It's Only A Matter Of Time Until The Sixers Are World Champions Again

It's Only A Matter Of Time Until The Sixers Are World Champions Again

Sixers basketball is back--and better than ever.

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I've been a Philadelphia 76ers fan ever since I was in diapers. I've followed the team since I picked up the game of basketball at a young age.

I was 4 years old when Allen Iverson led an abysmal Sixers squad to the 2001 NBA Finals against the dominant Los Angeles Lakers. Philly ended up losing that series 4-1, but I'll never forget witnessing Iverson's famous step-over on the Lakers' Ty Lue, cheering and whooping from my bedside. I don't remember much from that age, but I'll always remember that.

Fast forward 18 years and the Sixers are finally a team to be reckoned with. More importantly, they are no longer a laughingstock of a franchise, as they had been for so many long, grueling decades. The team arguably boasts 3 of the top 15 players in the NBA, in superstars Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Jimmy Butler. They have 39 wins and 22 losses thus far, the 4th best record in the East and 6th best in the league. There are heavy Eastern Conference Finals and NBA Finals expectations for the club, something that Philly fans haven't heard for quite some time.

Along with the Eagles, the Sixers are the talk of the town. Arenas are no longer empty, with tickets at $5 a pop. Billboards are lined with advertisements to witness the championship-caliber team live. It's been a long haul and many seasons filled with let-downs and headaches, but true Sixers basketball is back.

But, to acknowledge where we are now, we must acknowledge where we came from. Before the 2017-18 season, the Sixers made the playoffs 4 times in 12 years. They hadn't made the playoffs since the 2011-12 season, losing in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In the 2015-16 season, the Sixers were 10-72, the second-worst record in franchise history. The team hadn't had a groundbreaking player on the roster since Iverson, now a Hall of Famer. There was nothing to lose, as the only way to go from here was up.

Then, Sam Hinkie took over the reins as General Manager and President of Basketball Operations in 2013. For the next 3 seasons, Hinkie decided to tank (or have the Sixers be non-competitive to compile high draft picks) and created mass hysteria in the league by doing so. He was shamed and ridiculed by NBA executives leaguewide for making such a monumental waste and sacrifice of multiple seasons.

Hinkie's method became known as "The Process", evolving into the popular mantra we know now as "Trust the Process". Long story short, Hinkie's purposeful indifference and flurry of draft-day trades resulted in acquiring the likes of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Markelle Fultz, and other well-known names. Hinkie stepped down at the end of the 2016 season. After a few recent major moves, the Sixers boast one of the league's best starting 5 lineups: Embiid, Simmons, Butler, JJ Redick, and Tobias Harris. The momentum of success is only trending upwards. We really only have one person to thank here--you can guess who. We still chant his name.

It's been a long time coming that the Sixers are making Philly a proud basketball city again. From a diehard basketball fan, words can't describe my joy of coming home at the end of a long day and watching my favorite team do well. Regardless of the high expectations, the Sixers may not fulfill them this year. On a beaming note, the team is full of young stars and the potential looks fantastic for years to come.

As amazing as the Super Bowl win was, Philly is never satisfied with just one championship. Keep a watchful eye on the Sixers--we'll be celebrating on Broad Street again soon enough.

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8 Types Of People Fetuses Grow Into That 'Pro-Lifers' Don't Give 2.5 Shits About

It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.

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For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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The 5 Most Influential Albums I've Ever Listened To

The music that has moved me to and through tears

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I begin this article by thanking everyone for opening up and sharing their personal experiences with music for my previous article. Because of all your personal responses I've felt inspired to compile my own list of music that has moved me throughout my years of existence.

1. "Antisocialites" -Alvvays

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This is an album I've recently come to appreciate and love. After coping with my first major breakup, I used a lot of my extra time trying to find music I could relate to my situation. I had listened to "Antisocialites" before, but it wasn't until this time in my life when I truly related to every word in this album. I always loved how this album sounded and the groove of each of the songs; the added attention to lyrics helped me appreciate this album in whole. This has also become one of my favorites to put on in the car driving around. It's easy listening with a lighthearted feel and some special lyrics.

2. "1989" -Taylor Swift

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No one can deny that Taylor Swift has come out with some of the biggest pop jams in contemporary music and this album is probably the ultimate proof. I got "1989" for Christmas the year it released and the cd has been in my mom's car cd player ever since. I think this album is so important to me because of all the good memories linked with it. This album reminds me of easier times, but I feel that as I grow I'm able to relate to this album more and appreciate Taylor Swift's ability to tell a story that is universally relatable. She's absolutely my pop queen and I will forever be a Swiftie with no shame.

3. "After Laughter" -Paramore

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"After Laughter" quickly became one of the most important albums I ever listened to because of its musical approach to heavier emotions. This album tackles themes like depression, loneliness, and forgiveness with easy-to-dance-to songs with amazing instrumentation. There is something so uplifting about happy-sounding music with sad lyrics. This album reminded me in some of the darker times in my life, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

4. "Hounds Of Love" -Kate Bush

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This is the album that helped me appreciate storytelling in music. The B side of this album is absolutely breathtaking and it is unlike anything I've heard before. Between Kate Bush's beautiful voice, production choices, and the story, this album is so unforgettable and special. Every time I hear "Hounds of Love", it's a new experience and that is what has made it one of my all-time favorite albums. The mixing on this album is theatrical and unique, truly unlike anything I've ever heard before. "Hounds of Love" has gifted me with a whole new perspective regarding how an album is created and I'm so appreciative of that.

5. "Blue" -Joni Mitchell

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"Blue" is the album that has always been there for me. From the time I was first introduced to it, all the way to now this album has and continues to affect me in many ways. Because of all these factors, I made sure to keep this album as sacred as possible. I only listen to "Blue" in solidarity and find it to be one of the most vital albums to healing. I'm so influenced by Joni Mitchell's words and I find her vulnerability so empowering. It was the first album I listened to where a woman was so exposed emotionally and still so strong. It taught me that releasing emotions doesn't make you weak and that by exposing feelings of depression, sadness, and fear you could expedite the healing process. I cannot thank Joni Mitchell enough for creating one of the most important albums I've ever listened to.

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