EaglesRaiders Preview

EaglesRaiders Preview

The Randy Moss show comes back to the Linc on Sunday and the only thing which could make it more entertaining would be if Moss and Owens had a sit up contest before the game even started.  Sunday's game features two of the three elite receivers in the NFL (Marvin Harrison), but Moss and Owens are far and away the most exciting of the bunch.  Former Eagle great and now announcer on WYSP Mike Quick gave his pick of the two:

If I had a choice as to which one I'd rather
have, I'd say T.O. He's tougher. I think he works harder. And because
of that, I think Owens separates himself from Moss.

Moss is naturally gifted and probably has more God-given gifts
than T.O. does. But, to me, there are a lot of people who are naturally
gifted who don't take full advantage of it and I don't think Moss works
at being great.

T.O. works at being great. That means a lot to me. That makes the difference to me.

What Quick is getting at here is the fact that Moss wastes some of his talent and we all know there is nothing worse than wasted talent.

According to ESPN's team passing defense, The Eagles defense ranks second while Oakland ranks 26th in the league.  This means Donovan should have a field day.  Owens seems to thrive off of having a subplot of his own so I'd expect a big day out of him.  I'd also expect production similar to the Niners game out of Greg Lewis, L.J. Smith and BWest out of the backfield.

Donovan, T.O., and Akers are all banged up, but practiced on Thursday and appear ready to go.  I worry more about Akers injury than the other two.  McNabb and Owens are used to being banged up,but I'm not sure how Akers will be affected.

Randy and the Raiders offense will put some points on the board, but Kerry Collins will likely turn the ball over a few times.  I'm expecting a decent fight out of the Raiders.

Eagles  31  Raiders  20

 

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.