EaglesJets Flashback: Eric Allen's Pick Six

EaglesJets Flashback: Eric Allen's Pick Six

We'll have more on today's Eagles/Jets game, but for the time being I figured I'd whet your appetite with this all-time classic Eagles video.

Eric Allen's 94-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Meadowlands against the Jets took place over 18 years ago. In re-watching the video it hasn't lost any of its jaw-droppingness. If anything, the passage of time makes it all the more amazing.

The first thing that struck me was the voice of Pat Summerall. There were no over the top catch phrases or forced excitement. He simply called it as it happened. Similarly, it was nice to hear John Madden. Late in his career he sort of became a caricature of what he once was, but he's vintage Madden in this clip.

The next thing that struck me was the names of the players on the field. For the life of me I could not remember who that #77 was who pressured Boomer Esiason just before he released the ball. I wanted tot say it was Rhett Hall, but it wasn't. I actually had to look it up. Do you know who it is? I'll give you a second to think about it......it was Keith Millard.

I totally forgot that the longtime Viking ended his career with the Eagles. Next, the final block in the return was thrown by Ben Smith. Smith, who was a former first-round pick out of Georgia, will forever live on in my mind, along with Ron Jones, as a guy who barring injury would've been an all-time franchise great.

Of course I am likely completely overestimating what his career would have been, but there's something so lasting and tantalizing about a young player who flashes brilliance only to see his career cut short by injury.

Lastly, I completely forgot about Eric Allen and Calvin Williams approaching Randall Cunningham in the tunnel after the touchdown. Randall, who suffered a broken fibula in the second quarter of the game, was on crutches watching Allen's return unfold. A good portion of the team, including Bubby Brister, ran to meet Allen and Cunningham following the score.

The play was so stunning that no less of an authority than Steve Sabol called it the greatest interception return in NFL history.

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.