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Non-sports fans: Please bear with me over the next couple of paragraphs. You’ll likely find the culmination of what’s happening on Philly sports Twitter hilarious and/or petty. Either way, you’ll find quite an interesting social media phenomenon.
For those of you who are sports fans – Philadelphia sports fans especially – you’re probably familiar with the name of one Sam Hinkie.
Former General Manager of our beloved 76ers, Hinkie is famous for his role in “The Process” – a plan consisting of a few years of risky trade deals and purposeful losing in an attempt to set a mediocre franchise up for a potentially bright future in the NBA.
The Process was simple:
- Make calculated trades sending away current players in return for future assets in the form of high draft picks.
- Lose for a few years in the process (heh) and secure more assets. Use said assets to acquire tangible results in the form of better, younger players.
- Win championships.
The reception of The Process has been one of the most polarizing subjects in sports over the past five years. The people that hate the idea, hate it. The people that love it, love it. And I mean really love it.
3,000 fans showed up in Philadelphia to raise a banner for Sam Hinkie on lottery night #SamsTown https://t.co/gmtGEj9FhZ pic.twitter.com/519zczqVoD
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 17, 2017
Yeah. That much.
The leading voices of the glorious cult of the Process Trusters have been Spike Eskin and Mike Levin, hosts of The Rights to Ricky Sanchez Podcast, the only Sixers podcast. Not only are Eskin and Levin responsible for the banner-raising party above, but are also founding members of Retweet Armageddon Congress.
Retweet Armageddon Congress is now in session.
— Rights To Ricky Sanchez Podcast (@RTRSPodcast) January 18, 2017
Over past few years of losing, Sixers fans on Twitter were instructed by Congress to save mean tweets about the Sixers and The Process from members of the media. Eventually, after The Process ultimately proved successful, Retweet Armageddon would strike, exposing the opponents of The Process for their awful takes.
Today – as day Sixers made official a trade that used Hinkie’s assets to cash in on a future NBA star – Congress voted “YES.”
The results were both remarkable and painful.
UNLEASH HELL. IT HAS BEGUN. #RTArmageddon
— Rights To Ricky Sanchez Podcast (@RTRSPodcast) June 19, 2017
#RTArmageddon @Greg_Ebersole pic.twitter.com/XpKSq5SlfX
— shamus (@shamus_clancy) June 19, 2017
It's working! @AlbertBurneko #RTArmageddon pic.twitter.com/GJavPIZauO
— Shane McNichol (@OnTheShaneTrain) June 19, 2017
— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) June 19, 2017
I only have one contribution I'd like to make to the #RTArmageddon from Embiid/Saric draft night. I was off by 6 days. pic.twitter.com/x7hbrWpwr8
— Matthew James (@mkil1390) June 19, 2017
— Chuck (@ChuckP09) June 19, 2017
How long will #sixers fans and"sons of Sam"believe in what GM Scam Hinkie is doing. This team is beyond a disgrace. #itsajoke. @FOX29philly
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) November 19, 2015
What the @Sixers are doing to their fanbase is an absolute ATROCITY. The commissioner should intervene. pic.twitter.com/1WQ8LSpXR6
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 19, 2015
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) June 19, 2017
If you want a peek into just how insufferable Sixers fans will be from now on, follow the hashtag #RTArmageddon.
— Danny Chau (@dannychau) June 19, 2017
There are three ultimate morals of the story of Retweet Armageddon:
- Choose your hot takes wisely.
- Don’t be on the wrong side of history.
- Always Trust the Process.