Afternoon Extras: Donaghy's Lawyers, Flash's Travels, a Flyers Eulogy, Trouble for RedLasso, and more...

Afternoon Extras: Donaghy's Lawyers, Flash's Travels, a Flyers Eulogy, Trouble for RedLasso, and more...

With our sporting focus now primarily on the Phils, it was good to see them win one last night to halt the skid mark before it stained. Outside of the Phillies, there are plenty of great stories to aid in your Wednesday blowing off of responsibilities. As if you needed the help. 

  • There's no need to mourn them though, for the Flyers have gone onto a very nice purgatory (Heaven still awaits). It's called the Borgata.
    Also, after taking in a few period of the Flyers win on Thursday of
    last week, Owen Wilson (in town to shoot Marley and Me) hit up Rick's
    Caberet in South Philly. Not a bad night for Kingsley Zissou. [Dan
    Gross]
  • Is this the untimely end of RedLasso? [Silicon Alley Insider, via Mr. Irrelevant]
  • The Man U-Chelsea Champions League final is today at 2. You probably won't get to see it, but here's a great primer. [The Beautiful Game]
  • Also from Mr. Wyshynski, we have a discussion on the possibility of mandatory visors in the NHL,
    and a nasty picture of the reason why. I used to wear the Jofa
    birdcage, like Tommy Soderstrom, only I wasn't a goalie. After getting
    Coburned, I'd probably be wearing a welder's mask. [Puck Daddy]
  • I finally got the new Roots album yesterday. Recommended.

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.