The Evster checks in with Ben Revere's Twitter account

The Evster checks in with Ben Revere's Twitter account

When I was around 10 years old, I bumped into former Sixer and all-around terrible basketball player, Bob Thornton, at the Acme on City Line Ave. No seriously, I walked right into him. Like, right into his leg. I was looking for Skittles and he was waiting in line to buy ice cream and a People mag. I remember thinking, "Wow, Bob Thornton eats ice cream?" which is crazy considering the guy was nose deep in an article about Glenn Close. But whatever, People magazine's awesome, I know that now, but at the time I was just so excited to come face-to-knee with an actual NBA ballplayer, I didn't know what to do.

Bob with his patented jitterbug jab step.

So I stood there for a sec, and gathered my thoughts, then said something dope like, "Yo, you're Bob Thornts!" and he was like, "Yeah," and I was like, "How's your back?" which was an amazing question to ask considering no one else in the supermarket even knew who he was, let alone was aware of his injury status. Now you would think that a dude who averaged 3 points per game for his entire NBA career would've been more excited to talk to a fan -- especially one who was as adorable and knowledgeable as I was -- but Bob kinda shrugged me off and said, "It's getting better," and that was the end of our conversashe. I walked away, paid for my Skittles and then biked to my friend Nate's house to play with matches.


The point is that A) Bob Thornton sucks butt, and has always sucked butt, and B) these days -- with platforms like Twitter, Instagram and People dot com -- it's so much easier to interact with our favorite athletes without badgering them at the grocery store.

Sooooooo, considering Villanova lost, and the Sixers suck, and I started this post before the Eagles traded for Darren Sproles (and a friggin plane crashed on the friggin runway!), I figured it'd be cool to check out what everybody's favorite Phillie, Big Ben Revere, has been up to this off-season.

The best part of this tweet is not the tweet itself -- even though it's hilarious that a major league baseball player would ask 63,000 strangers if they saw the new 300 movie -- it's the fact that a guy who calls himself the "Amazing Binder-Man" thought it was ass. And I'm not doubting him, the movie was probably ass, but imagine Ben Revere hanging out with Marlon Byrd last Friday night, trying to decide what movie to see.

Marlon: Yo, you wanna go check out that new 300 movie tonight?

Ben: Naw, I heard it's ass.

Marlon: Really? Who'd you hear that from?

Ben: Binder-Man. The Amazing Binder-Man.

Marlon: Oh word? Eff that then. Let's stay in.

When Ben does stay in, he tends to watch a lot of college basketball. He's from Kentucky, where the UK Wildcats rule, but he's also a fan of the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, who are not only a real basketball team, but the winners of this year's Ohio Valley Conference Championship.

Okay, I understand that $515,000/yr (Ben's current salary) is not a lot for a major league ballplayer to take in, but that doesn't mean that Ben has to live in squalor. Wires all dangling from the back of the TV. Eating off a styrofoam plate. I'm 95% sure Ben Revere lives at a Red Roof Inn.

Also, why wouldn't you take a picture of the actual game?! That's like a promo shot!

Earlier this year, when Kentucky was playing Cleveland State, Ben tweeted this:

Obviously I had to find out who Ben was talking about, so I googled Cleveland State's roster in hopes of finding the Bruno Mars lookalike. And as I clicked on player after player after player, I finally stumbled upon this guy, sophomore guard, Bryn Forbes.

Ding ding ding ding ding!

42% three-point shooter! Banged 77 triples this year. And he'll catch a grenade for ya!

Of course, when you hang out at home watching a lotta hoops, you need ice cream. And Ben is an ice cream FIEND. Here he is loading up at the supermarket.

I didn't even know Twix ice cream bars were a thing!

And he's got Fruit Loops in the cart!

You want another ice cream shot? I can get you another ice cream shot.

Ben captioned this with: "Me and my baby spending quality time tonight. #shesbouttogetit #bouttoeatherup #bouttogetthehammer lol"

Sometimes, when Ben's not droppin the hammer, he'll pop in a Blu-Ray, put on some 3D glasses, and get lost in some epic sci-fi.

Hashtag milkshake!

But above all else, Ben is a ballplayer. Here he is with his little league team back in the day.

This caption reads: #tbt Lagrange GA days!! #coachpitch #thecomeup #idontsmile #ikeepithood #justkidding #washavingabadday #didntgetmyfruitjuice #needmyfruitjuice

Yo look how wide those kids are smiling in the bottom left. How could anyone be that happy to do anything? And what's up with dude's hat in the upper right? His brim is bent like a Red Roof Inn. If you're counting at home, that's two Red Roof Inn jokes in one post. TWO. Gotta be a record, right?

Let's go to the judges.

Judge Waps?

Thanks, Judge!

Here's Ben today -- still #keepinithood -- in the clubhouse with Dominic Brown (who apparently is goin all beige eerythang).

He's standing on a chair!

Also, smart move by Ben to put his left hand on Dom's back for balance. I stood up on an office chair last week and almost broke my neck. That's not true. I don't even own an office chair. But those things are wobbly a.f.

All in all, I love Ben Revere. Cool dude, down-to-earth, lover of God, keeps it real. Also he's incredibly optimistic.

The Phils are 4-10 this Spring.

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Penn State's signature win over Ohio State has it feeling it's back on map

Penn State's signature win over Ohio State has it feeling it's back on map

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – In another day and time, the late John Facenda — the voice of NFL Films and the very “Voice of God,” as he came to be known — described Marcus Allen “running with the night” while scoring a particularly memorable touchdown for the Raiders in a Super Bowl victory over Washington.

On Saturday, another Marcus Allen went soaring into the night, not to mention Penn State lore.

A blocked field goal by the Nittany Lions’ junior safety resulted in a go-ahead 60-yard TD return by teammate Grant Haley, as PSU upset No. 2 Ohio State in Beaver Stadium, 24-21 (see story). That led to the team’s fans, dressed appropriately for a White Out, to storm the field, and led to the kind of emotions that hadn’t been felt on campus in a long, long time.

“This is for everybody,” coach James Franklin said.

The Langhorne native talked about the game being “a big step in the right direction” as far as healing a community wounded by the Jerry Sandusky child sexual-abuse scandal. He talked, with tears in his eyes, about the death of his brother-in-law four days earlier.

Yet he didn’t wish to discuss whether it was the kind of signature victory he needed to propel the program back toward prominence (or, for that matter, ensure his job security).

“That’s for you (media) guys, all that signature stuff,” he said, adding that he “didn’t want to spend a lot of time talking about the big picture.”

Rather, he said, “I just want to enjoy tonight.”

Understandable, since the Lions, 5-2 after their third straight victory this season, beat a ranked team for the first time since 2013 (No. 14 Wisconsin), beat a team ranked in the top five for the first time since 1999 (No. 4 Arizona) and earned a victory over their highest-ranked opponent since knocking off No. 1 Notre Dame in 1990.

PSU also snapped a 20-game road winning streak on the part of the Buckeyes (7-1). Seventeen of those victories had come in Big Ten play.

Few people saw it coming, though middle linebacker Jason Cabinda said that amid a sleepless Friday night at the team hotel, he and his roommate, fellow ‘backer Manny Bowen, allowed themselves to dream.

“We were just talking about how great it would be to pull this off,” he said, “and how we believed we could pull this off, and how it would be like writing history.”

It was already etched upon the pages of Brandon Bell’s mind.

“This was no fluke,” the senior linebacker said. “This is what we train for. This is what we go out there and play for. Obviously everybody is (saying) we shocked the world, but this is what you expect. Or what I expect.”

Bell, playing for the first time since the season’s second week because of a leg injury, had a career-high 19 tackles and one of his team’s six sacks. Cabinda, playing for the first time since the opener because of a hand injury, had 12 tackles and a sack of his own. Bowen added 11 stops, and defensive end Garrett Sickels, suspended for the first half for violating a team rule, had career highs of nine tackles, 3½ tackles for loss and 2½ sacks.

“Maybe,” Franklin said, “I should suspend him for the first half for the season.”

With Cabinda and Bell back, the Lions were more aggressive on defense than they had been, more varied. Yet the game seemed to be getting away from them when Ohio State built a 21-7 lead through three quarters.

J.T. Barrett, the Buckeyes’ splendid quarterback, had thrown for one touchdown, Curtis Samuel had busted off a 71-yard run for another and PSU’s repeated special-teams blunders (a blocked field goal, a fumbled punt and a bad snap on a punt) had left the Lions staring up at a team that had won its previous 78 games when leading by 14 points or more in the fourth quarter.

OSU had, however, been extended to overtime the previous weekend at Wisconsin, while PSU had a bye, two things that might very well have contributed to all that happened next. You had Lions QB Trace McSorley capping a brisk 90-yard drive with a scoring run early in the final period. And freshman linebacker Cam Brown blocking a punt (even though the block wasn’t on) to set up Tyler Davis’ field goal, cutting the gap to 21-17 with 9:33 left.

Then Allen blocked Tyler Durbin’s 45-yard field goal attempt as well, the first time since 2007 the Lions had rejected two kicks in the same game. Haley collected the rebound and set sail down the left sideline.

Durbin and holder Cameron Johnston gave chase, and Johnston, the punter, closed the gap on Haley, one of the fastest guys on Penn State’s team.

“I told him, ‘If you would have gotten caught by the kicker I never would have let you live that down,’” McSorley said.

Never mind that — Haley admitted he would have never forgiven himself.

He managed to make it the distance, though, and after Ohio State’s final drive ended with a pair of sacks, PSU had the victory.

When the gun sounded several Lions sprinted toward the student section at the south end of the stadium and performed their own version of the Lambeau Leap. And as the fans spilled out onto the field, two male spectators turned to each other high up in the west stands.

“We’re back in business,” one said to the other.

That seemed to be the feeling in the locker room, too.

“It’s just a game that put Penn State back on the map,” Haley said. “We needed that signature win, and we did it tonight.”

All because Marcus Allen soared, and took everyone else along with him.

Flyers Notes: Ivan Provorov bounces back with help from Shayne Gostisbehere

Flyers Notes: Ivan Provorov bounces back with help from Shayne Gostisbehere

Shayne Gostisbehere has been through it before.
The ups and downs of a rookie season. Although his season a year ago was mostly up and up as a Calder Trophy finalist.
Nonetheless, Gostisbehere felt badly for 19-year-old Ivan Provorov following that minus-5 performance in Chicago on Tuesday and then another minus effort in the home-opening loss to Anaheim on Thursday.
So "Ghost" had a talk with his Russian counterpart about life on the blue line.
“He was down after a few games,” Gostisbehere said. “I didn’t really tell him much other than, ‘Hey, we’ve got 79 more of these.’ I told him to keep his head up and he’ll get over it. 
“He’s a hell of a player and sometimes you don’t get all of the bounces. He’s a great player as you guys could see. He had a great bounce-back game tonight.”
Indeed he did during Saturday’s 6-3 win over Carolina (see story).
Provorov says when the play seems slow to him, he knows he’s focused on what has to be done.

“Once you get comfortable, you get used to the speed and the game slows down for you,” he said. “With every game, I’m getting more comfortable and trying to make more plays.”
Provorov set up two critical early Flyers goals with two assists during a plus-2 outing that led to a 3-2 lead in the second period. The Flyers didn’t trail thereafter.
Both his shots went right to the net. Several other times this week, he had his point shots blocked.
“You try to read off how much time you have and stuff like that, how fast the player is coming at you,” he said. “You’re trying to [decide] what kind of shot to take.”
Provorov admitted some of his teammates were giving him encouragement.
“I think everyone is going to have tough games, it’s only his third game,” Gostisbehere said. “You have to give the guy a break. It’s tough to be in that position, he’s 19 years old.  
“He’s a kid, it’s tough. I was 22 so it was a little different, I’m a little older and everyone is going to have those tough games, but it’s how you bounce back.”
Provorov also had two hits and four blocked shots.
Scoring streaks
Matt Read and Wayne Simmonds both extended their goal-scoring streaks to four games. They are each one shy of their career-high — five games.
The last Flyer to have a four-game goal-scoring streak was Claude Giroux, who did so from March 19 to 28, 2015, with five goals.
According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time the Flyers had two players concurrently on goal-scoring streaks of four games or more was 1993, when Josef Beranek had an eight-game streak from Oct. 9 to 23 and Eric Lindros had a six-game streak from Oct. 12 to 26.
Read is truly enjoying the best start of his career.
“It made hockey a little bit more fun,” he said. “The last couple of years have been frustrating. You are battling as much as you can out there to try and get better.
“Scoring a couple of goals here early gets the confidence high. I enjoy going on the ice every shift and giving it your all and trying to make this team better every shift.”