Rejoice, Sixers fans! Although opposing players may compare trailing your favorite at halftime to being pooped on by a bird, there is some good news to come out of the Wells Fargo Center this week: Allen Iverson is back!
Okay, Allen Iverson returns to the Wells Fargo Center quite often. He was even there opening night. But this Saturday they’re retiring his number! It’s literally the last time the Sixers can trot him out until, what, the 15th anniversary of the 2000-2001 Finals team? That’s not until the 2015-2016 season! This is the last time you’re going to get to see Iverson in a while.
The Sixers are celebrating his return to town with a deal: Buy season tickets for the next, presumably Iverson-less, season and have your photograph taken with the No. 3 jersey banner after Saturday's game. And Iverson will autograph the photo for you at a later date. (Presumably Iverson will be chained to a desk while signing these, à la Michael Jordan in Space Jam.) In a town full of ridiculous sports memorabilia, this is one of the weirdest.
The Sixers sent out an email out last night:
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today a unique and historic opportunity to get your picture taken in front of the official banner commemorating the retirement of Allen Iverson’s legendary #3 for all fans who purchase a season ticket membership for the 2014-15 season prior to or at Saturday’s game.
In addition to having your picture taken in front of the banner that serves as a reminder of Iverson’s legacy in Philadelphia, your photo will also be autographed by the Sixers legend at a later date. We will lower the historic banner back down to court level following Saturday’s game and again on April 1st, providing you the option to select which date will work best for this exclusive opportunity.
This is Philadelphia, so you never know how many people are going to take advantage of this. I shall pass along the ordering info: Call 215.339.7676. Hey, clever phone number!