Beware of Stealthy Foles Fever Spreading Across Delaware Valley this Fall

Beware of Stealthy Foles Fever Spreading Across Delaware Valley this Fall

Eagles rookie backup quarterback Nick Foles certainly made a splash in the preseason by performing well enough to unseat Mike Kafka for the role of No. 2 behind injury-prone Mike Vick. But did you know there may already be an epidemic going around known as 'Foles Fever?'

It helps when your name works into an alliteration nicely.

Despite having never actually played in an NFL regular season football game, Foles is proving that sometimes the most popular guy in Philadelphia is often the backup quarterback -- or maybe sometimes the backup's backup.

It turns out that Foles is joining another scrappy Eagles fan favorite from yesteryear, Mr. Invincible himself Vince Papale, as not-exactly-stars to appear at an autograph signing in Center City. Nothing earth shattering there besides an opportunity for Fake WIP Caller to have the best days of his life meeting those two.

What I found a little interesting, however, was the apparent existence of Foles Fever. From a promotional release.

Also, backup quarterback Nick Foles will be making his first
appearance of his professional career. Foles Fever is in full effect so
come out on Tuesday, October 2 from 4:15 to 6 p.m. to see him before he
gets too hot this season!

I don't think there can really be a Foles Fever until he stars in a Gary Barbera commercial.

Both players' appearances will take place at the Sports Cave in One Liberty Place. Papale will be there on September 26 while Foles will be there on October 2. Be sure to bring your hand sanitizer.

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.