As expected, the 2016-2017 Sixers season has been extremely unpredictable. As it stands, the Sixers are sitting at 17-27 and only 4.5 games out of the 8th seed. Who would have thought? However, one of the biggest stories of the Sixers season has nothing to do with basketball. It has to do with cats. You’re probably wondering “what the hell have the Sixers fans done this time?”. Not so fast though, the details behind this trend may tug at your heart strings.
The trend all started with twitter user @GipperGrove. Good old @GipperGrove was inspired by Ben Simmons and his two cats ability to perch on his shoulders. After a Sixers win, @GipperGrove raised his cat in the air, snapped a picture, and captioned it “#raisethecat”. Since the first tweet went out, the trend has done nothing but grow. Fans make it a ritual, media members contribute, and even Sixers players are getting in on the act.
The #raisethecat movement has reached heights that I’m sure the creator could not have imagined. @GipperGrove recently created a T-Shirt that depicts Ben Simmons with a cat on his shoulder, while wearing a Joel Embiid long sleeve shirt. Ultimately, this is the best Sixers themed shirt that you could own. Proceeds from all shirt sales are going directly to @PhillyPaws, which is an organization that saves unwanted and neglected animals in the City of Philadelphia. Shirts are on sale now at Teepublic.com.
At times, Sixers fans get a bad reputation. We have been called crazy, weird, cult members, and scheme trusters over the past three years. One thing you can’t deny is that we know basketball. We know basketball and we use that platform to make a positive impact on the Philadelphia community. Win or lose, we are Philadelphia and they are our 76ers, no matter how bad the record. May the process continue and may cats be raised for years to come.