It's easy to poke Donovan McNabb now that he's a member of the Washington Redskins, but the reality is he was a franchise player during an amazing decade of football in Philadelphia. Respect should be shown at the appropriate times, like when he's announced for the first time when he returns to the Linc. After that, and especially during games, he plays for the enemy.
McNabb still has plenty of Philly ties and was in town for his annual White Party this past weekend. He showed some love to Philadelphia.
Via the DC Sports Bog:
"I had 11 strong years here in Philadelphia, tried to give you
everything that I've got," McNabb said. "Every time I stepped on the
field I tried to give you what I've got. Throw them fives in the air.
Let me see how much you appreciate what I gave y'all, through y'all
fives in the air. Every time I stepped on the field I gave you everything,
from my inside and out. I'm gonna see y'all twice a year [garbled,
boos], but you know one thing. I still love Philly."
I believe the game in which Donovan McNabb gave his insides was actually in Jacksonville, so the field there (and not Philadelphia) was the recipient of that.
We kid because we love(d).
Unrelated: Did you see McNabb's "pants" last week?
>>McNabb: "I still love Philly" [DC Sports Blog]
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.
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.