76ers Fans Celebrate Wins with 'Raise the Cat' Movement

Andrew GouldFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2017

If there's one process foreign to Philadelphia 76ers fans, it's celebrating victories. Unaccustomed to winning, they're showing team pride with a bizarre ritual.

The rebuilding franchise—which tallied a combined 47 wins over the previous three seasons—has now won eight of its last 10 games. Ecstatic supporters are commemorating each triumph with the #RaiseTheCat movement.

It's exactly what it sounds like.

While working toward his NBA debut, No. 1 pick Ben Simmons partook in the observance. Before doing so, he joined many confused onlookers in questioning the trend's origin:

It appears Simmons actually helped popularize #RaiseTheCat. The 76ers rookie didn't hoist a feline over his head, but he posed with a cat last week:

#RaiseTheCat founder Dennis Grove has conducted this ceremony all season, but it has turned into a phenomenon during Philadelphia's winning stretch.

The way Joel Embiid and Co. are playing, 76ers fans may keep getting ample opportunities to keep this craze going.

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