Wilt Chamberlain Stamps Debut Today

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As if you needed another reason to go see the suddenly red-hot 76ers: Tonight, when the team hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Wells Fargo Center, there will be a first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the much-anticipated Wilt Chamberlain postage stamp honoring the Philly hoops legend.

Put another way: Tonight, at the first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the much-anticipated Wilt Chamberlain postage stamp, there will be a basketball game.

The pride of Overbook High is the first NBA player to be immortalized in the hallowed halls of philately. Punneth the USPS:

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The Outrage Meter for the Week Ending November 14, 2014

Although there’s been some residual anger over accused sexual assaulter Bill Cosby and the couple charged with torturing and killing a three-year-old boy, a rather heated debate over where the best veggie burger can be found in Philadelphia (talk about First World Problems), nausea brought on by the Sixers (but, really, that’s nothing new), a scuffle over stores being open on Thanksgiving, some talk about spitting in public, embarrassment for the guy who spent $82,000 on a lame proposal scheme that involved iPhones, and disappointment over LeSean McCoy’s lackluster performance, it seems that the only thing that people here are really outraged about en masse is…

…the same thing that people everywhere are outraged about: the naked ass of a fame whore who is married to one of the biggest pieces of crap in society, whether said outrage is over the mere existence of the photo, outrage over the Photoshopping of the photo, outrage over the fact that people are sharing the photo more often than the common cold, or feminist outrage at the people who are outraged at said fame whore for posing for the photo. Frankly, we’d much rather have people sharing this photo of a girl than that one.

Unveiled: The New Wilt Chamberlain Stamp

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Wilt Chamberlain’s life is the stuff of legend, from his time at Overbrook High School to his towering frame to his incredible feats both on and off the court. And so, it is only fitting that the United States Postal Service’s new Wilt Chamberlain stamp is a third taller than most postage stamps. Read more »

MORNING TEA: NJ Actor-Teacher Fired for Showing Students Bedroom Scene Clip

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Richard Graffanino

Richard Graffanino, a technology teacher who moonlights as an actor in River Edge, N.J., was fired from his teaching job for showing middle school students a clip of him in bed with an actress. From AP: “The arbitrator said the scene conveyed the impression that the characters were waking up after having sex and was ‘clearly inappropriate’ for middle school students. A sheet covers the woman just below her bare shoulders and the shirtless Graffanino up to his waist.” More on the embarrassing story here.

More of the morning’s headlines after the jump

Sixers Lose by 45 to Team Wearing T-Shirts

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Of all the franchises in the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers are historically the worst. (They’re kind of like the Phillies of basketball.) Of all the NBA teams, only the 10-year-old Charlotte Bobcats have a worse winning percentage. This is a franchise where notoriously penny-pinching owner Donald Sterling once held a Black History Month event in March. The team has won 1 division title and been to the playoffs only 9 times.

Anyway, the Clippers’ biggest win in franchise history is now over the Sixers.

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How to Be a Fan of the Tanking 76ers

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The Sixers are going to be bad this year.

Of course, you knew that. The Sixers may have the third-most victories and third-most playoff wins in NBA history — as the team reminded us in bizarre ad campaigns the last two years — but they are also frequently disappointing. It is a franchise that has turned Hall of Famers like Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham and Moses Malone and future Hall of Famer Allen Iverson into two NBA Championships. Two! That’s equal to the number of titles won by the Phillies, one of the worst-run franchises in sports history.

But this year is different, because the Sixers are going to be intentionally bad. The team’s slogan is even “Together We Build.” The Sixers are planning for a bad season. They’re interested in one!

It’s going to be an odd season for the Sixers, so I’ve compiled a Q&A to help Sixers fans through this tank-tastic season.

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For This Year’s Sixers, How Bad Will Be Bad Enough?

Philadelphia 76ers center Nerlens Noel (4), small forward Evan Turner (12) and point guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) during a media day photo shoot at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.

There may be a tougher job in Philadelphia than selling Sixers tickets, but it would be awfully hard to find. I suppose the guy who has to clean the mess off the top of William Penn’s hat isn’t too happy. Or the person who has to clean up after City Council, for that matter.

The Sixers have had some bad seasons before, with the historic 1972-73 debacle atop the list, but there has never been a year in which it was trying to be so obviously rotten. We are at a point in the franchise’s history where fans may actually boo the team’s successes, however few they may be.

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