Thank You From Spike
Hi, it's Spike. I'm just going to write this little thing and then I'll let Kristen take over for the rest of the newsletter.
Live podcasts are not like that. I've been to live podcasts. There are some that are big, for sure, but none of them feel like a concert like Live Ricky III did at VTBNL (Electric Factory) on Saturday night.
As the "Bill Simmons" intro was playing (thanks again @killakow), and then Felicia was singing, Mike and I were backstage, and I was looking out at all of you, and my mood came from what I'll conservatively called very stressed, to very proud and excited. We were about to go out and do a show on a stage that I've watched some of my favorite bands play for almost three decades. And it's all because of you.
People ask us all the time, "what made you start doing the podcast?" I regularly have no real answer to that. I just liked to do podcasts. But the answer would have never been to help create a community of thousands of people that I feel like I know personally. It would have never been to be part of a movement so strong, that the newly hired general manager of the Sixers would decide that coming to the live podcast is the right thing to do. It sure as hell wouldn't have ever been to play the Electric Factory (I know "play" is the wrong word, give me a break).
TJ, Rock, and Dario have now all had the same reaction when they meet you. "They said it would be crazy, but I didn't know it'd be this crazy."
But I do know why we keep doing it, and that's certainly because of you. I truly and honestly love you for what you've provided us and what you continue to provide. Support, entertainment, friendship, are all just the start of it. You also seem to love mead, engagement rings, dog beds, skateboards, and occasionally (unfortunately) getting injured and knowing who to call. To be quite honest, you're coming up with most of the ideas, doing the singing, the graphic artistry, taking the photos, none of this really happens without you.
I would have never have dreamed of being a part of all of this for the last five years. But if I did, that show on Saturday night would have been a dream come true. I'm proud of you and of what we did. Here's the pod.
Fly (Bus) The Process IV
It's happening again, we're taking another trip. Bus The Process I took us to Brooklyn, Bus The Process II took us to D.C. (we're not allowed back), Bus The Process III took us to Chicago and Milwaukee (Tony Snell will never be the same), and Bus The Process IV will take us to Atlanta.
We're going in search of Paul Millsap. We still don't know who he is.
From March 22nd until March 25th a group of hundreds will take over Atlanta for our next road trip. If you went on the Chicago/Milwaukee trip, you know how Phans of Philly does it. All first class.
Round-trip, non-stop airfare, a four-star hotel, a three-hour pregame party with BBQ, beer, and wine, a basketball court on the roof of the hotel that we can use, a to-be-designed commemorative t-shirt, a picture on the court after the game, and a wild story to tell. Maybe we'll even find Millsap.
You can reserve your spot now for $150 a person. All of the pricing and whatever other info you need is right here. There are even packages if you're flying from somewhere else, or already live in Atlanta. If you've got any questions, Joe will figure it out for you, just reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We found a way to get high-quality shirts to you for a much cheaper price. It's the same Next Level tri-blend or 100% cotton shirt as before, but the Process Hall of Fame shirt is just $19.99 plus shipping. If you like how these turn out we'll do many more. Thanks to our new merch partner for making it possible (they also made the posters from the Live Ricky).