Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter: Sixers Host Clippers, Hide the Good China

Bring Your Daughter to the Slaughter: Sixers Host Clippers, Hide the Good China

We might have had a chance with no Chris Paul—the Clippers staring point
guard and perennial MVP candidate had missed about two-and-a-half
weeks' worth of Clipper games with a bone bruise, missing nine games, in
which the Clippers went just 3-6, after starting the season a sparkling
33-11. But he's back now, the Clips handled the Knicks at MSG yesterday
pretty easily, and they're just a much better team than the Sixers,
especially with 3/5 of the team's projected starting lineup still out
with injury. The Sixers are gonna need big games from...well, just about
everyone to have a chance in this one. Viewing without heavy
intoxication is not necessarily recommended.

7:00 tip from the
WFC. In other cheery news, Andrew Bynum talked to reporters today and
findings are: He's 20 pounds overweight, still feels pain doing basic
drills, and would not use the word "optimistic" when discussing anything
except for maybe his favorite Radiohead songs. Could still be a while!

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.