The Sixers knew they’d clinch a playoff berth with a win against top-ranked Milwaukee this weekend, so it made sense players were ready to go hard. But the intensity didn’t take away their sense of humor — at least not Mike Scott’s.
A newcomer who arrived in February as a trade deal’s third wheel, Scott was diving for a ball late in the first quarter on Sunday when he leapt across the sidelines. As he flew into the stands, he managed to lob the ball to a teammate, who made the basket.
Scott then clambered out from the first couple rows of seating — but not before pausing for a celebratory sip.
TV cameras caught the 6′ 8″ power forward leaning forward, reaching his long arm across a woman’s lap, snatching the cup out of her hand (as politely as possibly, it should be noted), and taking a glug.
The drink was straight Jack Daniels, something Scott clarified later on his Instagram story. He also said the move wasn’t planned, and that he probably wouldn’t do it again.
But all that doesn’t really matter. Whatever happens in the playoffs this year, Mike Scott is now a Philadelphia legend.
That sip in the stands got us thinking about other audacious moves people have gotten away with in Philly — things that might’ve been shocking or surprising at the time, but then turned out just fine, or even to our collective benefit.
Here’s seven of the most memorable lighthearted stunts Philadelphians have pulled off in recent years.
(Got one to add? Let us know.)
Chase Utley dropping WFC
Did Chase Utley realize his microphone was broadcasting live on radio and TV? Unclear, but the former second baseman will go down in history for his off-the-cuff statement during the ceremony after the Phillies 2008 World Series victory parade.
“World Champions,” Utley marveled, for all the globe to hear. “World Fucking Champions.”
Michael Nutter busting out ‘Rapper’s Delight’
Before the 98th mayor of Philadelphia entered politics, he was a DJ at a nightclub, which is where he first heard the Sugar Hill Gang classic “Rapper’s Delight. Over the years, Nutter practiced and honed his delivery — and then surprised supporters with an all-out performance at his 2008 inaugural ball. Nutter would go on to reprise the act on multiple occasions during his time in public office.
PHS launching a beer garden
Seasonal beer gardens show up all over Philly during warm weather, but it wasn’t always like that. It took a bold experiment by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society in 2013 to show how temporary liquor licenses — ostensibly issued by the LCB to serve alcohol at catered events like weddings — could be strung together on consecutive dates.
Early pop-ups that used this method toed the line of legality, but some code changes in 2016 paved the way for them to become common across the city.
Marky Mark ribbing the pope
Mark Wahlberg isn’t from Philly (though he does get some points for his turn as Eagle Vince Papale in Invincible), but one of his boldest accomplishments played out here: joking with the leader of the Catholic church.
When Pope Francis was in town for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, Wahlberg took a moment as emcee to apologize for starring in the raunchy movie Ted.
“Holy Father please forgive me,” he said. “I’ve always hoped that the good Lord has a sense of humor.”
Pope clearing cars off the streets
Again, Pope Francis isn’t from Philadelphia, but his visit here — and the security procedures it entailed — ended up creating a car-free zone throughout much of Center City. Though there was a lot of griping about the “pope fence” before it went up, many cyclists and pedestrians were thrilled with the result.
Jason Kelce going full Mummer
A Super Bowl victory parade is definitely an acceptable time to let loose, but the extent to which Jason Kelce took it last year puts him in a class by himself. As other players rode around on the top of their buses, hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for photo ops, Kelce dropped himself in the thick of things.
Dressed in a borrowed Mummers costume, the hirsute Eagles center rode a bicycle, high-fived fans, pinched babies cheeks and took enough swigs of booze to fuel his now-famous speech on the Art Museum steps.
The Flyers creating Gritty
After decades without a mascot, as per wishes of late founder Ed Snider, the Flyers introduced one last year. It wasn’t a guaranteed win, especially because the team eschewed any attempt to make the character friendly and instead doubled down on its hard-core attitude.
The result — whom you know as Gritty — has been more of a success than anyone ever imagined.