News came down yesterday afternoon (reported, appropriately enough, by SLAM Magazine) that Allen Iverson, polarizing Sixers great and likely future Hall of Famer, has finally accepted the inevitable, and will be announcing his retirement imminently. Iverson played 12 seasons for the Sixers (two of them incomplete) and over those years, he won four scoring titles and an MVP award, made the playoffs seven times and the finals once, and was elected to eight All-Star Games. He currently ranks first among the Sixers all-time in three-pointers made and second in points, steals, minutes played and free-throws made--though the numbers only go part of the way to explaining the cultural impact AI had on both this city and the NBA at large, and the way he simply defined Philadelphia basketball for over a decade.
You'll probably be reading a lot of glowing (and maybe a couple not-so-glowing) remembrances of the Allen Iverson era in the days to come, all by writers more qualified to write on the subject from a historical perspective than I. Instead, I wanted to compile a set of YouTube clips which, when watched in order, basically tell the story of AI's time in Philadelphia--the on-court highlights, the emotional low points, the WTF? moments, and so on. Hopefully browsing through all 25 will be a better testament to The Answer's impact than any essay I could write. With Allen Iverson, you always sort of just had to watch, anyway.
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.
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.