The Philadelphia 76ers have built an incredible loyal fan base simply from a willingness to “trust the process” throughout a lengthy rebuilding effort. Despite the fact that he is now out of a job, former GM Sam Hinkie is a cult hero to a portion of the fan base and, in truth, his efforts are looking to be quite wise with the development of Joel Embiid and the bright future that also includes Ben Simmons.
To that end, there is enough excitement for fans of the Sixers that the Rights To Ricky Sanchez podcast hosts a massive party to celebrate the NBA Draft Lottery. This has become a tradition in recent years and, in 2017, the audio program put in a twist that awarded a $7,500 engagement ring to the winner of a contest. In order to win, contestants had to submit a form and also agree to present the engagement ring in the form of a proposal live in front of the sizable audience.
With more than an hour before the ping-pong balls were drawn, a winner seemingly emerged.
In fact, there was video evidence of a proposal on-site.
This is, of course, a crazy but wonderful place to get engaged. Later in the evening, the assembled masses made the decision to raise the image of Hinkie into the rafters in something of a retirement ceremony.
So, yeah, things got a little crazy. Beyond that, there is a movement to ban in-arena proposals at sporting events (one that I champion, by the way) but this is taking things another step. In fairness, the future bride (who was wearing a Ben Simmons jersey) and groom knew what they were getting into and they are getting a free ring with a big-time value but, in the same breath, the memory of one’s engagement also including rabid Sixers fans awaiting draft lottery results isn’t exactly picturesque.
We wish these crazy kids the best moving forward, though, and this is one bold way to get engaged.