Charlie Manuel Sitting Front Row for Monday Night RAW

Charlie Manuel Sitting Front Row for Monday Night RAW

The WWE came to town last night, holding their prestigious
Slammy Awards show at the Wells Fargo Center. John Cena won Superstar of the
Year, while the legendary Ric Flair paid the squared circle a visit, and talked
up the city of Philadelphia quite a bit we’ll add.

As you can see from the photograph though, the Nature Boy
wasn’t the only guest of honor in attendance.

Courtesy of reader and friend of TheLevel, TH — the founder of and force behind The Wrestling Blog — here’s Charlie Manuel
seated directly behind
his good buddy and television broadcaster Jerry “The King”
Lawler, proving true the age-old adage that it’s good to be in the king’s good
graces. Or maybe I just made that up — not sure.

Charlie’s affinity for professional wrestling is well
documented. During the lead up to RAW’s 1,000th episode this summer,
Lawler shared a story about Manuel kicking scouts out of his office during his
Cleveland Indians days so the two could discuss Stone Cold Steve Austin. Last
year, we caught wind of the Phillies' manager meeting WWE Champion CM Punk at Wrigley
Field.

Meanwhile, no official word on that heel turn for Charlie that's rumored to be in the works.

screencap via @nickcpiccone

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.