Eagles to Sign Aussie Punter

Eagles to Sign Aussie Punter


Les Bowen reports that the Eagles have agreed to terms with Saverio Rocca, a 33-year-old Australian Football player. Bowen points out that the Birds often pick up a second punter for camp, but there’s already a lot of buzz about this guy, likely due to the success of other Aussies like Mat McBriar and Darren Bennett. Les has put together some good background on Rocca, how the other Aussies have faired in the League, and what the impact could be on the Eagles roster, so I think his article is a must read.

The Eagles overpaid Dirk Johnson before this season, and he had a pretty rough year to reward them for their generosity. I guess if Sav doesn’t work out, at least he’ll be a sign to Johnson that the Eagles will cut him if he doesn’t improve. Personally, I’d love to see this Aussie crazer put on Eagle green and learn to punt in the NFL. It’d make for some excitement, especially if some unfortunate rookie punt returner decides to break one and gets laid out in the open field.

Whatever happens, it looks like the Rocca is ready to compete:

"It's mixed feelings, because it's quite exciting if you make it and go all the way," Rocca, known to fans as "Sav," told the news show. "That environment, for the family, it's a bit hectic, because we're just not sure how far we're going to go... They can terminate the contract after 1 day if they want to. I've got to get over there and show 'em that I'm fairly good and I can kick just as good as, if not better than, who they've got there at the moment."

Some YouTube highlights… When you watch this video, it's clear that the NFL likely shells out a lot more cash than the Australian league. It looks like he's adored there, but he's willing to give it all up to take one of the most underappreciated positions in football in the States. Then again, he's  33, and punting-only duties are a lot easier on the body than taking the beating of Aussie rules football. Sorry for the lame song…

(Photo from footywire.com)

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.