Asante Samuel Demanding Eagles Fans Cheer for Him Assures They Will Boo

Asante Samuel Demanding Eagles Fans Cheer for Him Assures They Will Boo

Going to the Eagles game this Sunday, and wondering what kind of reception to give Asante Samuel when he walks out of the tunnel? In an interview with AtlantaFalcons.com (via PhiladelphiaEagles.com), Asante issued an ultimatum of sorts to the Lincoln Financial faithful.

Cheer for me -- or else.

"They better cheer for me. They're going to cheer for me or we're going to have a problem right there in Lincoln Financial (Field)," Samuel told AtlantaFalcons.com on Thursday. "All y'all fans, all I did for y'all, y'all better cheer for me. Deuce here. (I've) got nothing but love for y'all."

We can only imagine the "problem" that we're going to have is a pissed-off Samuel running back Michael Vick passes for scores.

In all honesty, after four seasons in Philly and three trips to the Pro Bowl, number 22 is probably worthy of a few cheers before the game. Then again, he hasn't exactly been endearing himself to the fans all week, that's for sure. He's almost asking for boos.

Come to think of it, he is asking for boos. Probably best to meet his return with indifference.

Also in the nearly five-minute interview -- which by the way, Samuel conducted at his locker with his helmet on -- the brash corner basically bragged about forcing the Eagles' hand in the trade to Atlanta, which notoriously net the Birds a lone seventh-round pick.

"We all had to agree on it together. I had other choices that I was not going to pick. Atlanta was a place I wanted to come," Samuel said. "They tried to not let me come to Atlanta, but you know we got it done. We got it done."

BOO THIS MAN!

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.