There was a Hip Hop show at the World Cafe Live upstairs last night featuring a number of Philly artists celebrating November being Hip Hop History month. While the beats were spinning upstairs, Donovan McNabb's wife was throwing a surprise birthday party for the Bird's leader a few floors below.
As my girlfriend and I enjoyed some food, a few Magic Hat Number 9, and stellar mix of beats upstairs, the staff set up a reserved table about 15 feet away. The table remained empty with a reserved place holder on it for a while. After about half an hour, Donovan McNabb rolled in with 4 or 5 guys and sat down. Donovan, who was drinking something out of a martini glass, really seemed to be into the music and vibe of the show. I even caught him bumpin' to the beats. For about 20 minutes, I was chillin 2 tables away from Donnie Mac and his boys. McNabb's crew couldn't have had more than a drink before they got up and took the elevator downstairs where I'm assuming Super Five had a big surprise waiting for him. Rumor had it that the invite list included Andy Reid, Brian Dawkins, and a who's who of Philly celebrities.
A Philly legend of a different sort was also in attendance. The legendary graffiti artist Cornbread was honored and gave a few words about how he tagged everything in Philly back in the day, from an elephant at the zoo to dozens of Philly cop cars.
>>Film profiles fame Philadelphia graffiti artist 'Cornbread' [Inquirer]
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Follow Up: More on McNabb's Party
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.