Cause there aint no doubt I love this land

Cause there aint no doubt I love this land

In true celebration of Americana on the 4th of July, Kobayashi won the Nathan's hot dog eating competition in Brooklyn by eating 53 3/4 dogs in 12 minutes.  You can watch the competition over at ESPN.  Kobayashi trailed Joey Chestnut, the winner of this years Wing Bowl 14; the same guy who drank a gallon of milk in about 40 seconds, for the majority of the competition.  The commentary done on this video is simply poetic, metaphoric bliss.  Give it a go.
-Wiener-eater wins 6th straight [Boston]
-Where will A.I. end up? [Philly]
-Italians are better than Germans.  It's true. [FIFA]
-Have a little bit of trouble capturing those fireworks last night on the Parkway with your digital camera?  Alas, the Geeks Guide to Fireworks. [Wired]
-I would just like to note that Philly.com sucks.  I go to Philly.com in search of some photos of last night's show on the Parkway, some fireworks, etc. and all I get are photos of a parade in Lansdowne.  In contrast, when I go to The NY Times website, the first thing I see is a photo of Fireworks over NYC.  Maybe the new owners of the Inquirer will hire someone with some design skills.
-A little Trey on Watchtower in Camden, some burgers on the grill, some sun on the beach in Jersey, a guy in a blue suit with a red cape who saves the world, a Phillies walk off win, a little Lionel Richie , even sans All Night Long, topped off with some wet fireworks and some funnel cake make for a happy ending to a stellar holiday weekend.

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.