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Thursday, December 22, 2005

Where Are All the Sixers Fans?
Columnist Bob Ford seems stumped. Popular coach. Chris Webber's much better. Iverson's still exciting. His conclusion: "a crisis of faith. ... This team, as currently constructed, doesn't look capable of winning on a consistent basis."

Partly, I agree: Fans here have been through enough frustrations. Why invest your heart and money in another team with no championship chances?

But I also believe there are ways to rev interest. Pat Croce had a knack for the outrageous. (Bring back Little G!) Larry Brown's contrarian ways, clashing with A.I.'s independent streak, generated conversation. Now, what's there to talk about? Gee, Cheeks is nice?

Do something. The Ben Franklin lightning bolt show with lightning-bolt unis? Half-time samples of local plays? A Solve a Murder Mystery game in which fans keep getting clues? A Sixers Apprentice reality contest, in which a fan could win a job?

At least, tell fans like you mean it why this team will turn around.

Or do the most dramatic step of all: Trade Iverson. If he's neither the key to a title nor a draw, then jump into the future.


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