Carcillo, Malkin Highlighted as Divers, Actors, Punks, What Have You

Carcillo, Malkin Highlighted as Divers, Actors, Punks, What Have You

As there's not a lot of hockey news to look forward to at the moment — well, other than beard growth — let's go ahead and look back a bit.

At diving.

I know, I know. It's all bad news right now. But wait...

Amidst its inability to hash out a new labor deal so as to start its season on time, the NHL this summer did come to a conclusion about its game: on-ice embellishment has to stop.

According TSN's Darren Dreger:

Everything from posting pictures of each culprit in every NHL dressing room to re-instituting a fine system, or simply tacking on an additional two-minute penalty to offset the original call is being discussed by hockey operations and will at some point be presented to all NHL general managers for further discussion.

Why do we bring this your attention? Because two of three names/incidents mentioned in the report have very specific ties to the Flyers.

Mr. Dreger, you were saying?

Chicago's Dan Carcillo has been caught on video on more than one occasion during his career trying to sell a penalty. Among his more noteworthy attempts was in a 2010 playoff game with the Philadelphia Flyers against the New Jersey Devils, where Carcillo pretended to have been struck in the face with a stick.

Superstars such as Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin have also drawn criticism for attempting to mislead referees, as he did in the playoffs last spring resulting in a penalty against Philadelphia's Matt Carle.

With regard to Carcillo, he's talking about this:

That was the same game, by the way, in which Carcillo scored the OT winner to put the Flyers ahead 2-1 in their first round series. And it was only three weeks after Carcillo was suspended two games for cross-checking David Clarkson, who probably deserved it, in the face. No one feels bad for Devils fans, but man that must've ate at them.

Kind of like how any sort of Penguins success or praise eats at Flyers fans. Considering all the video we posted of the absolutely ridiculous things that went down in last year's first round series, I was both surprised and disappointed not to find this specific Carle-Malkin get together. (I did find plenty of flying elbows and shoulders though if you were wondering.)

Is there a point to this little stroll down memory lane? Sort of — I don't like the Penguins and I never liked Dan Carcillo.

Alright, let's go digging. Have a favorite hockey dive? Mention it in the comments and leave a link if you can.

I'm pretty partial to this:

Pierre McGuire everybody!

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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.