The Evster checks in with Ben Revere's Twitter account

The Evster checks in with Ben Revere's Twitter account

When I was around 10 years old, I bumped into former Sixer and all-around terrible basketball player, Bob Thornton, at the Acme on City Line Ave. No seriously, I walked right into him. Like, right into his leg. I was looking for Skittles and he was waiting in line to buy ice cream and a People mag. I remember thinking, "Wow, Bob Thornton eats ice cream?" which is crazy considering the guy was nose deep in an article about Glenn Close. But whatever, People magazine's awesome, I know that now, but at the time I was just so excited to come face-to-knee with an actual NBA ballplayer, I didn't know what to do.

Bob with his patented jitterbug jab step.

So I stood there for a sec, and gathered my thoughts, then said something dope like, "Yo, you're Bob Thornts!" and he was like, "Yeah," and I was like, "How's your back?" which was an amazing question to ask considering no one else in the supermarket even knew who he was, let alone was aware of his injury status. Now you would think that a dude who averaged 3 points per game for his entire NBA career would've been more excited to talk to a fan -- especially one who was as adorable and knowledgeable as I was -- but Bob kinda shrugged me off and said, "It's getting better," and that was the end of our conversashe. I walked away, paid for my Skittles and then biked to my friend Nate's house to play with matches.

OMG WHAT'S THE POINT OF THIS STORY, EV?!

The point is that A) Bob Thornton sucks butt, and has always sucked butt, and B) these days -- with platforms like Twitter, Instagram and People dot com -- it's so much easier to interact with our favorite athletes without badgering them at the grocery store.

Sooooooo, considering Villanova lost, and the Sixers suck, and I started this post before the Eagles traded for Darren Sproles (and a friggin plane crashed on the friggin runway!), I figured it'd be cool to check out what everybody's favorite Phillie, Big Ben Revere, has been up to this off-season.

The best part of this tweet is not the tweet itself -- even though it's hilarious that a major league baseball player would ask 63,000 strangers if they saw the new 300 movie -- it's the fact that a guy who calls himself the "Amazing Binder-Man" thought it was ass. And I'm not doubting him, the movie was probably ass, but imagine Ben Revere hanging out with Marlon Byrd last Friday night, trying to decide what movie to see.

Marlon: Yo, you wanna go check out that new 300 movie tonight?

Ben: Naw, I heard it's ass.

Marlon: Really? Who'd you hear that from?

Ben: Binder-Man. The Amazing Binder-Man.

Marlon: Oh word? Eff that then. Let's stay in.

When Ben does stay in, he tends to watch a lot of college basketball. He's from Kentucky, where the UK Wildcats rule, but he's also a fan of the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, who are not only a real basketball team, but the winners of this year's Ohio Valley Conference Championship.

Okay, I understand that $515,000/yr (Ben's current salary) is not a lot for a major league ballplayer to take in, but that doesn't mean that Ben has to live in squalor. Wires all dangling from the back of the TV. Eating off a styrofoam plate. I'm 95% sure Ben Revere lives at a Red Roof Inn.

Also, why wouldn't you take a picture of the actual game?! That's like a promo shot!

Earlier this year, when Kentucky was playing Cleveland State, Ben tweeted this:

Obviously I had to find out who Ben was talking about, so I googled Cleveland State's roster in hopes of finding the Bruno Mars lookalike. And as I clicked on player after player after player, I finally stumbled upon this guy, sophomore guard, Bryn Forbes.

Ding ding ding ding ding!

42% three-point shooter! Banged 77 triples this year. And he'll catch a grenade for ya!

Of course, when you hang out at home watching a lotta hoops, you need ice cream. And Ben is an ice cream FIEND. Here he is loading up at the supermarket.

I didn't even know Twix ice cream bars were a thing!

And he's got Fruit Loops in the cart!

You want another ice cream shot? I can get you another ice cream shot.

Ben captioned this with: "Me and my baby spending quality time tonight. #shesbouttogetit #bouttoeatherup #bouttogetthehammer lol"

Sometimes, when Ben's not droppin the hammer, he'll pop in a Blu-Ray, put on some 3D glasses, and get lost in some epic sci-fi.

Hashtag milkshake!

But above all else, Ben is a ballplayer. Here he is with his little league team back in the day.

This caption reads: #tbt Lagrange GA days!! #coachpitch #thecomeup #idontsmile #ikeepithood #justkidding #washavingabadday #didntgetmyfruitjuice #needmyfruitjuice

Yo look how wide those kids are smiling in the bottom left. How could anyone be that happy to do anything? And what's up with dude's hat in the upper right? His brim is bent like a Red Roof Inn. If you're counting at home, that's two Red Roof Inn jokes in one post. TWO. Gotta be a record, right?

Let's go to the judges.

Judge Waps?

Thanks, Judge!

Here's Ben today -- still #keepinithood -- in the clubhouse with Dominic Brown (who apparently is goin all beige eerythang).

He's standing on a chair!

Also, smart move by Ben to put his left hand on Dom's back for balance. I stood up on an office chair last week and almost broke my neck. That's not true. I don't even own an office chair. But those things are wobbly a.f.

All in all, I love Ben Revere. Cool dude, down-to-earth, lover of God, keeps it real. Also he's incredibly optimistic.

The Phils are 4-10 this Spring.

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NHL Playoffs: Penguins beat Senators in 2OT of Game 7 to reach Stanley Cup Final

NHL Playoffs: Penguins beat Senators in 2OT of Game 7 to reach Stanley Cup Final

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins are heading back to the Stanley Cup Final.

Chris Kunitz beat Craig Anderson 5:09 into the second overtime to give the defending champions a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final Thursday night.

Kunitz scored twice, his first two of the playoffs. Justin Schultz added the other in his return from an upper-body injury, and Matt Murray stopped 28 shots on his 23rd birthday.

The Penguins are trying to become the first team since the Detroit Red Wings in 1998 to win back-to-back titles. They will host Western Conference champion Nashville in Game 1 on Monday night.

Mark Stone and Ryan Dzingel scored for Ottawa. The Senators rallied twice to tie it, with Dzingel making it 2-2 with 5:19 left in regulation.

Craig Anderson made 39 saves, but couldn't get a handle on Kunitz's shot from just outside the left circle. The Senators are 0-6 in Game 7s in franchise history.

The Senators forced a return trip to Pittsburgh -- where they lost 7-0 loss in Game 5 on Sunday -- by leaning heavily on Anderson in a 2-1 Game 6 victory, putting both teams at odds with history.

Ottawa came in 0-for-25 years in winner-take-all games, while the Penguins were 0-7 in Game 7s at home in series in which they also dropped Game 6.

Ottawa coach Guy Boucher told his resilient team to not get caught up in the big picture but instead focus on the small ones, a recipe that carried the Senators throughout a bumpy transition under their first-year head coach to the brink of the franchise's second Cup appearance.

The Penguins, trying to become the first defending champion to return to the finals since Detroit in 2009, came in confident they would advance if they could replicate their dominant Game 6, when they were undone only by Anderson's brilliance.

Pittsburgh has been nearly unflappable in the face of adversity under Mike Sullivan, going 12-2 in playoff games following a loss over the last two springs. He encouraged his team to "just play," code for fighting through Ottawa's neutral zone-clogging style and the bumping, grabbing and pulling that comes along with it.

A chance to play for their sport's ultimate prize on the line, the sheets of open ice the Penguins found so easily in Games 4-6 closed up. For most of the first 30 minutes, loose pucks hopped over sticks to spoil some scoring opportunities while Anderson and Murray gobbled up the rest.

Kunitz, relegated to the fourth line since returning from injury in the second round, picked up his first postseason goal in a calendar year when he completed a two-on-one with Conor Sheary -- a healthy scratch in Games 5 and 6 -- by slipping the puck by Anderson 9:55 into the second period.

The momentum lasted all of 20 seconds. Ottawa responded immediately with Stone -- who stretched his left skate to stay onside -- fired a wrist shot that handcuffed Murray.

Pittsburgh kept coming. Schultz, returning after missing four games with an upper-body injury, zipped a shot from the point through Kunitz's screen and into the net with 8:16 left in the third.

Once again, the Penguins could not hold the lead. Dzingel set up at the right post and banged home a rebound off Erik Karlsson's shot that hit the left post and caromed off Murray's back right to Dzingel's stick.

Notes
The home team is 21-20 in overtime Game 7s in NHL playoff history. ... Pittsburgh F Patric Hornqvist skated during warmups, but was held out of the lineup for a sixth straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Karlsson had 16 assists in the playoffs to set a team record. ... The Penguins are 10-7 in Game 7s. ... It was the fifth one-goal game of the series.

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick hit by pitch twice, removed from rehab start at Triple A

Howie Kendrick experienced a painful rehab start on Thursday night.

Rehabbing with Triple A Lehigh Valley, Kendrick was hit by a pitch twice before being removed after the sixth inning of the IronPigs' 8-4 loss to Indianapolis at Coca-Cola Park.

Both times Kendrick was plunked in the upper left arm, according to Tom Housenick of the Morning Call.

There was no update on if Kendrick was injured or taken out for precautionary reasons. Thursday marked Kendrick's second rehab start as he recovers from an oblique strain that has sidelined him since April 15.

The Phillies' leftfielder started at third base Thursday. At the beginning of his rehab assignment, Kendrick was expected to play four games and see time at third and first base, as well as in left field.

Kendrick made a throwing error at third on Thursday and finished 0 for 1 with a run scored. In his two games, he's 0 for 3 with two strikeouts.

Kendrick hit .333 with four doubles, a triple and five RBIs in 10 games with the Phillies prior to landing on the DL.

When he returns, he could see time at third base instead of left field if Maikel Franco continues to struggle (see story).