, Hawkins, Dawkins and, of course, Bol, era, but fell in love with the Flyers and saw the Sixers as the other team that used the spectrum/center. I moved to Portland and found out the town was so big into basketball and they managed to root for the team the right way. I love the way that we treat our football team and stadium (though the Vet had the best memories of that for me), but I just don't think that stuff belongs in the NBA arena. I still love the Flyers and Eagles, and if I were to chose a 2nd NBA team, it would be the Sixers.
In fact, that's kind of what I did. Over at Blazers Edge (the Blazers SBN sister site), in an effort to get more involved with other teams and extend the olive branch, people have volunteered to become ambassadors for other SBN sites. I picked the Sixers, but they didn't have a site. Until now. So I welcome all the crap I will take for switching teams (actually I would never switch, but I really didn't have a team for a decade or so, and I still don't recognize baseball as a major sport no matter where I am. Again, fire away) and hope that we can talk some ball together. Since reading the blog, I do have to know about Speights. I'm sure just asking won't be enough, and I'll be around enough to pick up why you guys are so jazzed about this guy. Honestly, I think the Sixers and the Blazers will be duking it out in the finals in a few seasons if things stay on the up and up for both of these teams.