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When I think of the term “breaking news,” at least in recent terms – I think of the passing of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, Michael Vick getting cleared to play in the NFL and former President Bill Clinton helping to negotiate the safe release of Euna Lee and Laura Ling from North Korea.

Then there was this gem last week:

Breaking News: The Sixers have re-signed G Royal Ivey.

Excuse me?

Breaking News and Royal Ivey should NEVER be used in the same sentence.

You do remember the Sixers, right? The only professional basketball team in town.

Seriously, trying to pass the Ivey signing off as breaking news is like trying to get people interested in the WNBA. No one really cares about the Ivey signing, or about the Sixers for that matter.

However, here’s something we should ALL care about. It puts in perspective the complete apathy people in Philly have toward the Sixers.

The Philadelphia Union, a soccer team (yes, soccer!) that hasn’t played one game, has no stadium and HAS NO ROSTER – somehow has more season ticket holders than the Sixers. Talk about a reality check of epic proportions. The Sixers may want to re-think their season ticket packages just a bit. For example, maybe they can start throwing a parking pass in with each package. If someone is willing to come down and watch this team go through another average season, with an average lineup and witness yet another round one playoff elimination at best, the least you can do is throw them a bone and cover their parking.

Think about Ed Snider, et al… If a soccer team (yes, soccer!) is outselling your team at the box office, what does that say about the dedication of the few, the delusional… the Sixers season-ticket holders?

Here’s the bottom line.

In order to turn this whole sad state of affairs around and regain the full support of the City of Brotherly Love, the Sixers are going to need something or someone big happen to the organization. It’s been too long since this team was anything even remotely more than average.

And lets face it, the 2001 team that went to the NBA finals was Allen Iverson and any 11 guys you could get at a Sonny Hill tournament. No offense Eric Snow, George Lynch, et al. What made that team so likeable was the fact that they played with passion and heart and our blue collar, Rocky-loving asses supported that. Pat Croce used that to his advantage brilliantly and we fed off his energy.

This team needs to give us fans something to love. Something to believe in. And that’s why I say in 2010, we make our move. We keep three guys on the squad that will produce for us down the road. Those three guys are Marreese Speights, Thaddeus Young and Jrue Holiday. Everyone else in my eyes are expendable and could help bring a real Top Gun to this city in 2010