A New Friend
The Opening Tip
Hello and Happy Thursday, it's the Corner Three!
I write this sincerely with a heavy heart and mind, considering the current state of our society. I'm very much aware that in the grand scheme of things this newsletter is very inconsequential, so for all who open, and read and take the time to digest my words and thoughts, I appreciate you and hope this provides the kind of release that writing it does for me.
Much love to the NBA Players Association and all the teams still in the bubble, no matter what they decide.
We have a sponsor!!! Lets get to it.
We've got a sponsor now. Not just any sponsor, but Philly's own Stateside Urbancraft Vodka. No gluten, distilled seven times, and has a coherent front office structure. Drink it with water, a lemon, and a lime and you've got an Agua de Fiesta.
That sizable bottle above (1.75 litres) is now available at PA Wine & Spirits stores, and directly from Stateside Vodka, where you can get it with curbside pickup at Stateside or have it delivered (if you're in Philly). Welcome, Stateside.
MERCH PROMO CODE: JERRYLIES10 (this is for 10% off any non-sale item in the Merch Store. It's good till 9/2 when it changes again to keep you on your toes). PS: This is not good for Buddha Babe merch.
This Week In The Pod
The Sixers finally put us out of our misery (for this year atleast) and got swept in 4 lackluster games by our friends in Boston and sent Brett Brown out on top (JK). The guys talk game 4, Sixers offseason ahead and welcome a special guest, your guy (me).
In a fitting tribute to the guy who took many a bullet for his team and his front office, we offer the Brett Brown interviews, some great words from conversations past with BB.
Spike and Mike bid Brett Brown an official goodbye and welcomed Sixers fan and clinical psychologist Thea Gallagher, to talk about her awesome work, Sixers fandom and coping with Sixers related anxiety. Lord knows we need all the help we can get! They also announced our awesome new partner/newsletter sponsor, which actually is very fitting given the current state of our relationship with the Sixers.
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Oh Yeah,The Sixers
7 years, 102 players and one burnergate later. We knew it was coming. We knew it was time, he knew it was time. My only two regrets about the Brett Brown era was Nerlens Noel & Joel Embiid only playing a collective 8 minutes together and him never getting to coach Simmons & Embiid in the finals. By the time we got to game 4, and honestly probably way before that, I think Brett and the players were ready. No doubt they all respected and appreciated him but eventually, that bridge falls short too and you're left wondering if the voice can reach as far as you need it to.
So here we are, faced with the most important (and soon to be longest) offseason in team history, just like every other offseason the past 4 years. Who's leading the charge? An ownership group that doesn't want to be bothered and just handed the front office keys to a GM who admitted that his first few years on the job he had little idea how to operate. If we've learned nothing else these past 5 months on our couches it's that people respond to action, so I implore you to keep letting your voice be heard. No tickets, no merch, no nothing until the right moves are made. #EVERYBODYGOTTAGO
The Rest From The Best
Mike O'Connor isn't just a great writer, he's got some front office chops as well! Mike put on his ownership cap and did his very best to right the wrongs and get our sinking ship out of troubled waters.
I'm not a big "everything is on the table" guy, but everything is on the table, including how the Sixers need to look at running their offense differently with Joel Embiid. Our very own Andrew Unterberger gave some insight before game 4 on what that might look like.
TU's very own, Sixers Adam, doesn't write obituaries, but man, put a really good bow on a shit show of a season and reminded us ending was more than a few weeks in the making.
Peace, Love and Process
That's my time, ya'll. Be good to yourself, each other and call your parents