May 01, 2019
Sixers Twitter, like most fandoms, is a very corner of the Internet. Fans are loopy, extremely self-referential, and when they love a player, they love them in the most extreme ways possible.
Matthew del Rio, a Sixers fan and blogger who seems to be Extremely Online, demonstrated the best parts of Sixers Twitter on Tuesday night when he shared a pair of photos showcasing a tattoo that we’ll call unique:
Back in March, I tweeted that I’d get a Mike Scott tattoo if I got to 1,000 followers by the next day. @SpikeEskin made sure that happened. I’m a man of my word, so here it is: pic.twitter.com/iTPWYnDN8m— Waiting for Playoff Anžejs (@mdelNBA) April 30, 2019
Getting a text-only tattoo for a 30-year-old role player who joined the team mid-season shows some absolutely insane dedication, if not some absolute insanity.
On the plus side, the font is cool and the headband is a pretty sweet touch.
Luckily, Del Rio’s leap of faith did not go unrewarded. Scott himself saw the tweet, and just about lost it.
(Warning: One of Scott's tweets contains NSFW excitement.)
Yooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo https://t.co/HetVgeAGnI— Mike Scott (@mikescott) May 1, 2019
You even got da headband🔥🔥🔥bruh that’s cold. Idgaf what anyone say. That’s fire. Fuck that. 💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯💯damn that’s cold lol https://t.co/HetVgeAGnI— Mike Scott (@mikescott) May 1, 2019
UPDATE [2:30 p.m.] — Scott was asked about the tattoo at Sixers practice on Wednesday, and said that he is indeed hooking the fan up with some playoff tickets.
It didn’t hit me until Scott tweeted his reaction, but this is something that players like LeBron James, or even Joel Embiid, experience regularly: fans expressing their undying (and permanent!) love for a superstar.
But Scott isn’t a superstar. He knows he has fans, but he plays a very specific role and is otherwise marginalized on whatever team he plays for. So when something like this happens, it probably makes Scott’s whole day, which is neat.
Former Sixer and current Atlanta Hawk Justin Anderson, who probably came to understand at least a bit of Sixers Twitter during his brief time with the team, also chimed in:
Between the court-side beverage sip late in the regular season, the huge shot over the Nets in Game 4, and now a fan professing everlasting love, Scott is having a very good first stint with the Sixers.